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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The Lighting Doctor, Neon Lighting, Randall Whitehead
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…
Holiday Lighting, Randall Whitehead, The Lighting Doctor
There is a right way (and a wrong way) to light up the holidays. It all depends on preference.

LED's Impact on Lighting Up the Holidays

The time is here for holiday lighting! Photo: Randall Whitehead. It is that time of year again, when homeowners become lighting designers.  What we are talking about here is holiday lighting.  …
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Museums work to highlight their art with refreshed lighting, according to the Lighting Doctor.

Museum Lighting: Illuminating the Past

The museums that I grew up with were visually exhausting. They had bright white walls on which they installed art with super saturated and often dense colors. As my eyes tried to adjust between the…

Ask Randall, The Lighting Doctor: Lighting for Comfort in a Home Office

Remote work has quickly become a part of our new normal. For many, working from home regularly has illuminated the need for updates to their home office spaces. While some focus on getting the right…
Photo: Randall Whitehead
Photo: Randall Whitehead

Using Outdoor Lighting to Enhance Garden Designs

As we continue to sit stewing in our homes for the safety of ourselves and others, we look for activities that will give some meaning to this very strange time. I’ve divided people into groups. There…
Photo by Randall Whitehead
Photo by Randall Whitehead

Integrated Lighting Highlights Details in Art House

While we were all bingeing on Netflix there was one couple who were turning their home into an environmental art project. From the outside it is unassuming Victorian cottage. Once you open the front…
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Updating bulbs can produce a more desirable effect than maybe was possible when you first designed the space.

Lighting Design Changes to Make While Sheltering In Place

Here we are, stuck in our homes. Staring at the same walls, the same art and the same furniture. I think many of us used the first two or three weeks to really give our homes an organizational…