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 of the easy installation (can be plugged in instead of wired into the house). 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 and like round lights they are another affordable option that does not have to be wired to the house. Slim fluorescent fixtures are small enough and light enough to be mounted at the front of the cabinets just behind the face frames. Their directional light can be controlled.

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 more pleasing to the eye because they are less likely to be seen.  They are not efficient in a sense as compared to other lights because they do provide as much light, but they are mainly used to compliment or accent other lighting 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.

Nuvo Lighting 60/4669 Margaux Nine Light Chandelier With Satin White Glass In Polished Nickel Finish

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

Gather all the supplies you need:

  • Ladder – to reach the hard places if you can’t lower your chandelier.
  • Soft Cleaning Cloths/Gloves – to make sure that you leave no finger prints
  • Towel or Padding – to place underneath the fixture to cushion the fall if anything breaks
  • Cleaning Solution
Maxim Lighting 12024AD Maxim 12024AD Auburn Dusk Hampton 3 Light 1 Tier Mini Chandelier

TIPS Before Starting the Cleaning

  • Make sure the chandelier is cool temperature wise.
  • Take pictures of the chandelier for reference in case you need to take it apart and reassemble.

Cleaning the Chandelier

  • Wet the cloth with the cleaning solution and then clean the chandelier.
  • Dry each section you wet right away
  • 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
  • You have to move physically yourself to clean around the chandelier instead of twisting it around, which might damage the wiring
Antique White 15 Height Traditional / Classic 1 Light Mini Chandelier from the Elise Collection
Elk Lighting 12017/1 Antique White 15 Height Traditional / Classic 1 Light Mini Chandelier from the Elise Collection

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Ceiling Medallions

Ceiling medallions are a great addition to a room that has a chandelier or a ceiling fan. While their main purpose is to support the fixture it is mounted above, there shouldn’t be any reason for it to be bland. Ceiling medallions come in so many different designs that homeowners use them as an additional design element in their rooms and they should have no trouble finding one that suits their needs.  

Ceiling medallions are typically used in rooms with tall ceilings and while there are no set rules for proportions, to ensure your medallion doesn’t overpower or underwhelm, follow these handy guidelines:

The size of the medallion you use depends on your room size.

According to “How to Size a Medallion” by Jennifer Stimpson forThis Old House Magazine:

Room Size = 140 square feet or less:
Medallion Diameter =Up to 20 inches

Room Size = 140 to 210 square feet: 
Medallion Diameter = 20 to 30 inches

Room Size = 210 to 280 square feet:
Medallion Diameter = 30 to 40 inches

Room Size = More than 280 square feet:
Medallion Diameter = 40 inches or larger


Check out EliteFixtures.com to find ceiling medallions and more.

Like this ceiling medallion from Livex Lighting

Or this ceiling medallion in the Brittany Collection from Elk Lighting


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 🙂

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.

Sea Gull Lighting 97340S 4.5w 120V Clear B10 Candelabra Base LED 2700K Led Lamp Collection

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.

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.

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.


Murray Feiss OL1908BK Black 4 Light Post Light from the Castle CollectionTry Murray Feiss’ Black 4 Light Post Light from the Castle Collection

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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


Photo From: https://www.pantone.com/pages/index.aspx?pg=21163&from=hp

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


Photo From: https://www.pantone.com/pages/index.aspx?pg=21163&from=hp

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.


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.

Sterling Industries 51-10159 Star Panel Fire screen

Blue Rhino C-1765 1.5 Pound Fatwood In Color Carton
Blue Rhino S-1471 Single Panel Olde World Iron Screen W/ Doors & Cast Scrolls