Randall Whitehead

Randall Whitehead, our resident Lighting Doctor, is a lighting designer, author and contributor to Furniture, Lighting & Decor. He writes monthly blogs for the publication's website, and he also produces a video series on lighting design.

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Little Island at night is even more magical with landscape lighting.

NYC Little Island Is Even More Magical at Night

There is something new along the water’s edge of the Hudson River.  It is a place called Little Island. No, is not really an island and is not particularly little…but it is something wonderful and…
Sonoma, California living room
Sonoma, California living room by Randall Whitehead

Sculpting With Light: How Stylish Fixtures Elevate a Space

From pendants to floor lamps and everything in between, lighting gives us endless opportunities to illuminate spaces with style. More than just the icing on the cake, an intentionally crafted…
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The Citizen M hotel in New York is a good example of how lighting creates the ambience of a space.

Lighting's Role in the Perception of a Space

After more than two years I finally got to return to New York City.  Everyone was smiling and acknowledging each other on the street. That may be due to the fact that people were finally able to…
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LED lighting as decorative elements provide the right light and energy-efficiency.

Can Sexy Home Lighting Design Be Sustainable?

Energy-efficient lighting has a bad rap. The general public thinks that all LEDs are alike. There are huge differences in the quality of the high efficacy lamps on the market. People just need to be…
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The addition of landscape lighting subtly blends interior and exterior spaces.

Using Layered Lighting to Transform Spaces

As you are well aware of by now, the techniques of lighting have greatly evolved beyond simple table lamps and chandeliers. Still many homeowners have not updated their thinking much beyond this…
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Progressive lighting can warm up a space that is otherwise more traditional.

Does Progressive Lighting Work in More Traditional Spaces?

The ultra-trendy design magazines offer up very modern architecture and stark, eye-catching interiors. But futuristic design is not for everyone, especially for people considering a remodel of their…
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Ambient lighting sets the tone in this San Francisco space. Photo: Randall Whitehead; Interior Design: John G. Martin, Turner Martin Design

Ambient Lighting Softens a Space and Fills Up the Senses

In the November of 2019, I wrote about a condominium project in San Francisco. It was called ‘Accent the Positive’. I talked about using accent lighting, one of the four functions of light, as a way…
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Luminous box-shaped pendants descend from the ceiling, creating a festive atmosphere. Photo by Randall Whitehead

Layers of Light Add Ambience to a Restaurant Atmosphere

As things are beginning to open up a little bit, we are venturing back to inside eating at 25 percent capacity. I was quite taken by this dim sum restaurant, called Palette Tea House, which we…
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Earn CEU credits and learn about neuroaesthetics at the LivABLE Environment Conference

Registration Opens for the LivABLE Environment Conference

The LivABLE Environment Conference, which takes place virtually from April 28-30, 2021, explores the science behind the built environment, the arts and design. Scientists now know and prove that the…
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The Light Inside by James Turrell, Houston Museum of Modern Art. Photo by Randall Whitehead

Neon: Visual Lighted Icons in the Night

 There is something about neon that just enthralling. It is amazing to me that something so rigid can look so fluid. I like to think of neon as the art of signage. And certainly artists have used…