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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

Pendants vs. Chandeliers Over a Kitchen Island (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Roger Pontes

Are you trying to choose between a chandelier and pendants above your kitchen island?

First, decorative lighting is more about personal style than real illumination. Your task lighting should be provided by recessed or track lighting, so buy what you like.

Decorative lighting is like jewelry so, find your personal style and go with it. 

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Topics: Pendant Lighting, Chandeliers, Kitchen

Best Under Cabinet Lighting (LED/Xenon/Halogen/Fluorescent)

by Roger Pontes

Are you looking for the best under cabinet lighting but not sure what to buy? This article will help you decide what is best for your application.

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Topics: LED Light Bulbs, Under Cabinet Lighting, Xenon Bulbs

How High Do You Hang a Chandelier?

by Roger Pontes

 "How high do you hang a chandelier?" Is the most commonly asked lighting question at Yale. 

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Topics: Chandeliers

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

Best Copper Pendants For Kitchens & Dining Rooms

by Roger Pontes

Metallic influences aren’t a new trend to interiors. Since last year or so, pops of metal have been making a comeback in interior decorating.

Stainless steel, brushed or polished nickel, and chrome are all popular choices for bathrooms and kitchens, but bronze, copper, and gold are being found as accents in not only the bathroom and kitchen, but all rooms around the house.

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Topics: Lighting

10 Best Minka-Aire Paddle Fans (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Roger Pontes

How to Use a Paddle Fan

You probably think ceiling fans are just seasonal products but they can actually be used all year round. In the summer time you can use a ceiling fan to stay cool.

Paddle fans do not change the actual temperature and operate similarly to wind chill in the winter. It changes the perceived temperature on your skin by fanning the heat away from your body. 

In the winter, by reversing the fan, you will be redistributing warm air from the ceiling throughout the room

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Topics: Minka Aire, Ceiling Fans

Best Outdoor Lighting for Homes Near the Ocean

by Roger Pontes

If you live near the Ocean, you would not want to buy just any type of outdoor lighting.

The salt air from the ocean can oxidize and destroy light fixtures made from cheaper materials such as aluminum or steel. Only certain outdoor lighting fixtures like solid brass or cast iron are recommended near the ocean.

Before we talk about brands and materials, make sure you wipe down your outdoor lighting fixtures periodically.

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Topics: Outdoor Lighting, Beach

How To Choose Lighting For Your Colonial Style Kitchen

by Roger Pontes

Colonial style houses were very popular in America from 1690 to 1830. Most Colonial homes were built by wealthy Americans in New England. In the 1600s, a Colonial home was a one story 2 room house with a central chimney. By the 1700s most Colonial homes were two stories with 4 rooms.

Today, the most popular Colonial design in the United States is a symmetrical front with a central door, two windows on either side, and five windows across the second floor. Over the years people have been adding additions to their Colonial home such as a garage, a shed, or even an in-law apartment. A Colonial home décor offers a warm and rustic look.

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Topics: Lighting, Kitchen, Colonial

How to Light a Traditional Bedroom With Decorative Lights and Fixtures

by Roger Pontes

Lighting a bedroom is much simpler than a kitchen or bath, because it is a less task oriented environment.

Think about it.

You really do not need much light in the bedroom. You can also supplement lighting with lamps, unlike a kitchen or bath. As iPads and Kindles have replaced books, you almost don’t even need reading lights.

However, you do need decorative pieces in the middle of the room for basic illumination and general style.

Below we have a popular New England style traditional bedroom, so I included different choices to light the space.

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Topics: Lighting

Replacing Incandescent Bulbs With Halogen, CFL or LED (Reviews/Ratings)

by Roger Pontes

Due to new energy efficient standards most incandescent bulbs can no longer be produced. With this new law how do you decide which bulb is best for your home?

So why are light bulbs changing?

In 2007 Congress passed into law the Energy Independence and Security Act. This meant that many products including light bulbs had to improve in order to be more energy efficient. You can still buy light bulbs that look similar to your old incandescent bulbs but they are more efficient now. All new bulbs must have labels to help you choose the most efficient ones.

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Topics: LED Lighting, LED Light Bulbs

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