Tips & Technology
Let’s Beat the Heat!
Summer is in full swing and we are heading into our 2nd heatwave. With increasing summer temperatures it’s hard to survive without a fan! There are lots of things to consider when fan shopping, and some important info to bring with you before hand to make your shopping experience easier and quicker!
Choosing the correct fan size depends on the dimensions of your room, and ceiling height is vital. If you don’t get the correct fan size, you will not be moving enough air or you will feel like you are in a wind tunnel.
Ceiling height is vital so that you have enough room to safely pass underneath the fan, or if you have a high ceiling extra down rods will need to be ordered so that your fan can hang at the correct height. This allows you enjoy the breeze it creates, keeping you cool & comfortable. Typically, you want your fan blades to be a minimum of 7′ off the floor if you are walking underneath your fan.
When discussing your ceiling height with a fan expert, it’s important to mention if you have a sloped ceiling, and the pitch of the ceiling – that way your fan expert can decipher if a sloped ceiling kit is required.
Some rules of thumb for fan sizing are:
- Any room up to 100 square feet can handle a fan 42″ – 44″
- A room 100 – 300 square feet can handle a fan size of 48″ – 60″
- Any room larger than 300 square feet will need a 60″ fan or two fans. They make fans in a variety of sizes all the way up to 99″
A fan is measured in inches, from blade tip to blade tip. Some people get stuck on the number of blades, that is a mistake. The more space between a blade, the more air movement you will receive, however it also depends on the angle of the blade as well as the fan motor.
The air movement is measured in airflow, by cubic feet per minute, anything over 3000 will keep you feeling cool. So, the important info in keeping you cool is the CFM number – the higher the better!
A DC Motor is what you want to be on the lookout for, they are more energy efficient (using up to 70 per cent less electricity than an AC motor fan), whisper quiet & the motor keeps itself cool therefore extending its life. If you come in shopping for a fan, make note of your junction box placement, are there any parameters or obstacles that we need to work around?
At Living Lighting Etobicoke-Kingsway we carry all Monte Carlo, Kichler and Kendal fans. All reputable companies with quiet, powerful motors and various styles & sizes to compliment your interior decor.
Our fan experts can help guide the way to a cooler summer for you & your family.
School’s out, and it’s officially summer. Finally, long summer nights are here at last!
We find ourselves arriving home later in the evenings. Late ball games, nights on a patio (fingers crossed!), and late-night dog walks … whatever summer evening activities you return home from, your exterior lighting is important. The safety and security it provides is priceless, but the costs to you don’t have to be. If you light your property correctly, you should be free from worry for years to come.
The biggest mistake people make in outdoor lighting is choosing fixtures that are too small. You really want your fixtures to be proportionate to your home when looking at them from the sidewalk. The perspective from this distance will give you the right balance.
If you have only one power source beside your front door, the rule of thumb is for the fixture to be approximately 1/3 the size of your door; if you have two sources (one on either side of the door), the guideline is for each fixture to be 1/4 the size of your door, from the threshold to the top of the frame. Over-garage lighting is also determined in this way, but junction box placement as well as brick/stone style and window placements may create parameters you have to work within.
I have noticed that a lot of people also tend to over-light their homes. Just because a fixture might be rated to take 100-watt bulbs doesn’t mean you have to use them. Remember, in the dead of night 100 watts is a lot of light – too much, in fact. A 40- or 60-watt bulb will suffice, giving you enough light to see faces and find keys.
When choosing your bulbs for outdoor fixtures, consider the overall look of your home and fixtures. Bulbs these days come in all shapes and styles, so you can continue your style of either traditional or modern all the way down to the detail of your bulbs. Consider also your neighbours, as they are the ones who will be seeing your fixtures even more than you will. Are you choosing a bulb that is cool and bright and will shine right into their homes? A warm bulb can create a welcoming light and illuminate your porch or pathway at the same time. Consider adding in landscape lighting to assist in illuminating pathways and highlighting gardens. The more illuminated your property is, the safer your visitors will be and the more secure your property will feel.
Summer nights also mean summer vacations. Lighting your home or cottage while you are away is always a great safety precaution to take.
Bringing in pictures or a plan of your home always helps a lighting expert to understand your style and lighting scenario. We may see from a photo an opportunity or challenge and be able to present you with an appropriate lighting solution. There are numerous options and styles in terms of both decorative and security lighting.
Come in to speak with one of our lighting experts to find out what is available and will work for you.
There are so many options for lightbulbs right now, adding one more decision to the process. But don’t worry, we are well versed in them all! Our convenient bulb display is a showroom tool that we use constantly with our clients to help explain and display the different options available. LED (Light Emitting Diode) Bulbs come in a variety of colour temperatures.
This is basically how cool a light or warm a light you are getting. Measured on the Kelvin scale, the higher the number (ex: 5000K) the cooler (or more blue) a light appears. The lower the number (ex: 2200K) the warmer (or more yellow) the light appears. It is really just a personal preference.
Hot right now are fixtures with no or clear glass – making your bulb choice a focal of your fixture. The Edison style bulb is a popular trend and is also available in an LED version – see the picture to compare to the two styles. It’s a very close replica, saving you energy and not creating heat! We carry these in a variety of colour temperatures and shapes and sizes so your bulbs & fixture can be suited to your style.
Are LED bulbs dimmable?
YES! As long as you have the right dimmer! Dimming can be tricky, but the suppliers we work with rate their bulbs and dimmability with leading dimmers. We have the ability to look up the test results and guide you to the right brand and style that work best with the LED bulbs. We Carry both Legrand and Lutron dimmers and switches that are compatible with the LED bulbs we carry.
Still feel unsure? A True Universal Dimmer is a good choice for both an integrated LED fixture and LED bulbs.
Visit our showroom to see the variety of bulbs available and ask to see them on display!
Special Orders Upon Request
Living Lighting in the Kingsway has a huge inventory of fixtures and we also offers special orders through our abundance of suppliers listed here.
Come and browse our showroom today and let us show you how much of a difference the right light can make!
Decorative Accessories, Furniture, Hi-tech, Lamps.
Traditional and Contemporary Ceiling & Wall Fixtures, Outdoor Fixtures.
Recessed Lighting, Undercabinet Lighting.
Bulbs, Decorative Accessories, Outdoor Fixtures, Parts.
Ceiling & Wall Fixtures, Flourescent, Recessed Lighting, Track Lighting, Undercabinet Lighting.
Hunter Fan Co.
Decorative Ceiling & Wall Fixtures, Lamps, Landscape Lighting, Outdoor Fixtures, Undercabinet Lighting.
Dimmers and Lighting Control Systems.
Decorative Ceiling & Wall Fixture0s, Contemporary Lamps.
Ceiling & Wall Fixtures, Crystal, Decorative Accessories, Flourescent, Furniture, Lamps, Lampshades.
Decorative Ceiling & Wall Fixtures, Lamps, Undercabinet Lighting.
James R Moder Crystal
Crystal Ceiling & Wall Fixtures, Crystal Lamps.
Lattrel Canada Inc.
Ceiling & Wall Fixtures, Crystal, Decorative Accessories, Lamps.
Monte Carlo Fan co.
Osram Sylvania Ltd.
Ceiling & Wall Fixtures, Outdoor Fixtures, Track Lighting, Lamps.
Decorative Ceiling & Wall Fixtures, Landscape Lighting, Outdoor Fixtures.
Juno Lighting Ltd
Recessed Lighting, Track Lighting, Undercabinet Lighting.
Decorative Ceiling & Wall Fixtures, Lamps, Outdoor Fixtures.
Contemporary Ceiling & Wall Fixtures, Outdoor Fixtures, Track Lighting.
Fredrick Ramond inc
Decorative Ceiling & Wall Fixtures.
Hubbardton Forge (Via Afj Distribution)
Decorative Ceiling & Wall Fixtures, Lamps, Outdoor Fixtures.
Kendal Lighting Inc
Ceiling & Wall Fixtures, Ceiling Fans, Lamps, Track Lighting.
Bulbs, Recessed Lighting, Track Lighting.
Decorative, Ceiling & Wall Fixtures, Track Lighting.
Landscape Lighting, Outdoor Fixtures.
Schonbek Worldwide Lighting
Ceiling & Wall Fixtures, Crystal, Lamps.
Our Return/Exchange Policy
* Our goal is that you are completely satisfied with your purchase. If for any reason you are not satisfied, simply return your purchase to any Living Lighting location in its original packaging with your receipt for an exchange or a full refund within 10 days.
Exceptions and Exclusions
* Any items being returned after the 10th day may be exchanged for another item of greater or equal value or an in store credit will be issued for the original amount. Please note that the credit will only be valid at the location it was issued at.
* All returned products must be returned in new and unused condition (including all accessories, packaging, instructions etc). Please note that if fixture wires have been cut, there will be a 20% rewiring fee. The rewiring fee may be waived for exchanges.
* Special Orders (non stock items) will be considered final sales unless otherwise authorized by the store manager at the time the order is taken. Special orders may be cancelled with 48 hours of of order placement without a cancellation fee. After 48 hours and before delivery, a 20% cancellation fee will be charged.
* Lampshades must still be wrapped in their original cellophane wrapping. A $5 re-wrapping fee will be charged for any shades returned unwrapped.
* All custom address plates are considered final sales.