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Randall Whitehead, IALD

Randall Whitehead, IALD, is a professional lighting designer and author. His books include "Residential Lighting, A Practical Guide." Whitehead has worked on projects worldwide, appeared on the Discovery Channel, HGTV and CNN, and he is regular guest on Martha Stewart Living Radio. Visit his website for more information on books, upcoming seminars and the latest lighting trends.

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November 11, 2013
I would recommend using a 30-inch-wide mirror. That would leave you 9 inches on either side to hang your sconces. The sconces would be centered...
November 08, 2013
I think that your wife is on to something. What about using 3000K throughout the house? 3000K will make your countertops look whiter than under the...
September 30, 2013
Just think of me as verbal Prozac. Try this formula: Add the dimensions of the width and length of the foyer area together. This number will be the...
September 27, 2013
Unfortunately, the short answer is no. It seems logical that assembling a fixture from UL-listed parts would give you a UL listing for the fixture....
September 27, 2013
What you would call the cover plate on the ceiling is a "canopy". Take a look at They have a lot of canopies from which to...
September 16, 2013
How about floating the mirror out from the wall and installing linear LED lighting behind it? This would be especially good for vanities with two...
September 16, 2013
My first criteria is always to hide the light source … like I do with my best liquor when my family is visiting. The existing fluorescents were...
September 05, 2013
I have that overheating problem, too, and I find that a well-placed ice cube always does the trick. The recessed fixtures that you have presently...
August 06, 2013
With regard to using LED replacement bulbs in your floor lamps and table lamps, I would have you look at lumen output. Most LED replacements for...
August 05, 2013
Pot lights? You don’t mean grow lights for marijuana, do you? I would have a whole different answer for that question. If you mean recessed fixtures...

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