4 Perfect Lights for Kids’ Rooms

4 Perfect Lights for Kids’ Rooms

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Mia lamp by Mitzi | Kathryn Baugher of Up to Date Interiors

With all of the cute decor and accessories available, kids’ rooms have to be one of the most fun rooms in the home to decorate! Choosing the right lighting means not only picking something that matches your decor but also lighting that works for your kids!

In today’s post, we’re sharing a few of our favourite pendants, lamps, and night lights to help make your kids’ space their own little oasis.

 

adorne’s Portable nightlight

legrand lighting adorned nova scotia halifaxWe started off with our top pick, the portable nightlight/flashlight from Legrand’s adorne collection! This cute night light, set in one of adorne’s designer wall plates, pops out to double as a flashlight. Stylish for you, comforting for them.

Find an adorne showroom near you on our Where to Buy page.

 

 

Colourful wallplates


Cute and colourful wallplates are a fun way to accessories and the adorne collections extensive options are the way to go! Their plates are available in a wide range of colours from your basic white to pale blue, plum, honey, and beyond. You can even customize your wallplates to perfectly match your colour scheme or wallpaper! You can explore the collection here.

Pastel fixtures

Add a splash of fun and colour to the room with one of Mitzi’s pastel light fixtures! They are available in a variety of colours and styles and add a super cute and unexpected touch!

Find a Mitzi showroom near you on our Where to Buy Page.

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Decorative lamps
As much as we love the style of an overhead light, you don’t get the coziest lighting from a bright pendant. Instead, we recommend using layered lighting throughout the room. A bedside table lamp and a corner lamp offer the perfect set up. We love the Lena lamp from Mitzi- it has a fun, playful, almost celestial style that we love for a kids’ room!

 

 

 

You can find showroom locations for all of the products we rep by searching for the brand on our Where to Buy page. And for questions about any of the lines we rep, give us a call at 902.452.3899 or email us at lierin@catalystsales.ca

Catalyst Sales: Your Source for Solar Energy Technology and Software in Atlantic Canada

Catalyst Sales: Your Source for Solar Energy Technology and Software in Atlantic Canada

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In the last few years, solar energy has enjoyed significant growth throughout Atlantic Canada and is only expected to grow in popularity and adoption. It’s an exciting time to be a part of the solar movement, and at Catalyst Sales, we are making it easier than ever for electrical distributors and contractors to take part and benefit from it.

In addition to offering a full range of solar services, including custom proposals and designs, system quotations, site assessments, and more, we have also aligned with the top manufacturers for product and software in the solar industry.

The future is solar
There has never been a better time to enter the solar business, and there’s no end in sight for this thriving industry. A recent report put out by the Canadian Solar Industries Associate estimates that by 2030, Nova Scotia alone will support 1170 solar jobs. We’re fast approaching, if not at, the point where you either get in or get left behind.

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What’s driving the solar energy boom? A number of factors, some of which we’ll dive into deeper in upcoming posts. But for now, we’ll highlight some of the main contributors.

  • Efficiency Nova Scotia’s SolarHomes program, which offers a system rebate of $0.85 per watt.
  • Halifax residents can also take advantage of HRM’s Solar City program, which offers financing on 100% of the system and install costs.
  • The move towards electrification, which is seeing everything in our homes going electric, which will require a microgrid to support it.
  • Our federal commitment to the environment. Canada has committed to a 30% reduction in our GHG emissions below our 2005 levels by 2030, and solar energy is a major factor in making this happen.

Keep reading to learn more about the products we rep and how they can benefit you and your customers.

Canadian Solar
One of the three biggest solar companies in the world by revenue, Canadian Solar is a global leading manufacturer of solar Photovoltaic Modules and a provider of solar energy solutions.

See more from Canadian Solar here.

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photo: Canadian Solar

Solar Edge
The industry-leader in grid-tied applications, Solar Edge provides smart inverters for every type of residential roof, DC optimizers, batteries and backup options, and a monitoring software that allows users to track their solar production.

See more from Solar Edge here.

Kinetic
Kinetic’s award-winning line of racking and mounting products are a favourite in the solar industry thanks to their innovative design, quality, and ease of installation. They offer a comprehensive range of rails, hardware, and mounts, including their own 100% watertight flashing system, K-Flash.

See more from Kinetic here.

IMO
IMO supplies control component technology including a range of market-leading TRUE DC solar isolators, AC Disconnect switches, a solar tracker and measurement controller, PV terminals, and a solar panel rapid shutdown solution. Their products have become a top choice for manufacturers and installers around the world thanks to their top quality and innovative technology.

See more from IMO here.

Soltection
A division of Vynckier, Soltection offers a full line of rooftop PV transition boxes as well as traditional PV combiner boxes.

See more from Soltection here. 

Service Wire Co.
The leader in Photovoltaic cable for DC cabling and bare copper for systems grounding.

See more about Service Wire here.

For more information on our solar technology and services, give us a call at 902.452.3899 or email us at lierin@catalystsales.ca

Win $200 Worth of Adorne Products + 2 Bottles of Selkie Wine

Win $200 Worth of Adorne Products + 2 Bottles of Selkie Wine

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The website launch celebrations continue this week with a second giveaway! We’re in the middle of a series of giveaways we’re running with some of our favourite local businesses to celebrate the launch of our new website, and this week we’ve teamed up with our favourite wine company, Selkie Wine!

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Photo: Bowers Construction

Giveaway prize

One lucky winner will receive
1. $200 worth of adorne products (that’s these stylish wall plates here), and
2. 2 bottles of Selkie wine.

How to enter

All you have to do to enter is..
  1. Follow @catalystelectrics and @selkiewine on Instagram
  2. Tag as many friends as you’d like (in separate comments) on the Instagram giveaway post- the more comments, the more entries you’ll get!

It’s that simple!

Content rules:

1. Contest runs from Wednesday, April 10 to Sunday, April 14 at 9pm
2. Winner will be announced on April 15 at 10 am.

3. Participants must be 18 years old or older and located in Atlantic Canada.

We’ve got one more giveaway coming up to celebrate our site launch, so make sure you’re following us on Instagram and Facebook so you don’t miss it!

For questions on any of our products, give us a call at 902.452.3899 or email us at lierin@catalystsales.ca

Win a $200 in Adorne Products + a $100 Gift Card to Sweet Pea Boutique

Win a $200 in Adorne Products + a $100 Gift Card to Sweet Pea Boutique

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On Monday we announced the launch of our brand new website, and we are so excited that we decided we needed to celebrate with some seriously amazing giveaways! Over the next few week’s we’ll be running a series of fun giveaways with some awesome local businesses and we’re kicking things off with one of our favourite local stores, Sweet Pea Boutique.

Sweet Pea also just launched a new website (it’s beyond gorgeous), so we’ve got double the reason to celebrate with a giveaway.

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Giveaway prize
  1. One lucky winner will receive
    $200 worth of adorne products (that’s these stylish wall plates here), and
  2. A $100 gift card to Sweet Pea Boutique (valid online and in store).

How to enter

All you have to do to enter is..
  1. Follow @catalystelectrics and @sweetpeahalifax on Instagram
  2. Tag as many friends as you’d like (in separate comments) on the Instagram giveaway post- the more comments, the more entries you’ll get!

It’s that simple!

Content rules:

1. Contest runs from Wednesday, April 3 to Sunday, April 7 at 9pm
2. Winner will be announced on April 8 at 10 am.

3. Participants must be 18 years old or older and located in Atlantic Canada.

We’ve got two more giveaways coming up to celebrate our site launch, so make sure you’re following us on Instagram and Facebook so you don’t miss them!

For questions on any of our products, give us a call at 902.452.3899 or email us at lierin@catalystsales.ca

Announcing Our New Website!! (+ Upcoming Giveaways!)

Announcing Our New Website!! (+ Upcoming Giveaways!)

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After months of hard work, we are so excited to announce the launch of our new website!! The website has tons of exciting new features, but what we are most excited about is the new Where to Buy section of the site, which will make it easier than ever for you to shop the products that we rep.

We share tons of lighting inspo on our IG @catalystelectrics

We realized in the past that we didn’t clearly explain our role via our blog or our social media, and many people thought that we sell our products directly. However, we are actually the reps for the products that we promote, and they are sold at showrooms around Atlantic Canada. This led to some confusion regarding where to buy our products, and our new webpage is the answer to this.

Now, whenever you see a product that you’re interested in on our of our social channels or blog posts, all you need to do is head to the Where to Buy page, search for the brand, and you’ll see all of the locations that carry the product!

Just like our last site, you’ll find our blog and line card, and we’ve added new info for our manufacturers, distributors, architects, and homeowners. You can also find info about some of our high profile projects, team, and more!

 

 

 

Giveaways

To celebrate our new website launch, we’ve got a line up of some amazing giveaways planned! Starting next Wednesday we’ve got a series of amazing giveaways with local businesses, and you will not want to miss them! We can’t share too many details yet, but we can tell you that wine and delicious food will be involved.

Finally, we just want to take a moment to thank you all for supporting our online presence in the last year! We’ve had so much fun engaging with our local community and are so excited to continue connecting via our new site. If you don’t already, you can follow us on Instagram and Facebook to stay up to date on all of our latest posts and giveaways.

For questions about any of our products, give us a call at 902.266.3899, email us at lierin@catalystsales.ca.

Introducing the LED Mirrors from Eurofase

Introducing the LED Mirrors from Eurofase

There are mirrors, and then there are the LED mirrors from Eurofase. We got the chance to check out the line at this year’s Lightovation in Dallas and we are completely smitten!
 
Available in a range of sizes and styles, the LED mirrors can be used everywhere from your living room (the Smart TV mirror is amazing!!!) to your vanity to public spaces. They are the perfect blend of style and function and elevate any space they’re in.
 
The LED light can be switched on and off and you can change the lighting colour/temperature with just the push of a button.
 
Let’s take a look at some of our favourites.
 
SMALL MAGNIFIER LED MIRROR
The perfect vanity mirror! A small magnifier mirror, surrounded by LED light, is embedded in the full size mirror.
 
MINI HOLLYWOOD MIRROR
This cute vanity mirror gives you the perfect lighting for doing your makeup and looks super stylish sitting on your vanity! It’s also available in a full length version.
 
 
LED STRAP EDGELIT ROUND MIRROR
We love the on trend style of this round mirror paired with the leather strap. It looks great in both bathrooms and bedrooms and has three different light temperatures, so you can get the perfect glow.
 
 
LARGE BACKLIT LED MIRROR
To fill a large space, Eurofase has a range of large mirrors like the Large Backlit LED mirror. There are a number of larger mirrors like this available in different shapes like oval and circle.
 
ROUND EDGE-LIT MIRROR
We love the gold trim on this mirror! It adds an extra level of style and can be matched to your decor. There is also a square and rectangular stand up version of this mirror available.
 
These fixtures look great as a vanity mirror and add an extra touch of luxury.
 

For questions about the Eurofase LED mirrors, or any of our products, give us a call at 902.266.3899, email us at lierin@catalystsales.ca.

How to Choose The Right Light Fixtures for Your Bathroom

How to Choose The Right Light Fixtures for Your Bathroom

Morgan Sconces from Hinkley Lighting | LC Interiors

 

We recently wrote a post on how to choose the right lights for your kitchen, and this week we’re moving on to the bathroom. Bathrooms often get the short end of the décor stick and end up with more functional lighting than décor, but it doesn’t have to be this way! Whether you’re going for minimal and functional or modern and chic, we’ve got everything you need to know to choose the right lights for your space.

 
For showroom locations, check out our where to buy page! 
 
What type of lighting will you need?
Sovereign from Hudson Valley Lighting | Alyssa Resenheck Photography | Nicole Davis Interiors

 

Bathrooms (as with most rooms) benefit from layered lighting, so you’ll want to layer your main lights with task lighting and ambient lighting options.

Your main lighting will come from overhead fixtures and pot lights. This could be one main fixture in the room or individual fixtures above the tub, shower, etc., or pot lights running throughout.
 
Then you’ll want task lighting, in the case of the bathroom, this will primarily be your vanity lights.
 
Finally, accent lighting can be added in to accentuate certain features of the bathroom’s décor.
 
The amount of lighting you use will of course depend on the size of your space. A smaller bathroom may have just vanity lights and an overhead light, while a larger bathroom may have a variety of light sources.
 
Should your light fixtures match?
New Canaan from Hudson Valley Lighting | Ryann Ford Photography | Amity Worrel & Co. Designs

 

When it comes to choosing your various fixtures, your pieces don’t need to be the same, but they should be a similar style. You probably don’t want an elaborate chandelier paired with rustic farmhouse vanity sconces, for example. Choose lights that complement each other and match the over all style of your bathroom.

 
When choosing metals, they should match, or at least compliment, the other metals in your room such as faucet, drawer handles, etc. We love how both the metals and style of the above sconce match the shower head!
 
Vanity Lights
Let’s start with vanity lights. Typical vanity lights are your average linear light, which gets the job done but doesn’t necessarily do much for the décor.
 
There are definite exceptions here (we love the how the linear vanity lights from DALS enhance the space’s crisp minimal feel in the photo above), but don’t be afraid to consider a more unique option.
Overhead lights
Similar to the vanity lights, you can go for a standard flush mount (which is great for smaller spaces or for a clean minimal look), but you can also mix things up and make a statement with a beautiful pendant or chandelier.
 
Add instant luxe to your room with a chandelier fixture over your bathtub- it seriously doesn’t get any more glam than that!
 
If you are going the flush mount route, you can choose between a simple style, or go for a more intricate design.
 
DALS will be releasing their Smart Home pot lights in June, which will allow you to customize the lighting temperature and colour in your room as well as completely control the lights all from your smartphone or home assistant. They’re perfect to use in the bathroom- go between a bright cool light in the morning to help get you going for the day and then, with just a swipe on your smartphone, switch to warm, dim lighting as you wind down with an evening bath. It’s like built in candlelight!
 
Additional lighting
Of course, we can’t do a bathroom roundup without talking about the adorne wall plates. These little pops of style look so good along your vanity (as shown above in Short Present’s sweet bathroom!). Choose from a variety of plate colours and styles to match your décor and opt for outlets and plugs that enhance their function, such as the pop out outlet.
 
Looking for more help choosing your fixtures? Check out our post on How to Choose the Right Light Fixtures for Your Kitchen and follow us on Instagram for lots of styling tips and inspiration!
 
For more info on any of our products or questions on choosing the right fixtures for your space, give us a call at 902.266.3899, email us at lierin@catalystsales.ca.
These Simple Lighting Upgrades Will Instantly Boost Your Decor

These Simple Lighting Upgrades Will Instantly Boost Your Decor

Blop by Matteo Lighting
 
When it comes to redecorating, there are generally two routes: sometimes, you want to do a full decor overhaul, but other times you just want to make a few tweaks that will dramatically change the look of your room.
 
A fresh paint job or new furniture is great, but these options can be costly and time consuming, and we believe that one of the best ways to make quick budget friendly changes is to simply upgrade your lights and lighting accessories.
 
In today’s post, we’re sharing a few easy upgrades you can make that will have a seriously big impact.
For showroom locations, check out our where to buy page! 
 
Upgrade to a statement fixture.
Daisy by Mitzi
 
A statement light fixture can add an instant dose of style to your room and take a space from average to Pinterest worthy.
 
Consider the impact of an eye catching chandelier in place of a standard flush mount and you’ll see what we mean! Spruce up your living room, dining area, foyer and more by changing nothing but the light fixture.
 
Below are a few of our favourites and for more, check out our post here where we rounded up 52 of our favourite statement fixtures.
Left to right: Raef by Troy Lighting, Verdino by Eurofase, Enchant by Matteo Lighting
 
Upgrade your wall plates.
The Antique Bronze wall plate, styled by Amy Peters
 
Think wall plates have no place in decor? Think again! The stylish designer wall plates from Legrand’s adorne collection make a huge impact and are such a simple swap.
 
The plates are available in a wide variety of materials, colours, and designs, and can even be customized. We love using them in high impact areas such as your kitchen backsplash.
Wall plate upgrade, before and after
 
 
Upgrade your light bulbs.
Yup, even light bulbs can have a huge effect on your space! We are proud to rep the Smart Bulbs from DALS lighting which, among many other features, allow you to change the colour and lighting temperature from your bulbs all from your smartphone or home assistant!
 
How does this affect your decor? Lighting temperature has such a big impact on the look and feel of a space (and can even change the look of your paint colours). Think of the cozy hygge vibe a soft warm light can create vs. the fresh airy look you get from a cool bulb. With the Smart Bulbs, you get the best of both worlds because you can navigate between cool lighting (great for mornings and day time) and warm lighting (great for evenings and entertaining).
 
Switching to a Smart Bulb is as easy as screwing out your old bulb and screwing in a DALS bulb. To learn more about the bulbs and DALS’ other Smart Home products, check out our post here.
 
 
Upgrade your table lamps.
Mia lamp from Mitzi | design: Lana Michele
 
Switching a plain table lamp out for a cute one adds a super stylish pop to your space. We especially love the table lamps from Mitzi, which are as much a decor piece as they are a light source.
Left to right: Margot, Lena, Fiona, Piper
 
Have questions about our lines or need help choosing a fixture? Give us a call at 902.452.3899 or email us at lierin@catalystsales.ca
DALS Smart Home Line: Wifi Lighting Made Simple

DALS Smart Home Line: Wifi Lighting Made Simple

One of our favourite product lines from the last year is without a doubt the Smart Home products from DALS Lighting. We’ve written before about the Smart Bulbs, which allow you to control your lightbulbs via your app or home assistant (with no hub or complicated hook up required), but DALS has recently expanded their Smart Home collection and we are obsessed. The extended line is set to be available by June 2019!
 
As we mentioned, all of the following products can be controlled via an app on your phone or your home assistant (Amazon Alexa, Google Home, etc.). There’s no complicated set up required at all and getting started is as easy as screwing in your lightbulb/installing your product and downloading the app.
 
For showroom locations, check out our where to buy page! 
 
 
With the app you can…
  • Turn the lights on and off
  • Set them on a timer (we love using the Smart Bulb as a circadian alarm clock)
  • Change the light temperature (ie. change between warm to cool)
  • Change the colour of the light
  • Set the light to music (great for parties)
  • and more.
 
 
 
Smart Bulb
The original Smart Home product, the bulb can replace any normal bulb and comes in two variations: the first lets you change the colour temperature (cool to warm) and the second allows you to also change the colour of the light. These bulbs give you the effortless convenience of a smart home lighting system for just ~$30/bulb.
 
The bulbs are also available in BR30 style, which fit into pot lights and flood lights. This allows homeowners to easily swap their existing lights into smart fixtures.
 
Available now, BR30 available June 2019
 
 
 
Smart Tape Light
Designed for both outdoor and indoor use, run the tape light anywhere you’d like accent lighting.
 
This is great for under or above kitchen cabinets, along a deck or balcony, or anywhere where you need a subtle lighting solution.
 
Available June 2019
 
 



Smart Pot Lights
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Checking out the pot lights at Lightovation 2019
 
DALS new Smart Pot Lights are the perfect wifi lighting solution for both residential and commercial spaces. These along with the flush mounts give homeowners a whole new level of wifi lighting control.
 
See the Smart Home pot lights here and here.
 
Available April 2019
 
 
 
Smart Flush Mount
And lastly, DALS new Smart flush mounts give you the same great wifi capabilities in a decorative light.
 
Available in a white finish, it’s a sleek and stylish addition to any space.
 
 
Available June 2019
 
 
 
DALS’ Smart Home line maintains the original easy to use smart technology of the Smart Bulb and expands it to a range of lighting options that can be used indoors, outdoors, commercially, and residentially. The products have made smart technology easier than ever to incorporate into your space.
 
For questions on any of the products we rep, give us a call at 902.452.3899 or email us at lierin@catalystsales.ca