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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.

The size of the chandelier that you should install in any room is dependent on the dimensions of the room you are trying to light. You have to take the dimensions of the room and add them together. The sum of the dimensions is the diameter that the chandelier needs to be. The resulting value of the dimensions added together should be inches (Example:  A room is 20 feet by 18 feet. Do 20 + 18 = 38 and the diameter of the chandelier should be 38 inches)

Chandeliers in your foyer should:

  • Never hang more than 7 feet from the floor
  • Whenever possible should be centered in the middle of a window so that it can be see from the outside
  • When the ceiling is more than 9 feet, consider using a two tiered chandelier to cover up the space between the ceiling and the fixture


Chandeliers found in dining rooms have additional rules to follow

  • Always leave approximately 30 inches between the tabletop and the bottom of the fixture
  • Chandeliers should be ⅓ the width of the table
  • Chandeliers need to be hung over the middle of the dining room table and in the middle of the room, or else everything else in the room will look off center

Chandeliers provide the central focus in a room, so to help brighten up the room where they chandelier cannot reach, install accent lights or wall sconces to help fill in the background. But since the chandelier is what defines the space, always choose the chandelier first and then pick out the accent lights. There are style families that have both a chandelier and a matching wall sconce or pendant light.


Bonus Tip: How to Determine the Wattage Necessary to Light Your room
Take the dimensions of the room and multiply them together to get the total square footage. Take the total square footage and multiply it by 1.5. The total wattage needed for a room can be split amongst multiple light fixtures.(Example: A room is 20 feet by 18 feet. Multiply 20 x 8 = 160. Then 160 x 1.5 = 240 watts)

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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 can be found in any home and for any room of the house: bedrooms, living rooms, kitchens, closets, office and basically any room you want. Check out this Art Deco Retro Eight Light Chandelier from Crystorama 9248-EB_3 Chandeliers can be found used in any room to add drama or elegance. Also, you can use mini chandeliers, or chandelettes, to light small rooms or to light corner spaces, alcoves or hallways. 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. Remember, the higher the ceiling, the larger the chandelier should be. Largest chandeliers that weigh over 50 lbs should be mounted more securely to the house structure. 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. The best idea is to start with a color or material that is predominant in the room you want to place it in. Chandeliers come in a wide variety of styles that range between simple and modern to ornate and highly decorative. Chandeliers now offered  in a variety of finishes and materials to help fit the decor in your home better. When choosing a chandelier, it is important to think about the intensity of the light that you need. Chandeliers that have exposed bulbs or glass enclosures will have a brighter sparkle than chandeliers with linen shades or frosted bulbs, which would create a pleasing glow. Don’t forget to wire your chandelier to a dimmer switch to control the brightness of your light.

One overhead light isn’t enough. You should accent the area surrounding the chandelier 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. Traditional-Kitchen-Design-Ideas-with-Pendant-Lamps-and-Metal-Chandelier Check out the wide selection of  chandeliers and more at EliteFixtures.


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.

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

  • Utilize natural light in the day time
  • Use table lamps and accent lights for task lighting
  • Try a ceiling fan with a light or even a chandelier as an overhead

*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

If you use a bedside lamp, you should make sure that the light is cast at the the height of a book held while sitting up in bed, which is most typically 20” above the mattress.

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


For a dramatic look use a chandelier as an overhead light that also acts as a focal point. You can wire the chandelier with a dimmer switch or practically any light to control the brightness to create ambient lighting.


If you’re tight on space, install swing arm lights or pendant lights in place of table lamps or floor lamps.

Another dramatic alternative to regular table lamps are sconces. There are a variety of styles and designs that are available to add a nice design element to the room.
*Tip - wire the sconces with dual switches so you can turn on and off the light from two different areas of the bedroom


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.

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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.


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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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.

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.

  • Use them in outside lighting for streets, parking garages, walkways etc.
  • Task Lighting
  • Use for kitchen under-cabinet lighting — ideal for lighting counter tops for cooking and reading recipes
  • Recessed Lighting for hallways, bathrooms,  and offices
  • Holiday Lights


Why you should switch to LED approved fixtures and light bulbs

  • Energy Star rated LED light bulbs use 75% less energy than incandescent light bulbs and last 25 times longer.
  • LEDs emit white lights by mixing red, green and blue LEDs
  • LED’s emit light in a specific direction, which reduces the need for reflectors and diffusers needed to point the light in a specific direction
  • Emit very little heat ~ Incandescent bulbs release 90% of their energy as heat and CFLs release 80% of their energy as heat
  • LED bulbs are typically more durable and won’t break as easily as a normal bulb
  • LEDs can replace 40, 60 and 75 incandescent bulbs.


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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.

What is the difference between AC and DC motors in your ceiling fan? AC motors are powered by connecting directly to a power source and the speed of the fan is controlled by varying the frequency. DC motors on the other hand are powered through a battery or a converter and the speed of the fan is controlled through the current.


Benefits of Switching to a DC Motor Fan:
Less Energy Consumption
-DC motors create a higher torque = greater initial power and less energy consumption
-DC motors use 70% less energy than standard AC motors


Savings Every Season
-Can circulate cooler air in the summer and create a -4F cooling effect by rotating counterclockwise
-Can circulate warmer air in winter and create +4F warming effect by rotating clockwise


Easier Installation
-Weigh less than AC fan motors
-No need for a canopy because have electrical components located on top of motor assembly


Quiet Operation
-Operates virtually silently

It’s time to update and upgrade your ceiling fan! Check out these DC fans from Kichler and Fanimation and much more at



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Range Hoods – What to Consider Before Buying

The purpose of range hoods is to capture, smoke, odors, humidity and heat before they dissipate into the house.

Different Types of Range Hoods
under-cabinet – cheaper, economical models. Under cabinet range hoods are normally non-ducted and require filters
wall mounted – typically mid-ranged priced models and they are installed against the wall of the kitchen
ceiling – typically higher end models and are suspended from the ceiling form over the kitchen’s cooking island and has a high aesthetic value.

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Ducted vs Non-Ducted
You should choose your range hood based on how often you cook. Those who cook a few meals every week, a cabinet mounted hood may be the right fit. If you cook often and grill, fry and saute, a higher end range hood would be more appropriate.The type of vent is important because if the moisture circulates back into the kitchen it could affect the finishes.
Non Ducted hoods are for people who cook less. Non Ducted hoods  recirculate air back into the kitchen and trap grease and odors in replaceable filters, but do not eliminate heat or humidity.
Ducted hoods take smoke, odor, humidity and heat and vent it to the outside.


Strength of the range hood?
CFMs (cubic feet per minute) is the measure of the amount of air the vent can move. It is suggested that for every 100 BTUs of the stove top, 1 CFM is needed. Under cabinet range hoods have a lower CFM rating than wall mounted or ceiling range hoods

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Backyard Lighting

Your backyard space is an extension of your home where you can relax and entertain.  Here are some lighting tips to make the most out of your space.


If those pesky mosquitoes keep bothering you, consider installing LED lights which are less likely to attract mosquitoes than incandescent lights.

If you spend a lot of time outdoors in the evening, it should be your priority to increase visibility so no accidents happen.


If you have a feature piece in your backyard, make sure to highlight with spot lights

Use accent light at an angle to create shadows and silhouettes to play on the natural beauty of the space.




Fanimation recently unveiled the FanSync in August 2014. FanSync is an application that you can download straight onto your phone, which allows you to control your ceiling fan from anywhere via bluetooth.



To get FanSync to work in your home, a remote receiver needs to be purchased and installed into the canopy of a pull chain operated ceiling fan. FanSync is compatible with most ceiling fans that have a three speed pull chain and a manual reverse slip. The system offers a three speed control, a light dimmer and a timer.



Why should you consider FanSync?

  • You can program an unlimited number of phones to one fan
  • One phone can control an unlimited amount of ceiling fans
  • Runs on lithium cell batteries
  • Can automatically program fan to turn off
  • You can get rid of all the fan remotes and not worry about losing them



Fan Size Chart

Ceiling fans are both functional and decorative. To ensure that your ceiling fan is maximizing its purpose, you should always make sure that the ceiling fan fits the size of the room. The smaller the size of the room, the smaller the blades should be. CeilingFan          

Square Footage of Room Type of Room

Blade Span/Sweep

90 sq. ft or Less

Bathroom, Laundry Room, Small Office, Small Guest Bedroom

90 to 100 Breakfast nook, intimate dining area, small screened in porch 44” and 46”
100 to 150 Most Bedrooms, Most Larger Kitchens, Formal Dining Room 52” – 54”
150 sq. ft. – 300 sq. ft. Standard Living Rooms 52” – 60” or multiple fans
300 sq. ft. or larger Great Room, Outdoor Patios 62” or larger ; or multiple fans