Great Ideas For Your Kitchen or Bath Remodel

Lighting changes the whole look and feel of a space. Many customers think of Connecticut Lighting Centers for decorative lighting but are surprised to learn we can walk you through the remodeling process for the rooms in your home! For National High Five Day on April 18th, Better CT’s Scot Haney stopped by the showroom to see all the great ideas we have for kitchen or bath remodels.

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Functional Kitchen Lighting

Within Connecticut Lighting Centers, we have built a kitchen to show customers the many different ways light can enhance the look of the room. One innovative way to light areas of your kitchen that you’ve never been able to properly illuminate is with LED ribbon lighting.

Although the tape looks small, it has great light output and no glare inside a glass cabinet, since you can’t see the source. Apply above, below and even inside cabinets to save space.

For recessed lighting, we have cans from two to five inches wide in a variety of styles. From LED and integrated LED to incandescent, there are so many options to create the aesthetic you want! Recessed cans have incredible light input and a clean look for the ceiling.

We also have a large selection of decorative options that does the functional side right, but also serves as a nice focal point in your kitchen. From mini pendants to large pendants and fixtures, you can choose whatever you style you want.

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Outdoor Living Event in Southington

Outdoor Living Event

Join Us On Saturday, May 4th

Visit our Southington Showroom at 50 Graham Place from 10am – 3pm for an outdoor living event with our neighbors, Connecticut Appliance and Fireplace Distributors (CAFD), and Kichler Lighting.

Fire up the grill and light up the yard!

The whole family is invited to celebrate our second year at the new 12,000 sq. ft. Southington location!

Activities will include:

  • Grilling with CAFD vendors
  • Bounce houses
  • Music with Damon Scott from WWYZ
  • Kichler landscape lighting display

Discover the versatility and style of outdoor lighting for the home with the experts from Kichler. See how different landscape lighting products would look and function in your yard.

Everything for your home

You can also step inside our showroom to view the largest display and inventory of indoor and outdoor lighting, decorative hardware, ceiling fans, LED bulbs, home automation and decor in New England.

2019 Outdoor Lighting & Design Trends

Outdoor living areas have become like the rooms in our homes. We furnish, light and accessorize these spaces, to make them more comfortable and inviting. For those who like to spend time in the yard, now is the time to update your landscape for spring and summer! We explore some popular lighting and outdoor design tips for homeowners.

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Indoor-Outdoor Connection

porch with outdoor fan and furniture The lines are blurring between indoor and outdoor living spaces – think large picture windows and French patio doors. Make a seamless transition between interior and exterior areas by choosing accents that complement the home’s overall style. For instance, match the farmhouse lighting and accessories of your indoor rooms with rustic furniture and light fixtures for the patio.

Highlight Your Landscape

Focus attention on the favorite features of your landscape with exterior lighting. Bring your flower beds and lush greenery to life with well-placed fixtures that direct light where you want it. Materials like wood and metal complement the natural appeal of the outdoors.

Integrated LED Lighting

Over the years, LED lighting has grown in popularity and continues to evolve. Fixtures are now LED-integrated, with built-in bulbs that last up to 50 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs. From flush mounts to wet-rated ceiling fans, enjoy outdoor living in style without the worry of constant light bulb changes, while you save on energy costs!

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How to Choose Window Shades For Your Home

Did you know Connecticut Lighting has window shades? Our Hartford and Southington showrooms carry a wide selection of motorized and manual shades. Creating the perfect ambiance goes beyond the artificial light in a room. Window shades allow homeowners to control the amount of sunlight that enters a living area. Are motorized or manually-operated shades the right choice for your home?

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Benefits of Manual Shades

motorized window shadesFrom traditional roller and Honeycomb shades to Venetian blinds, manual window coverings have adorned homes for decades. In addition to their easy operation and maintenance, what are the pros of manual window shades?

  • If you have a limited budget, manual shades are often the more affordable option. Motorized window shades that need to be hardwired require professional installation by an electrician.
  • You can choose from a variety of fabrics to match your existing decor – or bring your own!
  • Simple functionality with a pull chain or cord.

In rooms where your only goal is to reduce sun glare or completely block out natural light, manual shades are a great choice.

Benefits of Motorized Shades

Are you constantly getting up to adjust the window shades, whether it be in your kitchen, living room or home office? Motorized window shades take the work out of lifting and lowering the shades! Control the amount of sunshine from a remote or your smartphone – you can even enable a sun sensor that automatically reacts to the amount of sun filtering in. Beyond their convenience, what are some other advantages of motorized window shades?

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Outdoor Lighting Updates for Spring

Spring is on its way! When the snow melts and the ground thaws, many homeowners start to prepare their lawns for the season. Is your landscape ready for outdoor lighting? The following tips will help you prepare the grounds for spring lighting projects.

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Check for Winter Damage

exterior of a home at nightThe yard is an essential factor of your home’s “curb appeal” – how attractive the property looks from the street. Inspect the outdoor areas, including the lawn, garden and shrubbery, for any damage caused by winter weather. If you keep your exterior lights up year-round:

  • Make sure all wires are intact
  • Clean the salt and debris off lenses
  • Remove bulbs and wipe the sockets clean with steel wool
  • Replace dead bulbs with energy-efficient LEDs
  • Make sure outdoor outlets have waterproof covers

Yard Maintenance

Outdoor lighting brings your landscape to life and provides an extra layer of security. If the grounds are overgrown, the best features of your home will not be highlighted. When winter weather goes into hibernation, make sure to remove all fallen branches and debris from the yard.

As temperatures rise, reseed areas of the lawn that have been affected by snow and de-icer, so new grass grows in lush and green. Trim back unkept shrubbery, especially around light fixtures. Finally, remove the old mulch from flower beds and re-mulch for spring growth.

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