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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Accentuate the Positive

Good lighting design uses various types of illumination to create an inviting overall environment. As you have heard me say before, the best lighting happens when you layer different types of…

Lightovation Lounge to Debut at KBIS 2019

The 2019 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), the destination for kitchen and bath design professionals, today announced the debut of Lightovation Lounge, a new area located in the tented Salon…

LEDs in 2018

Yes, I’m totally obsessed with LEDs. Admittedly, we got off to a rough start in the beginning. They got introduced onto the market a little too early. They didn’t have much lumen output, the color…

The Importance of Lighting for the Ceiling

When people are designing the lighting for their homes, they're thinking about lighting the art and the table tops or illumination for the bathrooms and in closets, but what they may not be…

How to Choose the Right Reading Light

Whether you're reading in bed or lounging in your Lay-Z-Boy, it’s important to have a good reading light. I know many of you are reading off of your tablet or Kindle, but there's still a whole bunch…

Recessed Fixtures: The Hole Dilemma

Recessed fixtures have become a standard part of home interiors. Since the 1990s, people have been stuck with what I call the "contractor’s special," which is a grid of 6-inch-diameter downlights per…

How to Light a Dining Room in an Open Floor Plan

Rethinking How We Light Dining Rooms When I was growing up, the dining room was reserved strictly for company. As a family, we always ate in the kitchen. We rarely ventured into the dining room — it…

Shelf Awareness

  Q. What is the best way to light shelving? A. First off, you have to think about how translucent or opaque the objects are that you’re trying to illuminate. Solid items, like chinaware and books…

How Can You Transform Lighting From Day to Night

TIP 1: Day tripping Color temperature tells you the hue of illumination that a particular light source emits. The two color temperatures that we are most easily able to identify are incandescent (…

How Can Lighting Make a Difference in an Entryway?

TIP 1: Create a sense of welcome When people walk in your front door you want to give them a good first impression. You want them to feel invited in. People are naturally drawn to light, so it’s…
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