2019 Lighting Trends with Bricks and Birches

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 then in your space. If you’re not already, make sure you’re following Robyn over on Instagram!
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Hey Readers! I’m Robyn from Bricks & Birches and I’m happy to be swinging by the Catalyst Blog to share with you one of my favourite topics: Trend forecasting! As a designer, it’s important to be a step ahead of things, and finding inspiration in lighting is always a critical component for my design process.
Here is a run-down of some of my favourite trends for 2019!
Okay, I LOVE this movement that’s happening in lighting. Taking things back to basics and reimagining how form affects a space is such an inspiring way to approach design. These lights bring a sculptural quality to a space and don’t just belong in a contemporary space. How amazing would these be in a traditional home with a ceiling medallion for a totally unexpected design moment?!
OKAY OKAY OKAY. Now we’re talking!! Gone are the days of matching every finish in your house (I call that “the bed in a bag”), now it’s HELLO to inspired enameled colours! I saw this trend emerging in plumbing fixtures when I attended the Toronto Interior Design Show last winter, and I am LOVING their transition into the lighting world.
Scared to commit? Start small; a powder room is a great place for something unexpected due to being separate from often intimidating open-concept spaces, or try injecting colour into what could otherwise feel like an uninspired space such as a laundry room.
This may be my favourite trend of them all (you’ll also notice some of the modernist shapes sneaking their way into this one!) The past few years have been filled with brass finishes and opal shades thanks to the popularity of mid-century modern design (which I still love, to be clear.). But this is sexy, moody, and an evolved take on glam. And I am LIVING for it.
If the idea of incorporating a “trend” into your space scares you, my honourable mention for 2019 is the revival of polished nickel. It’s a classic finish (think chrome, but warm!) and it’s versatile as heck.
Whatever your space demands, updating your lighting is an easy and non-invasive way to make a HUGE design impact. Start with lighting, and THEN fill in the gaps. 🙂

For more stunning design inspiration from Robyn, make sure you check her out on Instagram and her site!
And for info on selecting the perfect light for your space, give us a call at 902.266.3899 or email us at lierin@catalystsales.ca
Win 1 of 3 Pop Out Outlets from Legrand! (a $75 value each)

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 style of your room.
One of our favourite products from the line is the Pop Out outlet, which can pop in to lie flush with the wall plate and then pop out to give you three separate outlets. It’s the perfect option for anywhere you’d like a seamless look (kitchen backsplashes come to mind) but also want the option for multiple outlets.
It takes less than 15 minutes to install and you can pair it with any of adorne’s beautiful wall plates, so you can match it to your décor.
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This week, we are giving away 3 variations of these cool outlets along with a matching wall plate!
The three variations are
1. A 1-gang white Pop Out with matching white wall plate
2. A 1-gang magnesium Pop Out with matching magnesium wall plate
3. A 2-gang white Pop Out with matching white wall plate and white switch.
Note that the Pop Up outlets are best suited for new construction. They may work in existing homes, but please check with a licensed electrician.
How to enter:
1. Follow @catalystelectrics on Instagram
2. Tag 2 friends in separate comments on the giveaway post
Contest rules:
1. We’ll be giving away one Pop Out Outlet + wall plate a day from Thursday, November 1 to Saturday, November 3.
2. Winners will be announced at 10am each following day.
3. Participants must be 18 years old or older and located in Atlantic Canada.
We’ve got more giveaways coming up soon, so make sure you’re following our Instagramand Facebook to stay up to date on all the details and prizes!
For questions on any of our products, give us a call at 902.452.3899 or email us at lierin@catalystsales.ca
These Colour Changing Wifi Light Bulbs Will Be Your New Favourite Accessory

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 for you.
Today we’re doing a spotlight on the Smart Bulbs from DALS Lighting. These cool bulbs allow you to dim your lights, turn them on and off, change their lighting temperature, and even change colour using just your smart phone or home assistant! They’re super convenient and really fun to use.
There are two variations of the bulb available. The first can be dimmed, turned on and off, and can adjust the lighting temperature from warm to cool (1800K-6000K). The second has all of these features and can change colours as well.
We love this light for the holidays because it casts the perfect shade to match your decorations (like orange for Halloween!!)
Let’s take a closer look at some of the features of the Smart Bulbs.
Change your colour temperature
A few weeks ago, we wrote about the importance of light temperature and how to choose the right temperature to suit your space. As we mentioned, different temperatures are suited for different times of the day- for example, a cool light is great for the day time to help you feel energized and alert. It mimics the bright light of the sun and signals to your body that it’s time to be awake and active. In the evening, a warm light is preferable because it mimics candle or fire light and helps your body shut down for the day. It’s also really cozy and adds great ambiance!
The Smart Bulb allows you to change the temperature of the bulb throughout the day, so you can have the best of both worlds. You simply adjust the lighting temperature from your app and you go from cool to warm to anywhere in between in an instant! We love this feature because it’s not only practical but also adds a great vibe to your home.
Where to use it: any main light in the home. Adjust from cool to warm tones throughout the day to match the time of day and ambiance you’d like to achieve.
Change the bulb colour
This feature is so fun and we particularly love it for the holidays! The Smart Bulb can be changed to any colour you like, so you can cast an orange light for Halloween, pink for Valentines, black light for a party, etc. To change the colour, simply choose the colour you want from the app on your smartphone, OR (even cooler!!) focus your phone on a certain object around you and the bulb will change to that colour!
It gets even better: through the app, you can set up the bulb to change colour along to music. It’s basically a party in a bulb.
For a quick Halloween set up, simply swap out your porch light bulb with a Smart Bulb and set it to an orange or black hue. It’ll add the perfect spooky look!!
Where to use it: We love using this feature seasonally or for parties and celebrations. You can even use a regular bulb most of the time and screw in the Smart Bulb when you want a pop of colour.

You can also use the app to dim the lights and turn them on or off. Basically, you can control your lights completely using just the app. You get similar capabilities as with a Wifi Lighting System without having to install a hub.
Installation is a bit of a stretch here- all you have to do is screw the bulb in as you would with any light bulb and then download the app on your phone to control it! It works wirelessly and no hub is needed. Screw in the bulb, download the app, you’re good to go.
Learn more about the colour changing bulb and temperature changing bulb on DALS’ site, or as always, reach out to us with any questions you have! Give us a call at 902.452.3899 or email us at lierin@catalystsales.ca
Catalyst x Halifax: 8 Designs from our Local Influencers

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 months. We also have some fun giveaways planned for November, so make sure to follow us on Instagram. 🙂



In the past few months, we’ve had the opportunity to work and collaborate with some amazing people in Halifax and beyond. We’ve worked with local home builders, decorators, and influencers to showcase our products, and it’s been so fun seeing them incorporate the pieces into their homes and projects. Once thing is for sure- we have some major talent here!

Today we wanted to do a round up of the products and photos they’ve shared.



We kicked the year off with a guest post from one of our favourite local decorators, Charlotte Interiors, who did a round up of the top lighting trends for 2018!

(Sidenote: we’ve got some more exciting guest posts coming up from local designers and decorators!).



You’ve probably seen us share this photo once or twice (or 10 times…). We love collating with Bowers Construction and Bricks and Birches because their designs are just stunning, and they make our products look their very best.
The Antique bronze wall plate from Legrand’s adorne collection that they featured here was one of our most asked about pieces this year.



We’ve done some super fun collabs with Halifax-based influencer, Amy Peters. Her home is GOALS and seriously one of the most stunning homes we’ve seen.
From Mitzi chandeliers to adorne wall plates, she’s featured some of our favourite products in her beautiful home.
Pictured here is the adorne wall plate in powder white.
Looking through Bricks and Birches owner, Robyn’s, Instagram is like looking through our dream Pinterest Home board. Her designs are just beyond, and we love getting the opportunity to collaborate with her.
Our Hudson Valley Lighting wall sconce is featured here in her dreamy en suite design.
Between running her real estate business, creating amazing decor/lifestyle content, and (our personal favourite) her Tipsy Tuesday tips, Chelsea is one busy lady, but we managed to fit a collab in with her!
We love how she styled her Mitzi lamp in her cute office.
We’ve gotten the opportunity to work with Rebekah, i.e. DIY Mom, a few times already and have some more fun collabs coming up!
She shared both the Mitzi Blaire pendant and adorne Brushed Bronze wall plate in this cute room reno.
Tuck Studio featured our adorne wall plate (with USB outlet) in this adorable and Maritime themed kitchen design. Seriously, how good is that wall paper?
Shop adorne’s USB outlets– they’re the perfect way to charge up without the clutter.
Look familiar? Yup, we’re all pretty obsessed with the adorne wall plates!
Wadden Electric installed this bed side wall plate in one of Homes by Highgate‘s gorgeous builds, and we think the colour combo is total perfection.
For more about the adorne collection, check out our post here.
We have more collabs, giveaways, and guest posts coming up, so make sure you’re following us on Instagram and Facebook so you don’t miss out!
Interested in collaborating with us or have questions about our lines? Give us a call at 902.452.3899 or email us at lierin@catalystsales.ca
Win an Amazon Alexa + Wifi Lighting System (a $665 value!)

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 give you total control over the lighting in your home, and it’s really fun to use. With Legrand’s Wifi lighting system, you can control the lights in your house using just your smartphone or Alexa (i.e. you can turn your lights on and off without every leaving the couch- winning!!).
We’re included 5 Wifi compatible switches and dimmers from Legrand’s adorne collection, so you’ll not only have Wifi enabled lighting, but cool and stylish wall plates to go with it.
What’s so great about Wifi lighting? It’s a great addition to your home security, saves on energy, adds to the function and ambiance of your home, and is an all around cool feature (let us repeat: not needing to get up to change your lights!!).
Even better? Setting it up couldn’t be easier!
For more info about the Legrand’s Wifi Lighting System and their adorne wall plates, you can check out our posts here and here.
What’s included:
+ An Amazon Alexa
+ An easy to Install Wifi Lighting System from Legrand
+ 5 adorne wall plates with switches and dimmers
(Note: while an Amazon Alexa is a really great companion to the Wifi Lighting System, the system works completely fine without it!).
How to enter:
The point of the Alexa and Wifi system is to simplify things for you, so we wanted to keep the entry rules equally easy! All you have to do to enter is..
1. Follow @catalystelectrics on Instagram
2. Tag 2 friends in separate comments on the giveaway post
It’s that simple!
Content rules:
1. Contest runs from Thursday, October 11 to Tuesday, October 16 at 9pm
2. Winner will be announced Wednesday, October 17 at 10am.
3. Participants must be 18 years old or older located in Atlantic Canada.
See why this mom loves the Wifi Lighting system for her and her family:
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We have a whole series of giveaways lined up to run before the holidays, so make sure you’re following our Instagram and Facebook to stay up to date on all the details and prizes!
For questions on any of our products, give us a call at 902.452.3899 or email us at lierin@catalystsales.ca
40 Gorgeous Minimal Light Fixtures

40 Gorgeous Minimal Light Fixtures

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 week, we’re going the opposite direction and sharing some of our favourite minimal lighting fixtures. Minimal décor has become hugely popular in the last few years, and we are here for it!!
The following pendants, sconces, and table lamps are cool, modern, and minimal, and will seriously enhance the look and feel of your space, while remaining subtle.
If minimal is your style, keep scrolling!
Top (left to right): Kasa | Lineare | Cherry Blossom | Snare
Bottom (left to right): Encase | The Bougie | Kasa | Hexalantern
Asime Pendant | photo: Anne Sage
Top (left to right): Estee | Fiona | Ava | Lola
Bottom (left to right): Via | Asime | Syke | Piper
Top (left to right): Atlantis | Margeaux | Bette | Atlantis
Bottom (left to right): Fletcher | Bowery | Bowery | Academy
Top left to right: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
Bottom left to right: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
Don’t forget about your wall plates! The products from Legrand’s radiant and adorne collections are the perfect addition to your minimal aesthetic. The screwless plates keep the look sleek while the beautiful finishes allow them to blend seamlessly into your style.
adorne Brushed Brass plate
Have questions about our lines or need help choosing a fixture? Give us a call at 902.452.3899 or email us at lierin@catalystsales.ca.
Introducing Eglo

Introducing Eglo

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 line even more than we did before.
There is a lot we can say about the company and their products, but two things really jump out:
1. Their fixtures are GORGEOUS and so stylish, and
2. Their prices are amazing and so affordable.
If you are looking for lights that are going to really add to the style and décor of your home/project/build/wherever, while staying on budget, look no further.
Below are just a few of our favourite fixtures.
Table lamps
Left to right: Monalee, Rondo, Pedregal, Ormond
When we highlight our different lighting lines, table lamps aren’t generally mentioned, or if they are, it’s at the end of the post. I’m starting with this category for Eglo just because they have SO many cute lamps that I absolutely loved. A number of the lamps also have built in USB outlets, making them the perfect desk lamp.
Left to right: Gaetano, Bayman, Taroca, Cossano
From simple and classic designs to show stopping statement pieces, Eglo carries pendants for all of your wants and needs. If you are looking for a large fixture for an area such as a foyer or lobby entrance, Eglo’s options are perfect because they offer really beautiful styles without the prices tag that normally comes along with such fixtures.
Left to right: Wymer, Alea, Pianella, Palmera
From subtle to glitzy, Eglo has a wide range of vanity lighting. Their simpler styles feature clean lines and a fresh look, while their crystal flush mounts take things to the next level.
Left to right: Cardito, Pinto, Wymer, Doreen
Stylish, functional, and affordable. What more can you ask for in a wall sconce? Eglo carries a variety of options, including the popular picture light, which will highlight and accessorize your favourite art work.
Left to right: Entrimo, Blyth, Oncala, City
Their simply styled outdoor collection features flush mounts, sconces, path lighting, and more.
Don’t forget to check out our other lighting lines as well, and make sure you’re following us on Instagram for more lighting inspiration!
For questions about Eglo or any of our other lines, give us a call at 902.452.3899 or email us at lierin@catalystsales.ca
Make a Statement: 52 Amazing Lighting Fixtures

Make a Statement: 52 Amazing Lighting Fixtures

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 time, we’ll be sharing lots of pictures from the trip and the showroom on Instagram, so make sure to check those out!
Lately we’ve been posting about our specific lighting lines, so today we wanted to bring it all together and showcase some of our favourite pieces from across the lines.
If you want to make a statement in your home, we think light fixtures are the way to do it, and we have got a TON of stunning options for you to choose from, regardless of your budget. We’ve listed the lighting lines below in approximate order of their pricing, so you can choose the perfect piece to suit your space and wallet.
One more thing before we jump into the good stuff: the lighting temperature you choose is just as important at setting the vibe for your room as the fixture itself. Picture, for example, a beautiful living room with a stylish chandelier, that is using cold, harsh light bulbs. Totally ruins the whole look!
To find the right lighting temperature for your room, check out our guide here, and if you’re confused about which specific light bulb to get, check out our lightbulb conversion chart here.
Bottom (left to right): Candid, Lightsaber, Goldenguild, The Bougie
Left to right: Astrid, Daisy, Amee, Ani
Top (left to right): Astrid, Impulse, Vida, Moxie
Bottom (left to right): Zuma, Delfina, Denton, Anya
Top (left to right): Encore, Verdino, Viviana, Atwater
Bottom (left to right): Trento, Monica, Capri, Savannah
Top (left to right): Sierra, Viola, Bordeaux, Bistro
Bottom (left to right): Cubist, Epic, Meritage, Sienna
Bottom (left to right): grapes, zylinder, ursa major, liquid
Have questions about our lines or need help choosing a fixture? Give us a call at 902.452.3899 or email us at lierin@catalystsales.ca
How to Hang Your Pendant Lights

How to Hang Your Pendant Lights

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 your pendants.
Keep reading for her expert advice!
(psst. Looking for pendants? We’ve got you covered! Check out the selections from Mitzi, Hudson Valley Lighting, Troy, Matteo, Hinkley, Sonneman, DALS, Eglo, and Z-Lite!

Lighting can be tough!  A common question I often get asked is how high do you hang a chandelier over your dining room table? Or how far apart should your island pendants be? These questions can be tricky to figure out on your own. 
The right lighting can elevate the function and style of a room and take it from drab to fab in an instant. All the more reason to make sure you hang that chandelier or pendant in the right spot and at the right height to maximise the impact.   
My rule of thumb is as follows, when hanging a light over your dining room table in a room with 8’ ceilings I always recommend hanging your light 30-34” from table top to the bottom of the light.  
The same rule holds true for your kitchen island pendants. The distance from your kitchen countertop to the bottom of your kitchen pendant should be the same 30-34”,  Keeping in mind that in both cases for ceilings higher than 8’, remember to add 3” per foot to the height of your light.  
I also like to recommend installing dimmer switches, like these from the adorne collection and the radiant collection. Once installed, they allow you to enjoy both bright and ambient light from your pendants – perfect for dining tables where you might prefer brighter light for mealtimes and relaxing ambient light for your after-dinner conversations with friends.   
4-gang wall plate with sofTap dimmer switch by adorne | photo: Belle Amour
But with everything, personal preference can always come into play. Lighting, no matter what the setting, should make the room, furnishings and the people look their very best. And the fact is, you can’t really get it wrong; if you like how it looks and the lighting works well, you’ve done it right! 
About Nancy: Fine Interiors was born out of passion, energy, and a love of inspiring people to create beautiful spaces to live. From large-scale remodels to a simple quick makeover, Fine Interiors is available to help you select a wide range of challenges including, selection of architectural details and finishes, collaborating with architects and builders, decorating a functional beautiful space with furniture, fabrics, and accessories. 
You can find Nancy online on her website and Instagram!
And for any info on our lighting lines, give us a call at 902.452.3899 or email us at lierin@catalystsales.ca