Awarded Best Of Houzz 2017


Atlantic Lighting Studio of Wolfville, NS  Awarded Best Of Houzz 2017

 Over 40 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building,

Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World


Wolfville, NS, January 17, 2017Atlantic Lighting Studio of Wolfville, NS has won “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The 15 year old Retail and Lighting Design company was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.


The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2016. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2017” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.


“We were so excited when we got the news that we had been awarded such a prestigious honor! Our customers are the absolute most important focus of our business and we pride ourselves with making sure every person that walks through our doors is treated with the utmost respect and attention no matter if they are coming in to purchase a light bulb, or needing a complete custom lighting plan!”


“We’re so pleased to award Best of Houzz 2017 to this incredible group of talented and customer-focused professionals, including Atlantic Lighting Studio,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “Each of these businesses was singled out for recognition by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts for helping to turn their home improvement dreams into reality.”


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About Atlantic Lighting Studio

We are a retail lighting showroom in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, located in the beautiful Annapolis Valley only one hour from Halifax. We specialize in providing our clients with personalized lighting solutions for every area in the house, inside and out.  Visit our studio to view our wonderful variety of lighting fixtures and accessories and experience firsthand our old fashioned customer service with up to date expertise. Whether you need a lightbulb, fixtures for an entire house, or a custom lighting plan, we are here to help.


About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit

It’s Time for a New Switch

Attention, attention! You need to check out this collection available at Atlantic Lighting Studio!

Adorne is a new collection from Legrande of innovative swtiches, dimmers, outlets, wall plates and also wireless systems for the home. The Adorne collection shows off its incredible and efficient technology that makes you feel like you jumped into the future. With just a tap of a finger, a wave of a hand, or even your presence in the room can control the lighting of your entire home.

Have you ever imagined an outlet that could do more than just be plugged into? From an outlet that hides until you need it, to convenient in-wall smart device connections, Adorne has taken the ordinary to an extraordinary level.








Adorne also has 32 beautiful wall plate options for you to choose from. No matter what decor your room has, Adorne has a switch for you so you can add a little fun to your home. Check out the Product Visualizer on Adorne’s website allows you to make sure your wall plate suits your look:

Nightlights come in all shapes and sizes – but finding a sophisticated nightlight that hides itself proves to be a difficult task. Adorne took the standard nightlight and converted it to pure brilliance. With a simple touch, the nightlight appears. With a simple push, the nightlight detaches from the wall and can be used as a portable flashlight.










Enjoy the living space of the future without rewiring the entire house. Adorne’s Wireless Home Systems feature devices that “talk” to each other and you can control wirelessly. Now, you can create lighting scenes that put your home in the very best light. Take a look at Adorne’s “Tricks of Light”:

Want more fun? MeeIntercomDoorbell_Webt the revolutionized peephole. The Adorne Wireless Video Intercom Kit includes one exterior video doorbell camera and one interior intercom unit to receive camera images, so you can see who’s at the front door from multiple locations in your home.




The best part about the Adorne collection is that you can order everything from Atlantic Lighting Studio and you can also check out the beautiful display in our studio!

The New TCP Connect

In store now!
TCP Connected is a technology that allows the user to control the lighting in their home from their computer or smartphone. By installing the “Smart Bulbs”, the TCP Connected system uses the internet to communicate with the energy efficient LED light bulbs. Just by downloading the TCP Lighting app, you can control your lighting as easy as 1, 2, 3. You can personalize your lighting controls on your app as well.

Here is a diagram that shows how the app works with the lighting system:


See more about the TCP Connected system with the link below:

The TCP Connected Starter Kit is available here at Atlantic Lighting Studio, so be sure to stop by and take a look at this cool system!

Atlantic Lighting Studio in Fine Homes Halifax Fall 2014

We have exciting news! Fine Lifestyles has created a new magazine called “Fine Homes” (which is definitely a good read), and the second issue was just released this fall with a special surprise… Atlantic Lighting Studio is featured in the magazine with a three page article! Check us out on pages 50 – 52!


TV Debut On Renovation Innovations!

Atlantic Lighting Studio has been invited to be the featured lighting designer and supplier on Eastlink TV’s home improvement show called Renovation Innovations!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACertified Lighting Consultant and Owner of Atlantic Lighting Studio, Chris MacQuarrie, will make her on screen appearance when the show airs in April.  That’s when Chris will shine as she enlightens and delights viewers with her knowledge and passion for lighting.

The host of Renovation Innovations, David Hamson, recognized the enthusiasm and passion that Chris and her team at Atlantic Lighting Studio have for the lighting needs of each and every client that contacts their studio.  David feels confident that Chris and her team represent the best in lighting knowledge and service and is thrilled to have them on his show.

We sat down with Chris earlier this week to ask her a few questions about her experience working on the show:

Blogger:  “What would you like the viewers of Renovation Innovations to know about Atlantic Lighting Studio?”

Chris: “We want people to understand that we specialize in lighting specification and design.  We have on our team a Certified Lighting Consultant, a certified Lighting Specialist, and two Accredited Interior Decorators.  Our training is ongoing and up-to-date.  We really understand how to address the lighting needs of our clients.  Whether we’re simply looking at a bulb, a lamp, or an entire home full of lighting solutions.”

Blogger:  “Does the general public know as much about lighting as you’d like them to?”

Chris:  “Often, homeowners and even builders, electricians and designers don’t realize the value that professional lighting design can bring to projects of all sizes.

A well-designed home will never look good, if the lighting is not done well, but even a less-than-stellar home will shine when good lighting solutions are applied.”

Blogger:  “Is it expensive to engage the services of a lighting professional at Atlantic Lighting Studio?”

Chris:  “No.  We tailor our service to meet the needs of our clients.  We supply lighting at all price levels and our design and specification services are geared so that people can select what they need.  We’re not here to sell and upsell, we’re here to offer solutions.   And, when you think of it; doing it wrong and then re-doing it, is far more costly than engaging the services of a professional so that you do it once and do it right.”

Blogger:  “Tell us about your experience on the set of Renovation Innovations?”

Chris:   “It was wonderful!  The camera crew and host, Dave, were so easy to work with.  They were fun, efficient and really knew their stuff!   The atmosphere they created allowed me to feel confident and calm.  I knew I was in good hands; which is precisely the atmosphere we have here at Atlantic Lighting Studio!”

Within the next couple of weeks, the camera crew will be on location at Atlantic Lighting Studio to capture the passion for lighting that exudes from Chris and her team.  They’ll be showcasing the well-designed studio and fabulous lighting options on display.  Renovation Innovations is expected to air at the end of April.  Congratulations Atlantic Lighting Studio!

We have moved!

We have spent the last week settling into 430 Main Street, Wolfville and are thrilled with our new location which showcases the latest in lighting design.

Our new hours are now Monday – Saturday 10:00 – 5:00 and Thursday 10:00 – 6:00.

Interior new showroom

In other news we are proud to announce that our lighting specialist Deborah Nicholson can now add the title of accredited interior decorator to her list of credentials.

Your shortest learning curve to beautiful lighting

Chris, Mary, Mike, Deborah

Deborah’s Highlight Of The Week!

Each Saturday at 9am, one of our delightful team members will feature their favourite showroom piece.  You will be able to purchase it for 20% off, until the following Friday at 5pm!  Subscribe to our blog, so that you don’t miss the action.  Who knows, you may find that absolutely perfect light fixture!

An Olde Bronze framework forms wings that come together to give this 3-light chandelier from Kichler, its unique circular shape. The satin-etched white glass cylinders have a slight flair that nestle cleanly against the curves making this an elegant and stylish light. Yours to take home for $329.40 (regular price $411.75), a wonderful understated, little chandelier.

Cheers! Deborah.

Congratulations to all the winners in the Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce 2012 Business Awards! As nominees for the Small Business of the Year Award our team attended the sparkling event on Thursday 7th at the Orchard Inn. The competition was tough and represented the wide variety of business that thrives here in the valley. It was a great evening  full of entrepreneurial spirit with a fabulous turnout and some truly inspiring speeches!

Atlantic Lighting Studio Nominated for Outstanding Small Business Award

We are thrilled to announce that Atlantic Lighting Studio has been nominated for Outstanding Small Business in the 2012 Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Awards.

The awards ceremony is being held this Thursday, November 8th at the Old Orchard Inn and will be an opportunity to recognize and congratulate our outstanding valley businesses.

Our team here at Atlantic Lighting Studio would like to wish good luck to all the fabulous nominees!

The Chronicle Herald Q&A with Atlantic Lighting’s Chris MacQuarrie

Our very own Chris MacQuarrie recently shared her lighting expertise with Lindsey Bunin of The Chronicle Herald. If you didn’t get a chance to read the original article, then take a look at Chris’ fantastic advice on how to make the most of your lighting.

‘In a showroom full of fixtures, one light is bound to stand out from the rest. Chris MacQuarrie is one such star in the local industry. She has been in the lighting business for nearly 20 years, and she’s come a long way from selling fixtures.

“The more I learned about lighting, the more I realized there was a lot more I needed to know,” MacQuarrie explains.

MacQuarrie is a member of the American Lighting Association, through which she and her staff at Atlantic Lighting Studio have been able to take courses to upgrade skills. Lighting technology is rapidly changing and we need to keep on top of what is available, she explains. That is why she took the exam last fall to become a Certified Lighting Consultant – only one of three in Canada (and the only one east of Winnipeg) with this designation.

MacQuarrie recently sat down with Herald Homes to share some insights on how you can maximize the lighting in your own home.

HH: How important a role does lighting play to a room’s décor and overall statement?

CM: Lighting can be a part of the decor as well as be functional. A decorative fixture should blend with the style of the room. You don’t want it to stick out like a sore thumb. Highlighting something in the room such as an architectural feature or a piece of art can really enhance a room’s decor. In this case you want to minimize the appearance of the fixture so the highlighted feature is noticed, not the fixture.

HH: How detrimental is bad lighting to a room?

CM: Poor lighting can make a room feel oppressive and make a person feel “down in the dumps.” Also, if someone is trying to perform certain tasks in a room without appropriate light levels, it can cause eyestrain and frustration. Appropriate lighting can energize a person or raise one’s spirit as well set the mood for different functions within the space.

HH: What is the first thing you look for when you’re considering a room’s lighting?

CM: The first thing a lighting designer should find out is how the room will be used, what activities will be happening in the space and how old are the people using the room. It is also important to know what the finishes are on the floor, walls and ceilings. More light is required for darker finishes.

HH: Are there different types of fixtures we should be using in certain rooms?

CM: There are always choices when it comes to lighting. For example, task lighting can be provided with recessed fixtures, track lighting, pendants or portable lamps. Ambient light could be provided by a ceiling fixture, wall sconces or indirect light bouncing off the wall from adjustable recessed fixtures. One fixture may be used in the kitchen of one home and a powder room in another. A lot depends on the person(s) using the space and what works best for them.

HH: What are your Top 5 tips to readers about adjusting or updating the lighting in their homes?


1. Think about your space and how it is used. What do you want the light to accomplish for you?

2. Plan for lighting at the beginning of the renovation project, not as an afterthought. It will save time and money and you will be happier in the end.

3. Seek advice. Just as you wouldn’t purchase a car without knowing it’s features, don’t purchase a light fixture without knowing what it will provide for you. Will it fit the requirement of what yo want the light to accomplish?

4. “Layer” light. By that I mean, don’t rely on one source of light for every activity. Provide different sources of light within a room so you have options. If your only source of light is rows of recessed fixtures the result will be very flat, uninteresting light that will not fulfill the requirement for all activities that will take place in that space. Each room should have a source for ambient, task and accent light.

5. Use controls (such as dimmers or occupancy/vacancy sensors). Dimmers will allow you to have different light levels for different functions and will lower the amount of watts used so you will save on your power bill. Occupancy/vacancy sensors will make sure the fixtures are off if no one is in the room, thus saving more power.’

Small Business Saturday, October 20th 2012

We are excited to be participating in Canada’s first Small Business Saturday on the 20th October 2012. It’s a great initiative from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) designed to raise awareness of the value that small business brings to our communities.

We are celebrating the day with a 20% off sale on all in store desk, table and floor lamps so why not take the opportunity to come by and show your support for small business? You can find more information on Small Business Saturday and what great deals are available in your area by logging onto SHOPSMALLBIZ.CA