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The Electric Vehicle Highway is Coming to Newfoundland

The electric vehicle highway is coming to Newfoundland. Utilizing robust federal programs, Newfoundland Hydro is set to populate the province with DC fast charging stations as well as level 2 charging stations. This news marks the soon to be completed, coast to coast...

HalifACT 2050: Acting on climate change.

In 2019, Halifax declared a climate emergency and as a result, HalifACT was passed by the regional council on June 23, 2020. HalifACT 2050: Acting on Climate Change Together Plan is a long-term climate action plan that will help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,...

ZEVIP: Funding available for Canadians

Battery electric cars are gaining more momentum as a viable choice of transportation for Canadians. The Canadian government has put forth targets of EV sales of 10% by 2025, 30% by 2030 and 100% by 2040.  But there are still hurdles to overcome. One important hurdle...

Solar for your Home: What’s the ROI?

The generation of electricity using solar photovoltaic cells has been around since the 1950’s. Early users of the technology were limited to research deployments, government agencies like NASA or in niche applications such as on remote lighthouses and oil rigs. Then,...

5 Outdoor Light Fixtures We’re Loving Right Now

It's almost outdoor season here in Atlantic Canada, and we thought we'd help you get ready with a roundup of some of our favourite outdoor light fixtures. Now that the weather is starting to warm up, this is the best time to get your backyard and home exterior in...

COVID-19 Front Line Counter Shields and Temporary Power Solutions

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, some of our manufacturers have begun producing new products, aimed at helping to fill the recent need for certain safety items. In an effort to help get these products to those who need them, we've listed the current available...

5 Maximalist Light Fixtures We’re Loving Right Now

While there is no doubt that we love a good minimal design, it sometimes leave us longing for some colour and pizazz. If the all-white, neutral trend that been taking over Instagram and Pinterest the last few years is leaving you wanting more, then the maximalist...

Join Our FREE Webinar Series

With so many of us working from home over the next few weeks, we saw this as a great opportunity to connect and learn together online. That’s why we put together our new webinar series, open to everyone in the industry, to share our insider knowledge, industry trends,...

This Program is Helping Workplaces Save Big on Electric Vehicle Charging Installations

In last week’s blog post, we talked about the exciting future of electric vehicles (EVs) in Atlantic Canada. We’re expecting to see massive growth in the market, and it’s estimated that by 2040, 25% of the vehicles on the road will be electric. Up until now, cost has...

Here’s What You Need to Know About the Future of Electric Vehicles in Atlantic Canada

When we think about renewables, we often think of the energy source itself, like solar power, but another huge player in the renewable industry is electric vehicles (EVs). The adoption of electric vehicles has had a slow start up until now, but they are expected to...

How to Use Lighting to Enhance Your Home Decor

When is a light fixture more than just a light fixture? In our opinion, always! Lighting has such a massive impact on a room's style, but it doesn't always get the attention it deserves. Consider how different a room would look when lit by harsh florescent lighting...

Our Favourite Scandi-Style Light Fixtures

Minimal, yet welcoming, modern, yet a classic, Scandi style somehow manages to encompass it all. With clean lines, natural materials, and subtle mixed textures, it's a style that has withstood the test of time and continues to be one of our all time favourites. The...

5 Stunning Mid-Century Modern Light Fixtures We’re Loving Right Now

Mid-century modern is having a serious moment, though saying that would imply that it's being revived when really, it's never gone away. The timeless trend first appeared on the scene between the 1930s and 1940s (depending on your sources), but the sleek lines and...

The 2020 Lighting Trends We Can’t Get Enough Of

We have such an exciting post this week! Our friend Robyn from Bricks + Birches is on the blog for her second annual Trend Report. If you're not already following Robyn and her gorgeous designs on Instagram, make sure you hop over and give her a follow now. Now,...

Interested in Solar Energy? CUA’s Energy Efficiency Financing Program Can Help

We’ve written before about the solar energy financing and rebate programs available in Nova Scotia, and today we wanted to share another option that is making the adoption of a solar energy system even more affordable for Nova Scotians: CUA’s Energy Efficiency...

11 Beautiful Kitchen Lighting Ideas

One of our favourite rooms in a home to pick out lighting for is the kitchen. Yes, we love a good living room chandelier, bedroom table lamp, or bathroom vanity sconce, but there's just something about good kitchen lighting that really does it for us. The right...

15 New Light Fixtures You Need in 2020

Last week, we shared some of our favourite new light fixtures of 2020, but there were too many to share in one post! This week, we're back with some more our our favourite new releases. These fixtures were showcased at the Lightovation light fair in Dallas at the...

20 New Light Fixtures We’re Loving in 2020

If you follow us on Instagram, you may have seen that we were in Dallas last week for the January 2020 Lightovation lighting show. At the show, all of our lighting lines showcased their new releases, and we were blown away with the collections. At the show, we say a...

Lighting on a Budget: Our Top Picks for Affordable Light Fixtures

Updating your light fixtures is one of the quickest and easiest ways to refresh your decor. Nothing dates a room like outdated lighting, and swapping in some fresh fixtures can add so much to a space. While many light fixtures on the market can carry a pretty hefty...

Our Top 10 Favourite Decor Looks of 2019

Happy New Year Everyone! We hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. We are so excited for the new year and what it will bring, but before we look ahead, we wanted to take a minute to recap our favourite decor styles from the past year! This year, our lighting...

10 Holiday Designs We’re Loving This Season

Can you believe we're just 1 week away from Christmas?? There are so many reasons we love the holiday season, but the holiday styles and decor are one that we look the most forward to. We love seeing how our favourite decorators and influencers deck the halls, whether...

5 Cozy Living Room Accessories You Need This Winter

The winter weather is officially here, and while there's always a part of us that is dreaming about warm summer days, there is something so welcoming and cozy about this time of year. It's the season to curl on up the couch with a blanket, a hot drink, and your...

5 Accent Table Lamps to Instantly Upgrade Your Decor

In the lighting world, ceiling fixtures tend to get most of the glory, so we wanted to dedicate a post to an equally attention worthy fixture- table lamps! Far from being purely for function, table lamps can be a true decor piece, and in this post, we want to give...

How to Become a Solar Installer in PEI

Thanks to new rebates and incentive programs, as well as advances in technology, solar energy has recently experienced significant growth in PEI (and beyond) and is predicted to only continue to grow. For electricians in the province, receiving accreditation as a...

6 (More) Designs from Our Local Influencers

This week we're back with another local collab roundup! We've had so many amazing opportunities to work with our talented local designers, creatives, and influencers, and we wanted to take a moment to recap some of our recent projects. For more on our past collabs,...

5 Rattan & Woven Light Fixtures We’re Loving Right Now

From pampas grass to jute rugs, nature inspired decor is having a serious moment, and one of our favourite aspects of the trend is, not surprisingly, the gorgeous rattan and woven light fixtures we've seen popping up all over Instagram. We adore the warm and calming...

Win a Matteo Lighting Lineare Light Fixture (worth $740!)

We haven't done a giveaway in awhile, so we thought we'd kick off the holiday season (it's not too early to say that, right?) with a Matteo Lighting giveaway! If you're not already familiar with Matteo, it's a Canadian line that we rep, offering gorgeous minimal...

This Canadian Sustainable Lighting Line is Changing the Game

The demand for environmentally friendly home products has exploded in the last few years, as both consumers and companies have recognized the need for a more sustainable way of living. Lighting is no exception, and the innovations in the sustainable lighting world,...

The Halloween Accessory that Will Take Your Decor to the Next Level

Halloween is almost here, and it's time to dig out the cobwebs, witches hats, and trick or treat bags! But the best Halloween accessory of all? A light bulb from DALS Smart Home collection. We've spoken before about our love for the DALS Smart Home collection, and the...

Empowering Your Workforce: An Interview with Ron Lovett

This week, we got the opportunity to speak with Ron Lovett, the founder and Chief Alignment Officer of Connolly Owens. Ron is an entrepreneur, founder of Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) Atlantic Canada, five time winner of Atlantic Business magazine's Top 50 CEO...

5 Coastal Light Fixtures We’re Loving Right Now

While we are always on board for new trends (hello, modern boho!), we also love a good timeless style. One of our favourites is the Coastal look, which is a natural fit for us here in Atlantic Canada. There's something so fresh and welcoming about Coastal decor, and...

The Future of Renewables: The Latest Industry Trends from Solar Power International 2019

As you may have seen on our LinkedIn and Instagram, our team was down at Solar Power International’s (SPI) Smart Energy Week in Salt Lake City last week. It was an action-packed week, and we got the opportunity to connect with industry leaders and fellow renewable...

Extend Your Patio Season with Dimplex’s Outdoor Heaters

We had one of those blink-and-you-miss-it summers here in Atlantic Canada, and we don't know about you but we are clinging to every last bit of outdoor time we can get! If you didn't get your fill of warm summer evenings on the deck, we have the solution for you!...

Introducing aaline Lighting and Acoustics

Sustainable, minimal, modern, innovative- these are just a few of the words that come to mind when we think of our newest lighting line, aaline. We love not only their beautiful, Canadian-made products but also everything this company stands for, and we're so excited...

Why (and How) Anyone Can Excel at Sales: An Interview with Eric Fry

This week we're kicking off an interview series we ran with some of Atlantic Canada's top business leaders. We got the opportunity to speak with some of the top business and leadership experts in the region and pick their brains on how to thrive in the modern business...

Reveal: Our Collab with the QE2 Home Lottery

As you may have seen on Instagram, we got the opportunity to collab on this year's QE2 Home Lottery! Wadden Electric approached us about outfitting the home with wall plates and outlet's from Legrand's adorne and radiant collections, we were so excited to be a part of...

Enter to Win Our End of Summer Giveaway with R Studios (worth over $1000!!)

Our final summer long weekend giveaway is here, and we’ve teamed up with some of our favourite local businesses to bring you our most epic giveaway yet. ✨ One lucky winner will receive: 1. 1 YEAR membership to R Studios 2. A private sip and sweat with you and 20...

Understanding efficiencyPEI’s New Solar Energy Incentive Programs (and Why Now is the Time to Act!)

This month, efficiencyPEI launched its brand new Solar Electric Rebate Program, making solar energy more affordable than ever for homeowners, businesses, and farms on the Island. A solar energy system offers a great financial return and allows homeowners to save money...

6 Designs from Our Local Influencers

It's been a hot minute since our first local influencer round up, and since then we've gotten the opportunity to work with so many more amazing NS based bloggers and decorators. There is so much talent here, and it's been so much fun getting to collab with these...

Understanding Nova Scotia Power’s New Service Provider Program

This year, Nova Scotia Power re-launched their Service Provider Program, which is a training program that allows Certified Electrical Contractors to become NS Power Service providers. The program offers a number of great benefits and is a win for electrical...

Win a Custom Side Table with Furniture Power from DC Woodworks (worth $425!)

Hey guys, hope everyone has been having a great summer and has been enjoying all of this amazing weather we're getting! This week, we've got our second long weekend giveaway of the summer, and it is a good one! We're are so excited to have the opportunity to collab...

How to Harness the Power of Focus to Excel at Work (and Life)

"Our focus matters immensely in everything we do: the better we can pay attention, the more excellent the results – again in everything from learning to leadership." - Daniel Goleman It’s not exactly ground breaking news, but our attention spans are not exactly...

Stay Cool This Summer with the Indoor and Outdoor Fans from Regency Ceiling Fans

We have an exciting new product line that is the perfect fit for the summer heat! One of our lighting lines, Hinkley Lighting, recently acquired Regency Ceiling Fans, and we are very excited to now be repping this stylish indoor/outdoor fan line. Regency offers a wide...

4 Key Steps to Maintaining Momentum and Achieving Your Goals

“Regaining momentum takes three times as much energy as sustaining momentum.” – Daniel Pink Big lofty goals are exciting. They get people motivated, they inspire, and they give us something to dream about and look forward to. More often than not, however, that’s as...

Our Favourite New Light Fixtures from Lightovation 2019

We just got back from the June Lightovation show last week and are still on a high from all of the amazing new releases! Our lighting lines really brought it to the show this year, and we are so excited about the new fixtures hitting the market. This week, we're...

Win a Front Door Makeover with Indie Home (worth over $1500!)

We're kicking off a summer giveaway series with an amazing giveaway hosted by Kimi of Indie Home!! Kimi has organized an entire front door makeover giveaway with everything you need to to transform for front door area. We've participated along with Hinkley Lighting to...

Ditching the 9-5: Is a Results Only Work Environment Right for Your Company?

The 9-5 Monday to Friday work week has been the undisputed norm for over a century, but according to many that needs to, and is, changing. A couple of weeks ago, we wrote about the importance of understanding what motivates your team in order to maximize both...

4 Awesome Gift Ideas for Dad this Father’s Day

Father's Day is just a few days away, and we're sure none of you out there left their shopping to the last minute (...right?), but in case you're last minute shoppers (like us), we've put together a few last minute gift ideas that are sure to secure you in Favourite...

Want to Motivate Your Team? Understand What Drives Them

“Control leads to compliance; autonomy leads to engagement.” – Daniel Pink For decades, our model of motivation in the workforce has been the carrot and stick approach. Incentivising employees to push themselves at work either out of a desire for a reward or to avoid...

How to Choose the Right Outdoor Lighting for Your Home

From functional step lighting to decorative string lights and pendants, outdoor lighting comes in all shapes and styles, and navigating the options can be tricky. In this week’s blog post, we’re taking out the guesswork and walking you through the best outdoor...

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5 Outdoor Light Fixtures We’re Loving Right Now

It's almost outdoor season here in Atlantic Canada, and we thought we'd help you get ready with a roundup of some of our favourite outdoor light fixtures. Now that the weather is starting to warm up, this is the best time to get your backyard and home exterior in...

read more

5 Maximalist Light Fixtures We’re Loving Right Now

While there is no doubt that we love a good minimal design, it sometimes leave us longing for some colour and pizazz. If the all-white, neutral trend that been taking over Instagram and Pinterest the last few years is leaving you wanting more, then the maximalist...

read more

How to Use Lighting to Enhance Your Home Decor

When is a light fixture more than just a light fixture? In our opinion, always! Lighting has such a massive impact on a room's style, but it doesn't always get the attention it deserves. Consider how different a room would look when lit by harsh florescent lighting...

read more

Our Favourite Scandi-Style Light Fixtures

Minimal, yet welcoming, modern, yet a classic, Scandi style somehow manages to encompass it all. With clean lines, natural materials, and subtle mixed textures, it's a style that has withstood the test of time and continues to be one of our all time favourites. The...

read more

The 2020 Lighting Trends We Can’t Get Enough Of

We have such an exciting post this week! Our friend Robyn from Bricks + Birches is on the blog for her second annual Trend Report. If you're not already following Robyn and her gorgeous designs on Instagram, make sure you hop over and give her a follow now. Now,...

read more

11 Beautiful Kitchen Lighting Ideas

One of our favourite rooms in a home to pick out lighting for is the kitchen. Yes, we love a good living room chandelier, bedroom table lamp, or bathroom vanity sconce, but there's just something about good kitchen lighting that really does it for us. The right...

read more

15 New Light Fixtures You Need in 2020

Last week, we shared some of our favourite new light fixtures of 2020, but there were too many to share in one post! This week, we're back with some more our our favourite new releases. These fixtures were showcased at the Lightovation light fair in Dallas at the...

read more

20 New Light Fixtures We’re Loving in 2020

If you follow us on Instagram, you may have seen that we were in Dallas last week for the January 2020 Lightovation lighting show. At the show, all of our lighting lines showcased their new releases, and we were blown away with the collections. At the show, we say a...

read more

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HalifACT 2050: Acting on climate change.

In 2019, Halifax declared a climate emergency and as a result, HalifACT was passed by the regional council on June 23, 2020. HalifACT 2050: Acting on Climate Change Together Plan is a long-term climate action plan that will help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,...

read more

ZEVIP: Funding available for Canadians

Battery electric cars are gaining more momentum as a viable choice of transportation for Canadians. The Canadian government has put forth targets of EV sales of 10% by 2025, 30% by 2030 and 100% by 2040.  But there are still hurdles to overcome. One important hurdle...

read more

Solar for your Home: What’s the ROI?

The generation of electricity using solar photovoltaic cells has been around since the 1950’s. Early users of the technology were limited to research deployments, government agencies like NASA or in niche applications such as on remote lighthouses and oil rigs. Then,...

read more

Join Our FREE Webinar Series

With so many of us working from home over the next few weeks, we saw this as a great opportunity to connect and learn together online. That’s why we put together our new webinar series, open to everyone in the industry, to share our insider knowledge, industry trends,...

read more

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