Connecticut Lighting Centers https://www.ctlighting.com Thu, 15 Jun 2017 20:57:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Energy-Saving Tips to Light Your Home This Summer https://www.ctlighting.com/lighting-tips/energy-saving-tips-summer/ Wed, 14 Jun 2017 16:36:01 +0000 https://www.ctlighting.com/?p=17550 Summers in New England can be hot and humid, but many of us prefer the heat over bitter cold winter weather. When we see these extreme temperatures, we often also see extreme increases on our HVAC bills. When you’re planning…

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Summers in New England can be hot and humid, but many of us prefer the heat over bitter cold winter weather. When we see these extreme temperatures, we often also see extreme increases on our HVAC bills. When you’re planning lighting design for the upcoming summer, consider these 3 easy tips to light your home and save energy.

Landscape Lighting: Less Is More

exterior lighting and greeneryLighting the outside of your home at night is about safety and aesthetics. A sufficiently lit pathway prevents guests from falling and can help deter intruders, but also creates a beautiful scene of illuminated shrubbery.

We like to say that less is more with landscape lighting, especially during the summer, because homeowners want to keep the ambience of a warm summer night when daylight lingers until after 8pm.

It also lowers your energy costs to strategically place lighting fixtures around the yard, rather than several groups near each other. We recommend using energy-efficient LED bulbs, so you do not have to worry about the cost of keeping outside lights on all night long.

Indoor Lighting: Be in Control

There are two surefire ways to run up your electricity bill inside the home: over-lighting rooms and failing to turn the lights off when you leave. Too much light can be harsh, depending on the time of day.

Five fixtures brightening a single room at night can have the opposite effect of relaxation after a long day at work! We suggest having multiple switches with dimmers for each light source, so you can be in complete control of which lights are on and how bright they are.

Also, make it a habit in your household to turn off the lights when you leave a room. It may seem insignificant, but leaving a lamp on overnight for several days in a row can add up.

Benefits of Ceiling Fans

At Connecticut Lighting Centers, we have 180 ceiling fans on display and even more in stock. One of the great features of ceiling fans is that they are multi-dimensional. These fixtures can provide light and help circulate cool air in a hot room. Save energy this summer by turning on the ceiling fan instead of the air conditioner on milder days.

Although you will be able to raise your thermostat a few degrees without much consequence, it’s best to only run a ceiling fan when you are in the room. These fixtures are better at helping cool the people in a room, rather than the space itself.

Our lighting experts are on the showroom floor seven days and five nights a week to answer your questions. Visit our Hartford or Southington showroom to learn more about energy-saving lighting design for the summer.

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Luxurious and Functional Hardware by Baldwin https://www.ctlighting.com/hardware/functional-hardware-baldwin/ Thu, 08 Jun 2017 13:06:29 +0000 https://www.ctlighting.com/?p=16849 Looking to upgrade your decorative hardware? Make quality craftsmanship and practical design a reality in your home with Baldwin! The Fayerman family immigrated to America in 1945 and has been hand forging functional hardware since 1946. Connecticut Lighting Centers is…

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Looking to upgrade your decorative hardware? Make quality craftsmanship and practical design a reality in your home with Baldwin! The Fayerman family immigrated to America in 1945 and has been hand forging functional hardware since 1946. Connecticut Lighting Centers is a preferred dealer of Baldwin, including cabinet and door hardware.

Excellence and Innovation

Baldwin Hardware Display The craftsmen at Baldwin hand forge their products, which does not require the use of a machine; metal is heated and shaped by hand. Their five-step process involves cutting, forging, trimming, grounding and polishing to produce the perfect handcrafted pieces. On average, 30 different people are involved in the creation of Baldwin hardware products!

Whether you need new cabinet, door or hardware, Baldwin has the latest styles of pulls, knobs, levers and locks to match the existing décor in your home. Homeowners can also find door guards, bolts, hinges, knockers, letter box plates and doorbell buttons in a variety of unique collections.

Distinctive Finishes

We carry two of the Baldwin Hardware portfolios: Estate and Reserve. Their third series, Prestige, is carried by big box stores who do not have the same opportunity to sell Estate and Reserve. The available finishes within these portfolios are sure to match any existing backsplash or countertops you have in your home. Hardware products come in brass, dark and silver tones.

  • Brass: Lacquered, Matte, Non-Lacquered, Polished, Satin Black or Brown, Vintage
  • Dark: Dark Bronze, Distressed Oil-Rubbed Bronze, Distressed Venetian Bronze, Oil-Rubbed Bronze, Satin Black, Venetian Bronze
  • Silver: Antique Nickel, Distressed Antique Nickel, Matte Antique Nickel, Polished Chrome, Polished Nickel, Satin Chrome, Satin Nickel, White Bronze

Baldwin’s Lifetime Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) finishing is unmatched by competitors. The brand was the first to develop a PVD finish for decorative hardware products.

Baldwin has been called America’s premier maker of hand-crafted hardware – why settle for anything less than the best for your home? Visit our Hartford or Southington showroom today to speak with an expert in our decorative hardware department. We’ll help you select the best products for your unique space that are both functional and beautiful!

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Paint a Picture with Landscape Lighting https://www.ctlighting.com/landscape-lighting/paint-picture-landscape-lighting/ Tue, 30 May 2017 14:20:34 +0000 https://www.ctlighting.com/?p=17504 Our Vice President, Todd Director, recently appeared on Better Connecticut to discuss the many benefits of landscape lighting. He showed Scot Haney one of our clients’ homes in Wethersfield, who did a fantastic job with landscape lighting, as well as…

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Our Vice President, Todd Director, recently appeared on Better Connecticut to discuss the many benefits of landscape lighting. He showed Scot Haney one of our clients’ homes in Wethersfield, who did a fantastic job with landscape lighting, as well as our extensive inventory of low voltage products.

What Is Low Voltage Landscape Lighting?

Landscape lighting is a great way to improve the aesthetic value and security of your home. When you shine a light on your home, garden and trees, your property not only looks breathtaking at night, but helps to deter intruders.

One of the best features of our landscape products is low voltage lighting. Line voltage is very dangerous wiring that needs to be trenched very deep in the ground. On the other hand, low voltage wiring is safer and can be added at any time during a design project. For example, as your rose bushes continue to grow and change appearance, you can continue to build on landscape lighting.

Design Landscape Lighting from Start to Finish

Our lighting experts are eager to help you design the landscape of your dreams. When you come to us with photos of your property during the daytime, we will recommend fixtures and placement that fits your needs. We also offer on-site consultations, where we perform this assessment at your home.

At Connecticut Lighting Centers, we have a design room for landscape lighting that imitates what a property may look like at night. We can show you how to illuminate walkways and highlight trees with post lights, uplighting and spotlights. Rather than imagining what the fixtures will look like, you can see for yourself in our simulated setting. Plus, when you visit a showroom at night, the path is lined with lights that are constantly changing. Our customers get a real feel of how their walkway would look when the sun goes down.

What are you waiting for? Spring is the perfect time to start your landscape lighting design project. Contact us today to learn more!

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Tips to Light Your Outdoor Patio https://www.ctlighting.com/outdoor-lighting/light-outdoor-patio/ Tue, 23 May 2017 13:52:11 +0000 https://www.ctlighting.com/?p=16997 Outdoor patios are the ultimate entertaining space for homeowners. When you create a cozy and functional place for friends and family to gather on a sunny spring day or warm summer evening, lighting design is essential. For guests to be…

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Outdoor patios are the ultimate entertaining space for homeowners. When you create a cozy and functional place for friends and family to gather on a sunny spring day or warm summer evening, lighting design is essential. For guests to be comfortable, they should be able to see when the sun goes down! We offer 6 tips to help you light a patio.

Accentuate the Steps

outdoor patio lighting As the host of a party, you never want a guest to be injured on your property. Steps are often the culprit when someone trips and falls outside a home. Riser lights can be installed within steps so each one is highlighted as you approach the staircase, big or small!

Add a Ceiling Fan

An outdoor ceiling fan serves two functions for you and your guests. For one, it can help circulate cool air across the space to keep everyone comfortable on a hot day or night. And when the sun sets, a ceiling fan can provide some overhead lighting to keep the party going.

Back to Recessed Basics

Covered outdoor patios can keep guests dry during a brief rain shower and provide a more formal setting for a dinner party. When natural sunlight is blocked, it’s important for a patio to be adequately lit. Recessed lighting can save space and provide a soft, ambient glow.

Find an Oversized Floor Lamp

Although floor lamps can limit the space available for guests and other furniture on an outdoor patio, these oversized fixtures are perfect to provide concentrated light. Homeowners enjoy reading outside on cool summer nights can benefit from a floor lamp.

Illuminate the Walkway

Another way to reduce the risk of a guest falling and sustaining an injury on your property, light the pathway to your patio. Directing light at the shrubbery and other accents that line your walkway can subtly illuminate the way and help deter intruders!

Mount Lantern-Style Sconces

Hanging wall sconces is a stylish and functional way to light your outdoor patio while saving space. Available in a variety of styles, wall sconces shaped like lanterns help create a natural atmosphere of comfort and elegance on cozy summer nights.

Connecticut Lighting Centers is your one-stop-shop for all landscape lighting needs! Find a showroom near you to speak with our lighting experts about designing your patio.

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Celebrate Spring with Outdoor Lighting https://www.ctlighting.com/landscape-lighting/celebrate-spring-outdoor-lighting/ Wed, 03 May 2017 19:30:48 +0000 https://www.ctlighting.com/?p=17397 Connecticut Lighting Centers Vice President, Todd Director, recently appeared on WGGB TV’s Western Mass News to discuss outdoor lighting and home automation for spring. At our showrooms, we carry fixtures that are built to last and save energy. The Benefits…

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Connecticut Lighting Centers Vice President, Todd Director, recently appeared on WGGB TV’s Western Mass News to discuss outdoor lighting and home automation for spring. At our showrooms, we carry fixtures that are built to last and save energy.

The Benefits of Landscape Lighting

Customers come to us all the time looking for outdoor lighting fixtures that they won’t have to change every season. Quoizel has a new series of lights called Coastal Armour, made from durable material built to resist the elements. Homeowners will no longer have to worry about the finish of their landscape lights fading after a rainy spring!

A house that is lit up at night looks more welcoming, keeps guests safe and deters intruders. With today’s LED technology, you can leave your whole yard lit throughout the night without worrying about the cost of electricity.

Increase Home Security with Skybell

Who’s ringing the doorbell? Now you can answer the door with your smartphone. The Skybell video doorbell easily replaces your current push button and an Apple or Android app walks you through the installation process.

Every time the doorbell senses motion, a video is sent directly to your phone. Skybell also integrates with other home automation technology brands, including Nest and Lutron.

Skybell is especially popular for parents with school aged children, who may arrive home first. For $199, you can keep your family safe and secure, even when you’re away from home!

Visit our Hartford or Southington showroom today to browse the largest selection of landscaping lighting in New England and learn more about the Skybell video doorbell.

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