Let the Sunshine In
Did you know the sun’s rays in winter can be even stronger than in summer? When sunlight is reflected off snow, it’s double trouble – you are being hit with sunshine from both the sky and ground. On green grass, sunlight does not bounce back up.
Although you may get an unexpected sunburn, there is a benefit to brighter sunshine in winter: More natural light to illuminate your home! During the day, keep the curtains open and let the sun work in place of your light fixtures. As an added bonus, you can retain some of the sun’s heat after dark if you close the curtains tight at sundown.
Install Lighting Controls
Many of us can overuse our lights, especially during winter when the sun goes down earlier in the day. However, you may not need the number of fixtures that you think to keep a room well-lit. We always recommend layering your lighting design, which means a balance of ambient, task and accent lighting. For instance, recessed cans paired with a lamp and wall sconces. In many cases, you do not need all three sources on full-strength. That’s where lighting controls comes in.
Visit Our New CT Showroom
The newest addition to the Connecticut Lighting Centers family is at a great location, right next to Connecticut Appliance & Fireplace Distributors (CAFD) and Pilgrim Furniture. Home and business owners can do a host of shopping in one plaza! The new Southington showroom and warehouse space is double the size of our old store on Queen Street.
Browse 12,000 sq. ft. of lighting, decorative hardware, mirrors, ceiling fans, home automation products and so much more in a wide-open space. We did not put up walls in the new showroom, so everything is featured on a floor display or hanging from the ceiling.
One of our favorite areas of the store is our recessed track lighting and LED flat panels section. Be energy-smart in the new year with efficient lighting that goes right into the wall!
Don’t want to miss the big game while your spouse is shopping for lighting? Kick back in our TV lounge with full cable.
Our new Southington showroom also has a designated area for our sister store, Restoration Lighting Gallery. We have stocked hundreds of flush mounts, refurbished light fixtures, lamp shades and lamp finials to give customers a glimpse of restoration lighting design.
Beautiful, Lightweight Fixtures
LED technology has revolutionized the way light fixtures are being made. Think of a traditional four-light chandelier made from steel with glass shades. This fixture likely weighs more than 20 pounds and would require some muscle to transport. With today’s technology, an LED fixture from innovative brands like Elan and Dainolite can feel virtually weightless.
More Room for Creativity
LED technology is making everything smaller, which means homeowners have more open space to use. Rather than cluttering rooms with multiple floor lamps and wall fixtures, LED light bars, undercabinet lighting and tape lighting allows for more versatility. These categories of lighting make interior and exterior design more fun. Use LEDs for task lighting and to create cool lighting effects that highlight your home’s unique architecture.