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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

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...
September 12, 2014
The lumen output does not affect the color temperature of the light source. It is actually the other way around. Layers of other materials such as...
August 04, 2014
Thank you for sharing your thoughts about the lighting. I'm totally on board with showing off those wonderful vaulted ceilings. So many times we have...
August 01, 2014
I would have you consider hanging a series of linear pendant fixtures that have both indirect and direct lighting. The indirect lighting will fill...
July 03, 2014
Yes, it is a frequently asked question, but I think it's an important one. LED products will last for a long time, longer than most marriages. You...
July 03, 2014
I, too, am excited about everything that's happening with LEDs. As far as undercabinet task lighting goes, I like to mount the fixtures toward the...
July 03, 2014
You pose an interesting question. I know that when I did theatrical lighting, we did take into consideration the skin tones of the cast. I don't know...
June 09, 2014
This is a fun question to answer. I can offer you a solution that is both dramatic and energy efficient, even though that’s not exactly what you’re...
June 09, 2014
Often we will see homes that just have accent lighting. If these are the only source of illumination then what is created is called the "museum...
June 09, 2014
You don't have to change the trim; you just need to change the bulb to one with a tighter beam spread. There is an MR16 with a 10-degree beam spread...

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