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Mara Bermudez is a content writer for Del Mar Fans & Lighting. She figures out the nitty-gritty details and shares what she’s learned along the way to make your next purchase or home improvement project a breeze. She enjoys reading about new lighting trends and energy conservation. She likes cats and cover songs. Mara is an alumna of the University of Central Florida and she resides in Deltona, FL.


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Articles by Mara
Mara Bermudez in Conserve
10 Spring Cleaning Tips for Summer Savings
Spring is a time of growth and renewal for many plants and animals. It’s also the ideal time to prep your home for rising summer cooling and lighting costs. Use these easy-to-follow spring cleaning, organizing, and decorating tips for a cost-saving summer.   1. Make a Plan (And...
Compare and Save: Incandescent vs. LED
According to ENERGY STAR, lighting accounts for 12 percent of home energy costs. If you’re using inefficient light bulbs, this can really add up. Switching from incandescent bulbs to LED bulbs can decrease your energy use and reduce your energy costs. See how incandescent bulbs stack up against LED bulbs in the infogr...
Mara Bermudez in Design
What Are the Best Types of Fans for a Home?
From aviation-themed to Tuscan-inspired, fans come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles. Choosing the right fan for your home depends on all these factors – and more. You must also consider the ceiling height, room lighting, and location. Knowing the different types of fans available can help y...
5 Bright + Cool Father's Day Gifts
Poor dads, every year it’s the same scenario – cheesy ties, socks or koozies declaring him the “#1 Dad”. It’s a wonder many of you haven’t been disowned yet. This year, show your dad just how special he is by adding a bit of comfort and style to his everyday life. Here are five Father's Da...
5 Easy Ways to Modernize Your Ceiling Fan
Ceiling fans, while purposeful, are not always stylish. Perhaps your ceiling fan came with your home or you purchased the fan a long time ago and your décor has changed significantly since then. Whatever the case may be, you’re no longer happy with the way the fan looks. Before you consider trading in your old spinn...
Outdoor Wedding Lighting For Your Special Day
Your wedding day is undeniably one of the most important days of your life and you’ve planned every aspect of the event – the décor, menu and party favors, but have you given much thought to the lighting? The right outdoor wedding lighting can transform any outdoor space, and make you and your guests look...
Fabulous Fall Finds - Pin It to Win It
Cooler temps, blushing autumn leaves, and the return of the estranged pumpkin spice latte can only mean one thing. Fall is here. We at Del Mar Fans & Lighting wanted to help you bring the beauty of fall into your home with a new George Kovacs Need Tall Lamp. We paired up with the Six Sisters’ Stuff blog&...
Mara Bermudez in DIY
How to Make Paper Fans for Summer
The summer season is the start of many things - balmy temperatures, outdoor dining and entertaining, and fans. If you're a savvy host, you've already installed a decorative outdoor fan or plugged in a vintage-inspired pedestal fan to keep your guests cool. If you haven't, there's still a way to...
Harvest Home Decor: DIY Fall Lamp
Fall is my favorite time of the year. It's a time to gather with family and friends and share our favorite memories while creating new ones. This fall, we're using our favorite autumn elements to create warm and cozy table lighting for our Thanksgiving dinner. We've transformed the Kichler Birchfield table...
Mara Bermudez in Install
How to Install a Ceiling Fan
Installing a new ceiling fan is a thrifty way to reduce your energy bills without sacrificing comfort. A fan installation is a perfect weekend project for any avid do-it-yourselfer because it only requires a few hours to complete, and the payoff is immediate. You don't have to be a home improvement expert to install a ceilin...
How to Hang a Chandelier
Is there anything more elegant than a beautiful, sparkling chandelier hung in just the right spot in your home? We think not. Now that you've found the right size chandelier, it's time to install it where everyone can admire it. The chandelier that you've selected should not only...
Mara Bermudez in Learn
How to Reverse Your Ceiling Fan
As temperatures drop during the fall and winter months, energy costs begin to rise just as steadily. Call it coincidence. Call it symbiotic. Call it what you will, but the additional energy used to heat a home can quickly add up to a hefty bill. Read our Del Mar Fans & Lighting’s guide to proper ceil...
10 Recommended Tools to Install a Ceiling Fan
You have purchased the perfect ceiling fan – the right size, style, and finish, and are looking forward to basking under the gentle breeze. As you prepare to install the new ceiling fan, here are 10 basic tools to keep handy in your toolbox for any application. Having the right set of tools to install a c...
What is the Proper Ceiling Fan Direction?
Ceiling fans are the must-have home appliance for summer, but did you know that ceiling fans are also handy in the fall and winter? Changing the direction of your ceiling fan in the summer and winter not only makes you feel comfy, but it also allows you to adjust the thermostat and give your AC or heating unit...
How to Buy a Ceiling Fan for Your Home
A ceiling fan is a must-have home appliance for summer. Whether you’re a first-time ceiling fan buyer or you’re looking to replace an existing one, the choices can be overwhelming. Here are 7 tips to help you avoid buyer’s remorse and help you buy a ceiling fan for your home. Embed t...
What Size Ceiling Fan Do I Need?
Small ceiling fans for small rooms and large ceiling fans for large rooms, or so they say. While this may sound like an ancient proverb, choosing the right size ceiling fan ensures maximum performance, style, and above all – comfort. Here’s how you can select the correct ceiling fan size for any ro...
What Size Ceiling Fan Downrod Do I Need?
A ceiling fan downrod is a metal pipe that connects the motor housing to the mounting hardware, stabilizing the ceiling fan and reducing the potential for wobbling. A downrod also aids in proper airflow by ensuring a safe distance between the ceiling fan blades and the ceiling, at least 8 – 10 inches, and be...
Calculate the Angle of a Sloped Ceiling
A sloped ceiling makes a strong architectural statement in a home, but mounting a ceiling fan on an angled ceiling requires more than your standard fan installation tools. When buying a new ceiling fan, confirm the fan is compatible with sloped mounting. Many ceiling fans are designed to fit sloped ceilings wi...
Light Pollution: The Dark Side of Outdoor Lights
As many homeowners, you are taking steps to reduce your carbon footprint at home. You dutifully recycle glass, metal, paper, and plastic waste each week. You replace all the incandescent light bulbs in your home with energy-efficient compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) or light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs. However,...
The History of the Light Bulb
In The Beginning...   The history of the light bulb is filled rivalry, failures and great achievements. The electric light bulb has been called the most important invention since man-made fire. The light bulb helped to establish social or...
8 LED Bulbs Leading the Way to a Bright Future
Light-emitting diode (LED) technology is advancing rapidly, leaving other energy-efficient lighting technology in the dust. Future LED bulbs will cost less, consume less energy, last longer, and do much more than illuminate your home. The LEDs of the future will be able to create lights in multiple colors, stre...
Why Is Security Lighting Important?
Outdoor lighting adds beauty and dimension to a home. Lighting is also an integral part of an effective home security system. Outdoor security lighting discourages would-be intruders from targeting your home by increasing the risk of being caught. The best lighting design allows physical detection and facial recognition, minimiz...
Drift Off to Sleep with Smart LED Lighting
What does a warm bath, a good book, and a smart LED bulb all have in common? They all prepare your body for a restful night’s sleep. The Drift Light by Saffron promises to help you fall asleep naturally by casting warmer lighting and mimicking the setting sun. Bye Bye Blue Some scre...
Smart, Automated and Modern: the Haiku SenseME
Smart home automation is no longer a quirky phase of the 1950s. You can control the lighting, temperature and a plethora of appliances in your home from your smartphone or tablet. Now add the humble ceiling fan to that growing list. The Haiku SenseME by Big Ass Fans promises to revolutionize the ceiling fan with built-in oc...
Staff Feature – Colby Harris
At Del Mar Fans and Lighting, our employees are our most valuable asset. Each month, we'll be featuring a different employee to highlight his or her value and find out what makes him or her tick. This month, we're featuring Colby Harris, one of the founders of Del Mar Fans and Lighting. Colby is th...
A+ Study Lighting
It’s back to school time. If you’re a parent, this means shopping for school supplies like paper, pens and pencils. Don’t forget to add adjustable task lighting to the list. Yes, lighting. Good lighting improves attention span, accuracy and productivity. Here are three tips for illuminating your homework or stu...
Giving Back on National Ceiling Fan Day
September 18th is National Ceiling Fan Day (NCFD), a day dedicated to reducing energy consumption by turning off your central cooling system and turning on your ceiling, desk or floor fan instead. Initiated by the Fanimation Fan Company, the campaign aims to save billions of kilowatt hours of energy. This year’s theme also...
8 Tips for Selecting the Best Outdoor Lighting
Outdoor lighting is an easy, cost-effective way to add beauty, safety, and security to your home. Understanding which outdoor lights work best with your home's exterior and landscape will help you choose the right light fixtures for your garden, deck and yard. Here are our top eight tips for choosing outdoor l...
How to Size a Chandelier: 3 Easy Steps
A chandelier adds ambiance, style and of course, general lighting to a room, but selecting the right chandelier can be tricky. A small chandelier can easily get lost in a large space and fail to deliver a strong design element, while a large chandelier can overwhelm a small space. The right chandelier is propor...
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