Choosing Bathroom Lighting

Bathrooms perform a double duty in the household; they’re definitely functional but can also be your haven for relaxation.  When renovating or designing from scratch, you’ll want to pay special attention to your bathroom lighting.  It’s often overlooked in the face of so many other design choices; the fixtures, the wall color, tiles, tub surround, etc.  The right lighting can take a bathroom from dull to delightful.  Here are some tips before you make your choice:

Style

Obviously, no matter what function the light is going to serve, you’ll want something that goes with the style you’re trying to create in the rest of the room.  Take into account the color of your taps and tiles when choosing your light fixture finish.  If the bathroom has a modern feel, a light fixture that has a brushed nickel or black finish with simple, straight lines might be your best bet.  Stick with the same theme throughout so that your light fixture doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb, but blends with the room as a whole.

Finish

The world is your oyster when it comes to finishes.  Light fixtures can be made of an assortment of products; metal, plastic, crystal, wood…there’s no limit to your imagination these days.  Again, you’ll want to think about the theme or feel of the rest of your bathroom.  It’s a good idea to keep the finish on your taps and light fixtures complimentary.

Task Lighting

This type of lighting is the workhorse of any room.  In a bathroom, it’s the light by which you’ll shave, apply makeup, and do all of your grooming.  Task lighting is most often placed right at the vanity where it’s largely needed, but it’s often done improperly.  If you mount task lighting over top of your mirror, the light will cast a shadow over the lower half of your face; mounted on either side of the mirror, however, improves the visibility of your whole face.  Sconces work great for this type of lighting.

Accent Lighting

If there is anything that you want to highlight in the bathroom (maybe a recessed wall with art or a tile mosaic) accent lighting is your best bet.  You could also put an accent light over a shelf with folded hand towels and soaps.  Whatever you’d like to feature in the bathroom, consider accent light to show it off to the best degree.

Decorative Lighting

Looking for a light to tie everything together?  A decorative chandelier or pendant light adds that sparkle to any bathroom, no matter the style.  Think dazzling crystal or feathered piece for a delicate, feminine bathroom, or a dark wooden frame surrounding a bare bulb pendant for a cabin style bathroom with a more masculine bend.

Natural Light and Wattage

If there’s a lot of natural light in your bathroom (during the time when you’ll most need it) then you can consider a lower wattage of bulb, especially in the case of your decorative light.  As a rule, however, it’s best to go with a 75 to 100W bulb in your task and accent light fixtures.  Since natural light changes drastically throughout the day, and can certainly be an asset, you’ll want to have control over the times when you can’t rely on what’s coming through your window.

Choosing your lighting can be as enjoyable as choosing any other part of your bathroom.  Explore the possibilities and have fun with it!

This article was written by Jon Reyes from Clearwells. Jon has been writing articles for over 10 years and is a commanding voice in the health and fitness community.

 

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Locations You’ll Pay the Most in Energy Bills

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Anchor your home furniture to prevent injuries

On June 27, 2016 Ikea decided to recall approximately 29 million of dangerous dressers!  They reported that there were at least three deaths of children with one of their dresser series and they strongly urged to “Please take them out of the room”.

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While we all know Ikea to be a well-known brand that offers inexpensive furniture, cheap isn’t always the best.  Not only for quality, but also for safety.

Prevent furniture tip over injuries and deaths!  The safest way is to anchor them into the walls for safety.  Anchoring furniture that could tip over is fairly easy and proven to save lives.  The fix is relatively inexpensive and well worth every penny if you have little ones that love to climb and don’t realize the dangers.    Losing a child is devastating to any parent and family and being able to prevent it at any cost is well worth it!  You can purchase Safety 1st Furniture Wall Straps here at Babies R Us for $4.99.

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When anchoring your furniture, be sure to:

  1. Use two restraints for each piece of furniture, anchoring them on either side.
  2. Make sure to install them into solid wood and into the wall studs.
  3. Ensure the restraints are tight and check them regularly

 

At EliteFixtures.com, our talented team scans thru products and puts them thru a rigorous screening to see if it meets our standards as we take the safety of each product sold at EliteFixtures.com very serious.  Check out our Dining Room Furniture, Living Room Furniture and Bedroom Furniture for brand names and great prices.

 

 

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EliteFixtures Awarded Google Trusted Stores Badge

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

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Hillsborough, NJ – EliteFixtures.com, 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 EliteFixtures.com website, shoppers will see a Google Trusted Store badge and can click on it for more information.

We realized that partnering with Google.com 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 EliteFixtures.com 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 EliteFixtures.com 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 EliteFixtures.com 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, EliteFixtures.com is filled with lighting and home decor fixtures to suit any style and price point. EliteFixtures.com 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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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, elitefixtures.com

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Read the full article here: http://www.hgtv.com/design/outdoor-design/landscaping-and-hardscaping/copy-the-curb-appeal–providence–rhode-island-pictures

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How To: Make Your Chandelier Your Own

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By Lindsy Jacob

When we think about a chandelier, we think about an ornate fixture that becomes the focal point of a room all on its own; whether it is dripping in crystals, or has a one of a kind finish. This may be the case with some chandeliers, but definitely not all. The simplicity behind certain designs allows the consumer to truly customize their piece and take it to the next level, if they choose. There are many ways to do so and they can be quite inexpensive; we are living in a world where DIY-ing has really become the norm. I have an idea of something I’m looking for, but unfortunately I am unable to find the exact piece in any stores or even online. No biggie! I am able to turn on the TV for inspiration, browse Pinterest, or even watch some YouTube videos. Decorating your chandelier may sound taboo to some, but I use the word decorate loosely. By no means am I saying break out the popsicle sticks and finger paint, I am merely saying that there are tasteful ways to dress it up and really make it your own.

Chandelier shades can be a fast and easy way to accessorize your chandelier. The patterns, textures, colors, etc. are endless and always readily available. They are also very inexpensive, and if you’re crafty enough you can make your own. Livex Lighting offers various holiday/season themed shades which are a perfect and convenient addition to any chandelier.

Crystals allow you to add some bling to your chandelier in a tasteful manner. You can simply hang crystal strands from the arms, and body of the fixture to add something special. Crystals come in many different shapes, sizes, and colors and are also reasonably priced. You can also swap out some of the metal parts of the fixture and exchange them for crystal “body” parts. This is a very neat idea because it really can change the entire look and feel of your chandelier.

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Ceiling medallions are probably my favorite way to dress up any chandelier because they can take the chandelier to a whole other level. You can get a simple solid steel medallion or ones with beautiful intricate detailing; it really is all up to you. They are an easy way to pull the room together, without having to do much to your chandelier. Again, these come in all sizes, colors, and even materials. Choosing the perfect fit is dependent on variables such as the size of the room along with the size of the fixture. If you are unsure, you can always find assistance at your local showroom or even look up guides online.

Dressing up your chandelier can be a gradual process, so do not get overwhelmed. Once you get a feel for your design style and have a solid vision, then these are things you can start thinking about. Be sure to check out the Livex Lighting selection that EliteFixtures.com carries, and if you decide to use any of my tips, please submit your pictures to our Facebook page!

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Shopping for a new home? Consider this….

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Shopping for a new home? There are many things to consider when shopping for your new home. However, finding the right neighborhood is equally as important, if not more important, than finding the right home! Think of it this way; you can always update any part of your home, but you cannot remodel your community.  You are just a small component of what makes your community! Consider this….

  1. Homeowners Association (HOA)
    A homeowners association regulates the rules of the neighborhood, monitors crime and can be a great asset to your neighborhood.
  2. Neighborhood schools
    If you have children, it is critical to have good schools (elementary, middle and high schools) in your neighborhood.
  3. Surrounding amenities
    Does the neighborhood have a nice park? Is there a grocery store just a couple blocks away? What about a nearby gym or rec center? Does the community provide services and functions for everyone?  Good amenities can make a huge difference!
  4. Future development
    It’s important to check with your city planning office on the community’s plans for road expansion, property development and construction. Future construction can really add to or take away from your ideal setting.
  5. Good record
    Crime rates, school tests scores and diversity are all statistics that may help you decide on your next community.

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EliteFixtures Protects Customers Against Fraud!

NEW YORK (AP) — Credit card fraud is serious business. The new chip credit cards that shoppers are getting in their mailboxes may prevent criminals from stealing from stores, but many thieves are expected to move their operations online. Small businesses could be the most vulnerable.

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Online fraud in the U.S. is expected to nearly double to $19 billion by 2018 from $10 billion in 2014, according to Javelin Strategy & Research, a consulting company based in Pleasanton, California. In Britain, which began shifting to chip cards in 2001, online fraud rose 55 percent from 2005 to 2008, according to the UK Cards Association, an industry group. “It’s inevitable it will happen,” says Steve Platt, an executive vice president at Experian, the credit reporting company.

Banks and other card issuers are sending consumers the new cards because the chips embedded in them are harder to counterfeit than magnetic stripes. Issuers began sending replacement cards in the last year because, as of Oct. 1, merchants are responsible for financial losses from fraud committed with chip cards if they don’t use new equipment to process chip card payments.

Small businesses are likely to be most vulnerable because many can’t afford the sophisticated software big retailers use to quickly determine whether transactions are fraudulent. Banks no longer have the liability in such cases. And there’s another wrinkle that could make operating difficult for businesses that experience a lot of online fraud: Companies that exceed a limit on fraudulent transactions — usually 1 percent of their total transactions — may be barred from accepting credit cards. People attempting to commit fraud online buy card numbers and other information from hackers who invaded computers systems at companies such as Target Corp. and Home Depot Corp. Then they use the stolen card numbers to make online purchases.

To stop the criminals, Allen Walton examines orders at his surveillance equipment company, SpyGuy Security, one by one. “We manually scan all orders for anything suspicious, like fake names, requests for overnight delivery, and high-ticket orders,” says Walton, whose company is based in Dallas. He finds fraudulent orders several times a month.

The increase in online fraud is likely to happen over time, partly because the switch to chip cards is ongoing and expected to continue into 2016. “The crooks tend to go where there’s less security,” says Ken Paterson, a vice president at the consulting firm Mercator Advisory Group in Maynard, Massachusetts.

Technology can help companies root out fraud with software that analyzes a number of factors in a transaction: whether shipping and billing addresses match, whether the order is placed from an unfamiliar computer or device and whether the email address associated with the order is unfamiliar. A high number of transactions in a short time is another red flag, says Tom Donlea, director of e-commerce at Whitepages, a Seattle-based company whose services include address verification for online businesses. When several suspicious factors are present, the software flags a transaction so a retailer can investigate.

EliteFixtures.com, a retailer of lighting fixtures, plumbing and home decor products in Hillsborough, New Jersey. Elitefixtures protects customers against fraud. It has built a fraud detection system that it says has almost completely eliminated fraudulent transactions. “If someone is ordering a $10,000 chandelier and it’s going to a ZIP code where the median home price is $130,000,” says owner Steven Annese, “that doesn’t make sense.”

Courtesy of AP News: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/61273ab8ccd04c4a993c28339731f187/expect-more-online-fraud-new-credit-cards-arrive

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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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