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Stunning Holiday Light Displays From Around The World

Here at Elite Fixtures we’re obsessed with lights. Not just the kinds with shades you put in your living room, but all kinds of light displays. It’s hard to not notice all of the incredible Holiday displays around the world, and we wanted to share our favorites with you. Enjoy!

Pssst – make sure to make it to the end for a cute surprise ;-)

Hays Galleria, London, Holiday Light Display

Hays Galleria, London, Holiday Light Display – via Flickr

Christmas Tree Light Display In Marunouchi, Tokyo

Christmas Tree Light Display In Marunouchi, Tokyo – via Wikimedia

Market Square, Pittsburg, Holiday Tree Display

Market Square, Pittsburg, Holiday Tree Display – via Flickr

Disneyland Christmas Tree

Disneyland Christmas Tree – via Flickr

Main St, Disneyland, Holiday Light Display

Main St, Disneyland, Holiday Light Display – via Flickr

Osborne Family - Disneyland Holiday Ornaments and Light Display

Osborne Family – Disneyland Holiday Ornaments and Light Display – via Flickr

Disneyland Holiday Lights & Decorations

Disneyland Holiday Lights & Decorations – via Flickr

Hollywood Studios, Disneyland, Lights Display

Hollywood Studios, Disneyland, Lights Display – via Deviantart

Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA

Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA – via Flickr

Albero di Natale Milano Dicembre Holiday Tree

Albero di Natale Milano Dicembre Holiday Tree – via Wikimedia

Brampton, Ontario - City Hall Light Display

Brampton, Ontario – City Hall Light Display – via Flickr

Milan Piazza - Holiday Lights

Milan Piazza – Holiday Lights – via Flickr

Albert Square Manchester, UK - Holiday Lights

Albert Square Manchester, UK – Holiday Lights – via Geograph

A Private Residence In Marshall Michigan

A Private Residence In Marshall Michigan – Beautiful! – via Flickr

Rockefeller Center - New York City

Rockefeller Center – New York City – via Flickr

Rockefeller Center - New York City

Rockefeller Center – New York City – via Wikipedia

Rockefeller Center - New York City

Rockefeller Center – New York City – via Flickr

The White House, USA - Holiday Lights

The White House, USA – Holiday Lights – via Wikimedia

House Of Parliament, London - Christmas Tree Lights

House Of Parliament, London – Christmas Tree Lights – via Flickr

Notre Dame, Montreal - Holiday Lights

Notre Dame, Montreal – Holiday Lights – via Flickr

San Antonio, TX - Riverwalk - Stunning!

San Antonio, TX – Riverwalk – Stunning! – via Flickr

Trafalger Square, St Martin, Christmas Lights

Trafalger Square, St Martin, Christmas Lights – via Flickr

Lafayette Paris, Christmas Tree

Lafayette Paris, Christmas Tree – Gorgeous – via Flickr

Venezia Rome, Piazza - Holiday Lights

Venezia Rome, Piazza – Holiday Lights – via Flickr

A Santa Pug!

A Santa Pug! Not lights, but was so cute we had to include him :) – via Flickr

All photos used via Creative Commons license.


Sage Classic Water Cooler

Bringing a Sage Classic Water Cooler into your home or office will not only bring you both cold and boiling water to your fingertips, but also the water will be quality clean and great tasting.

Americans consume nearly 10 billion gallons of water, which amounts to an annual spending of $11.8 billion. Breaking that down per person, the average person consumes on average 167 bottles of water and spends $348 annually. The Sage Classic Water Cooler will help save a family of four over $1,000.


The Sage Classic Water Cooler sits atop of your counter top for easy access and has the capability to reach between the range of 41 degrees F – 208 degrees F and can filter up to 1,200 gallons of water

The Sage Classic Water Cooler has an advanced comes equipped with an advanced filtration unit and UV light. Together, they remove 99.99% of bacteria and microbes residing in your water.

The Sage Classic Water Cooler is easy and safe to use :

  • Digital panel to easily dispense any temperature water you want
  • Programmable LCD Interface for programming the temperature of water you want
  • Child Hot Water Safety Lock Programming
  • Has Sleep & Timer Functions
  • Can put into Energy Saving mode
  • Will notify you when its time to replace the filter or UV light.  (Depending on usage, can be between 6-12 months)


The sleek and modern Sage Classic Water Cooler can be found in nine different finishes: black, blue, green, orange, purple, red, red metallic, silver and white so it can fit in any decor.


You can eliminate the costs of water ordering, delivery, shopping and storage. Also, you can reduce your carbon footprint by not using plastic water bottles.

Find Sage Class Water Coolers, filter replacements and UV light replacements and more at EliteFixtures.com


Sizing Your Chandelier

Chandeliers should complement and not overpower the room it is placed it, but it should also be large enough that it provides the adequate light that is necessary.

The size of the chandelier that you should install in any room is dependent on the dimensions of the room you are trying to light. You have to take the dimensions of the room and add them together. The sum of the dimensions is the diameter that the chandelier needs to be. The resulting value of the dimensions added together should be inches (Example:  A room is 20 feet by 18 feet. Do 20 + 18 = 38 and the diameter of the chandelier should be 38 inches)

Chandeliers in your foyer should:

  • Never hang more than 7 feet from the floor
  • Whenever possible should be centered in the middle of a window so that it can be see from the outside
  • When the ceiling is more than 9 feet, consider using a two tiered chandelier to cover up the space between the ceiling and the fixture


Chandeliers found in dining rooms have additional rules to follow

  • Always leave approximately 30 inches between the tabletop and the bottom of the fixture
  • Chandeliers should be ⅓ the width of the table
  • Chandeliers need to be hung over the middle of the dining room table and in the middle of the room, or else everything else in the room will look off center

Chandeliers provide the central focus in a room, so to help brighten up the room where they chandelier cannot reach, install accent lights or wall sconces to help fill in the background. But since the chandelier is what defines the space, always choose the chandelier first and then pick out the accent lights. There are style families that have both a chandelier and a matching wall sconce or pendant light.


Bonus Tip: How to Determine the Wattage Necessary to Light Your room
Take the dimensions of the room and multiply them together to get the total square footage. Take the total square footage and multiply it by 1.5. The total wattage needed for a room can be split amongst multiple light fixtures.(Example: A room is 20 feet by 18 feet. Multiply 20 x 8 = 160. Then 160 x 1.5 = 240 watts)

Shop chandeliers and more at EliteFixtures.com like this 14 Light Alhambra Collection Chandelier Designer Fountain or this 3-Light or this Peruvian Bronze Mademoiselle Crystal 6 Light Chandelier from Murray Feiss



Decorating with Mirrors

Mirrors come in all shapes, sizes and designs and are often an underrated design element that people don’t think to use when decorating a room. Mirrors are a great style element that can help brighten, add depth and add style elements to any room.


Mirrors are often used as a design element to add light and dimension to a room Mirrors can help create the illusion of another window. By placing a mirror adjacent to a window, the mirror can help make the room seem bigger and reflect the natural light into the room, which is especially nice when the sun is shining bright. Try placing mirrors along the walls in long hallways to distract the eye while walking down it and to help brighten up a dark corridor, but never place a mirror at the end of a hallway

Tip – When using a full length mirror to add space to a room, make sure the mirror is at least ¾ the height of the wall

Elaborate or bold mirrors can be the main focal point of a room. There are mirrors that are so decorative that they can stand alone as art pieces. Also, multiple mirrors that complement each other and hung in a certain fashion can be used as decorative wall art. Try Basset Mirror Co.’s Danby Wall Mirrors for some wall art.

multiple mirror

Tip – Remember that scale is important and to use small mirrors with small walls and large mirrors with large walls

A full length mirror can also substitute as a dramatic centerpiece on a dining room table. The mirror will reflect the light of the fixture above it and you can add vases, candlesticks, flowers on top of the mirror for a cool effect.

A mirror can also be used above and in front of a fireplace. Since fireplaces are typically the focal point of the room, placing a mirror above the fireplace will emphasize it and enhance it more. During the warmer months, try placing a mirror in front of  fireplace and put lit candles in front of it so that the mirror can reflect the soft light. Check out Kichler Lighting’s Teardrop Mirror

Mirror over fireplace


Browse our online selection of beveled mirrors, crystal mirrors, designer mirrors, oval mirrors, rectangle mirrors, round mirrors, and more and complete your order online today! EliteFixtures.com


Chandeliers – More for than than Just Your Dining Room and Foyer

Historically, chandeliers were used as a symbol of power and used to dazzle guests when they first entered your home and when they were dining in your dining room. Today, chandeliers can be found in any home and for any room of the house: bedrooms, living rooms, kitchens, closets, office and basically any room you want. Check out this Art Deco Retro Eight Light Chandelier from Crystorama 9248-EB_3 Chandeliers can be found used in any room to add drama or elegance. Also, you can use mini chandeliers, or chandelettes, to light small rooms or to light corner spaces, alcoves or hallways. Like this Antique White Crystal Single Light from Elk Lighting  12008-1thumb Chandeliers come in all sizes, so it is important to pick the right size chandelier so that the chandelier doesn’t overpower the room or is not too small to light the space. Remember, the higher the ceiling, the larger the chandelier should be. Largest chandeliers that weigh over 50 lbs should be mounted more securely to the house structure. After determining the size of the chandelier that you want in your home, the next step is to decide what kind of style you want. The best idea is to start with a color or material that is predominant in the room you want to place it in. Chandeliers come in a wide variety of styles that range between simple and modern to ornate and highly decorative. Chandeliers now offered  in a variety of finishes and materials to help fit the decor in your home better. When choosing a chandelier, it is important to think about the intensity of the light that you need. Chandeliers that have exposed bulbs or glass enclosures will have a brighter sparkle than chandeliers with linen shades or frosted bulbs, which would create a pleasing glow. Don’t forget to wire your chandelier to a dimmer switch to control the brightness of your light.

One overhead light isn’t enough. You should accent the area surrounding the chandelier with wall sconces, pendants or track lights. The additional lights will create a layered effect, which which is what you want when lighting a room. Traditional-Kitchen-Design-Ideas-with-Pendant-Lamps-and-Metal-Chandelier Check out the wide selection of  chandeliers and more at EliteFixtures.


Fire Pits – Choosing the Type

Fire pits are a huge trend in outdoor and backyard design. Including a fire pit in your outdoor living space can allow you to entertain all year round. A fire pit is also a great alternative to having a traditional outdoor fireplace, especially if you have limited space and funds


When choosing the perfect fire pit for your backyard, there some things to remember and to take into consideration when deciding to put a fire pit in your home.

Body Type
Fire pits can be bought as two options: chimineas or free standing bowls. Chimineas are short, free standing circular tubs that sit above the ground. Chimineas usually have a ‘smoke stack’ and have function similarly to wood burning stones. Chimineas are usually constructed from stone, copper, cast iron, steel and other metals to ensure durability. Free standing bowls are portable and have a larger variety of finishes and designs than chimineas. The free standing bowls are usually made of metals, like copper.

TIP: lightweight metal fire pits may rust and fall apart over time, so might be worth investing into choosing a more durable metal or stone model




Propane vs Wood Burning
Typically, fire pits are powered by either propane or wood. Even though the main feature of using a fire pit is that there is flames involved, it does not always mean that it can keep you warm. Propane fire pits provide more less heat and are used more for ambiance setting. Wood burning fire pits give off more heat, but at the same time is more messy and gives off smoke.

Fire pits should be at least 10 feet away from your home and you should make sure you purchase a sturdy fire pit that is not at risk of tipping over. You should place your fire pit on a non-combustible surface, or  fireproof mat and should use a spark arrestor. Also, the most important factor is to keep a water source nearby in case of an emergency.


Check out the different and fire pit and more at EliteFixtures.com like the Blue Rhino Gas Outdoor Fire Bowl with Slate Tile or the Oasisfire Universal Style Fire Pit with a Morocco Fire Design



Bedroom Lighting Tips

The purpose of a bedroom has evolved from just using it for sleep. More daily functions are being done in the bedroom, such as watching television, reading and work. It is important to blend functionality with style.

Layering of light is important and all rooms should have multiple light sources and should not rely on just one overhead source.

  • Utilize natural light in the day time
  • Use table lamps and accent lights for task lighting
  • Try a ceiling fan with a light or even a chandelier as an overhead

*Tip – try looking for products within the same style family for easy coordination
Check out the different collections that Sea Gull Lighting has to offer

If you use a bedside lamp, you should make sure that the light is cast at the the height of a book held while sitting up in bed, which is most typically 20” above the mattress.

When choosing lamps, consider lamps that have different or stylized bodies to add design to a room. Like this Diamond Lighting Single Light Table Lamp


For a dramatic look use a chandelier as an overhead light that also acts as a focal point. You can wire the chandelier with a dimmer switch or practically any light to control the brightness to create ambient lighting.


If you’re tight on space, install swing arm lights or pendant lights in place of table lamps or floor lamps.

Another dramatic alternative to regular table lamps are sconces. There are a variety of styles and designs that are available to add a nice design element to the room.
*Tip - wire the sconces with dual switches so you can turn on and off the light from two different areas of the bedroom


To make sure you’re getting the most out of your lamp, avoid using opaque and dark lamp shades. Darker lampshades absorb the light, which results in less illumination.

Check out EliteFixtures.com for your lighting and furniture needs



Updated Philips SlimStyle LED

In early 2014, Philips introduced an innovative LED light bulb, the SlimStyle. What set it apart from all the other LED bulbs on the market was that they changed the physical design of the bulb and made it more efficient.


Instead of the traditional bulb shape, it was designed to have flat sides that had a ring to run around the outside to act as a light guide. Also, more importantly the SlimStyle is designed with an all plastic body, which eliminates the need for a metal heatsink – the bulb can stay cooler with an all plastic body, which allows for a longer life. All models of the SlimStyle weigh less than 3 ounces each – lighter than its competitors.

The original SlimStyle available on the market had the standard features of being dimmable and directional and had a CRI rating of 80. It was offered as a 60W-equivalent LED bulb that produces 800 lumens and promised 25,000 hours.

Fast forward to November 2014 and Philips announced a new and improved SlimStyle. Philips improved their original model by offering a 75W replacement LED version of the flat bulb. The new model has a new rating of 1100 lumens, improved dimming capabilities so that it won’t flicker or buzz like the original and has a slight increase in efficiency.

Both the 60W and 75W SlimStyle are both on the market. Both bulbs should fit into most lamps and fixtures, even with the increased size of the 75W model.




Find the perfect light fixture and more to pair with the Philip’s SlimStyle LED light bulbs at EliteFixtures.


LED Lights – Where and Why to Use Them

With everyone becoming conscious of their energy usage, the term LED is always thrown around. LED stands for light emitting diode and they are the most efficient lights on the market.

LED products are found in a wide range of products that are found at home and in industrial settings because its high efficiency and directional nature.

  • Use them in outside lighting for streets, parking garages, walkways etc.
  • Task Lighting
  • Use for kitchen under-cabinet lighting — ideal for lighting counter tops for cooking and reading recipes
  • Recessed Lighting for hallways, bathrooms,  and offices
  • Holiday Lights


Why you should switch to LED approved fixtures and light bulbs

  • Energy Star rated LED light bulbs use 75% less energy than incandescent light bulbs and last 25 times longer.
  • LEDs emit white lights by mixing red, green and blue LEDs
  • LED’s emit light in a specific direction, which reduces the need for reflectors and diffusers needed to point the light in a specific direction
  • Emit very little heat ~ Incandescent bulbs release 90% of their energy as heat and CFLs release 80% of their energy as heat
  • LED bulbs are typically more durable and won’t break as easily as a normal bulb
  • LEDs can replace 40, 60 and 75 incandescent bulbs.


Check out the wide range of indoor and outdoor LED approved fixtures and more at EliteFixtures.com





Upgrade Your Ceiling Fan to a DC Motor

As consumers become more “green” and energy conscious, switching to your ceiling fan from an alternating current (AC) model to a direct current (DC) model will be beneficial.

What is the difference between AC and DC motors in your ceiling fan? AC motors are powered by connecting directly to a power source and the speed of the fan is controlled by varying the frequency. DC motors on the other hand are powered through a battery or a converter and the speed of the fan is controlled through the current.


Benefits of Switching to a DC Motor Fan:
Less Energy Consumption
-DC motors create a higher torque = greater initial power and less energy consumption
-DC motors use 70% less energy than standard AC motors


Savings Every Season
-Can circulate cooler air in the summer and create a -4F cooling effect by rotating counterclockwise
-Can circulate warmer air in winter and create +4F warming effect by rotating clockwise


Easier Installation
-Weigh less than AC fan motors
-No need for a canopy because have electrical components located on top of motor assembly


Quiet Operation
-Operates virtually silently

It’s time to update and upgrade your ceiling fan! Check out these DC fans from Kichler and Fanimation and much more at EliteFixtures.com