I think we can all agree: a shower just isn’t the same without your favourite music playing. And trying to hear the music from your iPhone over the sound of your shower just doesn’t cut it.
Luckily, we’ve got the solution for you: Broan’s Sensonic Speaker Accessory. This has to be our favourite bathroom accessory because it gives you high quality audio without taking up any counter space.
Whether you’re a die-hard shower singer, want to listen to your favourite podcast while you get ready in the morning, or enjoy relaxing music to go with your bath at the end of the day, the Broan Sensonic Speaker is for you.
So, what exactly is it?
The Sensonic is a speaker that uses Bluetooth wireless technology and fits into our QT series bathroom fan, so you get great audio with the added bonus of having the speaker out of site.
It can be added into your current home if you already have a QT series bath fan or by retrofitting out your old bath fan, and it’s also great to consider when doing renos or building a new home. Home builders love using it because it adds something extra to their work, and their clients really appreciate the added touch.
The speaker fits perfectly with any of Broan’s QT series bath and ventilation fans, or for a packaged kit, the SPK110 which includes the fan and speaker. The fans themselves are some of the best on the market and have a number of features that set them apart.
Among the quietest fans on the market
People often skip using their bathroom fan simply because they’re too loud and the sound is irritating. A fan’s noise level is rated in Sones, and typical economy fans are rated at 4 Sones, while really quiet fans typically rate at 1 Sone (similar to the level of noise of a refrigerator).
In contrast, Broan offers exceptionally quiet fans, with some as low as <0.3! At 1.0 sones, not only does the Sensonic fan eliminate that irritating fan sound, but it also means the music from your Sensonic isn’t competing to be heard over the fan.
Humidity Sensing Feature
Mold and mildew are a major problem, which a bathroom fan helps to protect against. Broan offers humidity sensing fans, which turn on and off whenever humidity becomes a problem. This means you’ll never accidentally steam up your bathroom after forgetting to turn on the fan, and you’ll be have additional protection against the buildup of mold or mildew. The most important function and bathroom ventaltion devise serves.
How to choose the right fan for your space
The first consideration to make when choosing a fan is the size of your space. A good general rule for bathrooms with 8’ ceiling heights is to allow at least 1 cubic foot per minute (CFM) of ventilation for every square foot of room size for bathrooms under 100 square feet. For larger rooms, the recommendation is based on adding 50 CFM for each toilet, bathtub or shower and 100 CFM for jetted tubs. Generally speaking, the larger the CFM rating of the fan, the faster it will take care of any issues.
From there, you can choose the features that best suit your needs. Whether you want humidity sensing, built in lights, or next to no sound, Broan has a fan for you.
The LoProfile fan is narrow enough that it can be installed in a wall between 2×4 studs. It’s designed to work with tight spaces and any plumbing or electrical obstructions that come up during remodels, without sacrificing any power or effectiveness.
Mold and mildew don’t stand a chance with Broan’s Humidity Sensing fans. You’ll have peace of mind knowing your bathroom is additionally protected from mold mildew, which can cause serious damage if left unchecked. The fans can also come with built in lights and motion sensing.
We rep a lot of stunning lighting lines, but one of our favourites has to be Mitzi by Hudson Valley. You may have seen us gushing over it on Instagram and seen some of our favourite local bloggers using the fixtures in their homes!
We love this line because it offers Pinterest-worthy fixtures at a really affordable price. These fixtures seriously up the style of any room. And while we love them in any room of the home, they also are perfect for commercial spaces, bringing a warm, personalized feel to the space. They’re a match made in heaven for spaces like day spas, cafes, boutiques, etc.
Today we want to introduce you to the line and the variety of styles the have to offer! If you have any questions about finding the right style for your home or project, reach out to us at any time.
One of our favourite product lines is the QMotion Motorized Shades, and it’s the perfect compliment to our love for lighting. You can’t complete any lighting design without addressing the largest light source of them all, our sun, and we think automated motorized shading is the best way to do this.
These shades aren’t exactly budget friendly but if your budget does allow for them, they are a fantastic addition to your home, office, or commercial space, offering easy automation, convenience, security, energy savings, and more.
Keep reading for the benefits of installing QMotion shades in your space. And remember, we’re always here to answer any questions for you to ensure you’re getting the right products for your space and needs!
Replace your alarm clock
In a perfect world, we’d sleep in complete darkness and wake up as the sun rose but because of the modern world we live in (we’re looking at you, light pollution and blaring alarm clocks!), this isn’t a reality for most people. You can either sleep with your curtains open to let in the morning sun light and be kept awake by city lights, or you can sleep with your curtains pulled shut and then struggle to wake up in a dark room.
Or! You can have the best of both worlds and sleep the way your body was designed to. The motorized shades from QMotion let you do this with their black out fabrics and scheduling functions, so you can sleep in total darkness and then set the blinds to rise with the sun (or a time of your choosing if you stayed out a little late the night before).
Goodbye hateful alarm clock, hello great sleep and easy wake up! We’ve got to say, this is one of our favourite features of the blinds.
Convenient and easy to use
In Part II of our Home Tour series, we showed you how Mark uses QMotion’s Advanced Shading System throughout his home. The system is connected to his Intuity System and Amazon Alexa, so he can control all of the shades in his home with the touch of a button or voice command.
The shades can also be controlled from your smart phone or tablet and Google Assistant, and they can be programmed to a scene. For example, when you tell your home assistant to start the movie, not only will the TV turn on and the lights dim but the shades will lower too.
Added bonus: the shades feature a built-in battery pack, so they have a sleek and compact look with no bulky external battery. This also means the shades can be retrofitted into an existing home without having to worry about special wiring.
The installation couldn’t be simpler either: mount your two brackets, click the shade in, and you’re done.
Home automation in general is a key factor in home security, and motorized shading plays an important role. Set your blinds to rise and shut at appropriate times while you’re away to give the illusion that you’re home.
You can also program your shades to work with the weather and sunlight throughout the day to help keep energy costs low. You can reduce or eliminate your need for AC in the summer simply by lowering your shades midday, and lowering the shades will help keep heat in during the winter.
Quietest motorized shade in the world: because of QMotion’s patented counter balance system, they use the smallest and quitest motors possible
Longest battery life: this counter balance also enables the longest life possible from any battery-operated shade.
Manual operation: all other motorized shade would burn their motors out if you pulled on the shade. Not QMotion! The shade can still be moved down with a pull and up with a tug.
As we mentioned, the shades can be programmed and operated from your smart home systems and smart phones, so you can easily operate them from home or away.
Not looking for all the bells and whistles? We hear that- they’re not for everyone! QMotion also carries top quality manual shades. You can shop for these here.
Interested in including the shades into your space? Give us a call at 902.452.3899 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Exterior lighting provides security and functionality, but it can also create a lovely atmosphere and add to the décor of your home and your yard space. We rep some fantastic lines that offer so much more than lighting – they can take your decor to a whole new level, whether you’re looking for a piece for your front door or want to deck out your backyard.
Keep reading for our favourite exterior lighting lines and products. Not sure where to begin or how to choose the right products for your space? No problem! Give us a call, and we’ll walk you through it all – we have an LC Lighting Designer on staff who can offer (free!) lighting design assistance on all of our products!
Beckham Wall Sconces by Troy Lighting
Troy Lighting prides itself on creating high quality pieces that make a statement. Their stunning exterior collection will really elevate your outdoor space, and they offer a wide range of products from posts to wall sconces.
Perfect for creating a welcoming ambiance to your front or back porch, Troy Lighting’s flush mounts bring an interior feel outside.
We’re major fans of the quality and innovation that Sonneman pours into their products- they are truly a cut above, and one of our favourite lines is their Inside Out collection.
As the name suggests, these products were designed to work both interiorly and exteriorly. With over 40 product families to chose from, the Inside Out collection offers plenty of options to suit every need. The overall theme, however, is a sleek, modern look that works as well in your living room as it does in your backyard, and the expert craftsmanship and materials mean the fixtures are more durable than most other exterior lines.
The Inside Out collection includes wall sconces, flush mounts, and lamp posts. You can shop the entire collection here.
Sometimes, you aren’t looking for style. You just need a great quality product for functionality and home security. And this is where RC Lighting comes in.
While their outdoor line primarily focuses on commercial lighting, they offer two sensor lights that are perfect for residential homes.
LED Smart Bullet Flood 2x12W
The Smart Bullet Flood features two adjustable 12W LED floodlights and comes with a sensor with 180° detection pattern at up to 30 ft.
The LFFLOOD provides motion detection in both a 180° outward pattern as well as underneath with a full 360°. It also features an evening timer mode, which turns the light on for a preset amount of time after sunset.
Realistically, we need outdoor lighting year-round, but there’s something about the warmer weather that makes us want to shift our focus from interiors to exteriors. The way you light your exterior commercial spaces isn’t just about safety and functionality- it also allows you to make a statement about the quality and care you put into your work.
We’ve worked with clients on countless projects around Atlantic Canada, from Mount Saint Vincent University to Halifax’s Prochse Dealership, and regardless of the size and scope of your project, we are your one stop shop for taking care of your outdoor lighting needs.
When it comes to outdoor lighting for commercial spaces, we rep the top of the line products from RC Lighting.
RC Lighting has outdoor lighting completely covered- from floodlights to hazardous lighting to poles, it really has it all. And they’re not just about quantity either- they’re one of America’s leading manufacturers of Outdoor Lighting Fixtures and Motion Sensor Controls and all of their products are designed for ease of installation, durability, and high-quality standards. This includes a one of a kind 5 year warranty that covers everything from colour shift, light output, fixture finish and so much more. If the fixture does fail they’ll not only pay for the new fixture but they’ll also pay for the labor costs to replace it.
Keep in mind that we have an LC Lighting Designer on staff who can offer lighting design assistance on all RC lighting products. For even more assistance, RC Lighting provides point by point lighting calculations, photometric renderings, and 3D renderings of your space- all completely free.
From the powerful 60 000 lumen 500W FXLED to the compact and budget friendly 5W LED LFLED, RC Lighting’s floodlights fit every need and budget.
RC makes purchasing area lights simple and cost effective with their EZ Site Combos, which let you save up to 30% when you purchase area lights and poles together. Area lights are available in a range of lumen and watt levels and poles are available in a variety of heights.
Wallpacks are easy to install, take up next to no space, and come in a variety of sizes and wattages. RC offers options fit for large warehouses to smaller options for residential housing and everything in between.
If you’re looking for something that is both aesthetically pleasing and functional, consider RC’s decorative lighting options. The LED Bollards are perfect for lighting walkways, and the Outdoor Gooseneck Lights look great along building walls and store fronts.
Regardless of the lighting you choose, you need to find a way to manage it. RC’s Lightcloud makes controlling your lights a breeze and is the perfect system for lighting controls, automation, and energy management. You’ll enjoy up 68% energy savings, which means a reduced environmental impact and more cash in your pocket.
Here are just a few of the ways that Lightcloud can save energy and money.
· Programming schedules: Pre-program all of your lighting so it’s on when you need it and off when you don’t. Updating the program couldn’t be easier and can be done from your smartphone or tablet.
· Daylight harvesting: Lightcloud’s wireless solar powered daylight sensor ensures that you’re only using the light you need. Lights will automatically dim on bright sunny days and adjust on darker, cloudy days.
· Dimming capabilities: Sometimes you need a lot of light, sometimes you don’t. Dim your lights anytime from your smartphone or tablet.
· Occupancy/vacancy sensing: Illuminate only the spaces that people are actually using with Lightcloud’s occupancy/vacancy sensing. You can adjust the settings at any time on your mobile device or by giving RC a call.
No matter what your lighting needs require, RC Lighting has the solution for you. Give us a call at 902.452.3899 or email us at email@example.com
Today we’re introducing you to one of our favourite produce lines: the adorne collection by Legrand. You’ve probably heard us talk a lot about it on Instagram, but we want to take a closer look today and show you all of the amazing features! This line is so functional and modern, it looks great in any space, and it really adds to the room’s decor and aesthetic. Win win win!
One of the things we love most about the adorne collection is that everything is completely customizable. You begin by choosing your wall plate and then add in your features (i.e. switches, dimmers, USB, outlers, etc.)- wall plates can accommodate anywhere from 1 to 6 of these features.
Let’s take a closer look at just a few of the many options you can choose from.
The adorne collection isn’t just practical- it’s also a decor lover’s dream accessory! You can choose from over 40 wall plate finishings, in everything from powder white to french oak to brushed bronze, or customize your own to match your wall paint or wall paper. The collection allows you to not only incorporate but enhance your room’s decor.
When it comes to switches, the options are endless and adorne has something for your every want and need. You can opt for one of their standard switches, which include touchscreen, paddles, toggles, motion sensor, timer and push buttons, or take things up a notch with wifi-ready switches, completely controllable from your phone or home assistant like Alexa and Google.
Adorne’s Wi-Fi Lighting system is compatible with their outlets, switches, and dimmers, and provides energy savings, increased security, and major convenience. For more on the system, which is compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, check out our post here.
Perfect for both homes and office spaces, adorne’s Furniture Power allows you to add wall plates, switches, dimmers, and outlets directly into your furniture. From installing lighting control into your bed’s backboard or adding a charging station into your work desk, the options are endless.
For info on how to incorporate the adorne collection into your space, give us a call at 902.452.3899 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
This week, we’ve got the final installment of Mark’s home tour! Over the last couple of week’s, we went behind the scenes and showed you exactly what he uses in his home and how he integrates a variety of different products and systems using Legrand’s Intuity home automation system and his Amazon Alexa.
In case you missed those, you can find the Home Tour Part I and Part II here.
Today, we’re covering everything from Mark’s home audio system to his automated door locks. Keep reading for all the details!
On-Q Digital Audio Control
In Part II, we showed you how Mark uses Legrand’s Intuity system to automate everything from his lighting to his window shades. We also went over how the system can be controlled via an app on your phone. For further ease, the audio system can also be managed with an audio control, like the one above that he has placed in his living room.
It looks like a light switch, but it actually controls the power, volume, and music selection! As we’ve mentioned before, the system also works with your Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. It can also integrate into automated scenes, like when he unlocks the back door his favorite music starts playing automatically.
Okay, so now you know how Mark controls his music, but how does he listen to it? Rather than go with a speaker system that would clutter up shelf space, he opted for Legrand’s Nuvo In-Cieling Speakers. They lie flush with the ceiling and deliver crystal clear audio output.
Best of all, they’re super easy to install and look great in any space.
Clearly, Mark has a thing for home automation! His CONNEX Wifi Multizone Programmable Controller allows him to easily manage all of his home heating both via this control panel and using an app on his smart phone. Installation is a breeze, the programmable settings help to keep energy costs low, and the customizable heat zones provide heating just where you need it.
This product works with traditional electric baseboard heaters, making it a one of a kind for automated electric heating solutions.
Click here to learn more about the value and energy savings that smart heating offers.
For complete peace of mind around his home security, Mark opted for the Schlage Connect Touchscreen Deadbolt. It uses wireless technology, which can be connected to your home via your tablet, computer, and smart phone, and features Built-In Alarm Technology and is 100% pick-proof.
It is also easily installed with a screwdriver (no wiring needed!), and because it can holds up to 30 user codes, it’s great not only for residential spaces but commercial spaces as well! This combined with his Honeywell security system takes automation to that next level. A lock or unlock on his deadbolt can not only turn his lights and music on and off but arm and disarm the security system.
While most of us are used to choosing lightbulbs based on watts, this isn’t actually an accurate way of measuring light output and thanks to new energy efficient bulbs, it’s becoming a way of the past.
Energy efficient LED and CFL bulbs, which still show a wattage value, are more accuratley compared and rated in lumens, and this can cause a bit of a headache when you’re trying to find a bulb that gives off the same amount of light you’re used to getting from your incandescent bulbs.
To clear up the confusion, we put together a handy conversion chart for you to use so you can get the same lighting from your LED or CFL bulbs that you were used to getting with your old bulbs.
The pace and evolution of the technology means more efficient LED’s are hitting the market ever 2 to 6 months, so the only accurate way to find a true equal is by matching its lumens to your existing bulb.
Lumens vs. Watts
So, what is the difference between the two and why the change? Watts actually measure the amount of energy that something uses, so it’s not an accurate measurement of the light that something gives off. Because LED and CFL bulbs use less energy, they will actually be much brighter using the same watts as an incandescent bulb.
When we use a watt rating, we’re just looking at the amount of brightness we get from the way an incandescent bulb gives off the energy it receives. To highlight the inefficiencies with incandescent bulbs, when 1 watt of power is consumed to produce light 98% of that power is dissipated in the form of heat, only 2% of the energy actually produces visible light. Compare that too LED’s where well over 50% of the power consumed produces visible light.
Lumens, on the other hand, actually measure the amount of light that a bulb gives off, so it’s a much better measurement.
In the chart below, we’ve outlined the light output that you’ll get in lumens that you’d expect to get from watts.
Now that you’ve got your bulbs figured out, why not browse for a new fixture to put them in! Check out some of our favourite lines for stylish and functional fixtures for your space.
A couple of week’s ago, we shared a behind the scenes look at one of our owners, Mark’s, homes and how he uses our favourite products in his space. This week, we’re back with Part II, and we’re sharing the details on everything from his stylish light fixtures to complete home automation system!
Legrand’s Intuity Home Automation system
Mark installed Legrand’s Intuity Home Automation system into his home for seamless home automation, and let me tell you, this thing does everything! It allows you to control your heating, lighting, audio, shading, home security, video doorbell, locks, and so much more with the touch of a finger. I’m personally not the most tech savvy person, so I was a little wary of it at first, but it seriously couldn’t be easier to use.
The system not only controls Legrand’s own products but is compatible with third party products from other industry leaders. It’s also compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa- we covered the compatibility with Legrand’s Wi-Fi lighting system here, but it’s compatible with their motorized shading as well.
The Wi-Fi Lighting Remote Control is the perfect compliment to the Intuity System. Mark stationed his right next to the Intuity interface, allowing for even easier control of his lighting. The remote allows you to control up to four lighting scenes.
Scenes can vary from a morning setting, which raised your blinds and sets the perfect light levels, to an entertainment scene, which closes all the blinds, turns on your favourite music, and dims the lights.
Mark uses QMotion’s Advanced Shading System throughout his home for the convenience, style, and energy savings that they provide. The motorized shading is connected to his Intuity system and Amazon Alexa, so he can control his shades from anywhere in the home or away!
They can also be pre-programmed and operate on a timer. The programming functionality is where these blinds really shine (pun intended). Mark no longer uses an alarm clock thanks to a slow raising of his bedroom blinds in the morning, letting the natural circadian light cycle wake him. At night, similar programming tracks the sun and automatically lowers the blinds at dusk.
We talked a bit about the energy saving benefit’s of QMotion’s mortised shading here. These award winning window fashions are the perfect compliment to any smart home, and they’re also great for offices and commercial spaces.
To choose the finishings for his space, Mark worked with local interior decorator Charlotte Skiba, of Charlotte Interiors, to select from our residential lighting lines. They decided to go with Quoizel’s Emery Dinette Chandelier over the dining room table, and the Emery Dinette Pendants over the island. They are they perfect choice to compliment the open and bright look of his space.
We had so much fun putting together this Home Tour, and we hope it helped give you some ideas on how our products can be used in and improve your space. In case you missed it, check out Part I here, and stay tuned for Part III coming soon!
For more information on how to incorporate these products into your space, give us a call at 902.452.3899 or email us at email@example.com