Adding Elements Designed by Earth

Whenever a room is in danger of looking too cold or impersonal, designers know that they can add character, warmth and life with natural materials. Adding elements designed by Earth can bring us back to nature in small, subtle ways; re-introducing us to the life-giving properties that our planet has always provided us. And while humans will always find a way to place a price tag on anything that can be sold, many of the items you see below do not necessarily have to be store bought. DYI projects to re-cycle side-of-the-road give-a-ways, and items found at roadside lawn sales cost little and if arranged well can create an exciting displays of nature – sans the cost.


Reclaimed or salvaged wood: If you want to add instant warmth to a space, wood pieces are ideal room items. Whether you incorporate salvaged wood as an accent furniture piece, or simply strategically place a few pieces about, aged wood can keep a room from looking too slick and new. Natural wood combined with stones or crystals, create a magical element of ‘living nature’. Note the striking porcupine quills in the center image.


Crystal objects: Accessories like geodes, sea glass or glass bottles that serve as votive holders or vases add a touch of earthy beauty to any surface. Try styling these pieces on a tray atop an ottoman, on top of a stack of books on your coffee table, or with a mix of books and art on an étagère. Not only are crystals themselves, one of Earth’s most beautiful  treasures, no two crystals are alike – so you can be the true and proud owner of many one-of-a-kinds. Coffee table crystals are great conversation starters and help to reflect candle-light in a room. Some geodes, like ‘septarian nodules’ date back millions of years and have quite a colorful story behind the creation of them.


Crystal clusters: naturally radiate energy into the surrounding room or space and also are used to absorb negative energy. They are often used to cleanse a room or other stones by leaving the stone to be cleansed overnight on the cluster. Crystals have long been used in metaphysical, yoga and meditation circles as they are very appealing to hold, to which some individuals even claim to feel the energy emanating from them.


Plants: One of the best ways to add some natural appeal to your space is with plants. Banana plants, fiddle leaf fig trees, and other large potted varieties make a strong statement, and they literally add life to the room. Try grouping sets of succulents and houseplants in matching or complementary pots and use them as a centerpiece on your dining room table. As noted in the image above, simplicity and just the smallest touch of plant life can create a calm and soothing environment.

We wish to thank Denise Figlar Wilson for providing the above images and decorative suggestions on behalf of DecorAid, an award winning group of interior designers. Find them at

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Simple Outdoor Illumination Solutions

In the USA summer has officially arrived, kicking off with a strawberry moon on June 21st! Lawns everywhere are screaming for homeowner attention and if you couldn’t get everything done this spring – there’s still time to spruce up the backyard for July 4th festivities. Let’s take a look at some simple outdoor illumination solutions that you can consider, in order to transform your property into a truly magical evening paradise.


LBL Outdoor Lighting Solutions

Outdoor Wall Mount Lighting

No one wants to stumble into the house at night, while in the dark. Not only is it difficult to get a key in the door in the dark, it’s not particularly the safest way to enter your home either. A brand new wall mount fixture combined with a sidewalk post lamp can do wonders for curb appeal, and they’re not that hard to install. A good wall mount fixture with certain features such as dusk-to-dawn photocell control can make night time entry a breeze. With growing human awareness of planetary concerns, now many fixtures employ Energy Star and LED features.

Kichler Landscape Lights

Outdoor Landscape & Spot Lighting

Many people love the look of landscape spotlights and yet will shy away from installing them because the process seems too complicated consider. But actually, adding a few well placed spot lights is a fairly simple project that you can easily complete in a weekend. The basics that you will need are: wire cutters,  tape measure and your chosen light kit. To make things simple for homeowners many manufacturers will offer spot lights in kits, which include everything you will need to install your lights. Low-voltage lighting systems are easy to install, shock-free and can be moved about. Installation is a simple do-it-yourself weekend project.  The challenge for most homeowners is not in figuring out how to assemble the lights, but is in choosing from the wide assortment of styles available.


View Hinkley, Progress and Kichler Step Lights

Step Lighting

One might not immediately consider adding step lights, yet if part of your property’s curb appeal features ascending steps, then a few well placed step lights can help to create a magical atmosphere that will illuminate your entire front yard area. Step lights subliminally tell your guests that you not only welcome them, but that you are also concerned for their ultimate safety when they traverse across your property. They’re easy to install and require little more effort than installing a wall switch. In just a few steps, you can add yet another security feature of an LED or incandescent step light to your home.



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Fix Fixture Trip Ups – Part II

In Part I of Fix Fixture Trip Ups, we spoke about how the e-commerce order process works, in general. Here are some  tips on finding the replacement parts you need, when your fixture’s shade has been accidentally broken, or when those special bulbs that came with the fixture have blown out – and they’re not ‘normal’ bulbs. Things occasionally happen to fixtures despite the fact that they might hang high on the wall or way over your head. Maybe that ladder you carted down the staircase just clipped the foyer chandelier, or the kid’s smurf ball knocked the glass shade off the wall fixture. Accident’s happen. In some cases, you can order a replacement part for the item. Having a little bit of education on how to order the parts, goes a long way in terms of reducing the stress of searching the internet endlessly to replace something that’s been broken.


Here’s when you’ll likely find success in replacing your item:

  • If your fixture is less than three years old.
  • If you know the fixture’s brand name and sku#.
  • If you know the actual part sku# as well.
  • If you contact the exact same store that sold it to you.
  • If the replacement item is a shade, diffuser, post or back plate.

Here’s when it might be more difficult:

  • If the fixture is older than five years.
  • If the fixture is a fan motor or motor part.
  • If the fixture is a crystal piece, hinge piece, finial or remote control.
  • If you got it at a flea market and were hoping to find a part to make it a complete fixture.



Attempting to mix and match manufacturer brands to fix one singular product is a no-no!


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We know how it goes. You need a piece or part that’s broken off and you can’t remember the brand of the fixture you own. (Because you weren’t organized and didn’t ‘white envelope‘ the invoice details initially when you first received the product!) So you go online looking for a part that ‘looks like’ what you think you need and you order it from some random e-commerce store. Then when it arrives you find out it won’t fit your fixture at all. You’re stuck having to either keep it or pay shipping back, and worse, possibly pay re-stock fees. Even worse than that – you didn’t pay attention to online store policy which told you that accessories or parts are non-refundable.


For every fixture you purchase, dedicate a white envelope to holding all fixture purchase invoices and packing slips in it and then file it in your office or store it in a kitchen drawer. Any time you need a fixture replacement part, not only can you call up exactly where you purchased the item from, you can call that store and tell them exactly what you bought. Their phone number will be listed on the invoice. They can then help you to get exactly the part that you need, because from your invoice, you will be able to provide them the exact sku# number of the product you own. Because you are calling the same e-store you purchased the original fixture from – you will have an ongoing account that both you and the store can refer to, for any future purchases.

It just makes common sense to keep all online purchases for the same product together. Don’t forget to write the bulb socket type and bulb type on the envelope as well. If you’re used to shopping Amazon via your cell phone – simply make an email e-file for every store you purchased from! E-Z!




It’s a Sisyphean task. We’ve all done it. In a panic to fix a problem, we rush to get something done as quickly as possible, by any means possible, so that we can fix the danged thing and be done with it! But THAT approach never works and ordering a wrong part, simply adds even MORE stress to the situation when it arrives, and you find the ‘part’ doesn’t fit the ‘whole’. Patience brings clarity and oftentimes you can get what you need done quicker by working the problem slowly and smartly.

Let’s say you remember your broken fixture’s brand name, but don’t know the sku#; so you go onto every e-store you can find trying to see if their customer reps can figure out what part it is that you need. That’s a little like finding a needle in a haystack. Customer reps are, in reality, dealing with hundreds of calls a day and thousands of online products that they themselves never even see. Most items these days ship direct from the manufacturers. So for most e-commerce stores, there’s no physical warehouse to go to ‘look and see’ what might be on the shelf. If you know the brand name – call the Brand Name by phone and ASK. All brand names have a phone number and customer service dept. ASK what the part number is and if it is in stock. THEN you can go to any e-store and search by the part’s sku#.

Most e-stores are not in the business of selling pieces and parts. Why? Because $5.00 – $8.00 parts are completely unprofitable, period. And since most fixtures come from overseas now-a-days,  most fixtures come over whole. Overseas shipping can take 30 days from port to port, not including customs inspections and unloading and transport to manufacturer warehouse time, etc. Whether landscape lighting, a pendant or chandelier….every product and sell-able part has a model or sku# associated with it.

Though most customer reps might attempt to get you a part that you need, that means that they have to contact the manufacturer themselves, to get a part’s sku#, based on a fixture photo or vague description you have given them. It’s nearly almost impossible to do it that way – and it takes a lot of back and forth between the e-store, you and the manufacturer to figure out what you need – all because you didn’t put your invoices in that little white envelope to begin with…or were too lazy to simply call the manufacturer yourself in the first place. Are we beginning to see how a lack of understanding of e-commerce protocol can complicate things across the board?

Sometimes, using common sense really does work.


Find the original fixture’s sku# and brand name. Call the manufacturer customer service dept. and ask if they sell the part you need. Ask what the part’s sku number is. Ask if it is in stock. Ask them to guide you to an authorized e-store who sells it. And when you’re done finally purchasing your part, place all the information into that little white envelope for future reference! You might make it easier on yourself the next time you need a part or a bulb!

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Dining vs. Foyer Chandeliers

The world of chandelier shopping can be daunting when homeowners begin to shop for their very first one. A chandelier purchase will not only enhance a room aesthetically, but when properly fit to the dimensions of a room, it is an efficient way to illuminate a large area. Let’s look at the most typical aspects of choosing a chandelier that most confuses customers; by examining the difference between dining and foyer chandeliers. Is there a difference between them?


Crystorama – Luna Collection

Foyer chandeliers, like dining lights can range in size. However, manufacturers often craft their large chandeliers, stretching them to over-sized versions in order to properly accommodate grand-style foyer entrances. Some foyers, especially the ones found in mini mansions can tower height-wise past two floors; thus requiring a fixture size large enough to be able to shower the area with the appropriate light.

With dining lighting, consideration is also given to over-the-table height, including the value of overall room lighting. Since lighting is an important element in any room, a little bit of time spent deciding on a fixture for a room and where to place it, is never time wasted. Chandeliers are a great addition to just about any room. They will provide excellent light coverage and can add decorative flavor to a well designed room. However, the rules of where to hang a chandelier vary by room and for novices; that can be a tricky thing to try to figure out. The truth of the matter is that there is no hard-defining difference between dining and foyer chandeliers, except for sizing and many of today’s chandelier styles can be utilized for either room.


Feiss – Cascade Collection

Foyer Chandeliers

The entryway or foyer is your guest’s first impression of your home. One initial and important consideration should be the fixture styling, especially if it is the very last item you place in your foyer. The fixture should not only blend well with the home décor overall, but should help to open up the entry space via its ability to illuminate. There are several fixture styles to choose from, such as: Asian, art deco, contemporary, country, industrial, rustic, transitional, urban and traditional, just to mention a few. If you’re not sure what style your home actually is, since now-a-days, many different types of styles are purposefully mixed to create a look; then choose by color. What would look great overhead? Would a light colored, airy chandelier or a darker, more Mediterranean type chandelier work? What finishes are the room’s doorknobs, picture frames, window sills and light switches in? Perhaps you’ll want to choose a similar chandelier finish.

How does one properly size a foyer chandelier? The rule of thumb is to accommodate between 2.5 and 3 inches of chandelier height for every foot of ceiling height. So for instance, a 10 foot ceiling would require a chandelier in the 25 – 30 height range. Once you have estimated the height range, add your room’s height and width together. If the room is 20 x 16, your room’s sum would be 36 ft total. Then the correct diameter of the room’s chandelier would be approximately 36 inches. So your chandelier could range between 25 – 30 H and 36 W and you’d be in a safe zone, size wise.


Maxim Chandeliers

Dining Chandeliers

When choosing dining chandeliers, since family members or house guests will be noticeably closer to the light source, especially if the fixture is placed directly over the table; other considerations must come to mind. No guest wants to head-bang a light when they lean forward to get up from the table. A general rule of thumb is to make sure the fixture’s width should be narrower than the table by at least 1 foot. There are other choices to consider as well, such as up lighting and down lighting. Uplight chandeliers direct the light source upward toward a ceiling. Deflecting light upward in this way can allow for a softer and more dimly lit room aesthetic. Downlight chandeliers are often used in dining rooms, so as to create a greater light source directly upon one’s table-top meal.

Generally speaking, chandeliers should be well centered over the dining table. A creative exception would be to hang two smaller chandeliers side by side over the table, in lieu of one large one. Overall, all light fixtures should hang approximately 30-34 inches above a dining table. Keep in mind that no chandelier, no matter what room it hangs in, should hang less than 7 feet from the ground. This is to allow clearance for even the tallest of human guests. Knowing a few pointers such as a few finish and measurement tips mentioned above can turn a chandelier shopping experience into a really fun one – because all the confusion’s been cleared away!

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Bugzey Rates Jeco Gravity Chair – Paws Up!

We receive many happy responses from our customers…but every once in awhile a special one comes along. This one we just had to share. Meet Bugzey Santucci, the luxury Pug.


Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…luv, luv pillows.



Blankies too…..but gettin’ older now. Sometimes wake up with sore neck….



Went shoppin’ online. Need somethin’ to go with outfit. NOW…how to get MA to buy it for me?



Tried bribing Mumsy with cheese. No go…… So I threw my cards on the table & flat out begged.



Gotta luv her for luvin’ me! Luv, Luv my gravity chair!



Set Up? EZ! I watched. Ma set it up.
Head shade… yup, good, good.
Superb views. Beatsa open jeep.
Lotsa colors besides Bugzey blue.
Tray can hold a doggie dish!
MA…can you lower my pillow now?
Bugzey ready for another nap…..

About The Jeco Oversized Olefin Zero Gravity Chair with Sunshade and Drink Tray
Relax in this Over-sized Zero Gravity recliner. The chair has a sunshade built into it to protect you from the sun. The removable drink tray is great for keeping a beverage at hand. The locking mechanism allows for an infinite number of recline positions and a headrest is provided for additional comfort or use as a lumbar support. The recliner folds for easy storage and transportation. The Jeco Over-sized Gravity chair can support up to 300 lbs and comes in several colors. View all Jeco products.

Thank you Bugzey Santucci and Bugzey’s Mum for sharing!


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EliteFixtures Awarded Google Trusted Stores Badge



Hillsborough, NJ –, which offers home décor fixtures from home appliances, lighting, bathroom & kitchen faucets to range hoods, vanities and more, was recently selected to join the Google Trusted Stores program and awarded the Trusted Stores Badge. To help shoppers identify online merchants that offer a great shopping experience, the Google Trusted Store badge is awarded to e-commerce sites that demonstrate a track record of on-time shipping and excellent customer service. When visiting the website, shoppers will see a Google Trusted Store badge and can click on it for more information.

We realized that partnering with and gaining their acceptance reinforces our commitment to serving each and every customer as if it was our only customer!  We will do our very best to make every buying experience through enjoyable, easy and stress-free!

As an added benefit, when a shopper makes a purchase at a Google Trusted Store, they have the option to select free purchase protection from Google. Then in the unlikely event of an issue with their purchase, they can request Google’s help, and Google will work with and the customer to address the issue. As part of this, Google offers up to $1,000 lifetime purchase protection for eligible purchases.

Google Trusted Stores is entirely free, both for shoppers and for online stores. The program helps online stores like attract new customers, increase sales and differentiate themselves by showing off their excellent service via the badge on the website.

Aside from providing exceptional customer service, is filled with lighting and home decor fixtures to suit any style and price point. offers free shipping on all orders over $39, along with free returns. If you happen to find a product for a lower price by any other authorized dealer site, we will match it, no questions asked. There are hundreds of e-tailers on the web, but putting the customer first has separated us from the pack, and allowed us to satisfy thousands of customers since 2005.
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Why shop at

Shopping on the internet is a multi-billion dollar industry with a sophisticated highway of automated processes that occur between overseas product shops,  US manufacturers, factory warehouses, super-sized e-sellers such as Amazon and smaller sized retail e-commerce stores.  The industry is constantly changing and streamlining processes, which makes it extremely hard for consumers to understand exactly where their product is actually coming from once they’ve ordered it. Anyone who has received an incorrect or broken product from any of these super-sized e-stores has experienced the frustration of either not remembering their order number when they need to produce it, not remembering the store they ordered from, or worse yet; they learn that the store they ordered from is not even the actual seller. Getting a return, exchange or replacement item can become an automated e-mail nightmare; as most of the e-conglomerates force shoppers to use strictly an automated process to get product resolution.


Just what is Factory direct pricing?

Let’s view EliteFixtures vs. competitors to see just what the differences are, and how consumers can get a little smarter about their shopping choices before they make an online purchase. Knowing where and whom to shop from can make a huge difference in terms of customer satisfaction – especially when it comes to needing additional assistance with a purchase. Let’s look at DirectBuy vs. EliteFixtures, for example:

According to Consumer Reports, “With DirectBuy, it will cost you a lot to save”.  This trusted reporting agency points out the fine print of the DirectBuy contract, which states “you cannot return items, cancel orders, or terminate your membership.”  Consumer Reports further states that, “Tacked onto the cost of merchandise—which you select from catalogs since DirectBuy has limited showrooms—are a 6 percent handling fee, shipping fees, and tax. Goods are typically shipped only to your local center, so you might pay additional fees to actually get your new stuff home.” At, our return policies couldn’t be any clearer with absolutely no fine print!  Click here to see our returns policy. 

Why would you join DirectBuy when you can get wholesale prices direct at

Compared to many big name retailers, EliteFixtures does not charge a restocking fee.  Let’s look at an e-commerce giant like as another example.  Consumers love shopping on Amazon for sheer convenience but most customers don’t realize that Amazon charges restocking fees for returned items!  On non-media items, Amazon can charge anywhere from 20-50% in restocking fees!  Compare that to EliteFixtures 0% restocking fees and it becomes a no-brainer! In addition, when you buy from an authorized dealer, you are protected by the warranty whether it’s a 1, 2 3, 5 or lifetime warranty! is the authorized dealer of every single top brand manufacturer that it represents. When you shop at Amazon or other marketplaces, you have sellers that are not always authorized dealers and should you have an issue with your item down the road, your warranty will not be honored!

Lastly, where can you go these days and NOT have to punch through several automated phone options in order to get live help? Most people know the agony of waiting on hold forever for a real-live human agent. At EliteFixtures, you can phone or chat in and immediately a specialized team is there waiting to help you with your order! Sometimes….smaller is better. Remember David and Goliath.  Sometimes BIG conglomerate e-stores are NOT all they’re cracked up to be. Shop safe and with confidence at….always!


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Products that Protect Backyard Wildlife

Wildlife1Jeco Water Fountains

Consider Running Water Fountains

One most important and yet, usually overlooked way of protecting backyard wildlife, is to maintain a flowing outdoor water fountain, year-round. Most people consider only placing a birdbath in a garden as a way of enhancing it visually. Though the thought of attracting pretty birds ranks as a high second reason that people purchase them; there are other, more important reasons to place one in the yard. Purchasing products that protect backyard wildlife, also protects and stabilizes the neighborhood environment.

Excessive Heat – with the climate change issues we have been experiencing in the last few years, all areas of the world are experiencing weird weather. Winter storms and winds are stronger, and long standing heat waves are causing droughts. Birds and other small animals are subject to these harsh new changes just like we are – sans protective houses. In times of excessive heat, water becomes a highly sought after life property that is absolutely necessary to survival. When natural resources that animals are used to using suddenly dry up – they are stressed and forced to find water anywhere they can. This can mean crossing dangerous highways or traveling for miles before they even find relief. It can also mean drinking from tainted water sources such as gasoline puddles and chemical sprayed garden trough’s.

Excessive Cold – If water just sits in a fountain bowl in the winter, chances are it will freeze solid and become a completely useless offering. By choosing a running water fountain, it will be much less likely to freeze solid, which will enable the wildlife to survive through the cold and frigid weather. It also enables the fountain to offer water year-round. Neighborhoods that offer small relief stations for birds and other small animals help keep the environment ecologically sound. In purchasing an outdoor water fountain or bird bath, one may be doing more for the Earth and its animals than one might think.

Wildlife2 Blue Rhino Firepits

Use Fully Enclosed Backyard Fire pits

Most homeowners at some point, invest in a backyard barbeque grill, chimenea, or back yard fire pit. These items are not only ideal for entertaining guests all throughout the spring and summer seasons, the entire family can actually make use of them year-round. Yet many people don’t even think about the wildlife, when it comes to making a smart grill purchase. Many chimenea’s and fire pits are often left to burn down at the end of an evening, long after the owners have gone inside. These open holed ovens are a disaster-in-waiting for the night oriented wildlife that might have been attracted to the remnants of burger on an open grill. Slowly dying embers don’t always put off a soft glow, and can appear like natural stone or wood material – until stepped on. Seared little feet can’t rinse off under icy cold water at the kitchen sink to get relief. Foot injuries for four legged critters can be fatal. By purchasing gated, mesh covered fire pits and grills – one can help to protect wildlife from unnecessary injuries.

It’s not always the wildlife that traverses your yard space. Your child’s friends, the pet dog, a neighbor’s open wandering cat all utilize the same space to romp about and play. Eliminating dangerous products from the yard such as folding chairs when it storms, and closing garbage can lids to prevent hungry critters from becoming trapped can help save a life, even when you are not aware of it. Just today, yours-truly-blog-writer took the office trash out back only to find a juvenile raccoon crouched in 90 degree heat, head down in absolute desperation while trapped at the bottom of the dumpster. One look in his beautiful beady little eyes told his entire story of final resignation and utter hopelessness. A happy ending ensued. Co-workers and I released him from the dumpster and restored his sense of freedom.


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EF’s Acclaim Lighting on HGTV!

Copy the Curb Appeal: Providence, Rhode Island

HGTV Magazine took a spin through Providence to round up eye-catching houses loaded with inspiring ideas.  Christine chose Arts and Crafts–style lanterns, which were popular when the house was built. Acclaim Lighting Outer Banks 6 ½”W x 8 ½”D x 16″H plastic outdoor light in matte black, $60,


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Re-Defining Twine


 Elk Lighting 15902/5 Pearce 5 Light Chandelier

As a proud planetary guardian of several indoor cats, I can with absolute certainty declare that the feline species has taught me many things no human could. One message in particular that stands out when viewing the new twist Elk has put on the Pearce Collection – is the importance of simplicity. Lighting manufacturers are heavily challenged to constantly produce new styles, so as to keep up with yearly fashion trends in home decor. In some years, there is definitely a flood of fresh new styles, which can often spark a home design buying frenzy. In other years, fixture designs can be ho-hum boring – as if we’re seeing the same old ‘same olds’, coated in different finishes or colors, in a weak effort to mask ‘designer’s block’.

Similar to the many times I’ve attempted to keep the household kitties entertained – some toys that I truly thought would entice them – completely bored them. Yet one year, when the funds for kitty entertainment was somewhat low, I took to finding things around the house. Feeling somewhat an incompetent fur nurturer, I tossed down some cut up toilet paper rolls and dribbly twine and tried to coax them to play. To my utter amazement, no coaxing was needed. The kitties entertained themselves for hours – winging the TP rolls up in the air and grabbing the twine by mouth and running about – which caused a trail of followers who dappled at the bouncing tail-end as if a live mouse were about. It’s as though my furry friends were telling me to nix the harmful plastic human creations and stick to the more ‘natural’ things in life – the simple stuff.

When I normally write for the company blog, I typically don’t interject personal experience into the pieces. But when I saw this twine-version fixture by Elk Lighting, I half wondered if the designer of that particular fixture had a cat. Sometimes, a little bit of rope can go along way. And though the fixture design itself might be something I’ve seen before – bravo to Elk for re-defining twine and coming up with something other than just another coating of color.



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