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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.

Recent Posts

February 14, 2012
You and I are on the same page about higher CRI and warmer color tones. I have ranted about this issue in a few of my other columns, saying that...
January 04, 2012
If you install a surface-mounted fixture in the ceiling, the recessed fixtures are unnecessary, except for wet-label-rated ones that could go over...
January 04, 2012
The bigger the holes, the more your ceiling will look like Swiss cheese. My recommendation is to use a minimal number of recessed fixtures, combined...
January 04, 2012
Six-inch-diameter apertures in the ceiling are pretty gigantic. Most architects and contractors have moved over to the 4-inch-diameter cans. Most LED...
December 06, 2011
The VU1 R30 lamp became available Dec. 1 on the Lowe’s website and will be in stores in February. I did get a sample and feel that the quality of the...
December 06, 2011
I am right there with you. From the beginning of my career, the terms color temperature and color rendering index (CRI) have always had an air of...
December 06, 2011
Ah yes, you want track lights just like the ones they used in “Little House on the Prairie.” Take a look at WAC Lighting’s Rialto and Caribe series...
December 06, 2011
How do I answer this question tastefully? Oh, the heck with it; let’s take a cue from the popular book “Everybody Poops 410 Pounds a Year.” Usually,...
December 06, 2011
First off, have you considered selling your new line through existing e-commerce sites? They already have a built-in reputation and a consistent...
December 06, 2011
Here is a long answer to what seems like a simple question. Regular, undimmed incandescent light is 2800K. Most fluorescent lamps trying to imitate...

recent articles

The ninth issue of Lighting magazine, a national consumer publication focused on residential lighting published in... read full story
Residential Lighting: Please put solid-state lighting in perspective. Jim Brodrick: We’re in the midst of a lighting... read full story
Q: What are the three most significant developments in residential lighting during the past decade? A: LED technology, home... read full story
The Lightfair App Definitely download the Lightfair app. It has a new homepage look featuring a V3 design with icons and the... read full story

Webinars

Sponsored by Fanimation and Pure Lighting/Edge Lighting.   Wednesday, June 10, 2-3 p.m. EDT Register for this free CEU webinar by clicking here. Webinar Overview:... read full story
Sponsored by Emerson, Ferguson and Pure Lighting/Edge Lighting. This free CEU webinar has already taken place, but you can watch the archived presentation on-demand by... read full story
Sponsored by Pure Lighting/Edge Lighting and Spotlite-USA.   This live webinar has already taken place, but you can still view the presentation on demand by clicking... read full story