Fall Favorites: Our Favorite Fall Lighting Trends

Timeless and Versatile Lights for Fall.

Everyone loves fall; the rich colors, the layers, the beautiful textiles, and so much more. Some of our favorite lighting looks in years past have been fall-themed and this year is no different. We’re seeing a variety of looks: from geometric lines to macrame details strung from fixtures. What is exciting is that all of these trends are extremely versatile and will become timeless pieces in the future. Continue reading to find out what lighting trends to expect this Autumn season. We’ve curated some looks from three of our favorite trend-making brands, Capital Lighting, Hudson Valley, and Hubbardton Forge. 

Brass Lights (& Hardware). Featuring Hudson Valley Lighting.

This new favorite has made its way onto the scene over the last couple of years. It’s simple and classic, with a touch of funky flair. What makes brass light so unique is that it can be paired with white for a clean, modern flair or with complementary colored decors, such as deep, moody blues and purples to evoke a modern elegance. Even combine it with industrial-style bulbs and/or wood fixtures to create a layered and bold look. Whatever your personal decor style, a brass light fixture is a perfect addition to any space.

One of our featured brands, Hudson Valley Lighting has an exquisite collection of various brass finishes. Their options include aged brass, matte brass, oxidized brass, polished brass, rose brass, and many more. You are sure to find a new favorite brass finish for your next lighting fixture. 

Another Favorite Fall Lighting Trend: Transitional Farmhouse Lighting by Capital Lighting.

Pair a transitional modern piece with something with a boho flair like these beautiful pieces. They look fantastic as a dining room centerpiece or arranged in a linear pattern down a hallway. The combination of straight lines with curved edges evokes an upscale vibe; elegance without pretentiousness. It can be dressed up or dressed down depending on the setting. Another one of our favorite brands for this look is Capital Lighting. They have a wide variety of farmhouse options, from glam to boho.

Favorite Fall Lighting Trend: Wood Finishes featuring Hubbardton Forge.

Modular wood finishes are the latest trend to hit the scene. These casual elements are juxtaposed with modular contemporary vibes. The wood material brings the outdoors inside and creates the perfect autumn atmosphere. We’ve also seen wood accents added to chandeliers, incorporating elegance and grandeur into a casual piece. The organic look of a wooden chandelier can be paired with various home decor styles: anything from modern to farmhouse to boho chic. Fixtures accented with these details bring a universal appeal to any piece.

White Lights with Unique Textures & Elements.

Minimal but funky – we’re loving textured white lights. What’s great about this trend is that you can pair white with any type of decor style. But with the added texture, the piece will be anything but boring. We love seeing these types of lights paired with reclaimed wood finishes, macrame details and mixed metal designs. They can also complement a contemporary, clean space just as well.

As you can see, there are many new and exciting trends to keep an eye out for as we head into fall and winter. Whether you are someone who enjoys changing your decor around every year or you prefer classic, simple pieces – there’s always something for you. Visit us at our Toledo and Ann Arbor showrooms to find the perfect piece for you. We take pride in our personalized approach to home decorating and getting to know each and every one of our customers. We are confident that we will find you the perfect light for your space.

Let’s Make a Deal Sale: The Lookbook

Those who know, Go! Preview the curated collection of inventory you can expect to see in our showrooms during our annual Let’s Make a Deal Sales event. 


What is this ‘Let’s Make a Deal Sale’?

Once a year, customers get the chance to bargain down the price of their favorite Gross Electric showroom items. For the event, we’ve put together some of our staff favorites below to inspire your upcoming in-store shopping experience.  

Discover your next bargain find.

Give Your Bathroom A Refresh, At a Price You’ll Love

The Nicholas 3 Light
22 inch Earth Black Bath Light
Style: Transitional

This classic 3-bulb bathroom vanity light will give any bathroom a refreshed look. No need to repaint, this versatile light matches most color schemes and pairs beautifully with any hardware. Opt for a classic look with matching black hardware or get funky with mixed metals. Whatever look you create, you can have confidence knowing that humidity from your shower will not harm this light as it was specially made for damp locations.

Vintage-Inspired Vanity Light

ELK spindle Wheel 1 Light 11 inch Oil Rubbed Bronze
Vanity Light Wall Light
Style: Modern Farmhouse, Industrial

This Spindle Wheel vanity light adds a touch of vintage-inspired flair to any bathroom. The pulley wheel was inspired by early 1900’s design and includes a cast canopy finished in oil rubbed bronze.

A Splash of Color with the Mitzi Kiki Single Light in Navy

14” Wide Pendant Light
Style: Contemporary, Modern, Mid-Century Modern

This stylish and contemporary pendant light is constructed from steel and metal and includes a bold shade that matches its fixture finish. Pairs well with contemporary and mid-century modern looks but can also add a pop of flair to a more refined, transitional home.

Banded Shade Floor Lamp

By Elk Home
Style: Mid-century modern, Industrial, Modern

Add a mid-century modern flair to any space with this ELK Home white faux silk shade floor lamp. Using only the finest fabrics and materials, this Elk Home’s banded shade is functional while adding a touch of visual interest and ambient light. The light’s clean lines and simple shapes are great for a reading nook or cozy living room.

ELK Home Laguna Beach 6 Light Chandelier

Laguna Beach 26 inch Gold/White Chandelier Ceiling Light
Style: Boho Chic, Industrial, Mid-century Modern, Transitional

Gold, antique white interior accents and steel materials are perfectly paired to complement the angles of this dramatic mid-century modern chandelier. 6 torpedo bulbs give this piece a WOW factor and will make any home stand out with it’s understated elegance.

Kichler 52029WH Vath – White

4 Light Large Foyer Pendant Light
Style: Industrial, Transitional

Mixed finishes of white and brass add decorative interest to the frames of this transitional piece. Adorning your entryway with its curved top softens the look, for a sophisticated addition to your space.

Malone Single Light 12”

Tall Outdoor Wall Sconce
Style: Transitional, Industrial

Add vintage flair to your outdoor entry-way with this industrial outdoor wall sconce finished in a warm western bronze. It features etched glass accents to add visual interest and is constructed of steel to ensure long-term durability. The fixture comes with a dimmable Edison bulb which makes for a quick and efficient installation.

Tailor 5 by Quoizel

Light Earth Black Candle-Style Chandelier
Style: Transitional

The Tailor is effortlessly sophisticated. Finished in Earth Black, its sturdy inverted frame and acrylic bobeches augment a design that toes the line between various styles, from traditional to contemporary and beyond.

Bronwyn By Varaluz

16″ Wide Caged Taper Candle Single Pendant
Style: Transitional, Modern

This statement piece is unique, yet timeless. Designed to fill any room with it’s subdued ambient light, this pendant light pairs well with transitional to modern styles. It’s frame is hand-forged and hand-painted. Sustainably crafted using recycled steel and low, to no VOC paint.

Thayer Medium Lantern
4-Light, 6 inch
Polished Nickel Chandelier Ceiling Light
Style: Transitional, Modern Farmhouse, Modern

We see this lighting fixture most often featured over kitchen islands or in hallways as pairs of two or three. It draws the eye to a pleasing linear illusion and visually captivates with its curved lines. Thayer is a refreshing take on the traditional 4-sided lantern.

To view our entire ‘Let’s Make A Deal’ collection, visit one of our showrooms for our ONE DAY ONLY sales event. View a wide selection of lighting fixtures and decorative hardware that can be bargained for. 

Bring your negotiation hats on the following dates:

Ann Arbor, MI Showroom: August 21st, 2021
Toledo, OH Showroom: August 28th, 2021


To Learn more about the Let’s Make A Deal Sale visit us here! 

Ultimate Outdoor Ceiling Fan Guide

Warmer days are here! And while we couldn’t be more thrilled to get outside, the summer heat begs the question: How are you planning to stay cool?

An outdoor ceiling fan is an often overlooked fixture that can level up your space! Offering both function and form, you can add extra circulation while also elevating your decor. With the right technology, patios and porches can remain breezy and enjoyable even during the dog days of summer. Check out our handy guide for what you need to know when purchasing and installing an outdoor fan! 


Types of Outdoor Ceiling Fans

With a variety of different shapes, sizes and styles, choosing an outdoor ceiling fan can feel overwhelming. Where should you start? Hugger, standard, and ceiling fans with lights are just a few of the different types of fans to consider.

If you are looking for a more understated fan that is flush-mounted, then you are going to want to choose the hugger style. This style is appropriate for smaller outdoor spaces, such as a screened in porch. 

(AVIATOR Downrod Ceiling Fan)

A standard outdoor ceiling fan is the most popular of the three. This type of fan has a thin rod that it hangs from and it tends to hang lower than the hugger.

(Minka-Aire SUNDANCE? – 52″ CEILING FAN)

If you are looking to light up your night and add even more function to your space, then you are going to want to choose a ceiling fan with a built-in light kit. This type of fan is great for outdoor entertainment and versatility, and comes in both hugger and standard lengths.

Once you’ve narrowed down your ideal ceiling fan type, you can explore fixture styles including modern, industrial, farmhouse, and more. You can further narrow your search by selecting a fan with all-weather ceiling fan blades to protect your fixture from humidity, corrosion, and rust – making them ideal for porches, sunrooms, and even your garage!


Can I use my indoor ceiling fan outside?

A common misconception is that indoor ceiling fans can be used outside. However, if your fan is under a roof or porch, you will need to make sure you purchase a fan with a UL rating of wet, which ensures that it is sealed in order to combat inclement weather.


How to Choose The Best Ceiling Fan Size

Outdoor ceiling fans can be used in many different spaces including garages, screened in porches or patios, gazebos, or pergolas. These spaces are great for entertaining and an opportunity to level-up your outdoor decor. If you want to create a balanced outdoor space, it’s important to consider the size of your ceiling fan. Here are some quick tips for the most common ceiling fan sizes:

  • A 36-inch ceiling fan will cover the area of 144 square feet
  • A 42-inch ceiling fan will reach an area of 225 square feet
  • A 52-inch ceiling fan will cool a space with an area of 325 square feet
  • A 60-inch ceiling fan will cool a space with an area of more than 350 square feet

Ceiling Fan Installation

When you’re ready to begin installing a ceiling fan there are two options to consider: DIY or hiring an electrician. If you have experience with electrical work, installing a fan on your own could be an economical decision! However, if you’re inexperienced in this area, we strongly recommend contacting your local electrician to ensure the installation goes safely and smoothly.

Before installation begins, with or without an electrician, you can spend time choosing the best location for your outdoor ceiling fan. You’ll want to keep an eye out for:

  • A location that aligns with the aesthetics of your space 
  • A location that can support the weight of the fan, especially if it’s a large fan
  • A location with the least amount of exposure to weather conditions

Once your ceiling fan is installed, you’re ready to entertain in your elevated outdoor space! For more lighting tips and tricks, check out our blog.

Don’t Wait, Illuminate Your Space For Spring!

Bright Summer Days are ahead, but once the sun goes down, you’ll need lighting for your outdoor oasis! After being cooped up inside all winter long, outdoor lighting offers a welcome change of scenery. Adding a fan or chandelier to your outdoor patio area can make your space look more sophisticated, sleek, and well-maintained. Whether your taste is traditional, modern, rustic or contemporary, we have options sure to suit your style! Check our our top 5 outdoor lighting picks from Hinkley this season:

1. The Lakehouse Wall Lantern – Lanterns are timeless, traditional, and have been lighting the way home for centuries. The Lakehouse wall lantern by Hinkley is modern, but gives off a sense of relaxation to your space. This lantern is blissfully simple, while remaining a memorable piece to your outdoor oasis. All of your summer BBQs will be well lit with this eye-catching lantern. 

2. The Lakehouse Chandelier – Unsure how to create an inviting outdoor living space? Lighting manufacturers are continually adding new outdoor chandeliers to their product offerings – allowing homeowners of all aesthetics the chance to further blend their indoor and outdoor spaces. We love the Lakehouse Lantern, featuring distressed, aged zinc with Driftwood Gray and black finish accompanied by clear seedy glass. This chandelier is made to last! 

3. Foundry Classic – If your home gives off an industrial aesthetic, this is the outdoor fixture for you. While remaining vintage in nature, The Foundry Classic is versatile and can be used indoors as an accent fixture, or outdoors to bring light to your summer nights. The aluminum shade features knurled brass details to offset the Gloss White, Museum Bronze or Textured Black.

4. Vantage Fan – In addition to decorative and functional fixtures, you can add a “cool” factor to your outdoor space with a new ceiling fan. As with lighting, ceiling fans are available in a broad range of styles to fit your needs. The Vantage LED fan by Hinkley is equipped with a DC motor which delivers excellent energy efficiency, while remaining stylish with whisper quiet operation. We love this fan because it can be used for both indoor and outdoor spaces. Crack open a cold one, have a seat on the couch, and enjoy the swift breeze of the outdoor ceiling fan.

 5. The Hover – The Hover Fan by Hinkley is the epitome of clean and sleek. Much like the Vantage Fan, the Hover Fan is also LED equipped and energy efficient. These fans are perfect for hot days that turn into cool nights.

Whether you choose an eye-catching outdoor chandelier, or a cool and sleek ceiling fan, you’re sure to stand out this summer. Explore our expansive collection of outdoor lighting from Hinkley and other brands today!

The Gross Electric’s Daylight Savings End To-do’s

Time Change Checklist

November 1st is just around the corner. Before we know it, nature will be taking back that extra hour of daylight it loaned us last March. This means that we will be more reliant on interior lighting to keep our spirits up, work flowing, and lives moving along during the winter months. Don’t stress about your home lighting to-do’s, we’ve got you covered.

Lower Energy = Lower Cost

Although most lights will be on longer, your lighting bills don’t have to go up. Consider switching to energy-efficient bulbs to save yourself money (and help the environment too). By switching out your old iridescent light bulbs to LED (light-emitting diode) models, you can significantly cut your home lighting costs. The average household has more than 40 sockets, which means switching to LEDs could save you around $200 each and every year. The Natural Resources Defense Council estimates that consumers would save $13 billion on their electric bills if a CFL or LED is screwed into every socket. As a nation, we would annually avoid the equivalent of paying for the electricity of 30 large coal-burning power plants.

Shop Energy Efficient Bulbs. 

Don’t Forget Your Outdoor Lighting

From driveways, to walkways, to garage areas – ensuring your outdoor space is well lit during darker months will help you avoid a number of issues. A well-lit home will provide good visibility while you or your guests are walking from your cars, often through the snow. This is especially important if you have a long driveway or winding paths that lead to your front door. It is also important to keep in mind that an unlit home can appear rather vacant, framing it as an ‘easy target’. Shedding some light on the main outdoor areas surrounding your home (front door, side door, garage, pathways, landscape) will inherently make your home more secure by making it seem as though someone is home, even when no one is! Whatever your outdoor lighting needs, shop the wet rated category at Grosselectric.com.

Featuring: Outdoor Wall 1Lt (49990BK) by Kichler.

Inspect Your Smoke Detectors 

Daylight Savings Time doubles as a bi-annual reminder to change the batteries in your fire alarms. A study done by ServiceMaster Restore showed that only around 57% of Americans follow best practice and have checked their alarms in the last six months. To optimize your home’s safety during the winter months, be sure to replace the batteries in each detector. You may also want to keep an eye out for the date of manufacture marked on the device. Smoke detectors can become defective after ten years or so, and require replacement just like carbon monoxide alarms. Keep in mind, if you upgrade to the newer lithium battery smoke detectors, you won’t have to worry about replacing the batteries at all for up to a decade. Double check that you have smoke alarms installed inside each bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home (including the basement), per the National Fire Protection Association recommendation.

If you need assistance selecting bulbs, outdoor lighting fixtures, or replacement smoke detectors, stop by our Toledo or Ann Arbor showrooms and one of our specialists will give you a hand! If you know what you’re looking for, head over to https://store.grosselectric.com/lighting-fixtures to shop online!

A Message From Our Team!

Your health and that of your families are of our utmost concern as we all navigate this “new normal”. We continue to take proactive steps to ensure a safe environment at both showroom locations, as per the recommendations of the CDC.

We are open to the public at both showroom locations. Our current hours are Monday – Friday 10AM to 6PM, and Saturday 10AM – 5PM.

To keep you and our employees safe and comfortable, this is what we are doing and what we request that you do:

· We are wearing masks and require you to also wear one while in our showroom.

· We have an hourly cleaning and sanitizing schedule for all counters, doors, and rest rooms.

· We have installed shields at our front counter.

· We are practicing social distancing.

Thank you for your support, we can’t wait to help you with your projects.

We continue to offer the following services:

Virtual Fixture Selection

Homeowners not ready to venture out, but you need to keep the project moving? We’re offering Virtual Fixture Selections to help guide your clients through their selections in real time!

Contact Us For Details.

Curbside Pick Up

Pick-up’s and Deliveries are continuing as usual. Call ahead to arrange a contact-free pick up!

Schedule Your Pick Up.

Ship to Home Options

We have partnered with some of the biggest brands to offer customers free or reduced shipping fees!

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How To Choose Outdoor Lighting For Your Home

Outdoor lighting is a fundamental component of any home. These fixtures provide extensive value that ranges from building ambiance to promoting the safety of you and your loved ones. If you’re in the market for new outdoor fixtures, follow these general rules of thumb to streamline your lighting selection process!

First, choose your lighting fixtures based on their function or purpose.

Decorative lighting can act as the perfect accent to your outdoor space. From outdoor pendants that live on your back patio to string lights draped above your backyard, the options are boundless. Think about your space, and ask yourself important questions such as, do I often entertain outdoors? Do I eat dinner with my family there? Do we enjoy dim ambiance or a fully lit space in the evening? For most homes, our overhead lighting is a safe bet that provides both function and form – appearing sleek and minimalist, but able to fully illuminate an outdoor space, even when the sun is down! Furthermore, our wide selection of outdoor lighting is equipped to fit any style preference, from contemporary to traditional. You may also want to consider the type of coverage your outdoor space provides when choosing your fixtures. Damp-rated fixtures are available for porch or patio areas that provide some shelter, and wet-rated styles are available for your yard and other high-exposure areas.

Wall sconces are extremely popular among most homeowners. These wall lights line doorways and walkways and are extremely versatile, as they can be installed anywhere wall wiring is available. Another beneficial attribute is the wall sconce’s ability to provide different levels and types of light. From subdued, ambient light, to vast, directed light, the breadth of options will ensure you find a fixture that illuminates your outdoor space in the exact way you want. Most outdoor wall lights are manufactured to endure heavy weather exposure, but if you live in a region with particularly harsh (wet or cold) temperatures, pay extra attention to weather rating and finish.

Some areas of your home are inherently more in need of security than others. These areas include garages, windows, front and back porches, walking paths, and more. Flood lighting, recessed lighting, and landscape lighting can all ensure that these important areas are safe and well-lit.

Landscape lighting planning can become extremely technical, and may require more attention than other areas in your home. Having basic knowledge of the different elements of landscape lighting is a good first step to discovering your yard’s lighting blueprint. When considering path lights, know that you can find both solar and wired options. Wired lighting will require you to run power sources underground, so it’s important to understand that this may be a big undertaking. Path lighting is most useful when placed along pathways, around garden beds, and along the perimeter of your house. When placed closer to your home, these can be used in tandem with wall lighting to add dimension to your home. Recessed lighting is great and can be built into the ground of your patio, deck, or driveway. These provide subtle light that blends effortlessly into the landscape, and are great for security as they flood your home’s perimeter with light. Recessed lights are less decorative in their form, but bring style to your home when used to highlight plants, trees, and other outdoor features from the ground up.

Once you discover which types of lighting you’re looking for, there are a few key factors you may want to take into consideration when deciding which specific fixture to install, the first being style. Refer to your home’s existing architecture and current decor when choosing your outdoor lighting to ensure it is streamlined with the rest of your home. Next, make sure to consider what materials your lighting is made of. Materials not only impact the physical appearance of your lighting, but also have different durability. Most outdoor fixtures are manufactured from brass, copper, or aluminum. Choose materials that will remain in good condition when exposed to the harsh weather of your home’s region. Lastly, don’t forget to consider efficiency. LED, solar-powered, and energy efficient CFL lighting are all available. 

Hopefully this article will act as a guide while you set out to find the perfect outdoor lighting for your home. You’re well on your way to creating a beautifully lit outdoor space! If you’re in need of design assistance or product recommendations, contact us to set up a consultation!