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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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Tips to Plan Your Next Outdoor Lighting Project

Exterior lighting draws attention to the best features of your home and can help improve security. Connecticut Lighting Centers has the largest display and inventory in New England, so you are sure to find the most unique and stylish exterior lights. Before you come to the showroom and start picking out fixtures, it’s essential to gather some details. What should you consider?

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Whether on your own, with a contractor or a lighting expert from our showroom, you should walk around the property to get your ideas in order. While doing so, think about:

  • Where you want to install exterior lights
  • Your desired fixtures
  • Where the power supply is located

Some areas will be more ideal for exterior lighting than others. For instance, underneath a large tree that sheds its leaves every fall would likely not be the best place.

With these details in mind, our showroom staff will be better equipped to determine the right lighting for each application. We can help you choose between a semi-flush mount or wall sconces to light the front porch, post lanterns or smaller path lights for the driveway and more.

Think About Efficiency

It is possible to keep your landscape lights on through the night without running up the electricity bill! The answer is light-emitting diode bulbs. LED has evolved so much over the past few years. You are no longer restricted to certain fixtures or applications; some fixtures now come equipped with built-in LED technology. The average LED bulb consumes less energy and lasts 25,000 hours versus 1,500 hours for a traditional incandescent light bulb.

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Tips to Decorate Your Front Porch for Fall

Labor Day has come and gone, which means autumn is right around the corner! It’s time to start thinking about cooler weather, festive decor and the holiday season. The transition from summer to fall can be hard, so we recommend starting with small projects. Your front porch is a great place to begin! We have 4 tips to help you decorate your porch for fall.

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Start with Outdoor Lighting

front porch decorated for autumn Before you begin decorating, make sure you have enough exterior lighting to highlight the festive elements you’re about to add. With a flush mount or hanging light fixture on the porch and lamp post lights along the driveway, visitors and passerby can admire your mums, pumpkin displays and fall door wreath. General benefits of outdoor landscape lighting include:

  • Complementing your home’s best features
  • Increasing security of your property
  • Helping guests find their way to the door

At Connecticut Lighting Centers, we have a large selection of outdoor LED light fixtures that you can keep on all night without worrying about the electricity bill. Not only can our showroom staff help you choose the right fixtures, but we can also come to your home for a consultation! Together, we can develop a lighting design layout that best suits your needs.

Depending on the type of fixture you choose, what’s the rule of thumb for proper display?

  • Pendants, Lanterns & Flush Mounts: At least 6 inches above the door
  • Wall Sconces: At least 66 inches from the porch floor
  • Lamp Posts: Light element should be about one-quarter the size of the pole
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3 Ways to Increase Your Home’s Resale Value

The average American moves approximately 11.7 times in a lifetime. Whether you plan to stay in your current home for years or are thinking about moving, home improvement is always a good idea. Enjoy the space while you live there, but also choose features you know will attract future homebuyers to your property. What are three surefire upgrades to increase your home’s resale value?

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Kitchen Lighting & Hardware

Kitchen island lightingAsk a group of real estate experts and they’ll likely agree that kitchen upgrades are the number one return on investment for homeowners. The kitchen is a highly functional space for families. From cooking the daily meals to the kids doing their homework at the table, your kitchen gets plenty of use.

When performing these tasks, proper lighting is essential. Add a “wow” factor to the room with under-cabinet lighting for your illumination needs. Not only does this option save space, but it can also be used as ambient, task or accent lighting.

Don’t forget about the cabinet and door hardware! Repainting the cabinets and updating knobs and pulls may seem like small improvements, but they can make a big impact. A sliding barn door track to close off the pantry or dining room can also add an element of sophistication to any style kitchen.

Bathroom Lighting

The bathroom is another space that can make or break the sale of a house. Outdated fixtures, flooring and other amenities should be upgraded to what the modern homeowner wants – a relaxing, spa-like environment.

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