nightshade video game cover reimagined by elite fixtures

Bright Idea: Popular Video Game Covers Reimagined

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

We hope you enjoyed these! Happy gaming :)

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Decorating with Rugs

Rugs can be a great home to your home decor. It can be the piece in the room to help tie everything together or it can act as a statement piece.

The first step in choosing your rug, is to determine the layout of your furniture in the space that you will fill with the rug to figure out what size you need.

Gold Devonshire 5 x 8 Rug
Uttermost 71023-5 Gold Devonshire 5 x 8 Rug Devonshire, Gold Collection

If you want to place a rug in a room where most of your furniture is resting against a wall, you need to find a rug that is large enough that at a portion of the front of the furniture are going to be on top of the rug. You don’t want to cover the whole area because it will make the room look smaller and it would practically be a carpet.

With furniture that does not rest against a wall, you want to make sure that all the whole body of all the furniture is within the surface area of the rug.

Concord Global 97829 Leafs Ivory 7’10 Round Round Woven Rug Chester Collection

If you want to add a rug to your dining room, take both the length and width of the table and add two inches. The new set of dimensions is the dimensions for the rug.

If you want to put a rug in your bedroom, at least have the majority of the bed lay on top of the rug. Alternatively, you can use rug runners to place either on the sides of the bed or at the foot of it if you do not want to buy a large rug.

Athens Brown 5'3" Round Round Woven Rug
Concord Global 54280 Athens Brown 5’3″ Round Round Woven Rug Jewel Collection

Some tips to consider when decorating with rugs:

  • Not all rugs have to be rectangular, there are round, square and oval shaped rugs out there. Choose what you feel is most flattering
  • Create a feature wall using a rug
  • Rugs should be the same size if used in the same room
  • Try different patterns
  • Use rugs to be a outline different rooms in open spaces
  • Dark rugs and patterned rugs hide dirt well
  • Rug liners are great to keep a rug in place

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Lighting Terminology – Lumen

Manufacturers list an abundance of information about the color temperature, life, estimated yearly cost and lumens in addition to the wattage. Often, lumens and wattage gets confused or mistaken for each other, even though they are two completely different things. Wattage describes energy while lumens is a measure of brightness or visible light.

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Wattage and brightness has an inverse relationship in regards to LED (more lumens, less watts). Less energy is required now to light an LED bulb that has the same measure of brightness as a halogen or fluorescent bulb.

While there is no set determined amount of lumens required for each room, its based on a matter of preference and usage, here’s a basic guide to figure out how many lumens you might want to have per room.


Type of Room Light Colored Decor Medium Colored Decor Dark Colored Decor
56 Lumens per sq. ft 70 Lumens
per sq. ft
84 Lumens
per sq. ft
Living Room
Family Room
Utility Room
42 Lumens
per sq. ft
56 Lumens
per sq. ft
70 Lumens
per sq. ft
Dining Room
Entertainment Area
Storage Room
28 Lumens
per sq. ft
35 Lumens
per sq. ft.

42 Lumens
per sq. ft.

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How to Remove Wallpaper

Wallpaper can easily date any room. You can update any room with a fresh new coat of paint, but first you have to remove the wallpaper. While removing wallpaper can be relatively easy, it is time consuming and it can cost up to $1,000 for professional removal. If you don’t want to spend that match and have the time, you can easily do it yourself, but it may cost you a lot of time.

The material the wall is made of will determine the way you remove the wallpaper. Home are built with walls that are either plaster or drywall. Drywall is more susceptible to damage water damage from steaming that than plaster. So, for the integrity of the wall, it might be best to scrape it off.

Steaming wallpaper used to be a popular technique. Use this method if there than one layer of wallpaper or if the wallpaper was painted over, so it needs to be loosened. The steam will penetrate the wallpaper and soften the glue and paint that is stuck to the wallpaper so that you can scrape off the wallpaper with a scraping tool.  The longer the exposure to the steam, the easier it will be to scrape off.
*Steam may damage the drywall because of the extended exposure, so be wary if you use this method

There are many commercial solvents to strip wallpaper from the wall available. All you need to do is create little openings so that the solvent can make contact with the adhesive. Spray the solvent onto the wall and let it sit for a few minutes. After letting it sit, you can peel away the wallpaper or use a putty knife to help peel it off. Do it in small sections to decrease the likelihood of damage to the wall. When done, all you have to do is wipe clean the walls with soap and water and you can do whatever you want now with the wall.

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Exterior Lighting Tips

Appearance is everything and the first thing people see when they visit you is your house. That is why curb appeal is important when designing the exterior of your house. It gives the visitor an idea of what they should expect for the rest of your house. Exterior lights have a functional purpose as well, to guide them to your home. So, it is important the size, color and style of your outdoor lights are chosen wisely.

One of the first things to consider is size. Size does matter because your light fixture can be seen from yards away. When things are seen from a distance, they appear smaller than they actually are. To alleviate that issue, you should try to have larger fixtures outside.

Knob Hill Die Cast 3 Light Outdoor Hanging Lantern
Maxim Lighting 3468CDSE Knob Hill Die Cast 3 Light Outdoor Hanging Lantern

Most importantly, the largest fixture that should be attached to the exterior of your house is the one that is closest to your door. It highlights the entrance and the numbers on your house. When you’re picking the fixture, try to make sure:

  • To avoid a shadow from the door and light, you should install the light on the same side where you find the doorknob.
  • Find one that is proportionate to your door. It should be around one fourth the size of it.

Traditional Classic 1 Light 16 Height Outdoor Wall Lantern

Check out Capital Lighting’s Traditional Class Outdoor Wall Lantern from the Main Street Collection

You don’t want to have your light fixtures stand out too much for the wrong reason. Make sure that you pick colors that are complimentary to your exterior designs. There are a lot of styles available, so you are bound to find one that is perfect for your home. Also, you don’t want your light fixtures to stand out because they’re old and rusty. Pick ones that are made from durable material to get the best value.

Lights by the front door aren’t the only ones you should remember. Add lights around your house, especially on top of the garage or surrounding a walkway or driveway to make sure your house is properly illuminated. For these secondary lights, again larger is better.


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2015 Color of the Year : Marsala

It’s that time of year again where the Pantone Color Institute announces its Color of the year.. and for 2015 it is MARSALA

 “Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul exuding confidence and stability. Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth”

Leatrice Eiseman
Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute


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Marsala has been a favorite color for some time and has finally been recognized for its warmth and drama.


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You can pair Marsala paired with a variety of shades because of its burnished undertones. You can match it with both neutrals and vibrant colors. Check out Pantone’s website for the different color schemes.

Incorporate Marsala into your home today. Paint a wall, but furniture, rugs, pillows, etc. All are great ways you can add the color of the year into your home. The possibilities are enddless.


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Fireplace Safety

With winter still in full effect, many of us are utilizing our fireplace to keep warm and to create a nice warm atmosphere for the holiday.

To help keep your family safe, here are a few tips to remember.

  • Fires can have a life of their own. Its unsafe to keep them unattended. Make sure the fire is completely out when you leave.
  • Adult supervision of young children in front of an active fire is of the utmost importance.
  • Good practice to have your chimney inspected annually and to regularly clean and maintain the chimney and the log bed.
  • Prolong use of a fireplace is not encouraged. Cap use at 5-6 hours at a time.
  • Have a screen in front of your chimney to prevent wild embers/sparks from escaping. – they might, so you should have a nonflammable rug by the front.
  • Install a chimney cap – prevents wildlife and nature from making a home out of your chimney, which would essentially block the airflow from leaving the house. — leads to carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Don’t just use any material to keep the fire going. You need to use seasoned hardwood.
  • Don’t forget to ventilate the area with the chimney when in use, you don’t want to inhale smoke.
  • Make sure to circulate air into the room by opening a window when the fireplace is in use. The incoming air will leave through the chimney.

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original NYE ball

History of the NYE Ball

The ball drop in on December 31 in Times Square New York is synonymous with the beginning of the New Year. While the celebrations at Times Square has been celebrated annually since 1904, it wasn’t until 1907 when the ball was introduced, except for 1942 and 1943 to observe wartime blackouts.

The New Years Eve celebration and the ball drop in Times Square is a highly publicized event and is broadcast nationally. Over 1 million make the pilgrimage to  Times Square to watch the ball drop and millions more watch all over the world.

Throughout the years, the ball has improved and evolved to showcase the technological advances that have been made over time.  To this day, there have been four balls used during the celebration.

The original New Year’s Eve ball was in used from 1907-1919. The 700 lb structure had a diameter of 5 feet. It was made of iron and wood and lit with 100 25-watt incandescent bulbs.

original NYE ball

By 1920, the original New Year’s Eve ball was replaced by a new design. The new ball weighed in at a significantly lower weight at 400 lbs and was constructed solely of iron, but the diameter remained at 5 feet.

The ball had a slight makeover in 1955 when it was redesigned again to be made of aluminium to bring the total weight down to 150 lbs, but the kept the same 5 feet diameter. Typically, the ball used one light bulbs, but would change for special themes or circumstances.  In 1995, the ball was updated to have a computerized lighting system.  180 Halogen lights,  144 strobe lights and 12,000 rhinestones were added to make the ball shine brighter than it has in the past.

The fourth ball was used during 1999-2007 and was redesigned to ring in the new millennium. It was designed by Waterford Crystal and weighed in at 1,070 pounds with a diameter of 6 feet. The new ball had 600 halogen bulbs, over 500 crystal planes, strobe lights and spinning pyramid shaped mirrors.

2000 NYE

For the centennial celebration in 2008 Waterford Crystal again designed the new ball and again it had a diameter of 6 feet and weighed 1,212 lbs. The lighting aspect for the ball is the most modern and progressive out of all of the balls. It uses 9,576 energy efficient LED bulbs that consume the same amount of electricity as a toaster. That specific ball was only used once.

2008 BALL

From 2009 and on, a icosahedral geodesic ball by Waterford Crystal was introduced. It incorporated 32,256 LED light bulbs, 2,688 crystal panels, had a diameter of 12 feet and weighed a total of 11,875.




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Ceiling Fan Tips and Facts

Ceiling fan location is very important. Generally the best location for ceiling fans should mounted in the center of the room and be above the place where most people congregate the most.

With everyone being energy conscious these days, you want to make sure when picking your fan that it is airflow efficient. Since the blades make up most of the fan, the blades are the biggest factor in determining how efficient your fan can be due its aerodynamics. Its pitch, width, size, shape, texture, thickness and weight all affect it. Also playing a role is the type of motor found in the fan.

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While most people assume that the center of the room is the best place to mount a ceiling fan, they are incorrect. Ceiling fans don’t need to be in the middle, you just have to make sure that there is at least 12″ between the blades and the wall. Try to keep a 7′ distance between the floor and the fan ~ higher ceiling rooms should allow 9-10′ for optimal safety.

*If you do not have a flush mount ceiling fan, you can use down rods to adjust the distance to make sure the minimum is met.

Kichler Lighting 339220WH Sterling Manor Select 52 Inch 5 Blade Indoor Ceiling Fan With Pull Chain Blades Downrod And Light Kit

If you have sloped ceilings, you need to check the compatibility of each fan to make sure it can mount. Most ceiling fans can accommodate a slope of 30 degrees. Anything more needs a kit.

Here’s our guide to help you to find the correct size ceiling fan for your room

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Outdoor Patio Furniture – How to Choose the Material

Your outdoor living space is an extension of your home. So, why not back it both comfortable and stylish? To make sure its comfortable and stylish, the way your furnish your outdoor living space is important. You need to ensure that your furniture is made with good quality because it is exposed to so many different elements. The material you choose matters, different materials require different maintenance, so it is important to choose one that fits your budget and lifestyle.

Zuo Modern 701389 San Sebastian Table Set Espresso

Aluminium, Plastic, and PVC Furniture

  • doesn’t rust
  • light weight
  • cheap/affordable
  • easy maintenance

Steal and Wrought Iron

  • heavy duty
  • sturdy
  • needs upkeep will rust if not weather proofed or painted periodically
Modway Furniture EEI-836-BLK-BLK-SET Panorama 7 Piece Dining Set in Black Black

Rattan, wicker and natural grasses

  • long lasting if treated and up kept properly
  • need weather proofing every few years


  • sturdy
  • requires regular treatment with preservatives
  • may require UV protection – or else might fade
  • Choose teak, redwood, cypress or cedar
Mod Made MM-8033-White Chrome Wire Side Chair

If your furniture requires textiles, such as coverings or pillows, always make sure to pick a material that can withstand the elements. Make sure that it can repel water and if it does somehow absorb any water make sure it is made of material that allows for quick evaporation. Make sure you pick a material that does not fade quickly or at all, so its best to find one that is UV protected. Check out the outdoor living furniture and more at

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