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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...

Understanding the Current Solar Energy Rebates and Financing Options Available in Nova Scotia

In our last blog post, we talked about how renewable energy is rapidly changing the electrical wholesale landscape in Atlantic Canada. As we discussed, we’ve seen a recent boom in demand for renewables, particularly solar energy, and far from being a flash in the pan...

6 Must-Have Outdoor Light Fixtures for 2019

Spring is officially here, and that means we're in outdoor decor mode! More specifically, we're in outdoor lighting decor mode, and this week we're bringing you some of our top picks for the season. When most people think of their outdoor decorating lighting often...

How Renewables Will Change the Electrical Wholesale Landscape in Atlantic Canada

With some small exceptions, the electrical landscape has remained more or less the same over the last 50 years. Yes, there have been advances in technology and new product releases, but nothing truly groundbreaking has occurred, and both wholesalers and electrical...

Win $150 to The Canteen + An Amazon Alexa and 2 DALS’ Smart Bulbs!

Hey guys! We're back with our third and final giveaway in celebration of our website launch! If you haven't had a chance yet to check out the new site, make sure you take a look around! We've added a ton of new features including a Where to Buy page, which lets you...

4 Perfect Lights for Kids’ Rooms

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

Learn more about our new website and it’s many features in this week’s blog post!

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...

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...

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...

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...

Valentine’s Giveaway: Win the Blair Light Fixture from Mitzi!

It's been a minute since we've run a giveaway but we are back with one of our favourites yet!! Just in time for Valentine's, we've teamed up with Robyn, principal designer and owner of Bricks and Birches, to bring you a v-day themed giveaway. The prize One lucky...

9 Lighting Fixtures that Will Transform Your Room

Astoria by Hudson Valley Lighting | photo: Alma Arrieta   Sometimes, a light is just a light. You need it for function and don’t think much more about it.   But sometimes (most times, in our opinion!), a light is an opportunity to totally transform the look of your...

Introducing the Becki Owens x Hudson Valley Lighting Collection

Forget celebrities - it's designers and decorators that really get us starstruck, and we couldn't be more excited over the new collaboration between Hudson Valley Lighting and decor-superstar, Becki Owens.   If you're reading this post, there's a good chance your IG...

Solar Solutions from Catalyst Sales

Catalyst has partnered with the top brands in the solar industry. We offer single source solutions for the electrical distributor and electrical contractor. Services Include: Custom Proposals and Designs, full bill of material, generation system quotations, rebate…

Our 7 Favourite Light Fixtures from Lightovation 2019

Breuer by Troy Lighting (available April, 2019)   If you're following us on Instagram, you'll have noticed that we were in Dallas this week for Lightovation 2019! We got the opportunity to check out some amazing new releases from our lighting lines (and if you missed...

How to Choose the Right Light Fixtures for Your Kitchen

Milo by Mitzi | Brit Arnesen of Brit Dot Design   Hey guys! We're down in Dallas this week for Lightovation 2019! We've had the chance to check out some amazing new products and fixtures for our lines and can't wait to share them with you. We've been posting some of...

7 Modern Farmhouse Light Fixtures that Will Transform Your Space

Gideon from Hudson Valley Lighting Haven Design and Construction | Matthew Niemann Photography   One of the most popular decor trends in recent years is the modern farmhouse style, which takes a warm, rustic twist on industrial chic. Much like the name suggests, it...

Our 8 Favourite Light Fixtures from 2018

Happy New Year everyone!! We hope you all had a wonderful holiday and a great start to 2019.   This was a big year for us, for many reasons, two of those being that we started our blog and Instagram at the beginning of the year. We've had so much fun building both,...

Enter Our Holiday Giveaway (valued at almost $1200!!)

The holiday giving continues this week with our biggest giveaway ever!!   As proud East Coasters, we love collaborating with the amazing small businesses in our region. That's why we are so excited to be a part of this week's local giveaway.   Hosted by Amy Peters,...

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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...

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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,...

read more

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...

read more

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...

read more

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...

read more

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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...

read more

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