Charging used to mean not much more than a standard outlet, but things have come a long way. As technology has grown, so has our need for more advanced, convenient, and versatile charging solutions.
In today’s post, we’re sharing a list of some of the most innovative charging options currently on the market. From wireless chargers to outdoor charging stations, we’ve got a solution for every need and location.
All of the options below are products of Legrand. We are proud to rep Legrand not only for the quality of their products but also for their innovation, which keeps them consistently at the top of the industry.
Simple, yet effective. The USB outlets in Legrand’s adorne and radiant collections allow you to charge your devices without a bulky plug and can fit up to 4 outlets in a 1-gang plate or combine USB outlets with standard outlets.
Our customers love using them by their bedside and in main areas of the home like the kitchen.
These chargers are offered in the original type A USB connector and the new, and ever more popular, type C connector (MacBook’s and newer laptops).
No cords? No problem. The new wireless charger from the radiant collection is a total charging game changer. With no special wiring needed, it’s super simple to install and provides a clutter free way to charge your phone.
Any phone that works with QI wireless charging is a go, including the new iPhone and most android devices.
The sleek, modern design and functionality of Legrand’s furniture power centres make it ideal for both residential and commercial use. Install it into headboards, desks, and conference tables for stylish convenience. While these are typically more common in public and commercial spaces, such as hotels and offices, they are becoming more and more popular for homes.
If you want to elevate the style of your furniture power, you’ll love the line from the adorne collection. Rather than just adding functionality, the adorne furniture power makes a statement and adds to the décor.
Similar to the furniture power centres, the deQuorum flip up table box can be built into your surfaces and is great in kitchen counter tops and desks. It lies flush with the surface when not in use and pops open when you’re ready to use it.
Not only is this a cool feature, but it’s also a safety precaution, especially in kitchens. By keeping the cords from your kitchen appliances on your counter tops and out of the reach of children’s hands, you’ll avoid some potentially dangerous situations.
We were really excited about Legrand’s new outdoor charging stations, which come in four different styles. These sleek pedestals include a combination of standard power outlets, USB outlets, and LED lights to illuminate pathways at night.
These are perfect for any public space and are especially popular on university campuses, outside of public libraries, and in city parks. They’re also a great addition to restaurant patios and apartment terraces. Really, there’s no place they aren’t a good idea!
This one isn’t actually a charging unit, but it’s so cool that we had to include it in the list (not to mention it’s the only thing of its kind on the market!).
Make the most of your outdoor space with an Outdoor Ground Box, the first UL-listed while in use in-ground box that provides permanent ground-level power. The box delivers power, data, and AV capabilities to your outdoor space and lies flush with the ground.
These are great for anywhere you need an outdoor power source. Perfect for parks, public spaces, city squares, promenades, and more.
Tape lights, also known as strip lights or ribbon lights, are an ultra-versatile lighting solution that’s perfect for both home and commercial uses.
If you’re not familiar with them, they’re pretty much exactly as the name suggests- a flexible strip of thin LED lights or “diodes” with a tape backing, which can be adhered to different surfaces including aluminum mounting channels to provide linear lighting in thousands of different ways.
There are SO many uses for these lights. At home, you may use them for under stair lighting, railing lighting, under cabinet lighting, cove lighting or accent room lighting, etc. For commercial use, they can be used for pathway lighting, cove lighting, replacing ceiling florescent lighting, building interiors and exteriors, sign lighting, and so much more. You can even use them to light up vehicles, like a work truck.
Tape lights are not only extremely versatile, but they’re also very easy to use and customize. Their “peel-and-stick” backing means they’re as easy to install as a piece of tape, and mounting accessories are available for more complex installations. The tape can be cut on cut points along the length, and they can be extended using connectors, so you have just the size you need.
And thanks to their LED light source, they can also reduce the energy consumed by typical display lights and reduce the heat put out by puck lighting. Suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, they’re available in a variety of brightness-levels and colours.
Tape lights vs. rope lights
Tape lights sometimes get confused with rope lights, as they have a somewhat similar shape and function. Rope lights are long plastic tubs with internal lights running along the length. Because they give out minimal light output, they are generally used for more decorative purposes (light Christmas décor), whereas tape lights typically have a more functional and permanent purpose.
GM tape lighting
Our recommendation for the best tape lighting on the market? GM Lighting. Their products are the industry-standard where an energy saving high or standard output LED source is required. And they offer a variety of lengths and options, so you can find the perfect option for your home or project.
All of GM’s tape lighting has a 50 000 hour life.
12VDC Flexible LED Linear Tape
The 12VDC tape is available in a number of options. You can choose between 1, 5, and 30 m length, and further customize it by trimming the tape (cuttable at every third LED light). It’s also available in both standard and high output.
For outdoor use, the lighting is available in Wet Location and Silicone Damp Location.
If you’d prefer some colour, go for the RGB Flexible Tape. Combined with GM Lighting’s Touch Controller and Remote, you can control the colour pallet and colour transitions. This tape is available in indoor and outdoor options, both in the 5m length (cuttable at every third LED light).
Available in Standard Output, High Output, Super High Output, and Super High Output Wet Location. The biggest benefit to the 24V DC product is when run lengths or output requirements are higher, it allows for more options and will keep the current requirements down.
Extend your tape with GM’s Flexible Ribbon Connectors. This is great for large products, where 30m isn’t enough, and means you can more easily customize smaller lengths without having to buy excess tape.
While lighting is our first love, we also love a good home audio system. It’s a really fun feature to add into your home that makes for great entertainment and ambiance.
We spoke a few weeks ago about Broan’s bathroom fan speaker, but this week we’ve got a system that’s perfect for your whole home. The Nuvo Whole Home Audio system from Legrand features award winning speakers and the flexible Player Portfolio system, and it makes it easy to build an awesome audio experience for any (and every) room in your home.
The system will give you all the streaming capabilities you want without any of the clutter of desktop and Bluetooth pill style speakers, and in today’s post we’re highlighting its key features and how you can easily integrate it into your space.
Easy audio control
Effortlessly control the entire system throughout your entire home with Nuvo’s three options: the intuitive Player app, which is available for smartphones and tablets, the wall-mounted tablet, and the on-wall keypad.
This makes controlling your system a breeze! The wall-mounted tablet is generally set up in a main area of the home, like the kitchen or living room and then on-wall keypads are installed throughout the home so you have access in different rooms. And of course, by using the phone app, you can control the audio throughout your entire home without leaving the couch.
The system offers both wired Multi-Rack Mount players, which can cover up to three listening zones each and a total of 16 zones when joined together, and the more flexible wired/wireless Single-zone players, which can be easily added on their own or with the multi-Rack options to add more listening areas to your home. You can have a different audio option playing in each listening area or play the same thing throughout the entire home.
Note that these players aren’t just great for music but are also fantastic additions to home theaters.
Nuvo puts the same care and quality into its award-winning speakers as it does to the audio system itself. The built-in speakers are available at a variety of price points and deliver high performance and impeccable sound.
Choose between the Balanced, Enhanced, and Premium speaker options. These speakers are built into the walls or ceiling for a clean, modern look.
Great audio shouldn’t be confined to inside the home! Bring your music outside with Nuvo’s landscape and outdoor speakers. This is a great addition to outdoor entertaining or simply for your own enjoyment.
Whether you want to listen to music, the news, podcasts, or enhance your home theater system, the Nuvo Whole Home Audio system is a fun essential for the modern home.
Have any questions about bringing Nuvo’s Whole Home Audio system into your space? We’re here to help! Give us a call at 902.452.3899 or email us at email@example.com
A few weeks ago, we introduced you to the adorne collection from Legrand and showed you the wide range of gorgeous wall plates and features that it offers.
(We also ran an Instagram giveaway for $150 worth of adorne product with Bowers Construction and will be running another one soon with local blogger, Amy Peters! Follow us on Instagram to stay in the loop on all of our upcoming giveaways!).
This week, we’re introducing you to Legrand’s second wall plate line, the radiant collection. Just like adorne, the radiant collection offers wall plates and fixtures that are a step above the ordinary and brings a level of style and functionality that you won’t get from your average plugs and switches.
The style of the plates and fixtures themselves is slightly different from the adorne style, so it comes down to a matter of preference. Whereas adorne offers square fixtures (by fixtures we mean switches, dimmers, outlets, etc.), the radiant fixtures are rectangular (or what is traditionally known as decorator), and the wall plate finishes vary between the two collections.
Either way, they’re both fantastic lines that our customers can’t get enough of! Check out the features of the radiant collection, and then hop over to our post on the adorne collection so you can find the pieces that are best suited for you and your space.
The radiant wall plates feature clean lines, a low profile, and no screws, giving them a sleek look that compliment your room’s décor. They’re available in 1-6 gang plates and come in nine different finishes including nickel, white, dark bronze, and graphite.
Choose between a variety of switch options including a standard single pole, switch/outlet combo, and 3 or 4 way. You can also enjoy convenient features like lighted switches, timers, night light/switch combos, and RF switches that can be controlled with your home automation system, Alexa and Google Home.
Even radiant’s standard outlets are a cut above other brands’. While most outlets are simply designed to provide power, radiant’s also protect you and your home from shock and fires. They also offer weather resistant options for outdoor lighting, and standard outlets can be combined with nightlights, USB outlets, and switches.
One of our favourite products ever is radiant’s wireless charger. It replaces any standard outlet in your home and allows you to charge your smart phone wirelessly! Simply clip it in place and let it charge. This is perfect for any room in the house, but it’s particularly popular in kitchens, bedrooms, and offices. Keep in mind too, that it can be combined with other fixtures, such as outlets and switches. Radiant also offers quad USB chargers (which fit into a 1-gang space) and USB/outlet combos.
When it comes to dimmers, radiant offers more variety for different voltages and bulb types, whereas adorne offers more style options. The majority of radiant dimmers are in the toggle style, but they’re tailored to LED, florescent, incandescent, magnetic low voltage, and more. They can also be connected to your home automation system.
Pair your switches and dimmers with Legrand’s Intuity system for easy to use home automation. The system also supports scene control, which allows you to set up preconfigured lighting scenes that are accessed with the touch of a button. Whole Home Audio lets you control the audio throughout your home, and Whole Home Intercom gives you total convenience (without those unsightly intercom systems from the 80s!).
If you are looking for a little more functionality in your home automation eco system, the radiant collection can also be paired with Samsung Smarthings Hub, Alexa and Google Home.
Add your outlets directly into your furniture for seamless functionality. These outlets are perfect in headboards and desks. This option is great for home, but it’s especially popular for office and public spaces.
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