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.

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 for Lighting 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…

Why Are Halogen Lights So Hot?

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…
bathroom mirror vanity lighting
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Sizing and Lighting a Mirror Around a Vanity

Q:  I have two questions. First, I have a 48-inch vanity. How large of a mirror do I need? Second, I have two sconces for the sides of the mirror. Is it possible to hang sconces right on the mirror…

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…

Earth Princess Aviva Stanoff Shares Her Modern Luxe Collection

Q: Is this your first foray into hard goods? A:  Yes – and I am simultaneously nervous and excited about the opportunity Currey and Co. has given me to share my “forest” dreams in these product…