1st Edition

Beautiful Light An Insider’s Guide to LED Lighting in Homes and Gardens

By Randall Whitehead, Clifton Lemon Copyright 2021
    240 Pages 234 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    240 Pages 234 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Beautiful Light by internationally acclaimed lighting designer Randall Whitehead and lighting industry expert and educator Clifton Stanley Lemon is a combination of idea book, design resource, and product guide. It explores the transition in residential lighting from incandescent light sources to LEDs, and how to apply LED lighting with great success.

    It begins with the fundamental characteristics of light, including color temperature, color rendering, and spectral power distribution, and how LEDs differ from older light sources. Combining innovative graphics with the enduring design principles of good lighting, the book explains how to design with light layers, light people, and balance daylight and electric light. Every room of the house, as well as exterior and garden spaces, is addressed in 33 case studies of residential lighting with LEDs, with a wide variety of lighting projects in different styles.

    Showcasing over 200 color photographs of dramatic interiors beautifully lit with LEDs, and clear, concise descriptions of design strategies and product specifications, Beautiful Light helps both professionals and non-professionals successfully navigate the new era of LEDs in residential lighting.


    Part I: The Story of Beautiful Light 

    1. Evolution of Interior Lighting 

    2. LEDS Are Different, and Better 

    3. Qualities of Light 

    4. Lighting People 

    5. Light Layering 

    6. Light, Color, Materials, Finishes, and Food 

    7. Types of Lamps and Luminaires 

    8. Control Issues 

    9. Designing Sustainably 

    10. The Design Process 

    11. Typical Lighting Fails

    Part II: Interior Lighting

    12. Kitchens 

    13. Bathrooms 

    14. Living Rooms 

    15. Dining Rooms 

    16. Bedrooms 

    17. Entries 

    18. Open Plan Spaces 

    Part III: Exterior Lighting 

    19. Exterior Spaces 

    Part IV: Design Details 

    20. Design Details 

    Part V: Resources


    Randall Whitehead is one of the foremost authorities on residential lighting and has written six books on the subject. Beautiful Light will be the seventh. His work has appeared in many publications including Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, Esquire, Horticulture, and Architectural Record. He writes a monthly column for Furniture Lighting & Décor magazine called “The Lighting Doctor” where he discusses lighting trends and addresses lighting dilemmas. He has given presentations for LightFair, LightShowWest, Strategies in Light, the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), the American Lighting Association (ALA), and the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES). He has also appeared as a guest expert on HGTV, the Discovery Channel, CNN, and Martha Stewart Living Radio.

    Clifton Stanley Lemon is CEO of Clifton Lemon Associates, a consultancy providing strategy, marketing, and education services to the lighting and energy industries. He is the Business Development Director for the California Energy Alliance and the Co-Chair of the Strategies in Light conference. He was formerly Marketing Communications Manager for Soraa; Director of Business Development at Integral Group; and founder and CEO of BrandSequence. Clifton is an active writer and speaker and has extensive experience in curricula development for professional training in lighting and energy efficiency. He is a past President of the Illuminating Engineering Society San Francisco Section, and is on the Advisory Board of LightFair International.