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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This simple set for Moulin Rouge became a spectacular 3-dimensional backdrop for the show through the use of LED theatrical lighting.
This simple set for Moulin Rouge became a spectacular 3-dimensional backdrop for the show through the use of LED theatrical lighting.

The Lights are Bright on Broadway

I do go to see a lot of stage productions, both on the West Coast and New York City’s Broadway productions. What has changed is how lighting has become an integral part of the shows. Before, it was…
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…

Lighting Report: LEDs Are Different...and Better

When LEDs were first introduced, it was hard for us to part with our old friends incandescent and halogen lamps, and the luminaires made for them. It seemed like nothing could ever replace the warm…

The Lighting Doctor checks out a San Francisco Landmark

I recently made a visit to downtown San Francisco to take a look at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, located on San Francisco’s waterfront. It was designed by architect John Portman and built in 1973. For me…
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…
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…
Randall Whithead, lighting, golden gate park
The Lighting Doctor shares the lighting exhibition at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.

Lights Fantastic: Public Art Lighting in San Francisco

As we go into a new phase of Covid variants, people are seeing what they can do outside in a safe way.  If you happen to live near San Francisco or might be visiting, then you should consider the…
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…
The Lighting Doctor, Museum Lighting
These walls are made of solid stone, between 2’ and 5’ thick. Notice how the walls become part of the display. Photo by Randall whitehead

Modernized Lighting Enhances Ancient Architecture

This is the Castle del Buonconsiglio in Trento, Italy. It is massive. I noticed that even the smallest towns throughout Italy have castles. Something incredibly huge and fortified, pushing up against…
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