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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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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

 

 

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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.

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Cavaliere Hoods SV218D-30 Stainless Steel Wall Mount Range Hood

 

 

 

 

 

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Our Top Picks for Mothers Day Gifts!

Mothers Day is coming sooner than you think. On May 10th give mom something she’ll love and will use every day for years to come.

Give Mom a Maple Tree Photo Collage from Uttermost (SKU # 13725) where she can store all your precious memories and show them off for everyone to see.
Made of hand forged metal, this collage provides numerous openings to display your favorite photos. Finish consists of aged chestnut with antiqued verdigris details and burnished edges.

 

Give Mom a chandelier as pretty as her that she can put in her study, closet, or a powder room.
Charlene 3 Light Single Tier Chandelier from Murray Feiss (SKU F2756/3IV)

Add a glow to your home with this beautiful ivory chandelier.

This Beaded Wall Mirror from Basset Mirror (SKU # M2546BEC) would be a great gift for Mom. While you appreciate her beauty, she will see what you see.

The Leaning Wall Mirror features a beveled-glass mirror within a wood frame with a silver leaf finish. The frame features silver beading along the inside and outside borders, giving it the look of an heirloom classic.

Does Mom always complain about how cluttered her kitchen is? Get her a Rectangle Pot Rack with Grid from the Gourmet Collection from Rogar (SKU # 4147).

Gives Kitchen a Warm and Homely Feel Items included: 4 metal slats, 4 corner brackets, grid, 4 pcs 18″ chain, 8 regular hooks & 4 grid hooks, 4 ceiling hooks

Mom’s are always on the go. Help her keep track of time with a beautiful and contemporary Starburst Wall Clock in Silver Black from Modway Furniture (SKU EEI-761).

Charged metal silver-toned rays meet planet-like objects on the pathway toward outer worlds

 

Find the perfect Mother’s Day Gift and more at EliteFixtures.com !

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Cool Product Alert: Philips Portable Light

Way back in 2014 Philips introduced the HUE system to the public. It’s a nice and nifty system that allows you to control your LED lights wirelessly through your home via an app on your smart phone.

All thats needed is an the bridge (the controller that links the lights to your phone), the compatible light bulbs (BR30, E26, GU10 AND PAR 16) and of course your smart phone.

The HUE system has progressed since its initial launch that it has many different settings that you can link up to your lights. You can set the lights in your room to go with the beat of the music that is playing in your smart phone, you can even control the mood of your room. The different settings can allow you to create a suspenseful lighting scene or you can even set up the lights so that you can have strobe lights to imitate a dance floor.

 

Image provided from http://www2.meethue.com/en-us/the-range/hue-go/

Philips just released a portable light bowl that is compatible with the Hue Go System and it has been garnering positive reviews from the web.

The bowl is large enough to fit in the palm of both hands and it completely portable. Working with the Hue System, you can control it directly from your smart phone. One full charge will allow you to transport that light wherever you go for almost three hours.

Image provided from http://www2.meethue.com/en-us/the-range/hue-go/

It’ll be great to illuminate the places where your stationary lights can’t reach. Or even a backup light when you go camping or stay outdoors to help illuminate your path or to just help you see the general area. When paired with the different interfaces, think of all the fun situations you can have with this light.

It’s a fun light to have, like the rest of the product offerings in the Hue System, you can change the color of the light. Also what makes it great is that you can just put it wherever you want because it will stand on its own.

 

 

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Get the Look for Kitchen – Quoizel

This three light chandelier from the Emery Collection by Quoizel is a unique chandelier to add to your dining area. Put it over a kitchen island or breakfast bar.

It has the industrial look and feel to it, which is on trend right now.  It comes in (3) great finishes: Palladian Bronze (ER3353PN) (shown below), Brushed Nickel (ER353BN), or Imperial Silver (ER353IS)

 

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Image Provided by Quoizel Lighting: Quoizel Lighting ER353PN Emery Island Chandelier

 

The Emerson Collection also has other types of lights all available in the three finishes.

Emery Island Chandelier
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Find the Emerson Collection and more at EliteFixtures.com

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