Upgrade Your Outdoor Space

Upgrade Your Outdoor Space

Ah, the sweet sound of birds chirping and flowers blooming is a welcome reminder that the cold winter months are coming to an end, and the warmer spring and summer months lie ahead. Spring and summer are a time for us to spend more time outside with friends and family. 

If you find yourself needing fresh outdoor living space ideas, we have you covered. Updating your outdoor lighting fixtures is an easy way to extend the shorter nights into the late hours. We have compiled a list of ways to update your outdoor lighting with products from Kichler and Hinkley.

Install Hanging Lights

Are you looking to enjoy more time on your covered patio or deck this spring and summer? An outdoor hanging light fixture may be just the thing you need to transform your space. 

Hanging lights can instantly make your outdoor space more inviting. They stylishly illuminate your entertainment area and improve the overall atmosphere. When picking out your next fixture, try experimenting with sizes, shapes, finishes, and textures. Whether you are interested in pieces with vintage vibes or sleek, modern fixtures like the     

Outdoor Linear Chandelier 3Lt, Kichler’s selection of hanging lights does not disappoint.

Kichler Outdoor 2

Keep Cool & Save Energy with an LED Ceiling Fan

There’s nothing worse than not being able to enjoy a beautiful sunset because of the unbearable evening heat and humidity. Investing in an LED ceiling fan helps you stay cool no matter the weather. Their streamlined design and unique finishings complement any outdoor space. Plus, ceiling fans keep the pesky bugs away, making for a more enjoyable evening. 

The 60 Inch Rana Fan LED is one of our favorites because it is functional and stylish. LED lighting is also environmentally friendly and energy-efficient. Ninety-five percent of the energy produced is converted into light, while only five percent is wasted as heat. You’ll be helping reduce your carbon footprint while saving money, too.

Light Up the Night with Path Lights

Sometimes, a few small lighting additions can make the world a difference. When purchasing your next piece, consider adding path lights to your list of outdoor necessities.

Path lights are aesthetically pleasing AND practical. Placing path lights along walkways increases curb appeal by accenting your home’s features. Well-placed path lights make your home appear more welcoming and visually attractive. Plus, you no longer will trip or fall in the dark after installing them, and they offer additional security. Some of our favorite path lights are from Hinkley, such as  the Atlantis Small LED Path Light and Contempo LED Path Light

Hinkley Path

Deck Lighting

Your deck is a seamless extension of your home. Adding in a few well-placed lights can maximize your time spent outdoors while enhancing your deck’s overall look and feel. 

Deck lighting adds a subtle glow to your outdoor space. Installing lights along your railing or built-in seating can highlight the intricate details of your deck. Kichler’s Half Moon Led Deck Light comes in different finishes that will look great for any design aesthetic.

Shop Our Entire Collection

If you are looking to spend more time outside, updating your landscape lights and outdoor lighting fixtures is one way to celebrate the changing of seasons. Shop our extensive selection of Kichler and Hinkley products today, or stop into one of our showrooms where we can help you find your perfect piece!

Think Green – Energy Efficiency & Eco-Friendly Products

A sustainable future for our planet starts with us. Purchasing eco-friendly products is one of the best ways to contribute to a greener society. At Gross Electric, we offer environmentally conscious brands like Varuluz for people looking to live a more sustainable lifestyle. Also, our lamp repair and light bulb recycling services cut down on waste and improper disposal of bulbs. 

Make a Statement With Your Chandelier

The intricate detailing of the Matrix 8-Lt Linear chandelier won’t be the only thing people are talking about! This stunning fixture is made from hand forged recycled steel. Recycled steel products save energy and resources normally used when mining steel. Plus, these sustainable light fixtures indirectly save thousands of gallons of water. 

The randomly hammered elements make this chandelier unique and eye-catching. It is distinctly modern but draws heavy on 70s glam, making it a great addition to any space. Not only is it stunning, but it is an eco-friendly alternative to a traditional chandelier.

Eco-Friendly Pendants

Pendants are great for people who need focused lighting but don’t want the hassle of a floor lamp taking up too much space. Varaluz’s selection of pendant lights is stylish and sourced from sustainable materials.

The Fascination 1-Lt Mini Pendant is breathtaking. Inspired by the ruins of a Nevada mine at sunset, this light is made from recycled steel and recycled glass discs. Using recycled glass conserves resources and helps reduce pollution levels. The rich, warm colors and craftsmanship make this piece stand out.

If you are looking for a bigger fixture, the Flow 6-Lt Twist Pendant will turn heads. The captivating design mimics movement and rhythm and is made from hand-forged recycled steel. The warm tone-tone finishes will illuminate any room.

Energy Efficient LED Lights

Purchasing products made from recycled materials isn’t the only way to lead a greener lifestyle. LED lighting is another fantastic alternative to traditional light resources. LED lighting lasts longer and is more energy-efficient, as they use around 50% less energy than fluorescent bulbs. You’ll be saving money on your energy bill and helping reduce your carbon footprint— a win-win situation for you and the planet! 

The Brilliance design is back and better than ever! This popular product line is now in LED, making it a great option for your next bathroom lighting choice. The LED Small Bath Fixture and LED Large Wall Sconce are simple yet stunning. The chromed metalwork complements the cool crystal glass.

Sustainable Decor

Varaluz also has a line of eco-friendly home decor to complement your lighting. Their True North 30-in Round Reclaimed Wood w/ Gold Accents Mirror looks excellent in any room due to its neutral tones and beautiful accents. Products made from reclaimed wood help reduce waste and preserve vital resources. 

If you are a fan of sculptural art, check out their collection of wall art! The Work Of Heart Silver Mixed-Media Wall Art is made from recycled steel and industrial hardware; these combined elements make this work a great conversation piece.

person repairing light fixture wires

Gross Electric Lamp Repair and Light bulb Recycling

Besides our sustainable product offerings, we also offer lamp repair and light bulb recycling services. 

We restore any type of fixture; our experienced repair technicians can rewire, re-shade, or replate your lighting fixture or complete other improvements as needed. Our services help ensure that your lighting is functioning properly and safely. 

Some light bulbs must be disposed of in a specific way because they could potentially harm the environment. We will properly dispose of your light bulbs from your home or business for a nominal fee. 

Shop with us today!

We have provided quality service and products for our customers for 111 years. If you are looking to purchase products made from recycled materials, shop online or stop into one of our showrooms today!

2022 Lighting Trends

2022 Lighting Trends

We can expect some eclectic lighting trends this upcoming year. From alabaster finishes to vintage finds and LED light art, there’s something for everyone. Some of our favorite lighting looks are making a come-back and others are creative reinventions of classics. We’re seeing a variety of looks: anything from colorful pendants to sculptural, organic, and curvy shapes. What is exciting is that all of these trends are extremely versatile and will become timeless pieces will age. Continue reading to find out what lighting trends to expect for 2022. We’ve curated some looks from a collection of our favorite trend-making brands.

First in the list of 2022 design favorites: Alabaster finishes

This new favorite features warm neutrals and classic white tones complemented by sculptural and clean shapes. It’s simple and classic, with a touch of funky flair. What makes alabaster finishes so unique is that they can be paired with funky, colorful accents or enhance a minimalist monastery. Even combine it with industrial-style bulbs or wood fixtures to create a layered and bold look. Crisp Alabaster pairs well with sustainable and natural materials, another important trend coming into 2022. Natural materials such as wood, glass, bamboo, fabric, seagrass, leather, and even paper have been seen.

Another Favorite for 2022: Maximizing Minimalism

Make a statement with sculptural lighting. Modern Minimalism is a take on streamlined design that incorporates up-to-date shapes, colors, and textures. Not only is minimalism a decor style, but it’s also a way of life. Creating a functional space through minimalism is all the rave for 2022. Given this defined style has little, to no flair, everything must have a purpose. Understandably, it’s easy to see why lighting is such an integral part of minimalist design. Discover Walman by Kichler, one of our favorite partner brands. This collection does not attempt to be the center of attention. Rather, these fixtures blend easily into your decor. Its modern simplicity and effortless style make this fixture a talking point. Two finishes are available for this fixture; matte black and matte white. 

Scandinavian Style

The attractiveness of this trend derives from its unusual confluence of elements: sophisticated, warm, and inviting. Simplicity and harmony are effectively integrated with clean, minimalist elements in Scandinavian design. Here are the essentials that make this design so enticing. Hygge is a Danish term characterized as “a sense of cozy and comfortable togetherness that engenders a sense of happiness or well-being,” according to The New Yorker.

This phrase is what differentiates this design style from the others. Instead of emphasizing one attribute, Scandinavian design excels at blending the ideals of comfort and warmth with sentiments of well-being and contentment. Typically, the area will also have a neutral color scheme plus pops of texture, eccentric fabrics, and/or splashes of color.

White Lights with Unique Textures & Elements

When trying out new lighting trends, don’t be afraid to experiment with textures, shapes, and layers. This trend lets your lighting fixtures be the focal point, allowing you to express your style in a new, modern way. Incorporating light fixtures with unique accent features can enhance your space’s overall look and feel. 


Textured lighting fixtures are functional and stylish, making them a great addition to any room. If you are looking for a light fixture with some added flair, check out one of our partner brands, Corbett Lighting. Their Graffiti collection combines superb craftsmanship and innovative design for eye-catching pieces.

More Trends to Come!

In 2022, there are so many new exciting lighting trends to choose from when updating your fixtures. Whether you prefer pieces with sleek finishes or dynamic textures, there is something for you this year!

At Gross Electric, we have the best selection of trendy lighting fixtures. Visit us at our Toledo and Ann Arbor showrooms to find the perfect piece for you. Our customers are at the heart of everything we do, so we get to know everyone personally to find lighting best suited for your needs. We are confident that we will find you the perfect fixture for your space! 

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!