Connecticut Lighting Centers https://www.ctlighting.com Tue, 15 Aug 2017 21:46:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Decorative Hardware For The Home https://www.ctlighting.com/better-connecticut/decorative-hardware-home/ Wed, 09 Aug 2017 16:30:26 +0000 https://www.ctlighting.com/?p=17830 When you’re looking for decorative hardware for your kitchen, bathroom or entryway, Connecticut Lighting Centers is your one-stop-shop. WFSB’s Scot Haney recently came by our Hartford showroom looking for nails and bolts – hardware we do not carry. Todd Director…

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When you’re looking for decorative hardware for your kitchen, bathroom or entryway, Connecticut Lighting Centers is your one-stop-shop. WFSB’s Scot Haney recently came by our Hartford showroom looking for nails and bolts – hardware we do not carry. Todd Director gave him a personal tour of the showroom, which includes decorative bath, kitchen and bathroom cabinet and door hardware products.

Bath Hardware

Remodeling your bathroom? Come to Connecticut Lighting Centers, where we have every type of decorative bathroom hardware. From towel bars to toilet paper holders and shelving, we have it all. One of our most popular lines is Valsan, a Portuguese hardware company with beautiful attention-to-detail and functionality for your interior rooms.

Cabinet Hardware

We carry various styles of cabinet pulls and knobs for your kitchen or bathroom – even large refrigerator door pulls. Customers will find a price on every piece in the showroom, ranging from a very affordable $1.99 knob to more high-end knobs priced at $50.

Door Hardware

Finally, we have an extensive inventory of door hardware, from knobs to sliding barn door tracks and keyless entry systems. Oftentimes when homeowners are remodeling a room, they focus on the furniture, lighting or accent pieces, forgetting about hinges and door handles. Available in any finish you want, with or without lock and key, we can update your door hardware to be more modern.

Speaking of modern, keyless entry systems are very popular right now. We carry Schlage products, including the Connect and Sense systems, which allow you to enter a keypad code or use your smartphone to unlock your front door. What about people who do not want the keypad visible? Baldwin Evolved uses Bluetooth technology to open the door from your smartphone or by key fob sensor technology.

To learn more about the Decorative Hardware Department at Connecticut Lighting Centers, contact us today.

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Lighting for “Home of Distinction” in Southington https://www.ctlighting.com/community/lighting-home-of-distinction/ Fri, 28 Jul 2017 14:00:50 +0000 https://www.ctlighting.com/?p=17748 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…

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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.

Light as an Art Form

Courtesy of energy-efficient and cost-effective light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs, we are able to make a variety of objects into beautiful lights. Yet, even traditional fixtures fit LED bulbs, so home and business owners can feel good about preserving the environment. As David explains, LED flush mounts are changing the entire landscape of lighting. These easy-to-install, affordable fixtures are growing in popularity for closets and garages. LED flush mounts can also be used in bigger rooms – like kitchens – as functional lights.

“We look at cabinet hardware as jewelry for your home. It really is that finishing touch that people really see.” – David Director

Outdoor Lanterns for Home of Distinction

This fall, the North Ridge Estates will be open for tours. Connecticut Lighting Centers provided the outdoor lanterns for the show home. When consumers walk into a space, they will be able to see how different fixtures affect a space. Similar to our showrooms, where you can see products like path lighting outside and ceiling fans indoors, future homeowners will get a feel for the atmosphere of the North Ridge Estate properties through our lighting design.

Home of Distinction tours start in September and the proceeds will benefit Bread for Life, a non-profit organization whose mission is to feed the hungry in Southington. Contact us today to learn more about our involvement in this project.

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Custom Lighting for Local Restaurants https://www.ctlighting.com/commercial-lighting/custom-lighting-local-restaurants/ Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:00:16 +0000 https://www.ctlighting.com/?p=17678 Our Vice President, Todd Director, appeared on Better Connecticut to discuss our most recent commercial lighting project at Chango Rosa in Hartford. We have completed custom lighting design for this restaurant group, which also includes Bear’s Smokehouse. Todd and WFSB…

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Our Vice President, Todd Director, appeared on Better Connecticut to discuss our most recent commercial lighting project at Chango Rosa in Hartford. We have completed custom lighting design for this restaurant group, which also includes Bear’s Smokehouse. Todd and WFSB personality Scot Haney visit both restaurants.

Lighting Design at Chango Rosa

This new restaurant in Hartford features graffiti art on its walls, which we highlighted with recessed lighting and LED bulbs. We always make sure that the lighting design in a commercial space ties in with the decor, which is what we did in the bar and dining area.

Main Dining Room

Connecticut Lighting also provided commercial services to the previous restaurant, Hot Tomato’s, so we were able to refurbish their chandeliers for the dining room. At Restoration Lighting Gallery, we sprayed the sockets black and replaced the bulbs with vintage LEDs. Our team at RLG can do anything when it comes to lighting modification!

Bar and Kitchen

The bar was a challenge, since the ceilings are tin and we only had power in one area. We were able to run line voltage track and drop pendants off it that complement the chandeliers.

When your lights are on for more than 12 hours a day, energy-efficiency is important. For the kitchen, we provided sufficient task lighting using LED flat panels that only use 40 watts versus 140 watts for a typical light bulb.

Lighting & Hardware at Bear’s Smokehouse

Over at Bear’s Smokehouse, owner Jamie McDonald wanted simple lighting design. We made custom wired mesh pendant with LED retro bulb at Restoration Lighting Gallery. We also provided the hardware at this restaurant, including a modern sliding barn door. At Connecticut Lighting, we have bath, cabinet and door hardware – we basically handle everything hardware except for the plumbing!

When we take on a commercial lighting project, we carefully listen to the owner’s concept and supply lighting to fit those needs. We’ll also come back on-site whenever you encounter an issue or want to further update your lighting design. Contact us today to learn more!

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3 Steps to Choose the Right Ceiling Fan https://www.ctlighting.com/ceiling-fans/3-steps-choose-right-ceiling-fan/ Tue, 18 Jul 2017 13:13:42 +0000 https://www.ctlighting.com/?p=17670 Ceiling fans offer comfort for all seasons. Living in New England, we see the full spectrum of weather, from bright sunshine to briskly cold snow. When your air conditioning or heating is not enough to keep your home comfortable, a…

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Ceiling fans offer comfort for all seasons. Living in New England, we see the full spectrum of weather, from bright sunshine to briskly cold snow. When your air conditioning or heating is not enough to keep your home comfortable, a ceiling fan helps to circulate the air. But when you go to the store, you’re overwhelmed by the number of choices and have no idea where to start. We offer 3 quick tips to find the perfect ceiling fan for your needs.

What Is the Fan’s Purpose?

Minka-Aire ceiling fanThere are several reasons why a homeowner may need a ceiling fan installed, including:

  • Help cool or heat large spaces
  • Improved energy efficiency
  • Add another source of light to a room
  • Circulate air through an outdoor patio

At Connecticut Lighting Centers, we have a unique ceiling fan for each one of these reasons and more. When you visit our showroom, let us know the purpose the fan will serve in your home and we can steer you in the right direction.

How Big or Small Is the Space?

Arguably the most important factor in your buying decision, the size of the space has a direct impact on the selection of fans you have to choose from. Consider how blade span will affect the existing décor and your ceiling height to help determine the overall size.

Blade Span

Also called blade sweep, this measures from the tip of one blade to the tip of the blade across. If the blades are too large, they could clash with or overpower your home accents. Lumens has a guide to match blade size to the room you’re looking to add a ceiling fan:

  • 29” to 36”: Rooms that are less than 75 sq. ft., such as bathrooms and nooks.
  • 42” to 48”: Rooms that are between 75 and 175 sq. ft., such as bedrooms, kitchens and dining rooms.
  • 52” to 56”: Rooms that are less than 350 sq. ft., such as master bedrooms and finished basements.
  • 60” or more: Rooms that are larger than 350 sq. ft.

Ceiling Height

Rooms with low ceilings benefit from low-profile or flush mount fans, meaning they do not hang low. High ceilings often require a downrod, a mount that attaches the top of a fan to the ceiling bracket. As a general rule of thumb, fans should be about 8 feet off the ground.

Selecting an Outdoor Ceiling Fan

There are many benefits of adding a ceiling fan to an outdoor space. Just as they do inside, outdoor fans help move stagnant air around a patio, deck or gazebo. On a hot summer day, you can entertain guests in the sunshine without the uncomfortable feeling of humidity. Plus, ceiling fans that are safe to use outdoors can be damp or wet rated. Damp rated fans continue to work despite moisture in the air, while wet rated fans still work after coming in contact with precipitation.

At Connecticut Lighting Centers, we have over 180 ceiling fans on display and thousands more in stock. Browse our extensive inventory online or come to one of our showrooms to see it, touch it and take it home. Contact us today to learn more!

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How to Add Natural Lighting & Design Elements https://www.ctlighting.com/lighting-tips/natural-design-elements/ Wed, 12 Jul 2017 13:42:41 +0000 https://www.ctlighting.com/?p=17630 “Be one with nature” is a common mantra that helps many people find balance in their lives. What if you could bring the relaxing elements of the outdoors inside your home? A growing trend in home design, more and more…

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“Be one with nature” is a common mantra that helps many people find balance in their lives. What if you could bring the relaxing elements of the outdoors inside your home? A growing trend in home design, more and more natural components can be found in lighting and furniture showrooms. This summer, bring the outdoors in with natural lighting and home décor from Connecticut Lighting Centers! We offer 3 tips to get you started.

Choose a Focal Point

Natural interior roomIf you’re not quite ready to take the leap to a completely natural-themed room design, consider choosing one central piece to highlight. Many homeowners start with a natural backdrop to bring the organic theme into their rooms, then draw attention to it with strategic accent lighting. For example, a wooden wall panel can add texture and fun, but still pairs well with traditional lighting and furniture.

Pair Lighting Fixtures with Home Accents

This may seem like common sense to some homeowners, but the natural theme works best when all aspects of a room follow the trend. Complete the rustic look with wall décor and accent furniture that add texture and lighting that adds depth.

At Connecticut Lighting Centers, we have pendants with branch detailing etched into stainless steel and wooden wall sconces that give rooms a luxurious lodge feel. Paired with a driftwood glass top cocktail table and silver wall leaflets, you can create the calming ambiance you desire.

Add a Pop of Color

When we think of natural colors, many of us think of tan, dark brown and deep green. However, homeowners have an opportunity to add a pop of color to rooms inspired by natural elements. While these neutral tones provide a good base to begin your redesign, think of bright green grass, crystal blue waters and vibrant coral reefs. When adding nature-inspired décor and furniture that complement your home’s lighting design, don’t be afraid to choose bold colors!

Do you need a room in your home that is relaxing and private? Consider designing your space with natural elements that will add a sense of calm and unique character. Visit a Connecticut Lighting Centers showroom near you to shop lighting and home décor!

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