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THE CATALYST BLOG

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,...

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.  ...

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Your Guide to Exterior Residential Lighting

Flush Mounts by Troy Lighting Last week, we talked about everything you need to take care of your exterior commercial lighting needs. This week, we’re staying on a similar theme and bringing you a comprehensive guide to exterior residential lighting.   Exterior...

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Your Guide to Outdoor Commercial Lighting

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...

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Introducing: The adorne collection by Legrand

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...

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Behind the Scenes: Home Tour Part III

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...

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Lumens to Watts: Your Lightbulb Conversion Chart

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...

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Behind the Scenes: Home Tour Part II

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...

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Behind the Scenes: Home Tour Part I

As we're sure you can probably tell, we're pretty obsessed with the products we carry! That's because we partner with the best available on the market and because we love what we rep, we deck our own homes our with our products.   In today's post, we're taking you on...

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5 Tips for Eco Friendly Lighting and Heating

Today's consumers are more eco-conscious then ever, and we love seeing the shift towards more environmentally friendly products being available on the market. In today’s post, we’re bringing you five simple ways to incorporate eco-friendly lighting and heating options...

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