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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.

Recent Posts

March 04, 2013
First off, I want to congratulate you on having the forethought to add exterior sconces flanking the French doors. This will help keep them from...
February 01, 2013
Oh, please, I have a checklist for everything, from my “what to wear to the airport” checklist to my “what not to do on a first date” checklist. I...
January 03, 2013
It sounds like your room is suffering from a bad case of inadequate lighting. I see it all the time, where a contractor or an architect has put in a...
November 30, 2012
You are absolutely right about having lighting on either side of the mirror. It is the most flattering because it bathes people in even illumination...
November 12, 2012
Your main challenge here is the concrete ceiling. What the contractors usually do is drop a ceiling or soffit in the kitchen or a hallway in order to...
November 06, 2012
I wish! Presently the only LED lamp I know of that will be able to produce the equivalent of 90W of incandescent light is made by Switch Lighting. It...
October 11, 2012
I’m hoping that your boyfriend is not close enough to come over and beat me up, but I'm going to have to side with you. Light fixtures on the façade...
October 04, 2012
OMG, four decades? You must be really old. Now, my friend, if you go back and look at the question, you will see that the reader was asking about...
September 19, 2012
So you want a dappled pattern of light and shadow but are just too impatient to let nature take its course? Well, I'm right there with you! Just like...
September 19, 2012
Okay, that's a fair enough question. Lots of people move their furniture around. I move my furniture everyday instead of going to the gym. In our...

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