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  1. Dos and Don’ts of Porch Lights

    Minka Lavery Wall Mount in Antique Bronze

    Pictured: Minka Lavery Wall Mount in Antique Bronze

    Ask professional interior designers and most will agree that lighting can really make or break a space, and that’s as true about the inside of your home as it is the exterior. In the same way that the right pendant lights or lamps can transform a room, the front of the house is given a new life when outdoor lighting, such as porch lights, is installed. When placed correctly, porch lights can not only improve a home’s curb appeal but also increase the safety and security of the home as well. What’s more, a well-lit front porch is a lot more welcoming than a dark entryway and sends a friendly message to your guests and neighbors. The same thing goes for backyard living spaces, such as decks and patios.

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  2. 3 Ways to Protect Your Outdoor Ceiling Fans From Moisture

    The Donaire from Matthews Fan Co

    Pictured: The Donaire from Matthews Fan Co.

    When it comes to outdoor ceiling fans, it’s important to remember that they are specifically designed to withstand exposure to the elements—to varying degrees. However, if you don’t select the correct fan or take the necessary precautions, rust can very easily and drastically reduce its lifespan and performance. Homes in areas where the weather tends to be very moderate don’t have as much to worry about, but for those in areas where it rains or the humidity is very high—such as on the coast—rust can be a very serious problem. Rust is typically formed when certain metals are exposed to a mixture of water, oxygen and carbon dioxide. Similar to mosquitos, rust flourishes in hot and humid conditions and can spread very quickly. If your ceiling fan has a scratch or damaged surface and comes in contact with rust, it will weaken and it’s only a matter of time before you’ll need to replace it.

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  3. Best Outdoor Ceiling Fans for Humid Regions

    When the weather is nice and the temperatures start to warm up, most people want to maximize the amount of time they spend outdoors, whether that means going for a scenic hike, having lunch in the park or simply spending time in an outdoor living area. However, when it comes to using your outdoor space for lounging or dining on high-temp days, sometimes these areas can feel pretty unbearable, especially areas where it’s humid and hot. Whether you have a front porch, screened-in patio, balcony or another outdoor living area, one way to beat the heat is by adding an outdoor ceiling fan. Not only will it keep you and your guests cool and comfortable during the warm summer months, but it will also add a touch of style to your outdoor space.

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  4. Make Your Home More Modern with These 6 Industrial Ceiling Fans

    While they’re one of the most energy-efficient ways to keep the rooms in your home cool, ceiling fans don’t always have the reputation of being stylish. This is especially true for industrial ceiling fans — which are traditionally used to cool down large commercial spaces, such as manufacturing facilities and industrial buildings — and tend to focus more on function and utilitarian design than aesthetic. These days, however, more and more people are opting for the rugged and mechanical look over sophisticated and sleek, choosing fans that look like they’re meant for warehouses but are designed for residential use.

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  5. Porches, Hallways, and Foyers: Six Ideas for Entry Lighting

    Porches, Hallways, and Foyers Six Ideas for Entry Lighting

    The front entrance of your home is one of the first things your guests see when they come to visit you. It serves as the focal point for your house, connecting your entryway—which often includes your porch or patio, front hallway, and foyer—to the rest of your home and is an important space for making a great first impression. One way to really define the look of your home is by adding lighting to your entryway. Drive through any residential neighborhood and we guarantee your attention will be drawn to the house on the street with a well-lit front door. Entry lighting does more than just enhance the look and feel of your home. It also serves a variety of other important functions by illuminating your entrance for your guests and creating a safe passage to your doorstep. It can also help you identify visitors when it’s too dark out to see. When done correctly, the right combination of outdoor and indoor lighting can complement your home’s style and architecture, increase security and help your guests navigate their way to your door.

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  6. A Complete Guide to Floor Lamps

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    Much time and thought goes into designing each room in your home. Selecting furniture for each room is a process of determining what type of atmosphere you’re trying to create and how that fits in with the theme of the house overall. Everything from the positioning of furniture to the small decorations scattered throughout a room add to your home’s ambiance, and lighting is no exception. In fact, the way that a room is lit can make all the difference in how it feels. Soft, shaded lights radiate a relaxed atmosphere while brilliant overhead lighting might make you feel more alert and motivated.

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  7. What Is Dark Sky Lighting?

    modern wall lightingLight pollution is an issue in nearly every major city, and many smaller towns are starting to see the effects of this problem as well. To help rectify the issue, people have banded together to start the Dark Sky Movement, which intends to decrease light pollution using outdoor lights called dark sky lighting. Not only does light pollution prevent us from observing the night sky, it can disrupt ecosystems and natural environments by tricking plants and animals into thinking that it is still daytime. Similarly, light pollution negatively impacts humans by confusing our circadian rhythms and melatonin release. Join the movement and help overcome these effects by installing dark sky lighting in your outdoor areas.

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  8. 6 Things to Consider Before Buying a Porch Ceiling Fan

    Hunter Key Biscayne Ceiling Fan

    Shown Above: Hunter Key Biscayne Ceiling Fan Model 59135

    When selecting the perfect porch ceiling fan, there are many factors to consider. Adding a ceiling fan to your porch is a great way to help increase your comfort level by providing a cooling breeze and helping to keep pesky bugs away. As you browse the many porch ceiling fans available, consider how you can integrate this new fixture into the space without disrupting the theme and decor of the area. Read up on fan and blade sizes as well as materials to make a well-informed decision on which porch ceiling fan is right for your space. Use our guide to learn more about what to look for during your search.

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  9. 4 Best Ceiling Fans for Small Rooms

    Are you looking for a way to cool a hot, compact home office? Do you need to improve the air circulation in a smaller kitchen or breakfast nook? Don’t allow small spaces to keep you from being cool and comfortable in every room in your home. Small ceiling fans are the perfect solution for cooling undersized living rooms, hallways, closets and kitchens, as well as small bedrooms, home offices and rooms with low-profile ceilings. They can also be used to cool small outdoor living spaces, such as patios, front porches and covered decks—as long as the fan you choose can be used in areas where exposure to the elements is unavoidable.

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  10. Tips for Choosing a Wall Mounted Fan

    Wall mounted fans used to be a thing of the past, but they have recently regained popularity in homes and in commercial and industrial spaces. If you are concerned about floor space or are looking to provide sufficient airflow to cool a room, then wall mounted fans are a good option to consider. There are a variety of styles and brands available, so it’s important to select one that will work best for your needs. In this post, we’ll discuss what distinguishes wall fans from ceiling fans and provide you with a few helpful tips for choosing the right one for you.

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