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Monthly Archives: January 2017

  1. How to Choose Living Room Lighting Fixtures

    How do I choose my living room lighting?

    Most of your living room lighting choices depend the locations of electrical outlets. If you're remodeling you should define your outlet locations by your lighting design. Living rooms have recessed lighting, a single fixture in the middle of the room, floor lamps, corner lamps or perimeter lighting. Lit properly, you'll have a room you love to live in.


    Anna Lee, The Lighting Lady, Certified Lighting Expert at Hansen Wholesale

    Anna Lee Lights it Up!

    By Anna Lee,
    the Lighting Lady
    Certified Residential Lighting Specialist
    at Hansen Wholesale

    Your Living Room is extremely important to, well... your life! The Lighting Lady is here this week to give you the tips you need to choose your living room lighting fixtures well for all the occasions your life calls for.

    How to Choose Living Room Lighting Fixtures

    January 30th, 2017

    I don't know about you, but I spend the majority of my weekday down time in my living room. Well, down time other than sleeping!

    Some time playing with the Little, laughing. Or talking with my Hunky Hubby about life and such. Sometimes we have impromptu dance parties or karaoke jams. Or, snuggling and watching a show to lose the cares of the day...

    No matter how you spend time in your living room, you need to shed some light on all these moments. And, with the right living room lighting fixtures.

    General Plan

    Living Room Lighting is often mostly ambient (meaning diffused lighting) with a few utility/task

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  2. Who makes the best fire glass?

    R. H. Peterson makes the best fire glass you can buy. Convert your wood burning gas fireplace into a beautiful contemporary looking glass fire. Peterson makes their vibrant fireglass crystals and certified, high performance gas burners in the USA. With many options and glass colors, you can create your best glass burning fireplace.

    Here's a side note from Greg Tillotson, our webmaster at Hansen Wholesale:

    Something that is often overlooked is the reason why it is important to buy glass or other objects made specifically for burning in a fireplace. If you just take ordinary broken glass scraps, they are not heat treated and they will crack and pop and become dangerous sharp little projectiles heading who knows where...in your eye? The glass crystals and gems that Peterson supplies are heat treated and tested. They will stay intact and safely remain in your fireplace while shining with extra brilliance. Same for the geometric shapes and balls which are made of specially formulated ceramics. The stones are not real stones, although they could have fooled me. It is not safe to just put anything over a gas burner and call it a decorative fire. Be sure that you use only materials like those made by R. H. Peterson that have been made for that purpose.

    Felix, Gas Log Expert at Hansen Wholesale

    By Felix,
    Gas Logs Expert
    at Hansen Wholesale

    Felix, Hansen Wholesale's Gas Logs and Fireplace Expert, shares valuable information about the best glass fire looks. He also shares other choices for your fireplace or fire pit. If the traditional wooden log or stone look does not fit your

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  3. Where Should I Place My Bathroom Lighting?

      Where Should Bathroom Lighting Be Placed?

      You need both ambient and task lighting in a bathroom. In general, you will have the following:

    • Ceiling - recessed or flush/surface mount bathroom lighting,
    • Over Commode and/or Shower - bathroom fan or fan/light combo
    • Above or around Mirror - bath bar(s) or sconces.
    • Lots of Light and ability to brighten and dim are important in bathroom lighting.


    Anna Lee, The Lighting Lady, Certified Lighting Expert at Hansen Wholesale

    Anna Lee Lights it Up!

    By Anna Lee,
    the Lighting Lady
    Certified Residential Lighting Specialist
    at Hansen Wholesale

    The Lighting Lady is back to share with you the key to a beautifully lit bathroom. Don't forget that a beautifully lit bathroom will help you bring out more of your beautiful self! When you light your bathroom, it's important to do it right. That's why Anna Lee is back to enlighten you - today, about your bathroom.

    Where Should I Place My Bathroom Lights?

    January 23rd, 2017

    The bathroom is one of the most important rooms of the house.
    It serves its "general purpose."
    It creates wars among the inhabitants.
    It soothes a weary soul.
    It is a tool in creating your fabulous look.

    Bathroom lighting is important whether I'm taking a quick shower and need great bright lighting to be clean, quaffed, and make-upped (is that a word? If not I'm starting

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  4. Review of the D1-30 Direct Vent Fireplace Insert

    Review of the D1-30 Direct Vent Fireplace Insert

    The D1-30 is my choice for direct vent gas fireplace insert because it makes your old fireplace into an odorless, efficient heater. Heat your room without any soot or smell of gas. The included remote gives you control over the burners and blower to heat the area. It's a sealed unit, so there's little cleaning or maintenance after install. Just sit back and enjoy your warm fire.

    Erick, Gas Log Expert at Hansen WholesaleBy Erick,
    Fireplace &
    Gas Logs Expert
    at Hansen Wholesale

    Hansen Wholesale's Gas Logs and Fireplace Expert Erick wants to tell you about the R. H. Peterson Real Fyre Direct Vent Gas Fireplace Insert D1-30. In his opinion, it's the best in the business and it gives you an easy, beautiful fire.

    D1-30 Direct Vent Fireplace Insert Review

    January 20th, 2017

    If you're thinking of remodeling your fireplace, you should know about the D1-30 Direct Vent Gas Fireplace Insert. R. H. Peterson makes this great unit creating a beautiful fire without any of the negatives that can be associated with other types of gas fireplaces.

    What's great about this fireplace insert is the construction completely contains and seals the fire. It is a direct vent insert, which means that no soot or smoke will ever come into the room, so no carbon monoxide and no gas odors come from this gas fireplace - just clean heat.

    With your remote and from your

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  5. What Size Chandelier Should I Get for my Dining Room?

      What size chandelier is right for my dining room?

      A quick and easy way to size your chandelier diameter is:

    1. Add the length and width of the room measured in feet
    2. Take that total and replace feet with inches (32 feet becomes 32 inches)
    3. ...that's it!
    4. Example:
      Your Dining Room is 20 feet by 12 feet. Add 20 to 12, you get 32 feet. Change to inches: you should look for a 32 inch diameter chandelier (technically a range of 24" - 35" will work.)

    Of course, there are other factors when choosing the right chandelier, such as size and shape of the table, and what you will be doing at the table. For example, eating only requires ambient light, whereas if kids do homework or read at the table, you need direct or task lighting.


    Anna Lee, The Lighting Lady, Certified Lighting Expert at Hansen Wholesale

    Anna Lee Lights it Up!

    By Anna Lee,
    the Lighting Lady
    Certified Residential Lighting Specialist
    at Hansen Wholesale

    I'm pleased to introduce our Lighting Blogger today - Anna Lee. She's a Certified Residential Lighting Specialist credentialed through the American Lighting Association. She's been with Hansen Wholesale for 20 years, and does she know her stuff! I've convinced her to share some of that valuable knowledge with you. It wasn't hard - she loves being helpful, but anyway: you're welcome!

    What Size Chandelier Should I Get for

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  6. Who makes the most realistic gas logs?

    Who makes the most realistic gas logs?

    R. H. Peterson Real Fyre Gas Logs are the most realistic gas logs because they are meticulously hand-crafted to resemble natural wood and carefully designed and arranged to produce a flame that looks just like a real wood fire. Peterson also makes gas logs in many styles duplicating trees from all different terrains, ensuring accuracy to setting.

    Andrew, Gas Log Expert at Hansen WholesaleBy Andrew,
    Gas Logs Expert
    at Hansen Wholesale

    Hansen Wholesale's Gas Logs Expert Andrew is on tap today to talk to you about the most realistic gas log sets on the market. Andrew has been dealing with Gas Logs for years, so he knows who makes the best looking logs (R. H. Peterson) and those who make a substandard product.

    R. H. Peterson Real Fyre Gas Logs are the Most Realistic Gas Logs

    January 13th, 2017

    Straight up, without hesitation - I answer this question all the time and I don't even have to think. It's R. H. Peterson. Peterson makes the most realistic gas logs.

    R. H. Peterson has artists and designers that really take their time crafting and hand-painting beautiful gas log sets. Their products not only look great new, they stand up to the test of time.

    The folks at Peterson refine their product through many years of trial and effort. The result is a rugged design that distributes heat well. Their designers arrange the wood stack around the burner to look just like real wood burning in your fireplace. They've figured out

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  7. The Difference Between Vented and Ventless Gas Logs

    The Difference Between Vented and Ventless Gas Logs

    Vented and Ventless Gas Logs are a little different. Vented gas logs burn like a real wood fire with a yellow flame that produces smoke. They must be burned in a wood burning fireplace with the damper open, so smoke goes up the flue along with most of the heat. Ventless (vent-free) gas logs burn cleanly with a lower flame that does not smoke. You can burn them with the damper closed to heat your room.

    Steve, Gas Log Expert at Hansen WholesaleBy Steve,
    Gas Logs Expert
    at Hansen Wholesale

    Only a gas log expert like Steve would know the kind of detail he's sharing with you today. Steve has been working with Gas Logs for 18 years, so he knows how to get the most out of gas logs and he's here to help you do that today.

    The Difference Between Vented and Ventless Gas Logs

    January 6th, 2017

    I'm going to start by saying something controversial:

    "Ventless gas logs are the best choice for almost any application." As long as you don't live in California.

    Why is this controversial? More often than not, your average retailer may tell you that you should only consider ventless if your primary reason for buying gas logs is for heat. Otherwise you should buy vented gas logs because they are more realistic.

    This just does not make sense to me. The ventless gas logs from R. H. Peterson look more realistic than a lot of non-Real Fyre

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