HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Are you hosting your family and friends during the holidays? Then it’s time to get your home ready. Todd Director, vice president of Connecticut Lighting Centers, recently shared a few tips to make your home more festive, safe and comfortable this holiday season.
Director says the first way to get your home ready is with new accessories for your table.
“This year we brought in a company called Michael Aram,” Director said. “They have everything from cheese spreaders to menorahs to ornaments. The colors, the themes – it’s just a great line.”
During the holidays, people often gravitate towards the kitchen. One easy way to upgrade it is with hardware.
“Just by changing the pulls or knobs on your cabinets can drastically change the look of your kitchen,” Director explained.
Another simple way to change the look and feel of your home is with lighting.
“One of the main areas we see a lot of people shopping for this time of year is the dining room chandelier,” Director said.
Take that chandelier up a notch by installing a dimmer.
“Now that you’re able to change the light level, [it] totally changes the feel of that room.”
Now it’s time to head outdoors. Installing a new lamp by your front door or lights along a sidewalk will ensure safe travels for your holiday guests. And as the temperatures drop, don’t forget that ceiling fan.
“What people forget is heat rises,” Director explained. “When you put a fan in reverse which is counter-clockwise it actually circulates air and brings it up and back down so that will really bring the heat down as well.”
Another great way to upgrade your home this time of year is with smart technology.
“If we were going to talk a year – year-and-a-half ago, it would be something everyone wanted but not affordable,” Director said. “Now it’s extremely affordable. For $99 I can control any light you want from your phone, anywhere in the world with Lutron Caseta.
Through the app, you can also control your Nest thermostat, CO2 and smoke detectors and cameras.
“It’s live streaming 24 hours a day seven days a week,” Director said. “You can have up to 18 of them.”
If you’re traveling for the holidays, Director says the app is great for safety. You can set “scenes” so lights go on and off at different times each day.
With the help of Connecticut Lighting Centers, you’ll have peace of mind all holiday long. For more information visit CTLighting.com.