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Contemporary Lighting In Your Home

Technically speaking, contemporary means existing, occurring or living at the same time.  When people say that they are designing their home with a contemporary design, they mean that they are designing their house according to the current popular trend.

Contemporary designs vary year to year and it borrows designs from different eras. However, current contemporary style often features softened and rounded lines, neutral elements and bold color. Additionally, this design style tends to focus on the basics of line, shape and form. Clean lines, plenty of polish and very little clutter dominate the contemporary design.

Contemporary color palette is composed mainly of neutrals and is accented with bright, bold color. You can choose any colors that you like, but you will need to be careful that they are complementary and well balanced.

Here are some contemporary design ideas that you can incorporate into your home.

 

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Under Cabinet Lighting

Under cabinet lights are an invaluable addition to any kitchen, office space or shelving unit. Under cabinet lights are perfect if you are looking for task lighting. Typically, under cabinet lights are attached to the bottom of a wall mounted cabinet.

There are four different types of under cabinet lights available: round lights (puck lights), strips lights or linear lights.  Also, under cabinet lighting options are available as fluorescent or LED.

Round Lights (Puck Lights)
The round under cabinet lights resemble hockey pucks. They are often a popular choice because many versions of them do not have to be hardwired and can be plugged in. There are also battery operated models available. Perfect for kitchen remodels where budget is an issue.

3 Light Puck Surface Flush Mount Ceiling Light

Sonneman’s Light Puck Surface Flush Mount Ceiling Light 

Strip Lights
Under cabinet lights are thin bands of plastic where small bulbs are built right into the plastic. It is an affordable option where lights cannot be hard wired. Slim fluorescent fixtures are small enough and light enough to be mounted at the front of the cabinets just behind the face frames. They’re also directional, so that they can be mounted to cast their light down and toward the wall, not back toward the room.

Standard Strip

AFX’s Standard Strip Light

Linear Lights (Rope Lights)
These linear lights are thinner than the other options. Since they are thinner and also flexible, they are easier to install and less conspicuous. They do not provide as much light as other options and are mainly for complementing the overhead lighting already in the room.

ET2 Eighteen Light White Under Cabinet Light

 

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Chandelier Maintenance

The chandelier in your home is a beautiful and intricate light fixture that is often the focal point of any room that it is in. To make sure that your chandelier keeps shining bright for years, make sure to give your chandelier a thorough cleaning at least once a year.

For many chandeliers, you can easily clean your own. If your chandelier is too difficult to access or clean, you may want to contact a professional cleaning service. Professional chandelier cleaning services may range from $700-$2000+, depending the the size and intricacy  of your chandelier.

If you do choose to your own maintenance on your chandelier, here are a few tips.

Gather all the supplies you need:

  • Ladder – chandeliers can sometimes be lowered, but if it can’t you need a ladder to access the fixture
  • Soft Cleaning Cloths/Gloves – to make sure that you leave no finger prints
  • Towel or Padding – to place underneath the fixture in case anything drops so it won’t break
  • Cleaning Solution – You can buy a solution in the store or you can make your own by using one part isopropyl alcohol and 4 parts water

Before Starting the Cleaning

  • Always make sure that the chandelier is switched off at the off at the wall — even better make sure that the light is turned off at the breaker box
  • Before cleaning, make sure that the bulbs and the entire fixture is cool
  • Take pictures of the chandelier for reference in case you need to take it apart
  • Place the padding underneath the fixture and lower it if applicable
  • Use an alternative light source so that you do not clean your chandelier in the dark

Cleaning the Chandelier

  • Spray your cleaning solution onto one cleaning cloth and wipe the crystals of the chandelier.
  • Take a a dry cleaning cloth and immediately dry the crystal on the chandelier that has the cleaning solution.
  • Make sure to never spray directly onto the chandelier because it may rust the metal
  • If the chandelier has many parts, you can take it apart and clean — use the pictures you took earlier as reference to put it back together
  • If you find that the frame of the chandelier is extra grimy, use a mild dish soap solution to clean it
  • Always work around the chandelier and never twist the fixture around because you may damage the wiring.

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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 :)

Freshen Up Your Bathroom – Low Cost Updates

Bathroom projects can cost thousands of dollars and are very time consuming. You can give your bathroom an entire new look and feel with just a few quick and simple cosmetic updates that should not take more than one weekend.

  • Add accents to a small bathroom to give a glam effect. Change the boring mirror hanging in your powder room with a dramatic one.

Add Some Wow

  • Instead of changing out the cabinets in your bathroom, give it a whole new look by giving it a fresh coat of pain or staining it.
  • Changing the hardware of the cabinets or even changing the sink or bathtub faucets can change the entire look of a bathroom.
  • Add a pop color into your bathroom, find a nice color that wold contrast well with the bath tiles.
  • Tiles don’t only have to be for the shower or bathtub. Add tiles behind the sink to create a bathroom back splash. The tiles could introduce new colors and patterns into your bathroom.
  • Add artwork to add a point of interest in the bathroom and to make the space more personalized.

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  • A simple storage unit can act as a multi-functioning shelving unit to hold supplies and decorative objects, if you can sacrifice the space.
  • Update the lighting fixtures in your bathroom. Replace an old fixture with something new and dramatic. You can also add more light fixtures to increase the amount of light in your bathroom.
  • Replace the counter-top of your vanity
  • Give your shower a luxurious touch by switching out the old shower head with a rain-style shower head
  • Change the shower curtain to add a pop of color into your bathroom and based off the shower curtain, you can add rugs or towels that compliment the shower curtain.

Lighting Terminology – Lumen

If you’ve shopped for lighting products recently, you’ll notice that the manufacturers  list an abundance of information about the color temperature, life, estimated yearly cost and lumens in addition to the wattage. Back in the day, only wattage was listed. Often, lumens and wattage gets confused or mistaken for each other, even though they are two completely different things.
The wattage of a bulb is defined as the amount of energy required to light a product. Lumens on the other hand is the measure of the total amount of visible light to the human eye, or a measure of brightness.

With the introduction and improvements to LED technology there is now a negative relationship between wattage and brightness.  For example, a 6.5W LED lamp will give a similar light output to a 50W Halogen bulb, which is 87% less energy for the same light output. As technology improves, more lumens will be produced with less WATT consumption.

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
Kitchen
Bathroom
Den
Study
Workshop
56 Lumensper sq. ft 70 Lumens
per sq. ft
84 Lumens
per sq. ft
Bedroom
Living Room
Den
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
Hallway
28 Lumens
per sq. ft
35 Lumens
per sq. ft.

42 Lumens
per sq. ft.

Exterior Lighting Tips

First impressions are lasting impressions. That is why curb appeal is important when designing the exterior of your house. The first thing that people look at when they see a house is obviously the exterior.  The exterior lights of your house will showcase the rest of the exterior of the house and help guide visitors to your door. 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. Outdoor lanterns appear to be half the size from 50 feet away, so when choosing between two sizes, you should typically choose the larger one.

The most important exterior light fixture is the one closest to the front door and it should be the largest and stand out from the rest of the other exterior light fixtures because it is the light that leads directly into your home.

  • When using one outdoor light fixtures by your front door, the fixture should be 1/3 the height of the door (make sure installed the same side as the doorknob so there is no shadow cast when opening the door)
  • When using two fixtures by the front door, the fixtures should each be 1/4 the height of the door.

Traditional Classic 1 Light 16 Height Outdoor Wall Lantern

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

The finish of your outdoor light fixture should compliment the color of the exterior of the house to increase curb appeal and make sure that the style of the light fixture you choose compliments the architectural aspects of your home. Also, make sure you pick quality materials so that your fixture can withstand the elements and last for a long time.

Secondary to front door fixtures, garage lights should have lights on top of and on each side of the garage door, if space permits.

Outdoor post lanterns are used to when no light s able to reach the parking area. Similar to front door fixtures, post lanterns look smaller when viewed from a distance, so it is important to choose a larger fixture.

 

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How to Maintain Your Deck

Outdoor decks are advantageous to have to enjoy outdoor living. So it is important to upkeep your deck to make sure it lasts and stays safe.

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You should maintain your deck year round to ensure longevity of your deck:

  • Late Spring – Wash & Seal the Deck
  • Midsummer – Make Inspections and Repairs
  • Early Fall – Trim Trees & Clear Debris

Late Spring: Washing the Deck
Late spring means it is time to was your deck. If you don’t was your deck, your deck becomes susceptible to mold and mildew, which would cause the the structure would rot.  Make sure you remove all the debris between the deck boards and thoroughly sweep the desk. The next step would be to use a cleanser to clean the deck, make sure to pick an overcast day so that the sun won’t evaporate the cleanser. Depending on the material of your deck, a different cleanser needs to be used.  Wooden decks take standard cleaners, composite decks need a cleaner specifically for composite material and vinyl decks only need warm water and mild soap.

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Late Spring: Sealing the Deck
After washing the deck, the next step would be to seal it, but you should wait at least two days before sealing. It is a good idea to seal you deck annually with a sealer or a stain to protect your deck from moisture. Clear sealers allow for the wood’s natural color and stains to show through, but lack any UV protection. Stains add a tint and offer UV protection, the darker the stain the greater the UV protection.
Sealing the deck is a multiple day process and you should begin by lightly sanding the deck and replacing any protruding screws or nails. Always remember to use gloves, safety mask and eye protection when applying a seal.

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Midsummer: Inspections and Repairs 
Look for signs of structural rot. Also inspect the ledger, the part of the deck that connects to the house. Check all the hardware and make sure that none are seriously rusted or are protruding. Check deck railings to make sure that posts are not loose or damaged.

Early Fall: Cleaning 
A good opportunity to wash or seal the deck if you missed the opportunity in the spring. Trim the bushes and trees to make sure they are at least 12 inches away from the deck to slow down mold, moss, and rot. Make sure to clear all the debris stored up in the corners and move furniture and planters around to avoid discoloring the deck.

Bathtub Materials

Bathtubs are the main feature in any bathroom they are in. Bathtubs come in a multitude of styles and the different styles are allow for different purposes.

Once you identify what type of bathtub needs/purpose of the bathtub will serve, the next step is to decide what kind of material you want your bathtub to be made out of. The material of the bathtub is largely dependent on the frequency of use and personal style preference.

Cast Iron
Generally thicker than other materials that bathtubs are made of, it is molded into the shape of the bathtub and . A bathtub made of cast iron is finished with an enamel coating, which provides a sleek and stylish look and has the option to be offered in many different colors and patterns. A cast iron tub has the ability to retain heat well and has excellent soundproofing. The durability of its material give the tub the potential to last decades. When installing a cast iron tub, a good support structure is needed because the combined weight of the water and the tub may cause damage

Cast Polymer
Solid polymer based materials that are used to imitate the look of onyx or granite and finished with a polyester gel coat. the gel coating is less durable than acrylic, but it still is thick and retains heat well. Aesthetically, it mimics the look of natural stone, but offers a cheaper alternative using synthetic materials.

Enamel on Steel
Enamel on Steel is less expensive and less heavy alternative to enameled cast iron. Similar to cast iron tubs, the steel tubs are molded into a bathtub shape and finished with enamel. Enameled steel tubs have a smaller pool of color choices and chip somewhat easily.

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Acrylic
Acrylic sheets are heated, formed into a mold and reinforced with fiberglass. It’s high gloss, similar to the enameled look on cast iron and steel tubs, and it’s much lighter weight than iron and steel. It can be scratched more easily but these scratches can also be repaired more easily than a porcelain enamel surface. While acrylic tubs are more on the expensive side, they do hold heat well if insulated and there are a wider choice of styles and shapes available.

Fiberglass Gelcoat
A fiberglass backing material finished with a layer of polyester gel coat The gelcoat provides the smooth, glossy surface of the tub and offers an easily cleaned surface. It’s a lot like acrylic but usually not as durable, as it can be scratched and/or cracked if it’s struck hard enough. It is lightweight and economical, but does not retain heat well.

Cultured Marble
Crushed marble is combined with resins to produce a solid-surface product.  Cultured marble is typically covered with a clear gelcoat to provide a durable, easily cleaned and stain resistant surface finish. It’s ability to be “cast” (poured into a mold and formed) makes it a good material for bathtubs. The downside to cultured marble tubs is that they are typically more expensive, It’s also a brittle material may crack and cracks are reparable, but scratches can be buffed out.

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