Introducing: The adorne collection by Legrand

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 and modern, it looks great in any space, and it really adds to the room’s decor and aesthetic. Win win win!
One of the things we love most about the adorne collection is that everything is completely customizable. You begin by choosing your wall plate and then add in your features (i.e. switches, dimmers, USB, outlers, etc.)- wall plates can accommodate anywhere from 1 to 6 of these features.
Let’s take a closer look at just a few of the many options you can choose from.

Wall Plates

The adorne collection isn’t just practical- it’s also a decor lover’s dream accessory! You can choose from over 40 wall plate finishings, in everything from powder white to french oak to brushed bronze, or customize your own to match your wall paint or wall paper. The collection allows you to not only incorporate but enhance your room’s decor.



When it comes to switches, the options are endless and adorne has something for your every want and need. You can opt for one of their standard switches, which include touchscreen, paddles, toggles, motion sensor, timer and push buttons, or take things up a notch with wifi-ready switches, completely controllable from your phone or home assistant like Alexa and Google.



Dimmer switches are the perfect way to set the mood and control the ambiance of your space. The adorne collection’s dimmer options are similar to their switch options and include paddles, touchscreen, motion sensor, and wifi-ready.




Choose between and combine a variety of outlet options including standard plug outlets, USB outlets, and pop-out outlets, which lie flush with the wall or surface when not in use.
You can also explore their plus size (great for larger plugs), wifi-ready, and energy savings options!



Wi-Fi Lighting

Adorne’s Wi-Fi Lighting system is compatible with their outlets, switches, and dimmers, and provides energy savings, increased security, and major convenience. For more on the system, which is compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, check out our post here.



Furniture Power

Perfect for both homes and office spaces, adorne’s Furniture Power allows you to add wall plates, switches, dimmers, and outlets directly into your furniture. From installing lighting control into your bed’s backboard or adding a charging station into your work desk, the options are endless.

For info on how to incorporate the adorne collection into your space, give us a call at 902.452.3899 or email us at lierin@catalystsales.ca

Behind the Scenes: Home Tour Part III

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 automation system and his Amazon Alexa.
In case you missed those, you can find the Home Tour Part I and Part II here.
Today, we’re covering everything from Mark’s home audio system to his automated door locks. Keep reading for all the details!
On-Q Digital Audio Control
In Part II, we showed you how Mark uses Legrand’s Intuity system to automate everything from his lighting to his window shades. We also went over how the system can be controlled via an app on your phone. For further ease, the audio system can also be managed with an audio control, like the one above that he has placed in his living room.
It looks like a light switch, but it actually controls the power, volume, and music selection! As we’ve mentioned before, the system also works with your Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. It can also integrate into automated scenes, like when he unlocks the back door his favorite music starts playing automatically.
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Nuvo Whole Home In-Cieling Speakers
Okay, so now you know how Mark controls his music, but how does he listen to it? Rather than go with a speaker system that would clutter up shelf space, he opted for Legrand’s Nuvo In-Cieling Speakers. They lie flush with the ceiling and deliver crystal clear audio output.
Best of all, they’re super easy to install and look great in any space.
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CONNEX® WIFI Multizone Programmable Controller
Clearly, Mark has a thing for home automation! His CONNEX Wifi Multizone Programmable Controller allows him to easily manage all of his home heating both via this control panel and using an app on his smart phone. Installation is a breeze, the programmable settings help to keep energy costs low, and the customizable heat zones provide heating just where you need it.
This product works with traditional electric baseboard heaters, making it a one of a kind for automated electric heating solutions.
Click here to learn more about the value and energy savings that smart heating offers.
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Schlage Connect Touchscreen Deadbolt
For complete peace of mind around his home security, Mark opted for the Schlage Connect Touchscreen Deadbolt. It uses wireless technology, which can be connected to your home via your tablet, computer, and smart phone, and features Built-In Alarm Technology and is 100% pick-proof.
It is also easily installed with a screwdriver (no wiring needed!), and because it can holds up to 30 user codes, it’s great not only for residential spaces but commercial spaces as well! This combined with his Honeywell security system takes automation to that next level. A lock or unlock on his deadbolt can not only turn his lights and music on and off but arm and disarm the security system.
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We hope you enjoyed our three part home tour as much as we enjoyed putting it together! In case you missed them, you can catch the first two parts here and here.
For more information on how to incorporate these products into your space, give us a call at 902.452.3899 or email us at lierin@catalystsales.ca
Lumens to Watts: Your Lightbulb Conversion Chart

Lumens to Watts: Your Lightbulb Conversion Chart

Photo: Mitzi by Hudson Valley Lighting

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 value, are more accuratley compared and rated in lumens, and this can cause a bit of a headache when you’re trying to find a bulb that gives off the same amount of light you’re used to getting from your incandescent bulbs.

To clear up the confusion, we put together a handy conversion chart for you to use so you can get the same lighting from your LED or CFL bulbs that you were used to getting with your old bulbs.
The pace and evolution of the technology means more efficient LED’s are hitting the market ever 2 to 6 months, so the only accurate way to find a true equal is by matching its lumens to your existing bulb.

Lumens vs. Watts
So, what is the difference between the two and why the change? Watts actually measure the amount of energy that something uses, so it’s not an accurate measurement of the light that something gives off. Because LED and CFL bulbs use less energy, they will actually be much brighter using the same watts as an incandescent bulb.
When we use a watt rating, we’re just looking at the amount of brightness we get from the way an incandescent bulb gives off the energy it receives. To highlight the inefficiencies with incandescent bulbs, when 1 watt of power is consumed to produce light 98% of that power is dissipated in the form of heat, only 2% of the energy actually produces visible light. Compare that too LED’s where well over 50% of the power consumed produces visible light.
Lumens, on the other hand, actually measure the amount of light that a bulb gives off, so it’s a much better measurement.
In the chart below, we’ve outlined the light output that you’ll get in lumens that you’d expect to get from watts.
Now that you’ve got your bulbs figured out, why not browse for a new fixture to put them in! Check out some of our favourite lines for stylish and functional fixtures for your space.
For all of your lighting, heating, and home automation questions, give us a call at 902.452.3899 or email us at lierin@catalystsales.ca
Behind the Scenes: Home Tour Part II

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 complete home automation system!
Legrand’s Intuity Home Automation system
Mark installed Legrand’s Intuity Home Automation system into his home for seamless home automation, and let me tell you, this thing does everything! It allows you to control your heating, lighting, audio, shading, home security, video doorbell, locks, and so much more with the touch of a finger. I’m personally not the most tech savvy person, so I was a little wary of it at first, but it seriously couldn’t be easier to use.
The system not only controls Legrand’s own products but is compatible with third party products from other industry leaders. It’s also compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa- we covered the compatibility with Legrand’s Wi-Fi lighting system here, but it’s compatible with their motorized shading as well.
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adorne’s Wi-Fi Lighting Remote Control
The Wi-Fi Lighting Remote Control is the perfect compliment to the Intuity System. Mark stationed his right next to the Intuity interface, allowing for even easier control of his lighting. The remote allows you to control up to four lighting scenes.
Scenes can vary from a morning setting, which raised your blinds and sets the perfect light levels, to an entertainment scene, which closes all the blinds, turns on your favourite music, and dims the lights.
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QMotion Advanced Shading System
Mark uses QMotion’s Advanced Shading System throughout his home for the convenience, style, and energy savings that they provide. The motorized shading is connected to his Intuity system and Amazon Alexa, so he can control his shades from anywhere in the home or away!
They can also be pre-programmed and operate on a timer. The programming functionality is where these blinds really shine (pun intended). Mark no longer uses an alarm clock thanks to a slow raising of his bedroom blinds in the morning, letting the natural circadian light cycle wake him. At night, similar programming tracks the sun and automatically lowers the blinds at dusk.
We talked a bit about the energy saving benefit’s of QMotion’s mortised shading here. These award winning window fashions are the perfect compliment to any smart home, and they’re also great for offices and commercial spaces.
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Quoizel Emery Dinette Chandelier & Pendants
To choose the finishings for his space, Mark worked with local interior decorator Charlotte Skiba, of Charlotte Interiors, to select from our residential lighting lines. They decided to go with Quoizel’s Emery Dinette Chandelier over the dining room table, and the Emery Dinette Pendants over the island. They are they perfect choice to compliment the open and bright look of his space.
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(psst! The Emery Dinette also comes in a Mini Pendant and Island Chandelier)
We had so much fun putting together this Home Tour, and we hope it helped give you some ideas on how our products can be used in and improve your space. In case you missed it, check out Part I here, and stay tuned for Part III coming soon!
For more information on how to incorporate these products into your space, give us a call at 902.452.3899 or email us at lierin@catalystsales.ca
Protect Your Home and Packages with the Knock Video Doorbell from NuTone

Protect Your Home and Packages with the Knock Video Doorbell from NuTone

From home security to monitoring mail and package deliveries, the video doorbell from NuTone offers you total peace of mind, and with the system’s convenient app, you can keep tabs on your home via your smart phone or tablet from anywhere in the world!
The benefits don’t stop there though! Keep reading to see why a video doorbell from NuTone Knock is the perfect addition to your home.
Peace of mind wherever you are
In addition to viewing the camera from inside your home, the system also connects to your phone via an app, so you can monitor your front door from anywhere in the world! The camera is viewable on up to 4 smart phones or tablets and is both Apple and Android compatible, so you can keep tabs on your home anywhere from the office to your overseas vacation.
As an added security measure, the system also takes a snapshot every time the doorbell is pressed.
Protect your family
The video doorbell isn’t just about protecting your home- it’s also about protecting those inside your home. With the system’s wireless capabilities, you can check that your kids make it home safe from school while you’re still at the office.
The system’s motion detection also sends an alert as someone approaches the door, so you can ensure your family is protected from intruders even if you aren’t home.
See and speak to visitors
The camera provides a view of an entire 180 degree view of your entry way, and the night vision camera ensures visibility in low light conditions. You can also speak to your visitors via a two-way audio.
And remember- thanks to the app, you don’t have to be home to do this! Make sure your packages get delivered safely by communicating with the mailman even if you’re not home.
It’s not just about safety
Yes, the NuTone Knock is one of the best measures you can take in protecting your home, but it’s also just really convenient! As we mentioned, you can make sure your mail and packages are always delivered, you can get a heads up on who is visiting, and you didn’t hear this from us, but it’s also a great way to …ahem… avoid unwanted visits from those pesky neighbors of yours…
Installs in minutes
No complicated wiring or installation here! Your contractor will get your NuTone Knock installed in minutes.
“How to Install the NuTone Knock Smart Video Doorbell”
Weather proof
The NuTone Knock doorbell is made to withstand extreme temperatures and outranks the other leading brands in durability. It can withstand dust and water and is rated for temperatures as low as -22F to 122F. Wherever you live, your NuTone can handle the elements!
Do not disturb function
Unlike a traditional doorbell, you actually have the option of putting the NuTone Knock on Do Not Disturb mode, so you can enjoy uninterrupted family time. It’s also great to use during a baby’s nap or anytime you don’t want the noise of a doorbell.
“NuTone Knock Smart Video Doorbell Features”
To learn more about the security and convenience of a NuTone Knock doorbell, give us a call at 902.452.3899 or email us at lierin@catalystsales.ca
Behind the Scenes: Home Tour Part I

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 a home tour of one of our owners, Mark’s, home and showing you exactly what he has chosen for his space.
adorne’s sofTap Dimmer, Switches and Wall Plate
Mark installed adorne’s sofTap Dimmer, Switches and Wall Plates into his main living area to give him maximum control of his lighting throughout his kitchen, dining area, and living room. The sofTap switch responds to the touch of a finger, and the dimmers operate both with the touch of a finger and with a sleek paddle.
The fixtures are finished with a 4-Gang Wall plate in the top photo and the 3-Gang Wall Plate in the second photo. These plates add a much sleeker, more contemporary look than the traditional wall plates.
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adorne’s USB outlet
Mark created a convenient charging station in his kitchen with adorne’s USB outlet. What we really love about these outlets is that you can customize your own by choosing a combination of USB and plug outlets. Pair a USB charging outlet with a standard outlet for maximum convenience and flexibility! And don’t forget to customize the look with the perfect 1-Gang Wall Plate, available in a variety of colours and styles.
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On-Q Digital Audio app
For convenient control of his home audio system, Mark uses the intuitive On-Q Digital Audio app from Legrand. With the touch of a finger, you can control the audio (including your personal music and an expansive variety of Internet radio) in any room in your home or space. Perfect for entertaining or just for your own personal use!
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RF Lighting Control app
Audio isn’t the only thing in Mark’s home that he can control through his phone. Legrand’s RF Lighting Control app lets him control all of his lighting anywhere that he was a wifi connection! This can mean dimming the lights from the comfort of his couch, or controlling his lights from outside the home. This system couldn’t be easier to set up, connects to all Legrand switches, dimmers, and outlets, and can be paired with Amazon Alexa and Google Home. Read more about the system here.
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adorne Accent Light
Mark installed the adorned Accent Light, 2-Gang at the top of the stairs going down to the basement. The Accent Light is built into the 2-Gang wall plate and offers the perfect amount of light to safely get you down the basement stairs without the need for an overhead light. It’s also a great option to use as a night light for kids or in any space where you want subtle lighting without an overhead light.
Here, Mark has paired the Accent Light 2-Gang with two adore sofTap Light Switches. The Accent Light is also available in 1, 3, and 4-Gang.
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We had so much fun putting together this Home Tour, and we hope it helped give you some ideas on how our products can be used in and improve your space! Stay tuned for Parts II and III coming soon!
For more information on how to incorporate these products into your space, give us a call at 902.452.3899 or email us at lierin@catalystsales.ca
5 Tips for Eco Friendly Lighting and Heating

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 into your space.
1. LED Fixtures
It’s no secret that LED bulbs are the most eco-friendly and clean ways to light your space. LED has come so far that last year production LED lights became more efficient than our own sun at producing light! Besides the reduction in energy consumption, the LED source is also mercury free, unlike its florescent predecessor, making it the most eco-friendly light source.
Luckily, the lighting industry has kept up with these energy efficient technologies and there are lots of great LED fixtures available on the market now that were not even an option with previous technology.
What we recommend: The light fixtures from Sonneman – A Way of Light. Robert Sonneman was the Father of Cometemportary Lighting, and his pieces are so impactful they’re featured in the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. Robert is still involved with every design and has taken full advantage of LED’s flexibly and size. They are on a level of their own and bring a look of class and sophistication to any space. They offer a wide variety of LED fixtures, which will boost your energy efficient and elevate your décor.
2. Lighting Control
How many times have you forgotten to turn off the lights when you head out? If you’re like most of us, it’s almost a daily occurrence! This may seem trivial, but all of this extra light can really add up, especially if it’s in a larger space like an office.
To save on energy, we recommend installing lighting control. These systems are super easy to set up and allow you to control your lighting from anywhere using an app on your phone. You’ll never waste energy, or money, from leaving your lights on again.
What we recommend: At the simplest level, Legrand’s adorne and radiant collections offer basic Occupancy and Vacancy Sensors. They go in place of a tradional switch and offer basic sensing of when someone is in the space and are perfect for all spaces, particularly kids’ rooms, laundry rooms and bathrooms.
For that next level technology we are all clamoring for, we recommend the Wi-fi lighting systems from the same collections. They’re stylish, user friendly, app based, and can be connected to your Amazon Alexa and Google Home.
You can learn more about Wi-fi Lighting here!
3. Shading
Sometimes the best solutions are also the simplest. Did you know that just by properly shading your windows, you can save money and energy on heating/cooling?
Proper shading works all year round by keeping out the heat in the summer (and saving you big on AC!) and keeping the cold out in the winter (your heating bill will thank you!).
What we recommend: Legrand’s QMotion motorized shades are both stylish and practical. You can use them manually, on a timer, or through their iPhone and Android apps. Having partnered with Samsung, they also be paired with your favorite Smart Home hub like Wink and of course can be connected to your Amazon Alexa and Google Home.
4. Smart Heat Control
Just like lighting control, you can also control the heat in your space using smart technology to increase energy efficiency and save you major $$.
Smart heat control saves on energy in three ways: first, you can ensure that you’re only using heat when you actually need it. Second, it gives you the option of zone heating, which means you can choose which rooms you want to heat, unlike traditional heating, which heats your entire space.
Last is the precision of the thermostats themselves. Unlike traditional models, Smart Thermostats never overshoot or undershoot their desired temperature, and this alone can offer up to a 33% reduction in energy usage.
What we recommend: The CONNEX system from Dimplex. It offers total heating flexibility and is the perfect fit for both commercial and residential spaces. You’ll notice an energy savings of 29-33% with their electric smart fan heaters, baseboards, convection heaters and garage heaters as well as an overall savings, thanks to the system’s high temperature sensitivity and programming options.
You can learn more about Dimplex’s CONNEX system here!
5. Electric Fireplaces (vs. gas or traditional)
Like most electric heat sources, electric fireplaces are 100% efficient. For every watt of power in, they produce the equivalent out as heat. Since they are not vented outdoors like gas and wood, 100% of the heat they produce stays inside the home. While output varies based on the conditions, modern gas and wood fireplaces can reach as low as 30% energy efficiency, and generally range between 30-80%. The means potentially only 30% of the heat produced is warming your home.
Unlike traditional and gas options, electric fireplaces emit no carbon monoxide, particulates, or emissions. Also, with the growth of wind and solar you could essentially heat your space and have all the benefits of a fireplace through 100% renewable energy!
What we recommend: The electric fireplaces from Dimplex are among the best on the market and are available in a variety of styles and sizes. They add a great ambiance to any room, and installation is as simple as plugging it into an outlet!
You can read more about the benefits of choosing an electric fireplace here!
For more information on choosing products that are friendly both on the environment and your wallet, give us a call at 902.452.3899 or email us at lierin@catalystsales.ca
Bathroom Essential: Towel Warmers from Convectair

Bathroom Essential: Towel Warmers from Convectair

There are few things in life as luxurious as stepping out of your shower to a gently warmed towel. It seriously doesn’t get much better than that! While this sounds like the kind of treatment you only get to enjoy at high end hotels and spas, you can actually make this a daily experience by installing a towel warmer from Convectair in your bathroom. They’ll heat not only your towels but your entire bathroom!

Why choose a Convectair towel warmer?
1. Warm towels are just amazing.
Okay, we’ll repeat the obvious: getting out of the shower to a warm towel is just awesome. It’s the perfect way to start or end your day.
2. It’s more than just a towel warmer
Convector’s towel warmers don’t just heat your towels- they heat your whole bathroom. There’s nothing worse than getting out of a hot shower and into a freezing bathroom, and you can avoid this by preheating your space while you shower.
3. They’re safe to operate
Convectair’s towel warmers are designed with total safety in mind. They feature a splash proof construction and thermal protection in case of overheating, and the heating elements are inaccessible to children’s fingers. Convectair guarantees the highest quality and performance of their heaters, all of which are made in their factories in France..
3. Warranty
Your Convectair towel warmer is backed by a 2 year warranty on all manufacturing defects and a 5 year warranty on heating elements.

Impresario 1600

Convectair offers five different towel warmers, so you can choose the one that fits your budget and needs.

Opera B
The Opera B diffuses radiant heat over its honeycombed surface, warming both your towels and the room.
Convectair’s most powerful towel heater injects heat directly into your towels and can heat three towels at once.

Convectair’s second most powerful towel warmer mixes function with style. Its sleek design will look fantastic in your space. The Diva can be used to heat your towels and your room together or separately.
Impresario 1200
The Impresario 1200 features a shock resistant glass front panel, available in a variety of colours. Like the Diva, it can be used to heat your towels and your room together or separately.
Impresario 1600
The Impresario 1600 has all of the features of the 1200 but rather than glass, it’s carved from lava rock. This is the ultimate in style and luxury when it comes to towel warmers and is unique to the market. This model is only available in lava white.
For more info on this bathroom game changer, give us a call at 902.266.3899 or email us at lierin@catalystsales.ca
The Benefits of an Electric Fireplace

The Benefits of an Electric Fireplace

Few things amp up the ambiance of a room quite like a fireplace. Whether you’re outfitting a living room, building lobby, or any space in between, they can all benefit from the warmth and glow that fireplaces offer. In today’s post, we’re outlining the benefits of choosing an electric fireplace over traditional and gas options.
While traditional fireplaces are great, they often require a lot of maintenance and aren’t suitable for many locations. They can also wreak havoc on our health and on the environment. Combustible sources contain toxic carbon monoxide, smog-causing nitrogen oxides, soot, fine particles, and a range of other chemicals and gases that can cause or worsen serious health problems, particularly among children, pregnant women, and people with breathing difficulties.
Gas fireplaces are another option, but they are generally expensive to run (propane isn’t cheap!), and you don’t get the snap, pops, and crackles of a real fire (essentials in our opinion!).
Enter the electric fireplace, specifically Dimplex electric fireplaces. Dimplex products are like the Cadillac of electric fireplaces, and they have all of the pros of traditional and gas fireplaces without the cons.
Let’s take a look at the benefits of a Dimplex electric fireplace.
Realistic Look
Dimplex electric fireplaces use cutting edge technology to offer you the most realistic flame- you’ll swear you have a real fire going! Both the look and sound simulate a real fire, so you can enjoy the true experience of a fireplace.
Between traditional, gas, and electric, electric fireplaces are the easiest to install. You don’t need a chimney or a gas line- they’re just like any electrical appliance that you can plug in anywhere! If you can “install” a toaster, you can install an electric fireplace.
An electric fireplace can save you money on your heating bill and is generally much cheaper to run than a gas fireplace. Not only are you getting the look and feel of a real fireplace, but you’re also saving money! They are also generally cheaper to purchase and install than gas fireplaces.
With an electric fireplace, you control the flame and the heat separately- if you want to really warm up a room you can turn both the flame and the heat on; if you don’t need the heat, simply enjoy the flame on its own.
Unlike traditional and gas options, electric fireplaces emit no carbon monozide, particulates, or emissions. Also, with the growth of wind and solar you could essentially heat your space and have all the benefits of a fireplace through 100% renewable energy!
The glass front of an electrical fireplace stays cool to the touch, giving you complete peace of mind. It’s a great option if you have kids or pets running around! All of the ambiance, none of the worry.
Which Dimplex electric fireplace is right for your space?
Electric Firebox
If you already have a mantel or want the look of a traditional fireplace, an electric firebox is the option for you. They can be fitted right into your existing mantel, or you can pair them with a Dimplex BuiltRite Mantel to instantly add the look and feel of a real fireplace into your room without any hassle. They come in a variety of sizes, so you can choose the one that’s right for your space.


Wall Mount Electric Fireplace

For a sleeker, more modern look, consider a wall mount electric fireplace. Available in a variety of sizes and lengths, they can be outfitted right onto the wall and offer the perfect blend of modern and warmth. All you need is a bracket and an outlet.

The bottom line: a Dimplex electric fireplace is a cost efficient and easy way to dramatically enhance the ambiance of your space.
For more info on choosing the right electrical fireplace for your space, give us a call at 902.266.3899 or email us at lierin@catalystsales.ca