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Lighting for “Home of Distinction” in Southington

Home of Distinction at the North Ridge Estates is a future show home in Southington, CT – one of our showroom locations. Constructed by Lovley Development, this community will feature 94 properties that showcase the latest materials and designs, including lighting – which Connecticut Lighting Centers is honored to provide. Sarah Cody from Fox 61 recently stopped by our showroom to explore LEDs, decorative hardware and outdoor lighting with President David Director.

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What Are the Benefits of LED Light Bulbs?

Recently our Vice President, Todd Director, appeared on Western Mass News to discuss the innovations of LED technology and choosing the right LED light bulbs for your specific needs.

The New & Improved LED Light Bulb

In the past, we used to hear customers say all the time that LED light bulbs were “ugly” because they didn’t look the same as traditional incandescent bulbs. Today, an LED light bulb is nearly identical to the styles we’re used to seeing in our homes. Available in several varieties, from bulbs to fixtures, LED light bulbs produce no heat, emit quality brightness and last much longer than a typical bulb.

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The Wonders of LED Lighting

Vice President Todd Director met with Scot Haney from Better CT to explain why our LED light bulb display at Connecticut Lighting Centers is unlike any other lighting showroom!

Why Choose LED Bulbs?

At Connecticut Lighting Centers, we have over 150 styles of light bulbs. Our light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs come in all different varieties, from nostalgic and retro to modern. LED bulbs are superior in performance to incandescent and halogen light bulbs, with a warmer color temperature. Measured in degrees Kelvin (K), the most prevalent color temperature for residential needs are 2700 to 3000K. LEDs no longer emit blue-tinted light, but a warm amber light that won’t wash out your living spaces. When it comes to dimming capabilities, we make sure your bulb is sold with the proper dimmer that does not change the operation of your LED bulb.

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Choosing the Right Light Bulbs

Home lighting design changes based upon our mood. In the early morning, we prefer less light because we’ve just woken up. At night, we require more light to prepare dinner, but may want minimal light when watching a movie. Lighting is thus tailored for relaxation and productivity. We rely on the light bulb as opposed to the type of fixture to control ambiance. What should you know about bulbs to light your rooms to their fullest potential?

Common Types of Bulbs

Bulbrite bulbHomeowners typically use four different types of bulbs: incandescent, compact fluorescent, halogen and light-emitting diodes.

  • Incandescent: These bulbs are lit by an electric current through a filament, which produces a warm glow.
  • CFL: Compact fluorescent light bulbs are lit by an electric current sent through a tube with argon and mercury vapor, which produces cool light.
  • Halogen: These bulbs are lit by thermal radiation from a hot tungsten filament, which produces a white light that resembles natural daylight.
  • LED: Light-emitting diode bulbs, three times more efficient than CFLs, produce blue light when a voltage is applied to negatively charged semiconductors.

There are many more types of light bulbs and subcategories within each variety, but these four are most commonly used in modern home construction.

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Oversized Fixtures: A 2016 Lighting Trend

fs-f29879snch.jpgIt used to be an unspoken rule that the fixtures and decorative accents in your home had to be proportional to the size of the area, otherwise everything would look off balance. Now, in 2016, it is a trend to do just the opposite! Oversized fixtures that make a bold statement is the latest craze and can be utilized in any room that you desire. Making a design declaration is the new way to ground a room and pull the overall scheme together. It is understandable to be nervous about this trend, as it is so different from what we know, but we have tips to help you accomplish the look.

Large Chandeliers vs. Pendants

Chandeliers tend to work best in open spaces, like your entryway, hallway or an open concept room. They can add a spa-like ambiance to a bathroom as well, but not if the space is cramped. Two-tier chandeliers are elegant, eye-catching and the perfect way to pull off the oversized trend. Feiss Lighting has a beautiful nine-light two-tier chandelier in satin nickel with chrome accents that would complement any existing décor.

Large pendants are a better counterpart to spaces like your kitchen or dining area. You can have multiple hanging throughout or one in the center of the room, whichever works best for your space. A real attention grabber is the Alexandria pendant from Quoizel. The dangling glass accents shine against a Palladian bronze finish.

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