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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 www.randallwhitehead.com for more information on books, upcoming seminars and the latest lighting trends.

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December 09, 2014
This is a very detailed question, more like a lighting diary. It looks like you have been trying a lot of alternatives for your recessed fixtures....
November 10, 2014
I think lighting is a very important component of a successful restaurant. My recommendation is to mix up the color temperatures of the lighting a...
November 03, 2014
You raise a good point. It seems logical that if you assemble a light fixture from all UL listed components that it should then be a UL-listed...
September 26, 2014
The best lighting for illuminating your face at a mirror is side lighting, also referred to as cross illumination. This would be a pair of fixtures...
September 26, 2014
Even though I'm all about energy-efficient lighting and have replaced 98 percent of my incandescent light with alternative light sources, the one...
September 26, 2014
Natural light is definitely ideal for applying makeup when you're being seen during the day. So when you are getting ready for work it's better get...
September 26, 2014
One of the things I see happening over and over again is that when people test makeup in the stores, they are looking at themselves in a mirror that...
September 12, 2014
It’s not so much the size of the mirror as it is the distance between the task lights. The optimum spacing between vanity lights is 36 inches. This...
September 12, 2014
Although I'm a big advocate of LED lighting, if used in a very narrow vanity light, they might not be bright enough to provide adequate task lighting...
September 12, 2014
The color quality of incandescent light is the standard to which all other alternative light sources are compared. Incandescent light has a CRI of...

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