The Lighting Doctor

Ruth Asawa, The Lighting Doctor
Ruth Asawa was a wire sculpture artist. Her work can be seen in the Guggenheim and Whitney museums in NY.

Ruth Asawa and Her Lightly Wired Art

Light and shadow work hand-in-hand. Together they add texture and dimension to a space, or in this case a particular type of art. I want to talk about an amazing artist, Ruth Asawa, who is a master…
Biltmore Hotel, Arizona, Randall Whitehead
The Biltmore Hotel in Arizona.

The Lighting Doctor Tours the Arizona Biltmore Hotel

I recently got the chance to see the legendary Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix, AZ. This magnificent resort opened its doors on February 23, 1929. They had an opening gala that lasted three days in a row…
RH, Restoration Hardware, Chandelier, The Lighting Doctor
Randall Whitehead says size matters when it comes to dramatic entry chandeliers.

Destination Retail Spaces and the Impact of Lighting

Restoration Hardware, now rebranded as RH, has opened the ultimate retail space in the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco. Starting in 2016, they have beautifully restored the Bethlehem Steel…

Shedding Light on Ramses

I recently went to see the new Ramses exhibit which is traveling around the country. It certainly was interesting to learn about him. He lived into his 90s and fathered more than 100 children. Unlike…
Print Pendant, RBW Lighting
The Print Pendant from Rich Brilliant Willing Lighting has an opalescent finish.

LED Lights the Way at Light! Design Expo

There is a lighting exposition that comes regularly San Francisco. It’s geared toward people that are not able to get to New York or Las Vegas for LightFair, which is the lighting industry’s most…
The Lighting Doctor, Accent Lighting
Dramatic accent lighting spotlights these plants. Photo: Misha Bruk.

The Lighting Doctor on Accent Lighting: Don't Be Dramatic

As I have explained before, lighting falls into four functions: task, ambient, accent and decorative. None of these lighting types function very well by themselves. They have to work in conjunction…
Sistine Chapel Exhibit, The Lighting Doctor
This Sistine Chapel exhibit brings the artwork to the forefront with portable lighting.

The Lighting Doctor Visits a Sistine Chapel Exhibit

I went to see a traveling exhibit of the ceiling in the Sistine Chapel, painted by Michaelangelo, which had come to San Francisco. I was lucky enough to see the real thing in Italy, but the ceiling…
The Lighting Doctor, The Tonga Room
Randall Whitehead explores the lighting at the Tonga Room.

It's Tiki Time: The Impact of Lighting at the Tonga Room

Earlier this month, friends and I went to the Tonga Room, located in the famous Fairmont Hotel. It is the ultimate tiki lounge that transports you back to the 1940s. It was designed by Mel Melvin who…
The Lighting Doctor, LED Lighting, Perpetual Pendant
The Perpetual Pendant from ET2 is a good representation of modern LED capabilities.

Inspiration from Lightovation: Shape & Form

I was lucky enough to return to Lightovation at the Dallas Market in January. So many incredible strides have been taken in the development of light fixtures with LED components. I was impressed by…
Randall Whitehead, public restroom lighting
Public restrooms don't have to have bad lighting. Here are some examples of good lighting.

Lighting a Public Restroom

I have had this thing about the lighting quality of public restrooms in the United States ever since visiting Amsterdam. There, the facilities are all-gender. The stalls have doors that go all the…
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