Pendant Lights

Pendant lights are one of the most versatile lights you can install in your home. They come is so many shapes, sizes and types that you can install them in any room and it will be functional and aesthetically pleasing.

Pendants are hanging light fixtures that are alternatives to having large fixtures, such as a floor lamp or a chandelier taking up all the room. Also, you can always use pendant lights as supplementing lighting if you do indeed use a chandelier.

You’re not only limited to single down down-light pendant. Pendant lights can have either an up light or down light. One fixture is not limited to only one pendant, but there can be multiple ones mounted together. Also, some pendents have a drum shade, which, which has a more circular body.

Check out our favorite pendant looks that would go great in any room.

This ET2 Lighting Disco 5-Light LED pendant is a great example of multiple pendants in one fixture. It would go great in your kitchen.

Disco 5-Light LED Pendant
ET2 Lighting E22685-01PC Disco 5-Light LED Pendant

This Elk Lighting Satin Nickle Geologic Mini Pendent with Tri Color Swirl Blown Class Shade would be great for a bedroom to replace a table lamp or over a study area to save space

Satin Nickel Geologic 1 Light Mini Pendant with Tri-Color Swirl Blown Glass Shade
Satin Nickel Geologic 1 Light Mini Pendant with Tri-Color Swirl Blown Glass Shade

The Conduit 25Lt Pendant from Troy Lighting is a great and unique alternative to a chandelier.

 

Conduit 25Lt Pendant
Troy Lighting F3816 Conduit 25Lt Pendant

The Three-Light Rialto Pendant from Sea Gull Lighting is a great example of an uplight pendant that can be used in a dining room or kitchen.

Three-Light Rialto Pendant
Sea Gull Lighting 65361-965 Three-Light Rialto Pendant

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Lamps Take Over Hollywood

We’ve been having tons of fun reimagining images from pop culture. You may recall our comic book covers and our video game art. Now, we present to you some famous movie posters reinvented with all your favorite lamp, lighting, bulb and shade themes!

Is there anything you would like to see us reimagine next time? Leave your requests in the comments below!

50 saheds of grey movie poster reimagined

blades of glory reimagined as shades of glory

pay it forward reimaged as shade it forward

fight club poster reimagined

blade reimagined as shade

lady and the tramp reimagined as lady and the lamp

johnny english reimagined

We want to thank graphic artist Lisa Benson who helped us bring our lamp meets Hollywood vision to life.

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Dining Room Tables – Pick the Right Size

Dining rooms are an integral part of any home. There are so many different functions or purposes for a dining room: entertaining, eating or for just the design factor. While the chandelier that lights up the whole room may take focus,  it is the dining room table that will serve the most function.

You want a dining room table that will fit your needs. The more people you expect to entertain the more table space you should have. Rectangular tables are great if you expect a lot of guests. On the other hand, if you don’t plan on entertaining as much, or have fewer guests frequenting your home, round tables might be better for you.

Zuo Modern 102192 Xert Dining Table Gray

The space and comfort of your diners is important. You want to give them their own personal zone where they aren’t sitting on top of each other. Try to buy a table that fits the number of people you want that allows them each to have their own space of 2′-3′. Also, in relation to space, you don’t want the table taking up the whole room. Leave your guests enough room to move around, so leave a couple of feet between the table and the walls so no one feels cramped or cornered.

Zuo Modern 98160 Fillmore Table Distressed Natural

Dining room tables are an investment that should last you a long time. If you feel that over time your needs will grow or if you know that occasionally you will entertain more, but the majority of the time you will entertain small groups, you should find a table that have extensions. When you have many people coming over, you want to maintain a uniform look, instead of having extra tables scattered all over the place.

Zuo Modern 102172 Wilco Dining Table Black

Rectangular and round tables have different size guidelines per seat when you’re trying to figure out the size:

  • For rectangular tables, the length of the table should be proportionate for every seat needed. For every one seat you require, add 12″ and the resulting sum is how long your rectangular table should be. (Example: need 8 seats, the length of your table should be 96″ 8 x 12)
  • For round tables, they follow a different scale. Since round tables are mostly used for smaller groups, they are not offered in as large sizes as rectangular ones. The more guests you want to place in a round table, they get a decreasing amount of space. Respectively, if you have a table that seats 4, each diner should add 12″ to the diameter (you need a table with a diameter of 48″= 4 x 12), if you have a table that seats 6, each diner should add 10″ (you need a table with a diameter of 60″ = 6 x 10), if you have a table that sits 8, each diner should add 9″ (you need a table with a diameter of 72″ = 8 x 9)

 

 

 

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Brand Spotlight : Hinkley Lighting

Hinkley
Hinkley stands above the rest of the competition. Their award-winning product designs, innovative materials, and cutting-edge LED technology sets them apart from the competition. All their products are stylish and made of of the highest quality to make sure they are the perfect fit in your home.

Hathaway LED Semi Flush Ceiling Light

Background
Hinkley lighting had humble roots. It first started in the early 20th century as a small family business in Ohio that primarily focused on outdoor lanterns. Almost one century later, the small family business became a global brand that includes interior lighting as well. Over the past four generations as their business evolved, Hinkley never strayed from their goal to bring the best in style, quality and value to their customers.

Olde Bronze 12 Light 41 Height Indoor Lantern Pendant from the Gentry Collection
Olde Bronze 12 Light 41 Height Indoor Lantern Pendant from the Gentry Collection

Style
Every Hinkley product is handcrafted with luxurious finishes and artistic details that allows you create an environment that is defined by your own personal style. Hinkley offers a wide range of styles that can meet everyone’s personal tastes without sacrificing the craftsmanship or quality in each. Some of the collections that you can find at Hinkley are: Meridian, Cordillera, and Casa.

Rustic Iron Cordillera 10 Light 2 Tier Chandelier

Product Line
Hinkley’s outdoor collection includes: wall lights, landscape lighting, outdoor ceiling lights and various outdoor accessories. Their interior collection includes: wall lighting, chandeliers and pendants.

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Rangehood Maintenance

Rangehoods and fans remove grease and moisture from cooking, so naturally they collect dirt over time and require cleaning to stay efficient.
Easy maintenance you can do to upkeep your rangehood is to clean the exterior of it weekly with a damp cloth that won’t leave scratches on the surface.

Stainless Steel Wall Mount Range Hood
Cavaliere Hoods SV218B2-30 Stainless Steel Wall Mount Range Hood

The fans are one of the most important parts of a rangehood, but they can get really dirty from the excess dirt and grease. Make sure you upkeep the fans as often as you can with soap and water. Not maintaining it will not only decrease the efficiency of the rangehood, but poses a serious safety hazard.

 

Vents of rangehoods should also be cleaned out constantly. They become clogged with all the dirt and residue. You should always make sure this area stays clear. 

Stainless Steel Wall Mount Range Hood
Cavaliere Hoods SV218D-30 Stainless Steel Wall Mount Range Hood

Filters help trap unwanted airborne materials. They need to be changed out or washed occasionally to ensure that there won’t be a huge buildup. You should always consult with the owners manual on how to maintain your filter, because some filters have special instructions

PX12-U30, 30", 900 CFM, LED Lights, Baffle Filter W/ Grease Drain Tunnel, 1.0mm Non-Magnetic Stainless Steel, Under Cabinet Mount Range Hood
Xtreme Air USA PX12-U30 PX12-U30, 30″, 900 CFM, LED Lights, Baffle Filter W/ Grease Drain Tunnel, 1.0mm Non-Magnetic Stainless Steel, Under Cabinet Mount Range Hood Pro-X Series Collection

 

 

 

 

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Creating a Feature Wall

Feature or focal walls are a great and simple way to add interest and depth into any room.

The wall that you choose be the main focus of the room. Some places might be above the fire place, above a sofa, by a desk, or above a bed.

You shouldn’t put your feature wall next to a door or window because it will minimize the design effect of the purpose of the wall. Also, you should try to pick the largest wall instead of the smallest so that you have a larger canvas to work with.

While most people assume that a feature wall is just a wall painted one different color from the rest, there are other ways to create one:

  • Wallpaper – offers a lot of different designs and textures
  • Add decorative features, like mirrors, paintings, pictures, or any other three dimensional objects.
  • Make the wall a mural and paint something yourself
  • Use chalkboard paint and you can have a nice canvas for the kids or for a huge note pad that you can write reminder for yourself with.

 

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Under Cabinet Lighting

Under cabinet lights are an invaluable addition to any kitchen, office space or shelving unit. Under cabinet lights are perfect if you are looking for task lighting. Typically, under cabinet lights are attached to the bottom of a wall mounted cabinet.

There are four different types of under cabinet lights available: round lights (puck lights), strips lights or linear lights.  Also, under cabinet lighting options are available as fluorescent or LED.

Round Lights (Puck Lights)
The round under cabinet lights resemble hockey pucks. They are often a popular choice because of the easy installation (can be plugged in instead of wired into the house). There are also battery operated models available. Perfect for kitchen remodels where budget is an issue.

3 Light Puck Surface Flush Mount Ceiling Light

Sonneman’s Light Puck Surface Flush Mount Ceiling Light 

Strip Lights
Under cabinet lights are thin bands of plastic where small bulbs are built right into the plastic and like round lights they are another affordable option that does not have to be wired to the house. Slim fluorescent fixtures are small enough and light enough to be mounted at the front of the cabinets just behind the face frames. Their directional light can be controlled.

Standard Strip

AFX’s Standard Strip Light

Linear Lights (Rope Lights)
These linear lights are thinner than the other options. Since they are thinner and also flexible, they are easier to install and more pleasing to the eye because they are less likely to be seen.  They are not efficient in a sense as compared to other lights because they do provide as much light, but they are mainly used to compliment or accent other lighting in the room.

ET2 Eighteen Light White Under Cabinet Light

 

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Chandelier Maintenance

The chandelier in your home is a beautiful and intricate light fixture that is often the focal point of any room that it is in. To make sure that your chandelier keeps shining bright for years, make sure to give your chandelier a thorough cleaning at least once a year.

For many chandeliers, you can easily clean your own. If your chandelier is too difficult to access or clean, you may want to contact a professional cleaning service. Professional chandelier cleaning services may range from $700-$2000+, depending the the size and intricacy  of your chandelier.

Nuvo Lighting 60/4669 Margaux Nine Light Chandelier With Satin White Glass In Polished Nickel Finish

If you do choose to your own maintenance on your chandelier, here are a few tips.

Gather all the supplies you need:

  • Ladder – to reach the hard places if you can’t lower your chandelier.
  • Soft Cleaning Cloths/Gloves – to make sure that you leave no finger prints
  • Towel or Padding – to place underneath the fixture to cushion the fall if anything breaks
  • Cleaning Solution
Maxim Lighting 12024AD Maxim 12024AD Auburn Dusk Hampton 3 Light 1 Tier Mini Chandelier

TIPS Before Starting the Cleaning

  • TURN OFF THE CHANDELIER.
  • Make sure the chandelier is cool temperature wise.
  • Take pictures of the chandelier for reference in case you need to take it apart and reassemble.

Cleaning the Chandelier

  • Wet the cloth with the cleaning solution and then clean the chandelier.
  • Dry each section you wet right away
  • If the chandelier has many parts, you can take it apart and clean — use the pictures you took earlier as reference to put it back together
  • You have to move physically yourself to clean around the chandelier instead of twisting it around, which might damage the wiring
Antique White 15 Height Traditional / Classic 1 Light Mini Chandelier from the Elise Collection
Elk Lighting 12017/1 Antique White 15 Height Traditional / Classic 1 Light Mini Chandelier from the Elise Collection

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Ceiling Medallions

Ceiling medallions are a great addition to a room that has a chandelier or a ceiling fan. While their main purpose is to support the fixture it is mounted above, there shouldn’t be any reason for it to be bland. Ceiling medallions come in so many different designs that homeowners use them as an additional design element in their rooms and they should have no trouble finding one that suits their needs.  

Ceiling medallions are typically used in rooms with tall ceilings and while there are no set rules for proportions, to ensure your medallion doesn’t overpower or underwhelm, follow these handy guidelines:

The size of the medallion you use depends on your room size.

According to “How to Size a Medallion” by Jennifer Stimpson forThis Old House Magazine:

Room Size = 140 square feet or less:
Medallion Diameter =Up to 20 inches

Room Size = 140 to 210 square feet: 
Medallion Diameter = 20 to 30 inches

Room Size = 210 to 280 square feet:
Medallion Diameter = 30 to 40 inches

Room Size = More than 280 square feet:
Medallion Diameter = 40 inches or larger

-http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/photos/0,,20230020,00.html

Check out EliteFixtures.com to find ceiling medallions and more.

Like this ceiling medallion from Livex Lighting

Or this ceiling medallion in the Brittany Collection from Elk Lighting

 

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nightshade video game cover reimagined by elite fixtures

Bright Idea: Popular Video Game Covers Reimagined

A little while back, we had a lot of fun mashing up comic book covers with lamps. SO much fun in fact, we wanted to reinvent other covers from pop culture. After some deliberation, we chose Video Games. After all, video game covers are known for being creative, exciting and inventive. We thought we could have a lot of fun reinventing them with a lighting theme. Here’s how they came out! nightshade video game cover reimagined by elite fixtures zelda video game cover reimagined by elite fixtures after burner video game cover reimagined by elite fixtures sim city video game cover reimagined by elite fixtures street fighter video game cover reimagined by elite fixtures

We hope you enjoyed these! Happy gaming :)

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