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how to position bathroom mirrors with sconces and pendants
Clean and sophisticated, Golden Lighting’s Juliette LED bath bars offer even illumination when placed on either side of a mirror.
Q: You say how high to hang bathroom vanity fixtures, but I need to know how far away from the mirror they should be. A: You have some flexibility with the distance off the mirror. It is the… more
Q: When using 4-inch LED recessed lights, what spacing between fixtures would you recommend with an 8-foot ceiling height? A: What is the room that you are lighting being used for? How is the… more
Q: You’ve mentioned that recessed lights aren’t the most flattering, so is there a balance to shoot for between recessed and ambient? In one of your blogs someone asked you about lighting for a long… more
Q: I have tried to use 130V bulbs as an energy-saving technique, but found that the light output was different when I compared a 60W 130V bulb and a 60W 120V bulb. The 130V 60W looks more like a 120V… more
Q: I am changing the old fluorescent tubes in my kitchen to new recessed LED lights. My original estimate included the installation of 6-inch cans, trim and lights, but now the electrician tells me… more
Q: Just as I understand the concept of color temperature (Kelvin), now CRI is being bandied about as LEDs come into the market. What is it exactly? A: I am right there with you. From the beginning… more
Q: How important is color temperature in ambient lighting? Should this be a concern if you are using fluorescents or LEDs for your ambient lighting? A: Frankly, I think color temperature is… more
Concrete ceiling lighting ideas for a work space with concrete ceilings and hanging pendants
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Q: We have moved into a fantastic high-rise condominium, but we have a problem: The ceilings are concrete and we just have one junction box in the main room. How do we do anything beyond track? A:… more
Q: We are replacing our 6-inch can light bulbs in our condo with Cree CR6 LED bulbs. We currently have 2700K light bulbs throughout and are struggling with how to handle our kitchen lighting. The… more
Q: What is the minimum value of CRI you will accept in your lighting design and why? What value of CCT are you likely to select for a kitchen and why?    A: Your questions make me feel like a… more
Bedroom with furniture from Hooker Furniture
In the bedroom, color temperature makes all the difference. Photo: Hooker Furniture
It's tough getting the right color temperature for a space, but luckily, the Lighting Doctor, Randall Whitehead, is here to help! See how Whitehead's advice helped this reader better understand the… more

Randall Whitehead addresses color temperature as it relates to non-incandescent light sources.

Eliminating reflection on countertops may require more than just a lighting change.

There’s so much excitement going on today, I’m not sure what to talk about first.  I’m in Dallas this week for the summer edition of Lightovation, and our schedule is jam-packed with great events,… more
Coming off of the decorative- and design-oriented spring High Point Market, we switched gears and coasts almost immediately to travel to San Diego for Lightfair.  The show, which broke the West… more
Another Dallas market is in the books. For the first time as Lightovation, I have to say — what a great show. The new look and updated branding really took shape in the halls of the Trade Mart and… more
Four Halo recessed lighting fixtures, two square-shaped and two circle-shaped, from Eaton
Bedside recessed lighting (like these Halos from Eaton) takes thought and calculation.
Our lighting expert, Randall Whitehead, the Lighting Doctor, tells a cozy bedtime story about perfectly positioning reading lights. Inspired by airplane lighting, he recommends installing recessed… more