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Baby Safe Technology for the Home

When many of us were born, smart home technology did not exist. Today, companies keep the safety of your family in mind when designing new products that make our lives more convenient. Scot Haney of Better Connecticut recently visited our Vice President, Todd Director, at his home to see some of our great home automation products in use.

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Nest Video Doorbell

Whenever someone gets in close proximity of your home or hits the doorbell, your phone receives a notification. The Nest video doorbell immediately begins recording and you can see live activity on your front step, from anywhere. Whether you’re inside or away from the house, you can open or keep the door closed.

Schlage Keyless Entry

The Schlage keyless entry system keeps your family safe inside the home with one-touch lock technology. Simply press the button on the lock or use your smartphone to activate the deadbolt. To open the door, key in a four-digit code on the keypad or use your smartphone – from anywhere.

Lutron Window Shades

Parents no longer have to worry about hazardous cords hanging from the shades. Lutron’s battery-operated window shades can be opened and closed via remote or phone. Create automated time sequences and tie everything into your Lutron lighting control systems. We also sell cordless manual shades!

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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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Your One-Stop-Shop for Home Improvement

Whether you’re shopping for a new addition to light a dark area of your landscape or the best energy-saving light bulbs on the market, Connecticut Lighting Centers has thousands of options. CT Live! recently stopped by our showroom to walk the store with our Vice President, Todd Director.

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LED Bulbs

Customers who visit our showrooms for the first time may have a negative impression of LEDs. Bulbs purchased at other stores may have been tinted blue, burned out quickly or flickered.

At Connecticut Lighting Centers, we educate our customers as to why the LED bulbs we carry are high-quality and energy-efficient.

Lighting Controls

Lutron Caséta Wireless is a lighting control system that allows you to dim lights from your phone. For only $99, you receive the hub, dimmer and remote. Simply download the free application and control your lights from anywhere in the world!

If you don’t want to wire another jack into your wall, you’re able to buy a decorative wall plate and mount the dimmer like a regular light switch.

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Is Your Home Ready For the Holidays?

Every year, the holidays arrive before we know it. Once summer ends and we dress up for Halloween, it’s time to give thanks and exchange gifts. As the calendar gets shorter, families often find they have been too busy to focus on their own needs. Yet ask yourself one question: Is your home ready for the holidays? Whether you’ve been meaning to update your lighting or home hardware, it’s the perfect time for home improvement. What upgrades can you make before 2019?

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Indoor & Outdoor Lighting

Holiday table When guests arrive at your house for a holiday gathering, how is the landscape lit? If your property lacks pathway lights or you have one porch light for general illumination, you risk slip and fall injuries. Now that Daylight Saving Time has ended, it gets darker earlier and our outdoor lighting needs to accommodate this shift. At Connecticut Lighting Centers, we have a variety of wall lanterns, flood lights, post lanterns and more to provide your guests with the exterior lighting needed to stay safe.

On the other hand, when your family and friends gather at the holiday table, everything should be well-lit. From the dinnerware down to the tablecloth details, a beautiful and functional light fixture can bring your dining room to life. We carry chandeliers, pendants, wall sconces and more in a variety of styles and finishes to complement your existing décor.

Decorative Accents

When was the last time you upgraded your dinnerware? Oftentimes, couples keep the dinner plates and serving sets they received as wedding gifts to pass onto their children. While this is a great tradition, you can also have dining sets and accessories you use for special occasions, like the holidays. At Connecticut Lighting Centers, many customers are surprised to know we carry tableware, including:

  • Ice Buckets
  • Cheese Boards
  • Serving Trays
  • Serving Bowls
  • Cocktail Shakers
  • Coasters

We also carry home accents that make great hostess gifts! Michael Aram, one of our trusted brand partners, has a beautiful line of handcrafted ornaments, wine stoppers, candleholders and more inspired by nature. We can order anything you want from their catalog!

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4 Ways to Improve Home Functionality

Today’s world is all about convenience and connectivity. What’s the next big product that will advance technology and make our lives easier? At Connecticut Lighting Centers, we carry a variety of products that enhance the home experience, including keyless entry systems, lighting control systems and motorized window shades. If your home lacks functionality, we have 4 ways to improve its practicality without compromising style.

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Wall Switch Solutions

Legrand, a lighting industry leader for over 110 years, makes it a delight to hit the lights with their adorne® collection of switches, outlets, dimmers and wall plates. If the lights are constantly left on in your home when rooms are not in use, adorne® could be the solution. Their motion sensor dimmer switches turn the lights on and off as you go, with the option for manual control.

When you need to install more lights in a room, you don’t have to worry about traditional switches distracting from the ambiance. The adorne® collection features a wide range of colors and customizable options to match your existing décor. Not only are these switches and wall plates more visually appealing, but they are easily operable by push, touch, wave or tap of a button.

Sleek Outdoor Lighting

When the exterior of your home lacks light, you may not have room for additional fixtures. In response, LED step lighting for outdoor applications not only saves space, but also energy! The average LED bulb lasts about 25,000 hours compared to the incandescent at 1,500. Efficiently light the way for guests without raising energy costs or sacrificing the beauty of your landscape.

Space-Saving Indoor Lighting

Inside your home, the kitchen is another common area where lighting may be insufficient. Yet this room is often too full of appliances, cookware and glasses for extra light fixtures. In this case, you need a solution that doesn’t take up any counter space. Under-cabinet lighting, installed beneath kitchen cabinets with no visible wiring, provides the concentrated illumination you need to complete tasks.

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