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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,...

Win an Amazon Alexa + Wifi Smart Bulbs (worth $120!)

Happy Holidays everyone!!   It's the season of giving and receiving, and at Catalyst we take that very seriously! We're going to be running a giveaway every week leading up to the holidays, and we're starting off with this awesome holiday smart lighting package!  ...

5 Ways to Get the Perfect Holiday Lighting

Holiday season is here and we could not be more excited about it! We've been loving all of the gorgeous holiday decor photos we've been seeing on Instagram, and it's definitely got us feeling festive.   As we've written about before, lighting plays such a huge part in...

10 Swoon-Worthy Fixtures from Troy Lighting

We'll get straight to it: we have a full on love affair with Troy Lighting. Their eclectic collections of artisan made lighting fixtures are absolutely gorgeous, and if you're looking for something that will really make a statement in your room, this is the line to...

2019 Lighting Trends with Bricks and Birches

This week, we have one of our favourite designers, Robyn of Bricks and Birches, on the blog. We always have MAJOR heart eyes over her stunning designs, and we're so excited that she's here to share the top lighting trends of 2019 with us and how you can incorporate...

Win 1 of 3 Pop Out Outlets from Legrand! (a $75 value each)

The Pop Out Outlet | Photo: A Noble Home   We’re back with another giveaway!!   We’ve talked before about Legrand’s adorne collection both on the blog and on our Instagram. The collection carries a full line of stylish wall plates designed to add to and elevate the...

These Colour Changing Wifi Light Bulbs Will Be Your New Favourite Accessory

Would you like to control the colour, lighting temperature, and function of your lights using nothing but your smart phone or home assistant with no set up or installation hassle? Of course you would! And you are in luck because we have the (super affordable) product...

Catalyst x Halifax: 8 Designs from our Local Influencers

adorne wall plates | Amy Peters   Before we get into today's post, we want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who participated in our Wifi Lighting Giveaway! Because there was so much interest in the system, we're going to give another one away in the next couple of...

Win an Amazon Alexa + Wifi Lighting System (a $665 value!)

We have a very exciting post this week: we're running a giveaway over on our Instagram and you could win an amazing home Wifi lighting package worth $665!!   (Scroll to the bottom for entry rules and a video of the Wifi Lighting System in action!)   This package will...

40 Gorgeous Minimal Light Fixtures

Hideaway | Troy Lighting Design: Kristina Lynne | Photo: Tracey Jazmine Photography   A couple of weeks ago, we did a piece on must have statement light fixtures. These pieces are made to be a design focal point and really add some pizazz and style to a space.   This...

Introducing Eglo

Wymer pendant   As you may have seen on our Instagram, we were in Montreal last week visiting one of our newest lighting lines, Eglo. We got the chance to tour their showroom and learn all about the production of their products, and every one of us left loving the...

Make a Statement: 52 Amazing Lighting Fixtures

Trento Chandelier by Eurofase   Our team just got back from a great weekend in Montreal where we met with one of our newest lighting lines, Eglo. We are so excited about this line for a number of reasons, and we'll be talking more about them next week. In the mean...

How to Hang Your Pendant Lights

Webster pendant by Hudson Valley Lighting | Design: Lea Johnson   We are super excited today because we have a guest post from Halifax-based interior stylist Nancy Dibblee of Fine Interiors! She's hear to tackle a question we get all the time: how high should you hang...

Introducing Z-Lite Lighting

This week, we’re introducing you to Canadian lighting company, Z-Lite Lighting, which provides light fixtures ranging from simple to glitzy at a surprisingly affordable price. While Z-Lite does offer some gorgeous contemporary styles, their fixtures tend to be more...

Introducing Hinkley Lighting

Interior decorators, home builders, and décor lovers, gather around: we’ve got the stylish lighting line that dreams are made of.   Opened in 1922, Hinkley Lighting began as a small outdoor lantern company. Over 90 years later, the family owned company has evolved...

Introducing Eurofase Lighting

This week, we’re excited to introduce you to the beautiful fixtures and products from Eurofase. Eurofase is defined not only by the quality of its products but also the variety of innovative options.   With a selection that includes pendants, wall sconces,...

Introducing Matteo Lighting

The Encase Series from Matteo This week, we’re spotlighting one of our favourite residential lines, Matteo Lighting. Their stylish fixtures range from minimal to modern to glitzy, and we love that they offer such an amazing range of lights at an affordable price.  ...

Introducing DALS Lighting

We are so excited to announce that as of August 1, we have begun representing DALS Lighting, Inc. throughout Atlantic Canada.   DALS is unlike any other line that we currently represent. They manufacture LED Lighting products focusing on innovative and emerging...

How to Choose the Right Lighting Temperature for Your Space

Cool lights would be perfect in this modern, minimalist kitchen. Fixture is the Webster from Hudson Valley Lighting   Anyone who has spent time working in an office with florescent lights will tell you that the temperature of your lights has a huge impact on your...

Our First Video: The On-Q Digital Audio System from Legrand

This week’s post is a big one for us because it contains our first ever video! It’s one thing to explain how something works, but sometimes it’s much more effective to show you, and that’s what we wanted to do with the On-Q Digital Audio System from Legrand.   (Scroll...

Introducing the 2018 New Releases from Hudson Valley Lighting

One of our favourite lighting lines, Hudson Valley Lighting, offers the perfect blend of timeless and cool, and we showcase their pieces regularly on our Instagram. They're ideal for any room in the home, and their styles range from subtle accents to dramatic show...

The Best (and Fastest) Way to Clean your Whole Home

Okay, cleaning may not be the most exciting topic, but this week’s post is a good one because we’re going to show you how to make your cleaning faster and easier, while improving the air quality in your home. This means you’ll have more time for the important things...

Power Up: The Charging Solutions that are Changing the Game

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...

Tape Lighting: A Multi-Use Lighting Solution

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...

Introducing the Nuvo Whole Home Audio System

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...

Introducing: The radiant collection by Legrand

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...

Must Haves: Broan’s Bluetooth Bathroom Fan Speaker + Bath and Ventilation Fans

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....

Introducing Mitzi by Hudson Valley

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...

Everything You Need to Know About QMotion’s Motorized Shading

We spend a lot of time talking about lighting, but that’s actually just one of the many areas we cover! Between video doorbells, Bluetooth bathroom fan speakers, electric fireplaces, and more, we have you completely covered for all of your electrical needs.   One of...

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Our First Video: The On-Q Digital Audio System from Legrand

This week’s post is a big one for us because it contains our first ever video! It’s one thing to explain how something works, but sometimes it’s much more effective to show you, and that’s what we wanted to do with the On-Q Digital Audio System from Legrand.   (Scroll...

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The Best (and Fastest) Way to Clean your Whole Home

Okay, cleaning may not be the most exciting topic, but this week’s post is a good one because we’re going to show you how to make your cleaning faster and easier, while improving the air quality in your home. This means you’ll have more time for the important things...

read more

Tape Lighting: A Multi-Use Lighting Solution

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...

read more

Introducing the Nuvo Whole Home Audio System

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...

read more

Introducing: The radiant collection by Legrand

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...

read more

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