Designer Education

Product designers, interior designers and lighting designers are working in a changing industry. Competition from online services, DIY and home improvement tv shows, plus changing consumer lifestyles have continued to shift the way business is done. In this section, product designers, interior designers and lighting designers can read news, trend articles and more.

Vendors Bring A Game to Atlanta

The just-ended Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market was the Southern design hotspot to feature the latest looks in gifts, personal accessories, tabletop and home decor. Among the…
Louis Poulsen bathroom mirror lighting
From Louis Poulsen, the AJ wall fixture comes in colors like yellow ochre, rusty red and dark green for a bold addition to the room.

The Most Flattering Mirror Lighting

Q: My local department store has the best lighting in its dressing rooms. The lighting is very flattering and makes me want to buy everything. The lighting appears to go the length on either side of…
Trace sputnik swing arm lamp with Chrome accents and a Matte Black finish from Quoizel
Quoizel's Trace chandelier has adjustable arms, so how do you determine how high to hang it? Lighting Doctor Randall Whitehead has the answer.

Best Mounting Height for Swing-Arm Lamps

Getting the correct height for these bedside fixtures is crucial, says our expert. See what advice Lighting Doctor Randall Whitehead has to offer curious readers in this blog. Q.: Randall, what is…
Lenny pendant with a Natural Iron finish from Arteriors, which displays its UL listing
The Lenny pendant from Arteriors Home has a UL lighting listing for damp/covered outdoor spaces. Here's what that means.

UL Lighting Listings Explained

Randall Whitehead, IALD, explains the omnipresent UL designation and what it means for your product offering. Q.: Randall, what is a UL lighting listing, and why is a label from UL required on light…

How to Change the Color Temperature of LED Tape Light

Q: I have a client with 4000K LED tape light on top of his cabinets. I need to make it look like 2700K, but I have never dealt with gels or colored lenses. What would you recommend and how would I…

Do Halogens Give Off More Heat?

Q: Since halogens give off more heat, do they present a fire hazard for lamp shades? Will the halogens make the shades deteriorate faster? A: Halogens are twice as hot as standard incandescent lamps…

Lighting a Two-Story Great Room

Q: I have a two story great room with an open floor plan. Currently four recessed lights, installed by home builder, provide horrible ambient light that is dim and yellow. We are planning to upgrade…

Lights for High Ceilings

Q:What type of ceiling lights should I use for a 20-foot-high family room that has very little wall space and a floor-to-ceiling fireplace? Right now there are 6-inch recessed cans in the ceiling…

Trisha Yearwood Partners with IMAX

Trisha Yearwood is partnering with IMAX Worldwide Home on four accessory collections. “We are very excited about our new relationship with Trisha Yearwood,” said Rex Yoakley, Vice President of Sales…

All American with Trisha Yearwood

Q: How did a country music star end up with major furniture and accessory collections? A: Good question! It all started with writing the first cookbook, which led to two more cookbooks and a TV show…