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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LED Lighting, Randall Whitehead, The Lighting Doctor
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…
Randall Whitehead, the lighting doctor
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…
Lighting Doctor, Randall Whitehead, Lighting Traditional Spaces
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…
Randall Whitehead, layered lighting, lighting doctor, box lights
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…
LIVable Environment Conference, Mike Peterson, Randall Whitehead
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…
pendant lighting
Today’s pendants come in a variety of styles that can add drama to a room, such as the Rowland large crystal and gold fixtures from Alora.

How Pendant Lighting Fixtures Can Transform a Room

We update our phones every year, but we’ll hang onto architectural lighting fixtures in our homes for decades,” says Randall Whitehead, the Lighting Doctor, lighting designer and author of Beautiful…
The Lighting Doctor, Landscape Lighting
Randall Whitehead discusses how exterior lighting can elevate a space.

Lighting Up a Garden of Earthly Delights

I think that with all of this sheltering-in-place is making us re-access our outdoor spaces, at least those of us have a little patch of green. Consider adding some exterior lighting, it has a lot of…
Adjustable downlights, Randall Whitehead, The Lighting Doctor; Interior Design by Turner Martin Design
Flexbility in downlights provide options for home decor. Photo: Randall Whitehead.

Flexible Downlights Key to Accentuating the Positive

As you have heard me explain before, lighting falls into four functions: task, accent, ambient and decorative. This time, I want to talk about accent lighting specifically, and here’s why: Something…