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Hinkley Outdoor Lighting Takes Life Outside

Five Tips to Extend Your Living Space with Hinkley Outdoor Lighting


Hinkley Outdoor Post LightingWhen our friends first purchased their 1920s Spanish-revival style home, we weren’t mesmerized by the tray ceiling in the dining room or the Chicago brick throughout the first floor. Instead, we were first enthralled by the Hinkley outdoor wall lights and lantern lights.


There, in the middle of the sloping yard, was a tall majestic wrought iron lantern encasing three golden globes of light, casting a warm, welcoming glow over the entire area and lighting the nearby hammock. And although we love the mysterious looking iron sconces throughout the living room to the Art-Deco era fixtures in the bathrooms, the backyard lighting impressed us the most.


Hinkley outdoor lighting makes it easy to extend your own living space through the use of a few well-chosen light fixtures. If winter’s walls felt like they were closing in on you, or your existing living space seems too small to entertain, simply open up your home and your mind to the possibility of outdoor living.


5 Tips for a Richer, Brighter Outdoor Life

Whether you enjoy hosting a casual al-fresco dinner party on a warm summer night or you have a favorite reading spot under the shade of an old tree, your home's exterior is a pivotal part of your home design. Here are five simples lighting tips for using Hinkley outdoor lighting to make your outdoor spaces warm and welcoming:


The Advantage of DC Motors Explained

Why the Best Made Ceiling Fans are Run by a DC Motor


What do the abbreviations AC and DC meant to you? As Floridians, here at Del Mar Fans & Lighting, the term AC reminds us of a summer staple used to keep us cool; and DC is the abbreviation for our nation's capital. Rarely do these terms conjure images of best ceiling fan motors. However, our journey to understand the difference between an alternating current (AC) motor and a direct current (DC) motor has been an enlightening one.



How Direct Current Motors Work

Which motor is going to be best choice for your ceiling fan? Brands like Craftmade, Emerson, and Fanimation use DC motors in many of their popular ceiling fan models such as the Craftmade DC Union. But still, we asked, what are the differences between these two motor types?


All motors work by converting electrical energy into mechanical energy, but the similarities end there for AC and DC motors. AC motors are powered by connecting directly to a power source. DC motors are powered through the use of a battery or a converter. The speed of the motors is also controlled differently.


For an AC motor, the speed is controlled by varying the frequency, while the speed of a DC motor is controlled through the current. A DC motor is by far the preferred motor in many applications today, from electric trains to cranes to elevators, and are definitely the choice for ceiling fans.


Comparing AC and DC Motors

Custom Casablanca Ceiling Fans

Custom Ceiling Fans by Casablanca are Just a Few Clicks Away


The Casablanca Fan Company has defined sophistication, performance, and efficiency for nearly 40 years. Founded by Burton A. Burton in Pomona, California, the ceiling fan manufacturer modeled the first fan models after antiques, plating each one with an antique brass finish. The stylish ceiling fans are available today in a range of sizes, styles, and finishes for indoor and outdoor use, but can you design custom Casablanca ceiling fans to fit your individual needs and complement your unique style, designing custom ceiling fans with the Custom Casablanca Configurator.



How to Create the Casablanca Fan of Your Dreams

Custom Casablanca Configurator allows you to build your own ceiling fan based on your style, finish, and lighting preference. The configurator has a clean and straightforward menu with six easy-to-follow design options. Here are some tips to create your ideal ceiling fan in just a few minutes.


build a custom casablanca fanCustomize Your Ceiling Fan First, select the desired location of your custom Casablanca ceiling fans from three choices – indoors, damp environments, and outdoor environments. Indoor ceiling fans are suitable for dry, indoor rooms. However, damp ceiling fans are appropriate for damp and humid environments such as porches and sunrooms, and outdoor ceiling fans are fit for areas with exposure to the elements including salt air such as lanais and gazebos.


Then, select the fan body design from a variety of stylish fan forms like the transitional Academy, sculpted Capistrano, distinctive Compass Point, and classic Panama. Several designs offer damp or wet alternatives. These ceiling fans are Energy Star rated and feature four-speed pulls chains with optional remote controls. Also, select the body finish from rich brass, bronze, cocoa, and nickel finishes.

Emerson Ceiling Fans- Design to Fit Your Style

The Emerson Custom Ceiling Fans Configurator


It’s no secret that we have specific ideas about how we want things to look in our homes. From an early age we've been crafting and expanding our personal styles. We like things to look and feel more like us, so why would it be any different with our ceiling fans? We are excited to announce at Del Mar Fans & Lighting that we developed the Ceiling Fan Configurator. This configurator allows you to design select Emerson Ceiling Fans to create your a custom ceiling fan.



Create One of a Kind Emerson Ceiling Fans

There is no need to customize your ceiling fan with sticky glow in the dark stars or bedazzlers. The Emerson Ceiling Fan Configurator makes it easy for you by allowing you to choose the motor finish, blade style, light kit, control kit, downrod, and accessories to create custom ceiling fans. You can even see your custom ceiling fans for the Laguna Bay fans right there on the screen, and tweak them until they are perfect. Choose from a variety of fans and build your own custom ceiling fan.


Custom Emerson Ceiling Fans

Cost Effective Lighting: When to Turn It Off

Tips for Cost Effective Lighting in Your Home

In most houses, lights get turned on and off quite frequently, especially if you have children. A lot of parents deal with the bedtime light war when their children are constantly turning the lights on after the parent turned them off. But according to the latest research on cost effective lighting, you might be better off giving up on the light switch war and just leaving the lights on, especially since many lights are rated according to the number of times they are turned on and off.


When to Turn Off Incandescent, Halogen, and Fluorescent Light Bulbs

Recent Energy Star findings suggest, flipping a switch off is not always the best route to cost effective lighting. In fact, to find the most cost effective solution, you need to take into account the type of light bulb used, as well as the cost of electricity.


Comparing Light Bulbs OptionsFor example, incandescent lights, which are the least energy efficient, need to be turned off whenever they are not in use, particularly in the summertime, since a lit incandescent bulb also adds heat to a room. You can also add Lutron dimmers to control the voltage output that the light bulb is getting, this will reduce energy consumption quite a bit.


Halogens, though more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs, are still not the most efficient options, and should also be turned off whenever you leave the room. Try to always turn off fluorescent lights. The cost of energy savings by having them off for five seconds is greater than the energy consumed by turning them off.


When to Turn Off CFL and LED Light Bulbs

Once you start talking about CFLs and LEDs, the topic of cost effective lighting becomes a little more complicated. Since CFLs are so energy efficient, the rules for their usage varies. In general, if you plan to be out of the room for less than 15 minutes, leave the light on. If you’ll be gone longer, turn the light off.  As a rule, the life of a CFL is greatly affected by the number of times it is turned on and off, so if you want to prolong the life of your CFL bulb, you are more likely to do so by switching it on and off less as opposed to just using it less. Many people believe that CFLs use a lot of energy to get going and that this is a reason to avoid switching them on and off, but bulbs with an Energy Star rating are required to endure frequent switching.


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