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Monthly Archives: February 2017

  1. Outdoor Lighting Ideas: Modern Outdoor Lighting Placement (continued)

    Give me some modern outdoor lighting placement ideas...

    Use modern outdoor lighting for a great way to give your home a whole new look during the day and night. To get ideas, think of lighting you need near your entryway, garage, and patio or balcony. You also need landscape lighting and fence or pillar lighting. Choose a common design theme is a great idea to tie everything together.


    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

    Anna Lee the Lighting Lady keeps your outdoor lighting project moving this week with a look at modern outdoor lighting. Only the Lighting Lady can help you get the ideas you need to make everything light up beautifully!

    Outdoor Lighting Ideas: Modern Outdoor Lighting Placement (continued)

    February 27th, 2017

    In my last entry about outdoor lighting ideas, we talked about.... Well, rather, I explained and you dutifully listened, thank you.... We talked about fixtures to put by your entry and the importance of getting that choice right. Choose your entryway lighting idea and set the design theme for outdoor lighting.

    Today we are (yes, I mean I am) going to talk about modern outdoor lighting

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  2. The Top 5 Outdoor Gas Logs - Log Sets for an Outdoor Gas Fireplace

    What are the Best Log Sets for an Outdoor Gas Fireplace?

    1. Split Oak Designer Plus
    2. Rustic Oak Designer Plus
    3. Mountain Birch
    4. Golden Oak Designer Plus
    5. Charred Rugged Split Oak
    The Top 5 Log Sets for Outdoor Gas Fireplaces are all hand-made by R. H. Peterson. When paired with Peterson's Stainless Steel Burner system, they make beautiful, rugged, outdoor gas fires for many years.
    Erick, Gas Log Expert at Hansen Wholesale
    By Erick,
    Outdoor Gas Logs Expert
    at Hansen Wholesale

    Erick has sold Outdoor Gas Fireplace Logs for many years. He knows which ones satisfy the tough customers, and which ones break down over time. Erick will help you decide what is best for you so you can save money and have a beautiful outdoor fireplace.

    The Top 5 Log Sets for an Outdoor Gas Fireplace

    February 16th, 2017

    My customers love their electronic ignition systems, and those who don't get them for their gas logs often wish they had.

    You know, one little match can start a forest fire. But somehow you need an entire box to get a camp fire going. Well, not when you have a gas log fireplace.

    A critical component of your outdoor gas fireplace is the log set you choose. Prefabricated outdoor fireplace kits often come with cheap gas logs that quickly break down. R. H. Peterson makes the best gas logs for outdoor gas fireplace applications. They're lovingly hand-crafted and made with materials that last.

    I'll take you through the top five according to my experience selling thousands

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  3. How to Set the Mood with Bedroom Lighting

    How do I use bedroom lighting to set the mood?

    Choose dimming lights for your bedroom. Common bedroom lighting choices include ceiling fans with lights, sconces, recessed lighting, portable lamps, and chandeliers. The key is to choose a lightbulb that you can dim or brighten according to your preference. Get a wall or remote control to set the mood with lighting - without interrupting anything else going on.

    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

    Anna Lee the Lighting Lady has some tips to get love this Valentine's Day - and keep it coming back for more. Saucy! So listen up, her lighting tips here, setting the mood with lighting, might just save your night... And your day.

    How to Set the Mood with Bedroom Lighting

    February 13th, 2017

    Since it's that time of year when we are all thinking about love and hearts, and sweet treats, and hmm hmm... Let's call it, "quality time alone with our hubby" (or wifey - or significant others). It's a good time to address how to set the mood. Lighting is the answer. This applies to any room, but for the sake of the season, let's start with the bedroom.

    In my home, Valentine's Day is always a special day. Yes, we show our love year round, but we love to celebrate everything, especially LOVE! (Did you notice how many times I used LOVE in that sentence?) If it's Valentine's Day or any day you want to stay

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  4. The Best Gas Logs for a Double-Sided Fireplace (or, See-Through Fireplace)

    For your double-sided fireplace, no gas logs offer greater durability, versatility, or a better look than R. H. Peterson. My favorite styles are the Split Oak Designer Plus gas log set, Charred Oak gas logs, or American Oak logs. There are many other great choices, but these three look and perform the best. For a see-through fireplace, you won't find better choices.

    Andrew, Gas Log Expert at Hansen Wholesale

    By Andrew,
    Fireplace &
    Gas Logs Expert
    at Hansen Wholesale

    Andrew knows double-sided (better known as see-through fireplaces). He's put together many before, so he knows exactly what logs and burner to get to make a beautiful fire. Take his advice and you'll have yourself the perfect see-through fireplace.

    The Best Gas Logs for a Double-Sided Fireplace (or, See-Through Fireplace)

    February 10th, 2017

    See-through fireplaces offer unique challenges when outfitting them with gas logs. First, you have to have the right kind of burner. The typical burner for see-through gas log fireplaces is rectangular, not trapezoidal. Also, it has three burner tubes producing a much higher BTU rating. And of course you have to have logs to suit. Front and rear logs are normally different - with these sets they are the same. They also have more detailing applied, usually the rear logs don't need as much intricacy. Manufacturers make standard gas logs to look great from one side. But, they need to design "see-through" log sets to look great from any angle.

    You have the same choices of control and gas with see-through or double-sided fireplaces as with

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  5. What are the best outdoor lighting ideas?

    What are the best outdoor lighting ideas?

    Inspiration for outdoor lighting comes from the best ideas and products. Begin with your outdoor entryway wall light, the most prominent light outside your home. It can lead your outdoor lighting design. Consider lighting your walkway, garage, patio, and pillars. There's security, like flush window lighting and your stairs and gates. Outdoor landscape lighting includes walkways, trees, and your pool area.

    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

    Anna Lee the Lighting Lady would like to inspire your next outdoor lighting project. When you have guests in the evening, your lighting can show off only your best exterior parts. Use her outdoor lighting ideas to set the tone and express all the beauty of your warm and inviting home.

    What are the best outdoor lighting ideas?

    February 6th, 2017

    I'm gonna set the scene. In my younger days, I lived in a hip little flat right on the beach. Which was awesome, I'm not gonna lie.

    As you may know, there are no street lights at the beach. One cloudy new-moon night, I moseyed up to my front door after gigging till 2 am. My front door was atop two open flights of stairs made with beachy open wood planks. As I felt around for the lock in the darkness I missed it completely and dropped my keys. Through the wood. Two stories down. Into a flower pot.

    It hit me much like that last shot of tequila:

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  6. The Real Cost of High-Quality Custom Fireplace Doors

    Quality tempered glass fireplace doors for wood burning fireplaces cost on average about $600 and $900 and as much as $3000 for the best fireplace doors. This number depends mostly on material and size. Very large or commercial fireplaces need custom doors that may cost over $5000. The best way to learn is to call and discuss your situation with an expert.

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

    Steve, one of the great Gas Logs and Fireplace Experts here at Hansen Wholesale - Fireplace Doors, explains the basics of pricing quality fireplace doors. Steve recently had a "run-in" with inferior fireplace doors, so he knows all about them.

    The Real Cost of High-Quality Custom Fireplace Doors

    February 3rd, 2017

    We have so many great options for fireplace doors, I'm tripping over them! No, literally, I just tripped over one and smashed the glass. Don't do that.

    On the plus side, my co-workers loved it... (At least it was a display set and not intended for a customer.)

    So let's get back to talking about fireplace doors, shall we?

    If you're looking for an attractive, narrow frame, you need custom fireplace doors. The only fireplace doors anybody stocks these days are inexpensive ones. They aren't very attractive because they're made to fit many applications. And they're not made very well.

    When it comes to material, the main differences are aesthetics and durability. Understand, the material you choose substantially plays

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