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We just added a fabulous new selection of contemporary clocks, with wall clock and desk clock designs.
To keep a crystal chandelier shining its brightest, give it a good cleaning once a year or so.
Most chandeliers can be handled by the weekend do-it-yourselfer, but if your fixture is hung too high or is just too elaborate, call in a professional cleaning service to handle the job.
Many chandeliers are rather complex, so always make note of how your design goes together before you begin cleaning. Make a quick drawing, or get out the camera and take some snapshots.
Extreme care must be taken around any electrical fixture, so work slowly and follow basic safety precautions. To be completely safe, turn off the power at the breaker box. You'll need to set up alternative lighting; otherwise you'll be working in the dark!
Taking all crystal and glass off is a more complete cleaning process, allowing you to reach each nook and cranny of the frame. Leaving the crystal or glass attached is a much faster process.
Never twirl or rotate your crystal chandelier. Walk or move your ladder around the chandelier and clean in sections. By rotating a chandelier, you risk loosening its support. If the chandelier is difficult to reach, you should replace the bulbs while you're at it.
Prepare a cleaning solution of one part isopropyl alcohol to four parts distilled water in a spray bottle. Spray a small amount of the solution on a white cotton glove or lint free cloth. Wipe the crystal or glass with the damp cloth, and then dry it immediately with another glove or cloth.
For chandeliers with more dirt and grime build-up, you can also try hand-washing the glass in lukewarm sudsy water, using a mild dish soap.
To stretch the time between cleanings, dust your chandelier lightly every two or three months with a feather duster or lambs wool duster. Follow these directions and your chandelier will have that special sparkle all year long!
View our selection of chandeliers and crystal chandeliers for a look you'll love.
And if you'd like to see our cleaning tips in action, check out our YouTube video below.
This is one of the more unusual and innovative ceiling fans we've seen in some time.
The contemporary design features fan blades that hang down when the fan is not in motion.
In this mode, the fan looks like a decorative ceiling light (click on any of the images below for more product pics).
Hit the power and the blades lift as the motor spins.
Centrifugal force creates the lift and the breeze.
Pretty neat! View more details here: The Monte Carlo Airlift Ceiling Fan, or view all Monte Carlo fans at Lamps Plus.
The American Lighting Association and Fanimation ceiling fans have posted a YouTube video interview with Fanimation's national sales manager Tom Underwood.
In the video, Tom talks about the company's history and highlights designs from the Fanimation line of ceiling fans like fans with palm leaf blades. Click on the video below to view.
**Update to this post: The video is no longer available, but check here for more information about Fanimation Ceiling Fans.
Happy birthday Aquarius! Now through mid-February is party time for our visionary friends (this blogger included!). The original Aquarian was Ganymede, a fetching young Trojan prince who caught the eye of Zeus. The king of gods made Ganymede royal cup-bearer. In that spirit, let us fill your cup with birthday gift ideas for the Aquarian in your life.
Dear Aquarius: Sure, many astrologers agree that you have a "look of nobility suggestive of the classic Greek or Roman models." Yes, yes, you've mentioned more than a few times astrologers also agree Aquarians are "considered stunning individuals." This month, set aside your striking good-looks for just a moment and put your innovative abilities to good use. This credit crisis thing is a real bummer, and we could use some original ideas. Got anything?
Aquarius is blessed with objectivity, the ability to see both sides of an argument. For example, I'm ready to turn in and my wife wants to read. What if we each had our own reading light?
Birthstones for Aquarians are garnet (January) and amethyst (February). Garnet is hard to pin down since it comes in a bunch of colors. So, let's go with a mini-pendant in purple.
Aquarius has a tendency to be conceited. Lest we judge, recall that visionary thinkers years ahead of their time are often misunderstood. Still, grab your favorite Aquarius a stylish wall mirror so they'll always look their best. The charming rose motif may remind them to see beauty elsewhere.
Next month ... gentle, good-natured Pisces!
The AP published a wonderful article yesterday about how designers are embracing decor aimed at children. "Designers of kids' furniture are letting their imaginations run away with them, and that's great news for hip parents looking for fun, exuberant decor."
The article mentions two imaginative pendant light designs featured at LAMPS PLUS, the Prop Plane Pendant and the Planet and Stars Pendant.
Cedar chests are classic furniture pieces, but their beauty is more than skin deep. Cedar wood, and more specifically its oil, can protect clothes and bedding from the dreaded clothing moth.
Moths avoid cedar oil, especially that of Eastern red cedar (aka aromatic cedar).
Cedar also absorbs moisture, creating a less-than-ideal environment for moth larvae. Cedar imparts a hint of its wonderful fragrance on clothes for an added bonus.
Cedar chests are particularly useful for storing bedding and seasonal clothes. Moths particularly enjoy wool fibers, so wool sweaters should be protected, too.
See our collection of cedar chests in our collection of beautiful storage chests. These chests are beautiful -- and functional! -- pieces of furniture.
Popular Mechanics magazine reports on how to keep your CFL bulbs working at their peak performance level.
One interesting idea: leave them running.
"The more continuous the use of a [CFL] bulb, the longer it’ll burn because the most damage to the components is done during starts," says Russ Leslie, associate director of the Lighting Research Center."
Read more: When CFLs Fail: How to Keep Your Compact Fluorescent Glowing.
The number one request at IBS this year was for LED bulbs and fixtures.
This cost-conscious environment is making energy-efficient LED bulbs and fixtures even more appealing.
Builders and remodelers are searching for the latest technology and the best light output.
As manufacturers rush to meet this demand, we should see more options come on the market.
The dimmability and long life-span of LEDs ensure that they're here to stay.
What do you think? Leave a comment and share your thoughts about LEDs.
Our friend in Northern California recently updated his cabin with these beautiful Mission Copper Outdoor Lights from Kichler Lighting.
The classic Arts and Crafts design elements and the hanging lantern look go well with the wooded, outdoor setting. And the lights cast a warm glow against all the snow they've had lately.