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Introducing Z-Lite Lighting

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 classic than modern and are the perfect pieces to help create a timeless look.
 
Their styles may be more classic, but their technology is modern, and their collection includes a wide range of LED fixtures.

Keep reading to check out a few of our favourite fixtures.
 
Chandeliers
Get a gorgeous statement fixture for your home at a price that won’t break the bank with Z-Lite’s chandelier selection. Styles range from clean and contemporary to sparkly and glam. Make sure you check out their cute mini chandelier selection too!
Left to right: Soleia, Loek, Euclid, Bohin
 
 
Floor lamps
Z-Lite’s floor lamp selection is relatively small compared to their other product lines, but they pack in a great variety of styles. We especially love the cute retro style lamps!
Left to right: Serenity, Celeste, Crimson, Portable
 
 
Pendants
There’s a pendant style for everyone here! Choose from their wide array of options available in every style, shape, and size.
Left to right: Cavallo, Burren, Sora, Aludra
 
 
Table lamps
The right table lamp is just as much of a décor piece as it is a source of light. Put the finishing touch on your room with one of Z-Lite’s chic options.
Left to right: Celeste, Portable, Ofuse, Ramsay
 
 
Outdoor ceiling fixtures
Amp up your home’s exterior décor with one of Z-Lite’s outdoor fixtures. They offer a ton of cute lantern style pendants that we are seriously into!
Left to right: Wakefield, Luttrel, Annex, Lestat
 
 
Vanity
We love the vanity options from Z-Lite! Whether you want a subtle touch or a bold fixture, the selection does not disappoint!
Left to right: Gaspar, Aludra, Ethos, Rubicon
 
 
For more of Z-Lite’s extensive collection, including wall sconces, outdoor posts, and mini pendants, head over to their website.
 
And for more lighting inspiration, check out our other product line posts:
 
For more info on any of our lines, give us a call at 902.452.3899 or email us at lierin@catalystsales.ca
Introducing Hinkley Lighting

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 into a global brand, offering the best in both indoor and outdoor lighting. Their huge selection captures every style from coastal to transitional to Americana, and they have a lighting solution for every area of your home. It’s like your one stop shop for all of your lighting needs.
 
Keep reading for some of our favourite looks from Hinkley.
 
Sconces
Choose from hundreds of sconces in every imaginable style and finish. Because Hinkley has such a large collection, they have lots of search options to make it easy to navigate their selection.
Left to right: Clancy, Waverly, Delfina, Nula
 
 
Pendants
From the most basic hanging bulb to decked out chandeliers, Hinkley has a pendant for every want and need. As with all of their fixtures, they have options available in both incandescent and LED.
Left to right: Amelia, Aros, Bette, Astrid
 
 
Flush mounts
While flush mounts are often more about function than style, there is nothing basic about Hinkley’s selection! Choose between flush and semi-flush mounts.
Left to right: Porter, Congress, Gemma, Colbin
 
 
Dark Sky fixtures
Hinkley carries a number of eco-friendly, Dark Sky outdoor fixtures. Rather than evenly diffusing the light, the fixtures aim the light downwards, which has a number of important benefits. The light from regular fixtures casts a light in the sky that can confuse wildlife and mess with our sleep. It’s also a big waste of energy because it sends light in directions that aren’t actually used. Dark Sky lights cuts out the omni-directional lighting, so you just get light where you need it, which protects the wildlife and your sleep and reduces energy costs.
 
For more eco-friendly lighting solutions, check out Hinkley’s LED and Title 24 fixtures.
Left to right: Cascade, New Castle, Atlantis, Rook
 
 
Lanterns
From traditional, old fashioned style sconces to modern and sleek tube lights, there is a lantern fixture for every taste and style. Many of the lanterns are eco-friendly fixtures (LED, Title 24, or Dark Sky).
Left to right: Arcadia, Calistoga, Atwater, Atwell
 
 
Landscape
Hinkley’s extensive Landscape collection offers the perfect solutions to illuminate your home. Discover their array of path lights, inground lights, step lights, lamps and accessories, power sources, and so much more.
 
 
For more from Hinkley, check out their website here. They also have tons of Lighting 101 and Lighting Tips!
 
And for any questions about the line, or any of our other lines, reach out at any time! You can give us a call at 902.452.3899 or email us at lierin@catalystsales.ca
Introducing Eurofase Lighting

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, chandeliers, recessed lighting, mirrors, track lighting and more, Eurofase as something for everyone.
 
LED Mirrors
We’re going to start with mirrors because it’s the product we are most excited about from the company. Eurofase Lighting offers a selection of stylish LED backlit mirrors that are ideal for both personal and commercial use. Perfect in both residential and public washrooms as well as bedrooms, changing rooms, tailors and more, they offer the best possible lighting and look amazing in every space.
Left to right: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
 
 
Track
Track lighting is often thought of as more functional than stylish, but with Eurofase’s selection, you can have both. They offer a wide variety of options, so you can get the lighting, and look, that you want.
Left to right: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
 
 
Wall & Inground Recessed
Illuminate your steps, walkway, pool deck, and more with Eurofase’s sleek wall and inground recessed lighting. The right recessed lighting isn’t just about making an area safe and useable at night, it also has a big affect on the style and ambiance.
Left to right: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
 
 
Outdoor
If you’re looking for outdoor lighting, you’re almost guaranteed to find something you love with Eurofase. They have a huge selection of options ranging from the recessed lighting we mentioned above to wall mounts, spotlights, bollards, and more, and they all have a cool industrial vibe that we are loving.
Left to right: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
 
Customization
Eurofase also allows you to customize your lights, so you can get the perfect products for your space. They work with you to make sure you get exactly what you’re looking for.
 
 
For more from Eurofase, including their decorative fixtures and project inspiration, visit their site.
 
And for more of our amazing lighting lines, make sure you check out our posts on Mitzi, Hudson Valley Lighting, Matteo, DALS, the adorne collection, and the radiant collection.
 
For questions about Eurofase or any of our other lines, give us a call at 902.452.3899 or email us at lierin@catalystsales.ca

Introducing Matteo Lighting

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.
 
While these fixtures are primarily used in residential homes, they also look amazing in public and commercial spaces. They add a major touch of style to offices, lounges, cafes, shops, and so much more.
 
Keep reading for our run through on their lighting products as well as our favourite pieces.
 
Ceiling Lights
 
 
Matteo offers a wide selection of ceiling lights, ranging from stylish and contemporary chandeliers and pendants to minimal and functional flush mounts. With an extensive variety of styles and a selection of finishes, you’ll have no trouble finding the right light to match your space.
 
Wall sconces
Left to right: Particles, Kasa, Droid, Squircle
 
Add the perfect lighting accent to your space with a wall sconce from Matteo. They range from subtle to extravagant, so you have plenty of options to choose from!
 
 
LED Lights
 
Matteo offers a whole range of LED light fixtures including pendants, flush mounts, wall sconces, and more. You’ll get an eye-catching fixture while consuming less energy. Win, win.
 
Canopies
Matteo lets you customize your ceiling lights with their canopy systems, which allow you to combine selected low voltage pendants together on one canopy that is easily interchangeable. Dimmable and non-dimmable options are both available.
 
 
Customs
Something that’s really exciting about Matteo is that they can make modifications to their exiting lights or make an entirely custom piece. This means you can get the perfect unique piece for your place. They offer complete design, engineering and prototyping services and offer conceptual sketches, presentation drawings, and complete shop drawings on request.
 
 
You can check out Matteo Lighting’s full selection here, and in case you missed them, don’t forget to check out our spotlights on some of our other favourite lines including DALS, Mitzi, adorne, and radiant.
 
For more info on any of our lines, give us a call at 902.452.3899 or email us at lierin@catalystsales.ca
Introducing DALS Lighting

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 technologies, and their products are hugely popular among architects, engineers, and contractors. Based out of Montreal, this Canadian company is designing contemporary style lighting that you won’t find anywhere else.
 
 
They began with accent lighting and then quickly expanded to architectural products. They introduced their first smart home products this year, which include Wi-Fi controllable lamps and tape lighting.
 
Their products are ideal for both residential and commercial projects and are suited for both interior and exterior use.
 

Let’s take a look through some of the products in their extensive product list.

 

Recessed

The recessed lighting options range from 2” – 6” and come in circle and square shape with a variety of finishes. Each model has its own unique features as well, like anti-glare, integrated color temperature switches, multiple beam angles and more.
 



 




Wall mounts

DALS wall mounts are suitable for indoor and outdoor use and are available in multiple finishes. Most are dimmable and come with a variety of features including directional panels to control light output and beam angles.
 
 
 
 



Pedants
DALS carries two pendant styles, the Slim Linear Pendant and the Decorative Pendant. Both are dimmable, offer a warm white light output, and have frosted glass reflectors.
 
 





 

Vanities
Illuminate your bathroom the right way with DALS line of vanity lights. Most of them can be installed both horizontally and vertically, and they offer the perfect light distribution. Choose from a variety of sizes and finishes to choose the option that perfectly suits your room
 
 
 
 






Steplights and bollards
Whether you need lighting for safety or ambiance, DALS has the option for you. Illuminate your steps, deck, walking path and more with their products that are used for everything from your own front steps to public park paths.
 
 
 
 



 


Wi-Fi tape lighting
One of DALS’ coolest products, in our opinion at least, is their Wi-Fi Tape Lighting. Using your smart phone, Amazon Alexa, or Google Home, you can fully control the tape lighting- turn it on and off, change lighting colours, or even sync is up with music!
These are great for both residential and commercial use, and it’s especially popular to use as decorative lighting on patios and decks. 
 




Get in touch for more info about our exciting new line! Give us a call at 902.452.3899 or email us at lierin@catalystsales.ca
How to Choose the Right Lighting Temperature for Your Space

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 space. Simply by changing a light bulb, you can radically change the atmosphere of a room. Think of the effect that the warm glow of candlelight has on a space versus the cold, harsh lights of a public washroom.

 
In today’s post, we’re going to help you choose the right lighting temperature for your space. The temperature that you choose will vary depending on the function, décor, and atmosphere of the area you’re lighting.
 
The first questions we need to ask and answer is why do we measure colour with temperature? We are already starting off with some confusing science, but we promise, it’s simple and this is as technical as this post will get!

Warm bulbs add a cozy glow to this room. Fixture is the Alchemy from Troy Lighting.

 

The easiest answer is because we use the Sun (our favorite light source since the beginning of time) as our reference point. The Sun is what is known as a black body radiator, just like when you heat a piece of steel with a blow torch in a furnace. Carbon steel starts as almost perfectly black but as we heat it, it starts to glow, first “red hot” then, orange, yellow and eventually “white hot”. So, we simply use Kelvin, a measurement of temperature, to match it to the color of the steel (or black body radiator) at different temperatures.
 
And the last part of this question, why Kelvin? Kelvin is the exact same scale as Celsius. The only difference is Celsius starts at the freezing point of water, 0°C. Kelvin starts at absolute zero, −273.15 °C.
As you can see from the images above, the lower the color tempature the “warmer” it feels. And the higher the color tempature the “cooler” it feels.
 
(Note that the temperature of the light, which is measured in Kelvins, has no relation to the brightness, which is measured in lumens).
 
When choosing the lighting temperature for your space, ask yourself the following questions.
 
What atmosphere do I want to create?
As we pointed out in one of our first blog posts, lighting plays a huge role in creating the right atmosphere for your room or space. If you are choosing lighting for a bright and airy storefront, you can go with cooler or neutral bulbs. If you want to create an intimate or romantic setting, say for a living room or high-end restaurant, warm lights will cast the glow you’re looking for.
Warm lights and a fireplace create the perfect cozy vibe. Fixture is the Darien from Hudson Valley Lighting

What time of day do I most often use this space?
It’s nice to use lighting that mimics the natural lighting of whatever time of day you’ll be using your space. For example, warm lighting is a good fit for a bedroom because it is closer to the lighting in the evening and gives of a cozy glow that will help you settle in for bed. Offices or stores, on the other hand, are generally used during the day, so they benefit from a cooler light that mimics natural day light.

Obviously, some spaces are used all day long, so this doesn’t always apply. Thanks to the advances in LED technologies you can now have light sources that change their color temperature throughout the day to match natural light cycles. We’ll save this one for another post!
Keep your space fresh and bright with cool bulbs. Fixtures are the Garden City from Hudson Valley Lighting

Which temperature will best suit my décor?
Traditional and transitional style homes are often best suited to warmer light. It suits the more homey style and gives a cozy vibe. Modern homes, on the other hand, often do better with cooler lighting because it complements the clean lines and bright white spaces.

Experts actually recommend choosing your light bulbs and fixtures before you paint or begin decorating because the light temperature has such an impact on the look of the space. Paint colours, for example, can look very different depending on the lighting. What looks great in the store may not work as well under your light bulbs at home.

By choosing your lighting before you decorate, you’ll ensure that everything comes out looking just the way you want- no surprises.

 

What is the function of my light?
Even within one room, you may want to mix up the lighting temperatures depending on the specific function of the light. In a kitchen for example, maybe you want to set a homey vibe with a warm overhead light, but then add in cool lights over your work space (as with under cabinet lighting), so you can clearly see what you’re doing when you’re chopping food and preparing meals.

Don’t forget to pair your lightbulbs with the perfect light fixtures! Check out our favourite fixtures from Mitzi and Hudson Valley Lighting. Oh, and while you’re add it, make sure you’re getting the sleekest wall plates and switches on the market: we love the ones from the radiant collection and the adorne collection.


Need help choosing the right lighting temperature for your space? Give us a call at 902.452.3899 or email us at lierin@catalystsales.ca
Our First Video: The On-Q Digital Audio System from Legrand

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 to the bottom of the post if you want to jump straight to the video!)
 
We briefly talked about the system in our Home Tour post, but today we’re diving in and showing you exactly how and why you need it in your home.
What is the On-Q Digital Audio System?
It’s a system that allows you to manage and control the audio throughout your entire home from an easy to use app, which is available on the system’s main screen as well as your smartphone and tablet. You can install control panels throughout your home to adjust volume and turn the audio on and off.
 
The system can be paired with seamless in-ceiling speakers, so you don’t have to deal with any speakers cluttering up your home.
 
As for the audio itself, you’re able to stream music from hundreds of channels and services including Pandora, iTunes, Spotify, Sirius XM, and so much more. You can save your Top 10 favourites for easy access, set up pre-sets and more.
 
The audio quality is crystal clear, and it really adds a level of cool and ambiance to your home that you just don’t get from playing music off the radio, your smart phone, or a Bluetooth speaker. We love that this system delivers not only super high-quality output, but that it’s so easy and fun to use.
 
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You can find more information about the On-Q Digital Audio System here.
 
And keep an eye out for more upcoming videos! Is there a certain topic you’d like to see a video about? Let us know and we’ll get on it. 🙂
 
Interested in installing the Digital Audio System in your space? Give us a call at 902.452.3899 or email us at lierin@catalystsales.ca
Introducing the 2018 New Releases from Hudson Valley Lighting

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 stoppers.
 
This week, they released their 2018 new releases, and let’s just say we’re in lighting heaven over here! These styles can help to turn any room from average to Pinterest-worthy, and we’re sharing some of our favourites from the new collection.
 
Chandeliers
Perfect for making a statement, the new line of chandeliers ranges from modern and edgy to simple and refined.
Left to right: SavonaAllendaleSparta
Left to right: CharlesAbramsRoundout
 
Table lamps
Accessorize your space with these gorgeous table lamps! They’re anything but ordinary and add the perfect pop to your decor.
Left to right: LaconiaKeitaHurley
Left to right: AshlandMini HinsdalePlutarch
 
Flush mounts
There are so many great flush mounts in the new collections, and we especially love the minimal aged brass styles. Keep in mind that most of the pieces throughout the collections are available in a variety of finishes, including aged brass, polished nickel, polished chrome, and old bronze.
Left to right: DunkirkIrvingtonSovereign
Left to right: BocaAchillesBethesda
 
Pendants
Of all the new releases, the pendants may just be our favourites. The designer are gorgeous and the variety is incredible, so you’re sure to find the perfect fit for your space, no matter what you’re looking for.
Left to right: PomfretCoffeyBarron
Left to right: ColtraneMasonvilleMassena
 
This is just a very small taste of the new releases from Hudson Valley Lighting. You can find the whole collection here. Then hop over to our Instagram and let us know which are your favourites!
 
Looking for the perfect fixture for your space? We’re here to help! Give us a call at 902.452.3899 or email us at lierin@catalystsales.ca
The Best (and Fastest) Way to Clean your Whole Home

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 in life, like reading our blog and IG. 😉
 
Broan’s Central Vacuum System is so much more than a vacuum- it’s a whole home cleaning system that will quickly clean all of your surfaces and doesn’t require lugging around a heavy vacuum. You’ll get a better clean, in less time, with more ease.
 
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Durability
Most upright vacuums will last you 3-4 years. In contrast, many Broan customers have had their central vac for between 15-20 years, and they come with a 5-10 year warranty.
 
Nearly silent
Loud vacuums are just irritating, and it makes cleaning feel like that much more of a chore. Broan’s central vac, on the other hand, is almost inaudible, so you can clean your home while listening to your music or podcasts, or simply enjoy some peace and quiet.
 
Convenience
Let’s take a moment to talk about how annoying it is to lug around a heavy vacuum, not to mention emptying dirty garbage bags. A serious pain, right? Broan’s Central Vacuum system eliminates both of those problems. Just plug the lightweight hose into an outlet around your home and you’re good to go. Not lugging and no mess.
 
Serious cleaning power
The Broan Central Vacuum system collects 5-20 times more debris than your conventional vacuum. This means you’ll not only get a better clean, but you’ll also get it done in less time.
 

 

Improved air quality

A typical upright vacuum not only isn’t powerful enough to remove all of the air pollutants in your home, but it can actually recirculate dust and allergens back into the air, contributing to asthma, fatigue, itchy eyes, and even sleeping problems! Broan’s central vacuum is powerful enough to remove even the smallest microscopic particles and properly removes dust and debris, so you can ensure that you and your family are left with nothing but a clean home and clean air quality.




Customize your cleaning
Broan’s Central Vac System offers a wide variety of hoses and brushes, so you can properly clean the many different surfaces in your home. There are attachments for different floor types, as well as surfaces like shelving units, furniture, and even tools for areas in need of an extra deep clean, like tile grout.

 

 

 

Automatic dustpans

Potentially our favourite feature of the whole system, the automatic dustpans (VacuSweeps) make cleaning almost effortless. Located along your baseboards, the dust pans can be activated with the switch of a button or by kicking it on and off, and you can sweep any dirt and debris into them. It’s almost like vacuuming without the vacuum!

 

 

 



Head to their site to learn more about the Broan Central Vacuum system.

 
For more info on Broan’s Central Vacuum system, give us a call at 902.452.3899 or email us at lierin@catalystsales.ca