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How to Best Light Your Kitchen

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There are many things to think about when designing your kitchen lighting. Consider the natural light in the room, the layout of your kitchen, and your budget size. Also, be sure to check on the electrical wiring in your kitchen to make sure it is up-to-date.

Vadara Quartz solid surface quartz countertops pair beautifully with all types of kitchen lighting, to give your kitchen the depth and contemporary touch you’ve been seeking.

Natural Light

Before you even begin to plan where your kitchen units will be placed and how you will light them, you should think about the natural lighting in your kitchen. Take into consideration the ceiling height as well as where the natural light falls at various times of day. Plan your kitchen so that you have the best light when you use your kitchen most. Vadara Quartz Bianco Perla countertops reflect the natural light beautifully, capturing sun and shadow in a soft and subtle cream color with pronounced veining.

Electrical Fittings

After you decide where your units, appliances, furniture, and fittings will be located, you will be ready to consider artificial lighting. By this stage you should have the best layout to suit the space and natural light. Choose the styles you want to include early, as these will affect your budget; you’ll also need to let the builder and electrician know your plans for wiring the fittings and switches. Try your best to include fixtures, switches, and plugs in your technical drawings.

Your Budget

Updating your light fittings to more energy efficient LEDs is a cost-effective move. These will initially cost more than standard Halogen or Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs,) but the bulbs will last for up to 25 years. They can also offer the benefit of providing different shades of light to suit your needs.

Mood Lighting

Use LED strips facing upwards on top of plinths and cabinets to create a floating sensation, up-light tall ceilings and architectural features. Capture the mood with countertops from Vadara Quarts Illumina Collection. These moody and romantic quartz tops are translucent, and shine when backlit.

Lighting that Works for You

Another, less often thought of option, is to have internal lighting in cabinets on motion sensors so that the lights come on when you open the door. This can be especially useful in lower cabinets which don’t get as much light from the ceiling lights or windows.

Zoned Lighting

If the kitchen is part of an open floor plan, the best way to maximize all areas is to install task lighting in the kitchen and mood lighting in the social areas to define the different zones.
You can install task lighting under top cabinets which sit over a countertop, like circular LED spot or strip lighting, which give off soft illumination. Pair your task lighting with Vadara Quartz Absolute Blanc countertops for a clean and fresh finish.


LED dimmable ceiling spotlights or pendants work best over a kitchen island (just make sure to light the right part of the space so that you are not standing in your own shadow when preparing food or eating.) Vadara Quartz Denali looks great on an island countertop – its speckled white/gray color blends well with your kitchen, camouflages spills, and reflects the spotlight or pendant lighting for a cool finish.

Top 5 Kitchen Lighting Tips

1. Don’t put lights too close to cabinetry because the glare from the lights could discolor the veneer.
2. If you have low ceilings, be careful not to overpower your kitchen with too many lights.
3. Kitchen lighting should be placed directly over walkways, prep areas, sinks and cook tops. This way no matter what you’re doing you won’t have any dark corners.
4. Use spotlights on dimmer switches so you can easily control light levels.
5. Think carefully about where the switches are positioned (don’t overlook the details.)

Solid Surface Quartz Countertops

Vadara Quartz offers solid surface quartz countertops with the most natural color palette available, combining beauty, function, innovation, and value. Vadara Quartz is part of a Family of Brands which includes additional surfaces, sinks, and faucets. Their New 2018 Collection is now available!

Enforcing Overnight Security

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When you think about overnight security, a few common images come to mind. These probably include motion sensor lights, CCTVs, and security guards. But these longtime standbys have become outdated and inefficient.
Remote Guarding is the future of overnight security, and the future has arrived. Commercial property owners are using combinations of cutting edge technology, ‘digital guards,’ highly trained security agents, and local law enforcement if and when necessary to minimize the potential of criminal activity.

Remote Guarding Scenario

Remote Guarding is the top-of-the-line in guarding solutions precisely because it is targeted to each property’s unique needs. An example of a Remote Guarding scenario might look like this:

  1. Consultants and their team visit the client’s property to evaluate their security needs, including the site’s unique vulnerabilities and where to best place monitoring devices.
  2. Cameras with highly advanced motion detection software can detect a person or vehicle, are installed strategically.
  3. Remotely located, highly trained agents are placed in conjunction with these smart cameras.
  4. The agents are alerted immediately to possible trespassers or suspicious activity within the designated perimeter of the property.
  5. Once alerted, the agents enter the property in real-time and alert the intruders via speakers that they are being watched.
  6. If the intruders do not leave the property, local law enforcement is called to the scene.

Benefits of Remote Guarding

Reduced Costs

Remote Guarding clients can see their costs cut buy as much as half compared to traditional security systems. This is due to
● Reduced need for security staff
● Less inventory or property loss
● Saving money on insurance premiums and deductibles

Fewer False Alarms

With Remote Guarding, the risks and costs associated with false alarms are reduced because professional security agents can assess threats before law enforcement is called.
Active Shooter Incidents
By tracking intruders in real-time, remote agents can provide information to security and police teams en-route or on premises. Agent activities include opening, closing, locking, unlocking doors, as well as communicating to staff, students and even the suspect themselves if appropriate. Because of this, situational awareness is accelerated – this saves lives, accelerates apprehension, and helps ensure collection and preservation of evidence.


Why aren’t my cameras and burglary alarm enough?

Burglary Alarms have a high false alarm rate, and this makes them a low priority for law enforcement. Even if your cameras are working properly, they are only good for looking back at crime once it has already happened.

If I switch to Remote Guarding, can I still use my Analog or IP cameras?

Yes. Oftentimes your existing CCTV/ surveillance system can be incorporated into your new Remote Guarding system.

Who Can View My Camera Feed and How?

You can have access to live video from all connected cameras from any internet connected device. With your permission the police can view the feed live as well. You also receive daily activity reports by email. Captured images from critical events are sent to you, along with the police with your permission.

Should I Keep the Guards I Already Have on My Property?

It depends. Oftentimes you can save a lot of money by replacing your guards completely. Remote Guarding is meant to be a “Force Multiplier” system which increases the effectiveness of your security guards. In those cases where onsite security guards are needed, monitoring and security services include serving as the overall security coordinator for the client facility.

For more information on Remote Guarding to protect your property overnight,
Contact Elite Interactive Solutions, the leader in Remote Guarding and Monitoring Solutions. Elite is the only Remote Guarding firm endorsed by FBI-LEEDA, a premier executive law enforcement educator. Countless Fortune 500 Companies have enlisted Elite for their security needs- Read our Client Testimonials!

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Design Elements for the Perfect Breakfast Nook

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Modern kitchens are no longer just for food preparation. They may house full dining rooms, breakfast bars or… breakfast nooks! The word ‘Nook’ might imply limited space – sometimes that’s true, but today breakfast nooks come in all shapes, styles, and sizes. Here are some design elements to consider. For more kitchen inspiration and to learn more about quartz kitchen countertops, visit Vadara Quartz today.

It Doesn’t Have to Be A ‘Nook’

Sometimes you can create a smallish and cozy eating area in your kitchen even if you don’t exactly have a space to carve out for it. If your kitchen incorporates an island facing a window, for example, you can place a table in tandem with island to seat two to four people. If you choose a wooden table for this project, it will pair beautifully with a Vadara Quartz New 2018 Concreto Quartz island.

Will Your Nook Provide A View?

Many people choose to place breakfast nooks near bay windows or floor to ceiling windows, which may provide a scenic view. Whether your nook has a view or not can influence your design choices. Will you pick out curtains or wall hangings? Furniture placement, seating, and lighting design are other considerations. To capture natural light, design your kitchen with Vadara Quartz New 2018 Bianco Molasa Quartz.

Playing with Imagination

There are certain design elements that make your nook feel larger or smaller than they really are. If your breakfast nook falls into the category of actually being a ‘nook’ then you can make the space feel larger with mirrors, maybe even a floor to ceiling mirror on one wall. Another way to make a small space feel larger is to use wide-plank flooring – 6.8” or wider is ideal. These size planks minimize seams and make the room appear larger. On the other hand, if you use narrow planks you will create a lot of seams, making your room feel small and cluttered.


Making sure to match your table to the shape of your space is important. Choose rectangular tables for long, narrow spaces and square or round tables for square spaces. If your square area is small, go with a round table to maximize space around the perimeter. To get around the obstacle of table legs, choose a pedestal base. Did you know you can build Quartz table? Vadara has an array of gorgeous colors and finishes so you can create a table that matches your design needs.

Breakfast Booth

If your kitchen features a walled-in segment of the kitchen with just enough space for a table and seating, this is once instance in which you can install a breakfast booth. Have upholstered booth seats (banquettes) installed against both walls and place a perfectly fit rectangular table on a pedestal stand in between. In this scenario, you could also install a TV in one of the walls for eat-in entertainment. Let Vadara Quartz design an elegant Quartz top table for you.

Corner Breakfast Nook

For smaller kitchens a breakfast nook is not really necessary, however you might still want one. If possible, design a minimalist nook in a corner. In many kitchens, the corner spaces tend to be unused. To do this, install bench seating (banquette) with cushions and throw pillows along your corner and add a small square or round table. No need to add chairs!

Breakfast Counter

If you are limited on space in your kitchen but have a free wall, a breakfast counter may be for you. To do this, install a mounted plank along the wall to be used as a breakfast counter, ideally long enough so it can be used by three or more people. Add metal bar stools for a modern feel.

Quartz Kitchen Countertops

Vadara Quartz comes in the most natural color palette available. Vadara quartz kitchen countertops combine beauty, function, innovation, and value. All products are under lifetime warranty and are easily accessible, with showrooms and dealers coast-to-coast.