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Roger Pontes

Roger Pontes has been with Yale Appliance + Lighting for over 10 years. He’s worked in both the lighting and appliance department over the years. Roger truly enjoys helping people. He’s a married father of 2 kids, a boy and a girl. On his spare time Roger enjoys spending time with his family and playing sports.

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Recent Posts

Viking vs. Wolf 30-Inch Induction Ranges (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

by Roger Pontes

Induction ranges and cooktops have become increasingly popular over the years. Oddly enough, you did not have many premium choices in induction other than Dacor and then Viking. That has changed recently as Miele (2014) and Wolf (2016) have added very decent induction ranges to consider.

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Topics: Wolf, Viking, Induction Ranges

Speed Queen vs. Fisher Paykel Laundry (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Roger Pontes

There seems to be a backlash against front load laundry. The Maytag Neptune and its myriad issues started it. Front load washers do have a mold problem if you leave water in the gasket and they are more expensive to repair.

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Topics: Laundry, Fisher Paykel, Speed Queen

How to Buy a Gas Professional Rangetop (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

by Roger Pontes

Rangetops have become popular recently. You still have the power of a pro cooking product, but you won't have to bend to move food in and out of an oven.

In this article, we will take a look at a few rangetops and talk about some desirable features. Before we do that, let’s describe the difference between a rangetop and a cooktop.

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Topics: Rangetops

KitchenAid vs. Electrolux Dishwashers (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

by Roger Pontes

Dishwashers have come a long way. From a glass window, to a “knock to open” feature, these are some of the new features available on the market today. More importantly, dishwashers are also much quieter than the last time you bought one.

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Topics: Dishwashers, Electrolux, KitchenAid

Frigidaire Pro vs. Samsung Front Control Gas Ranges (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Roger Pontes

Front control ranges have become more popular since the last time you bought a gas range. It is a blend of a traditional freestanding range, which has the electronic controls on the backguard and a slide-in range which does not have a back guard.

Below we will compare the Frigidaire Professional and the Samsung which have different front control ranges and compare front control and slide-in again at the end.

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Topics: Frigidaire, Gas Cooking, Samsung, Front Control Ranges

Beach Style Lighting for Living Rooms (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Roger Pontes

We have the Cape in Massachusetts. You cross the Bourne and Sagamore Bridges, and you are in another world. The tie and lace up shoes are replaced by T-shirts and flip flops. Beach style offers that informal and relaxed atmosphere.

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Topics: Lighting, Beach, Living Room

Best LED Swing Arms For Bedside (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Roger Pontes

Swing arm lamps are very popular. It’s a great idea to install one on either side of your bed for reading. Instead of turning the main light fixture on and risk upsetting your spouse, you can just turn on the swing arm lamp and use that instead. 

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Topics: LED Lighting, Lighting, Bedroom

Best Colonial Style Lighting for Dining Rooms (Reviews/ratings)

by Roger Pontes

A Colonial home is one of the most popular types in the United States. Colonial homes evolved from European influences which were developed in the late 1600’s and early 1700’s when Europeans migrated to the United States.

Massachusetts is home to Colonial type architecture (as we were an early colony).

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Topics: Lighting, Dining Room, Colonial

24 Volts vs. 12 Volts for LED Under Cabinet Lighting (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Roger Pontes

You have more options for under cabinet lighting now than ever. They're also way different than just 5 years ago. LED is now the standard, but you have a choice between 24 volt and 12 volt systems.

Each have advantages, but both should be used differently. We look at both systems and then compare. First, let me explain the difference between low and regular line voltage.

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Topics: LED Lighting, Under Cabinet Lighting

Best Chandeliers for a Transitional Kitchen (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Roger Pontes

So, you’re looking to purchase a new chandelier for your transitional kitchen but not sure what to buy?

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Topics: Lighting, Kitchen, Transitional

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