decorative lighting

Randall Whitehead Lighting Doctor Accent Lights
Avoid Museum Syndrome by using the right balance of lighting fixtures.

The Right Light Balance Puts an Accent on the Positive

As I have mentioned before, there are four functions of light — Task, Accent, Decorative and Ambient.  Each one plays an important role in creating a cohesive lighting design. Here is an explanation…
Andreea Braescu lighting
Romanian interior artist Andreea Braescu used fine bone china to create this bespoke lighting sculpture. When lit up, each handcrafted petal and leaf emits a warm light, capturing the essence of living nature.

Lighting as Art: How Today's Fixtures Balance Form and Function

While some might say that all lighting is a form of art in its own way, some lighting fixtures are especially artful, designed to catch the eye and add visual interest even when they’re not switched…
Randall Whitehead, the Lighting Doctor, chandeliers and pendants
LEDs allow designers and manufacturers to create fixtures that were not possible, using traditional light sources. Photo by Randall Whitehead

Lost in Transition

What differentiates a chandelier from a pendant? For me, the rule of thumb was that a chandelier had arms and a pendant fixture does not. It was also generally felt that chandeliers are more…
Lighting Functions
Different Lights for different purposes

A Tisket, A Task Light

Lighting really does have a language to it. There are terminologies to help us categorize the specific jobs they have in creating a cohesive lighting design. While we are now adjusting to some of…
Hong Kong International Lighting Fair
The HKDTC Hong Kong International Lighting Fair drew more than 20,000 attendees last year.

HKTDC Hong Kong International Lighting Fair to Welcome More Than 1,400 Exhibitors

The HKTDC Hong Kong International Lighting Fair (Spring Edition) will take place from April 6 to 9 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center. More than 1,400 exhibitors from nine countries…
Sculpture with lighting shining on it
When accent lighting is done effectively it moves people’s gaze throughout the space. Recessed adjustable fixtures, using LED MR 16 lamps, help add focus to the art and decorative objects. (Photo: Randall Whitehead)

Accentuate the Positive

Good lighting design uses various types of illumination to create an inviting overall environment. As you have heard me say before, the best lighting happens when you layer different types of…

The Fashion of Light: When to Update Your Fixtures

People may not realize it, but lighting fixtures do fall in and out of fashion, just like clothing. I look at the light fixtures that I had hanging in my house in the 1980's and I shudder. Some…