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Advantages of LED Lighting

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While LED lighting may be relatively new and expensive, it’s price is definitely coming down as more businesses and households purchase and install them for use.

If you’re a green-friendly recycling kind of person (like my wife), you’ll instantly be happy to hear that it uses far less energy than the conventional incandescent bulbs.  And when I say far less, I mean like up to 85% less!  That’s a substantial savings.  With that said, that also equates to money saved in your electric bill.  When comparing to Fluorescent bulbs, its approximately 5% more efficient.  Even though the comparison between LED and Fluorescent may not be as significant it is when you factor in the longevity of the LED Bulb that can last up to 50,000+ hours!

Look at the chart below and you’ll easily recognize the benefits of LED bulbs.

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Do you have light fixtures that are in hard to reach places or just plain difficult to install (you know, the foyer chandelier, recessed lights, bulbs in a glass enclosure, etc)?  Using LED bulbs in these applications are almost a set it and forget it since you won’t have to change the bulb often!  Another small yet useful advantage of using LED!

According to Energy.gov, by replacing your home’s five most frequently used light fixtures can save you up to $75 per year!  So the next time you’re making a purchase for light bulbs, think about the advantages of LED!

LED lighting will be the light of the future, so warm up to that light, no pun intended!

Come check out some of our deals on LED light bulbs!

 

 

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Shop Safe and Secure with encryption

On January 1, 2016, there could be a number of devices where the security will no longer work.  You know that small green or gold lock that usually sits in the corner of your web address bar on your browser?  Visit us here: https://www.elitefixtures.com/index.cfm?dsp=member.cart.view and you will see it!  Yes, that one!

Well, this lock is displayed for your protection.  However, on Jan. 1st, support will be dropped for a certain level of encryption where older devices will no longer meet the requirements.  The techies (such as myself) refer to this as SHA-1.  Over the next year, algorithms of encryption that are older than SHA-1 level will no longer meet the required trusted security level and thus not render that lock.

For a better explanation that’s less technical, it works like this….. When you connect to a website from your web-browser (phone, pc, mac, tablet, etc) you send and receive data to communicate with the website.  During this process, and most certainly at checkout when making a purchase, there is encrypted (or secretive) data being passed back and forth.  Ahhh yes, that little mystery green or gold lock you see is actually doing something!  If it didn’t have that lock, whatever was being passed back and forth would be deemed unencrypted and could essentially be picked up by hackers.

We take security serious and are always striving to keep each and every one of our customers feeling secure from their shopping experience at www.EliteFixtures.com.  Keep your software up-to-date and be sure to always look for that lock anytime you’re transmitting sensitive data!

Happy Holidays!

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How to add instant curb appeal

First impressions are critical and the curb appeal of your home is the first impression everyone gets. For curb appeal, there are two major components; landscaping and lighting. In the past, you would see elegant outdoor lighting on homes that generally were 3000 sq ft and up. As we observe consumer behavior, we’re seeing a trend where homeowners are really sprucing up their landscaping without breaking the bank.  Of course it depends on how big your property is and how much you want to renovate, but in general, you can make a big impact for as little as $1500.

Here are some tips to get you started:

  • Take care of small tasks like weeding, mowing the lawn, or cleaning out the storage closet
  • Start planning and executing the larger tasks such as painting, remodeling or other aesthetic repairs
  • Haul any trash that you were “going to get around to”
  • Clear the clutter – hide belongings that might otherwise mask the greatness of your property

For the landscaping aspect, adding great looking bushes, shrubs and pavers to a pathway make a difference!  Additionally, installing outdoor lighting that isn’t your ordinary post and wall mount light just makes the landscaping really standout. For example, outdoor path lighting and outdoor spot lighting really adds to the appeal. Keep in mind that adding new smaller bushes and shrubs also make your home appear newer. When night approaches you can truly appreciate the beautiful curb appeal created.

To start your renovations, it’s great to know that the days of spending the entire weekend making trips to a few local stores to find the best deals on the items you needed are gone!  Online shopping really has its advantages when comparing prices from unlimited retailers across the country that also offer free shipping (and sometimes no sales tax).  Most consumers don’t know that when shopping online, purchasing from a smaller retailer (non-big box, Amazon, Walmart, etc) has its privileges. Two important privileges are:  Personalized service; you can actually speak to a live and knowledgeable representative ready to assist with your needs and 2) Better pricing thru promotions and discounts.

For instance, you can purchase pavers for as low as $1.75 sq ft from http://landscapeliquidator.com and create an elegant walkway that adds a wow factor.  Bushes and Shrubs can be purchased relatively inexpensive at http://www.naterehills.com where they offer lower pricing on additional bushes purchased!  EliteFixtures.com is always running promotions on lighting and home décor and specifically on outdoor lighting.  For savings of 50% or more on closeout items, you can visit our outdoor lighting sales.  Additionally, if there are no promotions on the item you desire, call us direct and we will generally provide a discount!

Start outlining your plans on sprucing up your curb appeal.  Be sure to price shop online and call retailers for discounts.  You’ll be amazed at the savings and more amazed at the new look you’ve created for very little money!  With these small upgrades, you’ll have curb appeal day and night!

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Benefits of Home Ownership

Home ownership has many advantages, both from a personal and financial perspective.  However, as you know, buying a home is a very important decision. Understanding the differences between renting and buying can certainly help you decide if it’s the right time to make that leap.  While it can be fun and exciting to buy a home, it can also have its stresses!  However, the good news is there are benefits to Home Ownership! :)

Benefits of Home Ownership:

  • Tax savings
    You may earn a significant tax savings since you can deduct mortgage interest and property taxes from your federal income tax as well as many states’ income tax if you itemize your deductions properly.
  • A stable monthly housing expense
    Your monthly housing loan or mortgage expense can remain the same for the life of your mortgage, depending on the type of loan you choose.  Since interest rates are at all time lows, this is a good scenario to take advantage of!
  • Equity
    You may build equity in your home over the life of your loan, which allows you to plan for future goals like your child’s education or your retirement.  When renting, you are not building any equity (unless you’re a saver).
  • Personal satisfaction
    Your home can be a great source of pride and satisfaction – giving you peace of mind that you’ve built a solid foundation on which to build your future.

And best of all…. You get the decorate your home with great fixtures whether its lighting, furniture or great home decor!

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Spruce up your home for under $500

Looking for creative ways to spruce up your home while adding value?  Here are some functional products that will definitely help improve a home, all under $500:

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$449.00
Ariel Bath Lucite Acrylic Shower Panel

Ariel Bath shower panels (there are several styles to choose from), are fully loaded with jets and a steam generator, that greatly increases your therapeutic experience. With easy installation instructions, this inexpensive but very functional item will not only make you feel like a whole new you each morning, it will make you think you’ve renovated your entire bathroom!

http://www.elitefixtures.com/index.cfm/Ariel-Bath-A104-Ariel-A104-Lucite-Acrylic-Shower-Panel-52-2×12-2/p453046

 


 

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 $178.00
 Capital Lighting 3 Light Post Fixture

 You’ll want two of these at least, but at a truly affordable price, you can update your outdoor post lights and drape your home in a beautiful night-time amber ambience, while upgrading your curb appeal instantly.

http://www.elitefixtures.com/index.cfm/Capital-Lighting-9785BK-3-Light-Outdoor-Post-Fixture/p205981#id=205981

 


 

 

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$468.00
 Kichler Cameron Lighted Fan

 Add a fresh and bright new lighted ceiling fan to any room and update a tired room look instantly. Not only are lighted fans double functional – this Kichler fan comes with a universal hanging system, and allows for mounting on ceiling with up to a 30 degree slope.

http://www.elitefixtures.com/index.cfm/Kichler-Lighting-310104WH-52-Inch-Cameron-Fan-Cameron/p275042

 


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$378.00
 Craftmade C3-PW Chime

 Make your guests feel warm and welcome when they ring your doorbell and hear the beautiful Westminster melody instead of a tired old ding-dong. Select a four note or eight note setting for the front door and a single note on a second or third door.

http://www.elitefixtures.com/index.cfm/Craftmade-C3-PW-Chime/p485632

 


 

 

Bassett Alissa 45 Round Mirror
Bassett Alissa 45 Round Mirror

 

$434.00
 Bassett Alissa 45 Round Mirror

 Draw into your home a new surge of positive energy via a Feng Shui influence, by mirroring a wall with this beautiful Alisa Round Mirror. With a 45” diameter, this round bevel wall mirror from the Bassett Mirror Company is the quintessential piece for those seeking a sleek and elegant update to their home décor.

http://www.elitefixtures.com/index.cfm/Bassett-Mirror-Company-6357-711EC-Alissa-45-Round-Wall-Mirror-Alissa/p443135

 

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Unique Ways to Warm Up a Room – Weekend DIY Projects

Unique Ways to Warm Up a Room

Not sure what to do with a blank wall and don’t want to hang just more art? Insert a working fireplace! An entirely new line of electric fireplaces look absolutely perfect in a contemporary home or interior, with one twist. They can be actually embedded into a wall! With user friendly installation instructions; these types of fireplaces can easily be hung on any empty wall to suit the interior of any room. The flames produced come in a patented pattern that seeks to imitate the look of real flames. The fireplace also doubles as an electric heater, thus adding value for the money. The operation is a breeze, with a remote control that is included.

Yosemite Home Decor’s DF-EFP1313 provides value-both in aesthetics and functionality-to a room. http://www.elitefixtures.com/index.cfm/Yosemite-Home-Decor-DF-EFP1313-Contemporary-Wide-Glass-Electric-Fireplace—Black-Yosemite-Electric-Fireplaces/p442348

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Whimsical Winter Room Warmers

What do you do when you have a limited budget, and just can’t stand the way your living room looks anymore? What simple weekend fix can give you a whole new outlook on life, come Monday morning? A great way to completely alter the look of a room is to enhance it with just one block-buster area rug. With so many styles, designs, pile types and colors, you can even treat your traditional style furniture to a modern style rug; to create a really unique visual oasis within your old living area environment. Momeni Contemporary Rugs: http://www.elitefixtures.com/index.cfm/Momeni-Contemporary-Rugs/c1629-m1261

 
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Warming Up an Atmosphere

Install a network of warm-light pendants over an island station in a kitchen, over a dining table or in a private den and with the flick of a switch, you can completely warm up the hue and tone of any room. These days, lighting manufacturers in stiff competition with one another, are continuously creating new versions of traditional and old style fixtures, by adding artisan style glass shades that can literally swirl with multiple colors. Many come in ‘collections’ that offer various fixture styles, enabling you to spread that same ambient glow into adjoining rooms – while keeping continuity with that initial fixture that you really, really love. Elk Lighting: http://www.elitefixtures.com/index.cfm/Elk-Lighting-10079-6CV-6-Six-Light-Down-Lighting-Vortex/p93902

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Ten Interior Choices for NYC Bachelor Artists

Whether covering canvas with colors or drafting plans for a new building, NYC artists place emphasis on fine detail and effort in interior design.  However, an artist’s budget is more concerned with style than sums.  The following is supplied by New York providers who serve NYC bachelor artists with demands for sensible and chic options.

 

 

Wall Clock

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When was the last time you worked on your latest masterpiece?  Don’t waste time lounging around your apartment when you could be creating.  This color wheel-like wall clock keeps tabs on the seconds as you count on being less likely to procrastinate.

 

 

Cheese Tray

 

Nothing says “welcome to my humble abode” like an assortment of tasty cheeses.  Impress your invites by scrawling individual choices on this natural slate cheese tray.  A soapstone chalk cheese tray?  What a gouda idea!

 

 

 Pasta Bowl

 

This Medici pasta bowl unites old-world design (note the uneven edges) with new-age convenience (it’s microwave safe).  Some believe the fleur-de-lis design, etched on the inside of the bowl, resembles tears Eve shed upon leaving Eden.  However, you’ll get no complaints as you keep the bowl filled with tasty offerings.

 

 

 Wall Garden

 

Uproot inspiration when looking at your ceramic wall garden filled with colorful succulents.  Buy as shown or request the planter be filled with seasonally-available assortments.  Plant your mini garden on the wall or tabletop while visitors grow fonder of your decor choices.

 

 

Candle Holders

  

The symbol of fire is used in many religions to resemble birth, creativity, and passion.   However, most artists in NYC use flames to light candles.  These heavy-duty, hand-blown glass candle holders are ornate, city originals.

 

 

 Coyote Skull

Coyote Skull

Did you ever wonder what happened to Wile E. Coyote?  He eventually retired to the East Village, occasionally meeting with one-time nemesis Road Runner for coffee and chess.  No, we made that up, but you can buy this natural coyote skull and conversation piece.  You’ll have to create your own story about its origin or give us proper accreditation.

 

 

Mini Swivel Table

Mini Double Swivel Table 

To the untrained eye, this mini swivel has one platform.  Yet, with the magical stroke and sleight of hand of an NYC bachelor, it has three.  As well-studied artists know, form follows function, and those entertaining a number of friends along with knowledge of modern architecture can host multiple drinks as easily as conversation about industrial design with this glass-top swivel table.

 

 

Book Shelf

 

Books offer a means of escape and pleasure, and this fire escape book shelf offers a place to stack books, plants, and ornaments. While the city places restrictions on what you can place on your actual escape, there’s no limit to what you can do with this unique, zigzagging book shelf.

 

 

Table Lamp

  

Artists are aware of the complexity of creating an end product endowed with sentiments of simplicity, such is this table lamp.  Let there be light in your space and a fine touch of chrome in your home.

 

 

 Floor Lamp

This 26-inch floor lamp offers dual lights for artists who want to keep an eye on detail while onlookers mind the style found throughout the bachelor pad.  Subtle yet trendy, choose a satin chrome or oil-brushed-bronze finish.

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10 Beautiful Pinterest Boards For Home Decor Inspiration

#1 – Ivanna Smith

If you desire your surroundings to be infused with the feeling of romance this is the board for you. Dramatic and sensual, the designs will certainly inspire. In addition to the wonderful interior spaces there are plenty of exterior spaces to give the feeling of completeness.



 

#2 – Alex Beckman

That kitchen! Can’t you see yourself making the most wonderful meal in that kitchen and completely impressing those around you! Alex’s board is very much a mix of everything. At first glance perhaps too much of a mix. However, one would be mistaken because look closer and you begin to see how stunning many of these spaces are. They really get the design juices flowing! Enjoy and thank you Alex!

#3 – Kristen Gage

It really is all about the details and Kristen’s board has a lot of details. We all know that, yes a solid foundation is important but it is the details the breathes life and personality into a space. And who else thought of painting a rug onto the floor! Gorgeous!

 

#4 – Emma Venn

For many of us the kitchen is the heart of the home. Emma’s board is all about this all important space. From clean lines to the more traditional it is represented here. Beautiful light fixtures, gorgeous floors, counter space for miles, what does your dream kitchen look like?

 

#5 – Esther Flaharty

Their are those of us who like to get our hands dirty and feel a space is only truly ours when we have physically contributed Esther’s board is for you. Here you will find plenty ideas for DIY projects for the less traditional among us.

 

#6 – Melissa Harrelson

Though Melissa’s board is a mix of many different spaces it was primarily chosen for the living rooms. Clean lines throughout many of these spaces give the feeling of openness. Because sometimes you want to feel light and at peace in your space, not weighed down by too much decor, color and texture.

 

#7 – Anahata Katkin

That is not to say color, texture and an abundance of decor are bad. Just the opposite. At times you want to feel enveloped by a space and settle in with a cup of tea. This board is for those of us for crave color, texture and emotion in our decor.

 

#8 – Cigdem Yilmaz

A pop of color here and interesting texture there… this is where Cigdem’s board shines. Perhaps you are the type who enjoys a neutral palette with a burst of color to draw the eye. Natural woods, exposed brick whatever your fancy this board is definitely worth a look!

 

#9 – Susan Martin

Not sure where to begin? Susan’s board can surely help. A healthy mix of many spaces and styles this is a good place to start when you are at the beginning! With so many choices surely it can help anyone find a style to delve deeper into.

 

#10 – Elmarie Els

Grey can truly invoke a feeling of subtle beauty, add ethereal pink and you have a dreamy romance come alive. Of course this board is not only pinks and grey but many of the spaces evoke a subtly that can be quite alluring. Beyond some beautiful bedrooms you will find many inspiring interior spaces that bring a sense of peace and some that embolden.

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Top 12 Pinners To Follow For Outdoor Decor Ideas

#1 – Anna Tausend

Spring is finally here and with that comes thoughts of flowers and beautiful outdoor spaces. Anna’s board is all about container gardening, which is a wonderful option for decorating your outdoor space. Perfect whether you have a small balcony or a grand entrance with a vast landscaping!



#2 – Lacy Macy

I’ll be the first to admit that most of these outdoor spaces are out of my reach, I don’t think I’ll be importing the Eiffel Tower to my backyard any time soon! However, there is something inspiring looking at opulent gardens and lavishly appointed lawns. Personally it gives me pause and makes me look at my own space a little differently and dream a little bigger than I had previously dared!

#3 – T. SeGuine

I love this little board by T. SeGuine. These fences and walls are gorgeous! Hardscaping is a wonderful opportunity to infuse your personality into your outdoor space! This board may be small but it offers a large amount of design inspiration!

#4 – Bjorn Mulder

For those of us who desire clean lines and serenity Bjorn’s board is for you. Many of these created spaces do not overwhelm the natural beauty around them. Rather they become a place to take in what surrounds you rather than creating a focal point.

#5 – Annie Ward

Annie’s board has some truly beautiful exteriors. Whether you are thinking of building or buying a home this board will give you some wonderful ideas for striking exteriors. Beautiful light fixtures, wonderful hedges, stately black shutters and welcoming front entrances, this board really showcases beautiful homes.

#6 – Jennifer Verbic

I am in love with Jennifer’s board! There are some truly whimsical and adorable ideas! An owl door! A lobster door knocker! So Charming! There are so many wonderful and creative ideas I could be here all day listing them. Rather than reading a long description click the picture below and check out this board for yourself!

#7 – Annie Johnson & Amy Cullen

Annie and Amy’s board is a dedicated study of the front porch and entrance of the home. This very vital, visible part of our exterior space should never be overlooked as it is one easiest places to give some pizzazz to your home! Your front porch can set the tone of what visitors will expect from the rest of your home so be diligent and consider what you want to say!

#8 – Amanda Snead

Amanda’s board is perfect for those of us who enjoy DIY projects. A lot of easy and tempting projects. Hiding dog bowls in pretty planters, homemade bird seed eggs, welcome signs and garden holders. All these little touches can add up quick!

#9 – Sandra Hartley

Sandra’s board gives us some wonderful ideas for the structures we may find in our yards. Whether it is an adorable greenhouse or an ornate gate she reminds us of all the opportunities we have to infuse design into our outdoor spaces.

#10 – Kelly Crawford

Kelly’s board is a treasure trove of backyard design and decorating ideas! It’s a great board infused with color, has many ideas that I would have never thought of and is just all around a fun, exciting board to view. Reminds us all that the decorating does not end with the interior of our homes!

#11 – Lara Hammon

Fire pits, DIY outdoor lighting, curb appeal. These are just some of the great ideas you will find on Lara’s board. I particularly love the idea of string lights to light a garden path- so romantic. And the fire pits! I can smell the marshmallows roasting! Smores anyone?

#12 – Catherine Kohler

Porches and patios. These spaces are where we gather in the warm summer months to enjoy corn on the cobb, grilled chicken, home ground burgers and delightfully rich ice-cream. With all the time many of us spend in these spaces it is important to design them for our enjoyment! Enjoy Catherine’s board and let your design juices run wild!

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Kitchen Lighting Ideas

Your kitchen is one of the most used homes in your house. So much goes on in there, from cooking to eating, to doing homework. Adequate light is needed in every room, since you and your family are always in the kitchen, why not make the most out of functionality and design?

Have a lot of counter space and want to make food preparation easier or just to add an overall light effect to your kitchen. You should install under cabinet lighting. You can install under cabinet lights, like the Progress P7017-30EBS right under the cabinets. Or if you don’t want something that bulky, there are puck lights, like the Maxim 87883BK Black Three Light Puck Under Cabinet or even strip lights.

 

Progress Lighting P7017-30EBS 1-Lt.

 

Maxim Lighting 87883BK Maxim 87883BK Black Three Light Puck Under Cabinet Light Kit

 

Do you have limited head room in your kitchen? Install a flush mount or a semi flush ceiling light to ensure you have one overhead light to provide general lighting in your kitchen without sacrificing space. Try Murray Feiss’ SF1890ORB Gravity 3-Light Wrought Iron Semi-Flush Ceiling Fixture.

 

Feiss’ SF1890ORB Gravity 3-Light Wrought Iron Semi-Flush Ceiling Fixture

 

Don’t just limit yourself to flush mount fixtures or recessed lights. Expand your horizons into hanging lights, like pendants and chandeliers.  The heights of these can be adjusted. Pendant lights even can help accent a chandelier. You can even put a row of pendants over your kitchen island, but be sure to to make sure you space them out correctly so you don’t over due it on the amount of fixtures you have in your kitchen.  Try the Emory Collection from Quoizel. You can mix and match a chandelier with different sized pendants for you kitchen.

Emery Mini Pendant
Quoizel Lighting ER1508PN Emery Mini Pendant
Emery Island Chandelier
Quoizel Lighting ER353PN Emery Island Chandelier

 

 

Emery Dinette Chandelier
Quoizel Lighting ER5103PN Emery Dinette Chandelier Emery

 

Bonus Light! You should find a range hood that has lighting elements to help you see what you’re doing as you toil over a hot stove. Like the Cavaliere Hoods SV218D-30 Stainless Steel Wall Mount Range Hood, which has 4 35W Halogen Lights.

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

 

 

 

 

 

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