3 Coastal Lighting Tips for Summer

You may not live by the beach but can feel like you’re on island time with the right lighting and decor for the home. It’s important to have at least one room in the home to relax and unwind! While coastal style creates a calming environment any time of year, it’s seaside appeal makes it an ideal makeover for the summertime. How can you transform your living spaces to exude coastal style?

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Open, Nautical Fixtures

coastal style room When it comes to coastal charm, less is more. Take a minimalistic approach with fixtures that reflect natural light and complement the soft tones of natural materials. Common lighting styles you may see in a coastally designed room include:

  • Island Pendants
  • Flush Mounts
  • Globe Pendants
  • Lanterns
  • Wagon Wheel Chandeliers
  • Bell Pendants

These fixtures reflect the carefree nature of life at the beach. Exposed light bulbs and nautical elements, like woven rope detailing, offer a welcome break from every day stresses!

Reminiscent of the Beach

Surround yourself with elements that remind you of the beach in the form of lighting and decor. This may include:

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Connecticut Lighting Transforms a New Haven Restaurant

We are a full-service lighting center for home and business owners! We perform light commercial work and really enjoy lighting restaurants. From the beginning, we get involved with the plans and inspiration, so we can make sure the project turns out as desired. CT Style’s Meghan Yost joined our Vice President, Todd Director, at Sherkaan in New Haven to check out the new restaurant’s lighting.

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Look and Feel

When creating the look and feel of Sherkaan, we wanted the lighting to be more than a focal point. Our lighting design adds a cool, modern look and feel to this contemporary Indian restaurant in downtown New Haven.

“The lighting is very important in a restaurant because it’s going to set the tone, it’s going to set the mood,” said Sherkaan owner Robert Gross.

The restaurant features strategically placed decorative lighting that accents certain features of the space, which adds to the overall ambience.

Sherkaan has a bicycle theme, so we created a unique setup on the ceiling that incorporates exposed light bulbs with old-style bikes, reminiscent of the streets of India.

I would highly recommend Connecticut Lighting Centers. They do an amazing job. They make sure the job gets done to the desires of the owner.

Many people think of us for residential lighting, but business owners across New England have chosen Connecticut Lighting Centers for their commercial lighting needs. To get started on your next project, contact us today!

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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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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