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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

April 12, 2012
LED lamps and components will continue to improve in efficacy, CRI and output over time, long before our original purchases have burned out. If...
April 12, 2012
LEDs do produce heat. That is why there is so much metal in the lamps and fixtures to act as heat sinks. The main difference is that they do not...
April 12, 2012
What is the room that you are lighting being used for? How is the furniture laid out? Instead of just doing a grid of recessed fixtures, my...
March 19, 2012
Yes, you do have a bit of the situation there. But fear not, there is an answer at hand … actually, four answers: 1. Look for a linear fixture that...
March 19, 2012
First off, I’ll provide a guideline: The bottom of the fixture should be 32 to 36 inches above the tabletop. Now that I’ve told you that rule, I’m...
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...

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