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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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Outdoor LED Lighting

PageLines- OutdoorLighting_GalleryBox.jpgDavid Director, President, Connecticut Lighting Centers & Restoration Lighting Gallery, talks with Ray Dunaway from WTIC 1080 about outdoor LED lighting. From flood lights, path lights, lanterns to post lights and more, the Sales Professionals at Connecticut Lighting Centers can help you choose the right light for the right application. Visit our showrooms to learn more.

Listen to the WTIC News Talk 1080 radio interview with Ray Dunaway here below.

 

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At Connecticut Lighting Centers “We Speak LED”

Meet Todd Director the LED Guru!

At Connecticut Lighting Centers
“We Speak LED”

 

arrow.originalWe’ll help you pick the right LED for the right application!

With the phase out of 100/75 and 60/40 watt incandescent bulbs, LEDs are here to stay and now is the time to make the switch. At Connecticut Lighting Centers, “We Speak LED.” We can help you select the right LED bulb for the right application. Plus, LEDs can save you hundreds of dollars in energy savings!

Featuring SATCO.

>>View our LED Bulb Brochure

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Flood Lights From American Lighting Provide Safety, Security & Energy Savings

LED Flood Lights from American Lighting

LED Flood Lights from American Lighting.

Connecticut Lighting Centers has new LED Flood Lights from American Lighting.

The LED Panorama 30 Flood Light provides a durable and adjustable light for driveways, walkway and architectural accents.  The LEDs emit a high intensity and even illumination, which also adds safety and security for your home and yard.  These flood lights can also be used for commercial applications.

  • Five-Year Warranty from Connecticut Lighting Centers
  • Save 80% in running costs when compared to a halogen flood light
  • Aluminum housing, polyester powder coat and weatherproof gasket for ultimate durability
  • Two finishes: White or Dark Bronze
  • LEDs that last up to 50,000 hours –no more lamp replacements!
  • LEDs deliver 1700 of lumens, but only use 30.6 watts for ultimate energy savings
  • 4400 Kelvins: Emits a bright white light
  • Convenient power connectors for easy installation
  • 120-277 input volt range that is compatible for residential and commercial applications
  • c/UL/us listed for wet locations
  • Every Day Low Price: *$199.95
    (*price current as of 1-21-14 and is subject to change)
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