We get a great series of tips via Residential Lighting Magazine from their column called "Ask Randall". I've been saving two to share with you in our blog, and now I just got a 3rd that's great, so that lit my fire to get them out!
The first one was called "Outdoor Lighting Checklist", and you can read the whole article here:
I always enjoy your columns. One of my favorites was a checklist for approaching kitchen lighting design. Do you have a similar checklist you can provide regarding outdoor lighting?"
Randall's answer: "Oh, please, I have a checklist for everything, from my “what to wear to the airport” checklist to my “what not to do on a first date” checklist. I see my OCD as an asset, while those that are close to me … not so much. So here you go:
The second one was called "Mounting Outdoor Lanterns", and you can read the whole article here:
The client question was: "I am wiring a new room and want to include outdoor wall sconce lights by French doors. I haven't picked out the lights yet, so I want to leave options open as much as possible. What sort of junction boxes should I install: round or single-gang rectangular, metal or plastic? How high? The exterior is lapped siding with a 6-inch reveal."
Randall's answer: "First off, I want to congratulate you on having the forethought to add exterior sconces flanking the French doors. This will help keep them from becoming black mirrors at night and add a little architectural jewelry to the facade. As far as a junction box goes I would use a round 3-inch box. This can be a noncorrosive metal box or plastic. It would be really good if you could pick a fixture ahead of time before installing the boxes because that will help greatly in determining what the correct mounting height should be.
And today's is called "Approaching a Kitchen LED Retrofit", and you can read the whole article here:
The client question: "I am changing out the appliances and countertop in my parents’ kitchen, which has an 8-foot island, and we need to change the lights to LED. We’re on a tight budget and can’t do under-counter or accent lighting. If four cans will have to do it all, whose fixtures would you recommend? I’m also wondering if I can get away with 4-inch openings."
Randall's answer: "You are asking these four recessed LED cans to do a lot, my friend. When your parents face the counters to do food prep, their backs will be to the recessed fixtures so they will be blocking the light. That’s why undercabinet lighting is so important.
If you want to learn more about Randall, this is his bio: Randall Whitehead, IALD, is a professional lighting designer and author. His books include "Residential Lighting, A Practical Guide." Whitehead has worked on projects worldwide, appeared on the Discovery Channel, HGTV and CNN, and he is regular guest on Martha Stewart Living Radio. Visit his website www.randallwhitehead.com and follow his blog www.lightmakesright.com for more information on books, upcoming seminars and the latest lighting trends.