It’s Time for a New Switch

Attention, attention! You need to check out this collection available at Atlantic Lighting Studio! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skCpYrqonwA

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.

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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:

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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.

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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”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSHr2mniL8U

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!

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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!

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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!

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?

CM:

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.’