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How To Dim A LED Light

by Nick Paternostro

LED is the most efficient type of light bulb on the market. A 6 watt LED is now similar to a 60 watt incandescent with 13 times the life, but without the heat output of the incandescent.

That’s actually a small problem. Older dimmers “read” wattage rather than lumen output. As such, most dimmers cannot dim a low wattage bulb.

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Topics: LED Light Bulbs, Legrand Adorne

Char-Broil vs. Weber BBQ Gas Grills (Ratings/Reviews/Prices)

by Paul Groux

Weber vs. Char-Broil bbq's is a decision played out in stores nationwide.

They are two of the most popular brands. But which is better?

We will look at both companies, their features and prices and try to determine the better buy.

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Topics: Weber, BBQ Grills

How to Light a Traditional Kitchen (Reviews/Pictures/Solutions)

by Elizabeth Seise

Lighting in your kitchen is a crucial element to the success of a meal. In most other areas of your home, areas that are dimly lit can be brightened with one fixture or supplemented by lamps. Unfortunately, this is harder to do in the kitchen given space constraints (think about it – you don’t want lamps taking up valuable counter space), so the lighting needs to be properly designed the first time.

We tend to recommend using four elements of lighting for proper illumination in the kitchen: Task, Accent, Decorative, and Ambient.

  • Task lighting provides your work and prep areas with light. This can be achieved through recessed or track lighting and under-cabinet lighting.

  • Accent lighting helps to highlight objects through a spotlight-type of affect shined directly on an object.

  • Decorative lighting can be found in chandeliers, flush- and semi-flush mounts, pendants, and sconces: basically, these help to personalize the area more than give off light.

  • Ambient lighting does just that – provides ambience, as well as the main environmental lighting.
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Topics: Lighting

Bosch Benchmark vs. Electrolux Induction Slide-In Ranges (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Danny Nguyen

Induction is magnetic heat. What's that? The magnets in the cooking surface excite the molecules in your pan. Because of this the pan, not the cooking surface, cooks the food.

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Topics: Electrolux, Induction Ranges, Bosch Benchmark

How To Clean The Filter In A Bosch Dishwasher (Video)

by Tim Willis

You bought a Bosch dishwasher. Now you have to clean the filter as part of routine maintenance. Your old dishwasher probably had a grinder, so it was filterless.

It's simple really. This quick video will show you how to clean the filter to ensure proper performance.

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Topics: Appliance Service, Appliance Repair

Stylish Bedroom Reading Lamps (Modern, Traditional & Contemporary)

by Elizabeth Seise

As with any room in your house, in the bedroom, you want to use layers of lighting to provide not only a sufficient amount of light, but more flexibility within lighting zones. Lighting zones can be found in the different applications of lights; whether it is with overhead recessed or wall sconces.

The general lighting in a bedroom should provide enough light to see, but not be overbearing, as to maintain a level of relaxation. General lighting can be achieved through recessed lights, flush mounts, semi-flush mounts, chandeliers, or fan lights. Closets should be well-lit to distinguish between similar colors, and recessed, flush mounts, or semi-flush mounts, could provide the type of illumination needed in that space.

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Topics: Lighting

Wolf vs. Thermador vs. Dacor vs. Viking Gas Cooktops (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Jessica Petrino

Cooktops are pretty easy to understand as an appliance. They are quite simply the top or burner elements of a range without the oven.

They should be rated for output, simmer and reliability, because really that’s all the features. Four of the top American brands are Thermador, Wolf, Viking and Dacor. We will look at each and compare.

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Topics: Wolf, Thermador, Gas Cooktops, Viking, Dacor

Whirlpool vs. Electrolux Front Load Laundry (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Vincent Pham

There are many different brands of laundry and it can get overwhelming trying to figure out what’s the best. You can drive yourself crazy listening to different opinions and comparing reviews online. How do you know which one is right for you?

I want to narrow it down for you and compare two reliable brands. The truth is laundry does require more service(as does most appliances). Since we are the service agent, it's important to sell reliable brands and handle products with better parts and technical support. 

Contemporary Laundry Room by New York Appliances Electrolux US

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Topics: Whirlpool, Front Load Washers, Electrolux

Best Nautical Lights for Kitchens (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Roger Pontes

Nautical lights are some of today’s most popular lighting styles. Many nautical lights are designed for the coast and made out of stainless steel which is durable to the coastal weather. You can buy nautical lights for many areas of your home such as outdoors, bedrooms, bathrooms, decks, hallways and kitchens.

When people hear the word “nautical” their first thoughts are of oceans and the seas. Nautical lights tend to be solidly built to endure the sea. You see many of these lights with cages and other industrial details.

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Topics: Lighting

Makeover Monday: Thermador Appliances For Luxury Homes (Reviews)

by Steve Sheinkopf

It's Makeover Monday: Every Monday we look at a professionally remodeled kitchen and/or bathroom and talk about what is good and sometimes not so good about that particular renovation. This article is designed to help you with your project...so let's get to it

The real estate market has improved for certain types of homes. I was on the road meeting builders in Lexington, Concord, Bedford and Weston. It’s really amazing.

Developers are buying smaller Cape homes and knocking them down for much larger ones. This conversion has become more widespread then pre-recessionary times of 2007.

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Topics: Makeover Monday

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