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The beginning of a new season often evokes a time of deep cleansing, whether it be ones wardrobe, eating habits, or home. The transition into a new season releases a sense of enthusiasm and a desire to have all things look brand new or refreshed.

Here are some great spring cleaning tips to keep your lighting looking fresh:

1) Getting Started

Remember to turn the light source off, and allow for bulbs to cool down before beginning your cleaning. In addition, be mindful of the type and finish of the fixture, as different fixtures (and finishes) will require different methods of cleaning for the most effective results. For complex re-assembly of certain fixtures, such as crystal chandeliers, be sure to take pictures or keep note of how to re-assemble the fixture once cleaning has been completed.

2) Use a Stove Top Cleaner to Combat Fog & Grease on Glass Pendants

Glass pendants that are in kitchens will often begin to appear foggy or greasy over time due to build up from moisture, and everyday traffic and use of the space. Our representative from Tech Lighting (Nuvo Sales) suggested using Wieman Cooktop Glass Cleaner to keep glass looking spotless and new.

However, it is important to be mindful of the type of glass when using this method. For instance, a microfiber cloth might be a better option for glass with paint details to avoid damaging the design.

(Image Source: Nuvo Sales featuring Fire Grande Pendant by Tech Lighting)

Wieman Cooktop Glass Cleaner on glass pendants

 

3) Use a Compressed Air Duster

When removing surface level dust, a compress air duster can be used. This is ideal for surfaces with hard to reach areas such as small ridges on an antiquated wood surface. It is also ideal when preventing cloth fibers from clinging onto small grooves and details.

4) Use Mild and Non-Abrasive Material

It is important to keep in mind the type of chemicals and materials in your cleaning solutions. Aim for cleaning solutions that are mild and non-abrasive, and use soft cloth to prevent scratches. For Metal surfaces, Progress Lighting recommends using non-abrasive liquid wax to provide extra protection. In addition, they suggest avoiding cleaning materials with ammonia or alcohol, and any all purpose cleaners altogether, as they often have chemicals than can be damaging to the coating.

5) Use a Microfiber Cloth

A dry microfiber cloths can be used to remove dust from a variety of surfaces, from acrylic, plastic, metal, wood, glass, fluorescent fixtures as well as recessed lighting. When dampen with water and/or a bit of mild soap, a microfiber cloth can help remove smudges or imprints.

 

6) Don’t forget the bulbs!

Before re-assembling your fixture, remember to clean or replace your bulbs as well. Bulbs that are covered with dust are not going to provide the desired output of light and can also reduce the lifespan of the bulb. Remove dust from bulbs using a dry microfiber cloth. For hard to reach bulbs in high ceilings, tools such as the Satco Bulb Changer can be used when changing out A19 bulbs. For bulbs that look dim or have completely burnt out, switch them out with a fresh new bulb.

 

Remember to create a habit of cleaning your fixtures (and bulbs) to expand their lifespan, and for a brighter welcoming home. For more helpful tips and advice, contact or visit our showrooms. Our Specialist are always happy to help you!

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smart fans by modern forms

Technology is rapidly changing, and with the growing popularity of Siri, Alexa, and Cortana comes highly innovative products that reshape how we live our day to day life.
During Market, Modern Forms unveiled their new line of Smart Fans, equipped with their signature aesthetically evoking designs, and superior quality.

What Makes a fan SMART?

The fans designed by Modern Forms are made to correspond with existing smart home devices such as Google Assistant, Amazon Echo, and Nest & Ecobee. You are able to schedule usage, and control the speed and illumination of the fans from your smartphone device, or by voice command. In addition, Modern Forms has developed an app that makes controlling your smart fan so much easier. With the Modern Forms app, you can control your smart fan features whether you are in the room, or miles away.

nautilus smart fan by modern forms

Image Source: Modern Forms “Nautilus”

Design Features?

The Fans are made with durable Aluminum hardware, ABS blades, and integrated LED luminaires, assuring the longevity of the product. The fans also have a lumen output range from 1110lm to 2041lm depending on the chosen fan style. In addition, the fans are made with a DC motor, known to have minimal sound with high energy savings.
The smart fans are also wet-rated, allowing them to be installed in both indoor and outdoor settings, such as patios, or gazebos for a cohesive look throughout the home. For larger spaces that require multiple fans, the smart fans by Modern Forms can work in a singular circuit without losing synchronization.

Morpheus II by Modern Forms

Image Source: Modern Forms “Morpheus II”

Benefits of a Smart fan?

One of the major benefits of using a fan is the potential savings it can provide a household. Though the amount of savings also depends on other factors such as the adjustment of the thermostat and usage, you can still potentially save 30-40% using a fan year-round as they help recirculate warm and cool air within a space.
With Smart Fans, they not only provide convenience, but can also contribute to the potential savings by being able to control when the fan is turned on and off through a smartphone device, reducing unnecessary usage.

In addition, the smart fans are also designed with DC Motors. DC motors are described as being more energy efficient, as they use less power to move air around the room.
Aside from the potential savings a smart fan also give you a sense of full control over your lighting. Regardless of whether you are at home, at work, or on vacation, being able to control your lighting system through the convenience of your smartphone device can become advantageous when you have forgotten to turn off the fan before heading out the door, or when you want to ensure your home does not look vacant, deterring intruders from breaking in.

Vortex by Modern Forms

Image Source: Modern Forms “Vortex”

Each year more and more innovative designs are being introduced that incorporate modern technology. It comes to no surprise that the whole home automation will soon become the norm. How do you feel about technology enriched homes or the new Modern Forms Smart Fans? We would love to know!

For more information on the Modern Forms Smart Fans, contact or visit our showroom, our Specialist are always happy to help.