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How to Properly Hang a Mirror

There are many benefits of decorating interior rooms with mirrors. These versatile home accents add depth, which make small areas appear larger, and can make a big style statement. If you’re considering a mirror for your home, it’s best to have a plan before making a selection. What should you know about mirror placement?

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Placement Can Vary

The first question to ask yourself is which room the mirror will be hung. For a bathroom, make sure there is enough wall height to hang the mirror several inches above the sink to avoid excessive water backsplash. When it comes to the dining room, the mirror should be strategically placed to avoid glare from the main light fixture.

Mirrors also look great in hallways, as they give the illusion of space to narrow areas. Placed above an accent table, you’ll be able to catch your reflection on the way in and out.

Making a Selection

Once you have decided where the mirror will go, bring your room dimensions and wall measurements to one of our showrooms. Our expert staff will show you some mirrors that are appropriately sized for your needs. From there, you can pick the style and features that suit your existing home layout and decor.

Tips to Hang a Mirror

When it comes time to hang the mirror, make sure you have someone to help hold it while you measure the ideal wall height. Once it’s level, mark the wall on top of the mirror, as well as on either side of the hanging brackets. Next, measure the distance between the brackets and mark where you will install the hardware. From here, do a final level check and drill in your hardware. For heavier mirrors, studs are recommended to better support the weight.

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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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Connecticut Lighting Centers: More Than a Lighting Store!

Since 1972, Connecticut Lighting Centers has been known for its impressive inventory of indoor and outdoor lighting. While we do have one of the largest lighting displays in New England, we are so much more than a lighting store! Better Connecticut’s Kara Sundlun recently stopped by to have a look at our decorative hardware, home automation and home accents with Vice President, Todd Director.

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Window Shade Installation

Connecticut Lighting Centers offers one-stop shopping for your home. In our window shade department, we carry everything from simple metal blinds to Roman, roller and honeycomb shades.

The experience is truly full-service; we’ll come to your house to take measurements, help you choose the perfect shades and install them for you for free.

You can also browse motorized window shades from Lutron, an international lighting control company. Lutron is the only company in the world that makes all the components for motorized window shades – including the remote control!

Mirror, Mirror On the Wall

We have hundreds of mirrors on display throughout our stores, from vanity to accent. One of our most popular-selling models is the LED-lit mirror.

Do you ever feel the fluorescent or halogen light bulbs in your bathroom get too hot when standing by the mirror? LED-lit mirrors are a great solution, regardless if you have power by the sink or vanity. Simply turn the lights on and off with a tap of your finger on the mirror!

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Tips for Proper Mirror Placement

Did you know Connecticut Lighting Centers has home decor? From accent furniture to wall hangings, we are so much more than a lighting store. With over 100 mirrors on display in our showrooms, there is plenty to choose from for your unique home. Before you make a purchase, what should you know about selecting and placing mirrors in different rooms?

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What’s the Purpose?

What are you looking to accomplish by adding a mirror to your living space? Mirrors can:

  • Reflect natural light to brighten living spaces
  • Add depth to a room so it appears bigger
  • Act as a beautiful accessory to tie a room together

Wall mirrors also reflect other aspects of a room, so you can bring the best details to life. Complete your interior design vision with our vast selection of mirrors in all shapes and sizes!

Where Will It Go?

Determining where a mirror will be hung depends on the function and size of the room.

Room Function

A mirror may serve as an accent in one room but a necessity in another. For instance, if you’re looking for a new bathroom mirror, make sure it’s placed several inches above the sink to avoid water splashes. The best placements in bedrooms and living rooms tend to highlight other features of the space, such as a mantel or fireplace.

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Holiday Gift Guide from Connecticut Lighting

The holiday season is here! As we enter the most wonderful time of the year, it’s time to start thinking about your shopping list. Every year, it seems to get harder and harder to find the perfect presents – not at Connecticut Lighting Centers! There is something for everyone at New England’s largest family of lighting showrooms. Better Connecticut co-host Scot Haney recently stopped by to explore holiday gift ideas with Vice President, Todd Director.

Making Spirits Bright

When customers visit our showrooms, they are often surprised to find that we sell much more than lighting. For instance, there is a unique gift item for mom, dad, sibling and everyone in between in our home decor section. If someone on your list loves spirits, how about a wine caddy? Simply place the bottle upside down and dispense from real stone! We also sell decorative wine candles, which look like a traditional bottle but have a wick inside.

For the frequent host or hostess, we have proudly partnered with a company called Built by Heroes. For every veteran-made cutting board sold at Connecticut Lighting Centers, part of the proceeds goes back to our military members. We also have plenty of serving bowls, utensils and platters from Michael Healy Designs and Michael Aram.

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