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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.

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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

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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.

Can’t figure out how big your chandelier should be? One general rule you can follow is to just take the dimensions of your room (length and the width) and add them together. The resulting sum will be the diameter of the chandelier that best fits the space.

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When installing your chandelier, you need to leave the perfect amount of pace between it and the floor. Try not to have no more or no less than 7′ between the floor and the fixture. You can easily obtain this by adjusting the chains and wiring that come with the chandelier. If you need more chain, typically they are available for purchase.

If you have a huge room where the ceiling is higher than normal and using a one tiered chandelier makes it seem like there s a lot of empty space, try finding multi-tiered ones. They can help disguise that.

Kichler Lighting 2523TZ 15 Light Dover Chandelier

Be proud of your chandelier! Center in in the middle of a window so it can be seen from outside and everyone can admire it.

Chandeliers are often found in dining rooms. Since it is an area frequented by your guests, make sure that you leave enough head space so that your tall guests don’t hit it when standing up. 30″ of space between the tabletop and the bottom of the chandelier should provide comfortable headroom for everyone.  Also, since dining room tables are the focus of the dining room, place the chandeliers in the middle of it and the chandelier should never be wider than the table itself.

Iberlamp by Golden Lighting C166-06-CH 6 Light Pendant Chandelier Lisa Collection

Remember, layer, layer, layer! Your chandelier should not be your only light source. Supplement it with pendants and wall sconces. Usually, chandeliers have wall other light fixtures in the same design family, so finding complimentary light fixtures will be a breeze.

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

 

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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.

If a room in your house does not allow room for much natural light in it, add a mirror. Mirrors can help with that if you add one across the room of a window. Placing a mirror across a window will reflect the natural light from outside and make the room seem larger.

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Mirrors reflecting light from light fixtures also has a positive effect when placed in rooms or hallways with no windows. It helps disguise the fact that you are in a dark room or cooridor.

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

There are so many bold and decorative mirrors out there today. Their frames and shapes almost make them seem like art pieces. You can buy one huge mirror and buy multiple small ones and play around with their placement to create a nice piece of wall art.

Mirrors can also accent different things in a room, such as a fireplace. If you want to show off your fireplace, you should place a mirror above the mantel so everyone’s eyes can get drawn to that direction.

Kichler Lighting 78121 Mirror Bling Collection

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

Mirrors aren’t only for walls anymore. Place one on your dining room table, that has no frame, so you can have a cool reflection of whatever you put on top of it. It’ll provide a cool sight and a conversation starter if you’re entertaining.

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

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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 are so affordable you can place one anywhere you see fit in your and come in so many shapes and sizes. Use it in your home office, bedroom, kitchen, living room. There are so many options, you can find one for any room.

Check out this Art Deco Retro Eight Light Chandelier from Crystorama 9248-EB_3 Chandeliers can class up any room and they are used add drama or elegance.  If your room or closet is small, and you know that a chandelier isn’t plausible, add a mini chandelier!  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.

  • High ceilings need big chandeliers to fill up the space
  • Heavy chandeliers need to be reinforced more than a lighter one.

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. Try matching materials or colors first since there are so many different options that chandeliers come in, you’re bound to find something similar.

Art Deco Retro 8 Light Down Lighting Chandelier

PLC Lighting 82333 PC Art Deco Retro 8 Light Down Lighting Chandelier Enigma Collection

Next thing you should think about is how bright you want it to be. Chandeliers have different shades/glass/crystals that can determine how bright it will shine. Also, don’t forget to install a dimmer to control the ambiance of that the chandelier gives off.

Remember, layer, layer, layer those lights in your home! One overhead light isn’t enough. Compliment the surrounding area 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.
Check out the wide selection of  chandeliers and more at EliteFixtures.

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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.

Universal  Style Fire Pit-19" Tall x 45" Diameter, Morocco Design, Blues and Blacks granite colors, Poly Black Powder Coat, Propane Storage Basket

Oasisfire UFP1945MBBPB-P Universal Style Fire Pit-19″ Tall x 45″ Diameter, Morocco Design, Blues and Blacks granite colors, Poly Black Powder Coat, Propane Storage Basket

Body Type
Fire pits can be bought as two options: chimineas or free standing bowls. Chimineas sound like what they look like. They have a small chimney that is attached to free standing tubs. Typically they are made from materials that ensure durability, like metal or stone. Free standing bowls are portable pits that have more design options.

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

Blue Rhino GAD1399SP Lp Gas Outdoor Firebowl with Slate Tile Mantel

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.

Safety
Always keep a safe distance between flammable materials and the fire pit. Safety standards dictate keeping the fire pits 10 feet away from your home at least. Always keep in mind to make sure that the fire pit is weighted down properly so it does not tip over. For extra safety measure, you should place the pit on a fireproof mat or any other non-combustible surface. Also, in case of emergencies, it is best to have a source of water near by.

Check out the different and fire pit and more at EliteFixtures.com like the Blue Rhino Gas

 

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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.

Elk Lighting 11233/3 Three Light Pendant Ceiling Fixture

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

  • Natural light is the best kind of light. Try to allow as much in as possible.
  • When you’re in bed or at your desk table lamps and wall sconces are great for doing specific tasks
  • Install a ceiling fan with a light kit so that it can serve two functions: to keep you cool and to provide light
  • chandeliers are great in a bedroom to add a dramatic effect

*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

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

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For a dramatic look use a chandelier, as stated earlier, as an overhead light that also acts as a focal point.  A great feature to add if you can is a dimmer switch. That way you can control the lighting in your room and set it to your preference.

Pendant lights and wall sconces are a creative alternative to wall lamps if you are lacking on the space factor. There are a variety of styles and designs that are available to add a nice design element to the room.

Single Light Pendant Ceiling Fixture

ET2 Lighting EP96002-20SN Single Light Pendant Ceiling Fixture Minx Collection

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

 

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

Elk Lighting 31256/2-LED Linear Pendants 2 Light Pendant In Polished Nickel

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. They are almost found everywhere.

  • They are the best lights for outdoor use: street lights, parking garages, etc.
  • Many light fixtures found in your home: under cabinets, recessed, table lamps, pendants, etc.
  • Holiday Lights

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Why you should switch to LED approved fixtures and light bulbs

  • Less energy consumption
  • Life is 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs and can replace them
  • LEDs emit white lights by mixing red, green and blue LEDs
  • Diffusers or reflectors not needed to do directional nature.
  • Does not get as heated – other bulbs release their energy as heat, but LEDs do not.
  • Durable, is not as fragile as other bulbs

Trans Globe Lighting LED-10173 PC LED – 14 Light Flushmount Pendants and Flushmounts Collection

**ALWAYS MAKE SURE YOUR FIXTURE IS LED COMPATIBLE BEFORE USING LED BULBS

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

 

 

 

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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.

Fanimation MAD3255RS Louvre

What is the difference between AC and DC motors in your ceiling fan? The motors. AC motors need a direct power source. Conversely, DC motors are battery powered. The latter is controlled through a current, while the former has varying frequencies.

DC Motor fans are the way of the future. As stated earlier, they are more green and use less energy, up to 70% less! The reason behind that is because DC motors have produce more energy when it first starts up.

If you have a DC fan, you can use it both in the summer and in the winter, which may help lower your heating/cooling costs. Using a fan in the summer that rotates counterclockwise can help lower the temperature of a room. When you use a fan in the winter rotating clockwise, it can help circulate heat.

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Craftmade K10795 Oiled Bronze DC Epic Ceiling Fan with Five 70 Premier Hand-Scraped Walnut Blades

If its your first time installing a fan or even if you are a seasoned pro, DC fans are the easiest to install. Their light weight makes installation easier and there is no need to worry about installing a canopy with the fan because fans with DC motors were designed to have their electrical components on top of the motor.

Another plus to having a DC motor around is that it is quiet, so it won’t disturb you in any room you put it in.

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Vaxcel F0032 Adrian 44″ Flushmount DC Ceiling Fan

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