Whether you’re remodeling an existing home or building your dream house, the Wiseway Design Showroom at 8301 Dixie Highway, Florence, has the latest in electrical and plumbing supply designs and technology.

Wiseway recently completed a major renovation of the 4,000-square-foot showroom, which offers one of the most complete collections of lighting and plumbing in Greater Cincinnati.

When it comes to lighting one of the brightest trends right now are LED (light emitting diodes) that emit a soft, gently diffused light. They provide brighter, more controllable lighting and increased energy efficiency with less wattage than standard bulbs.

Stacey Seltman-Sams, showroom manager, says LEDs are being used both inside and outside the home.

“A lot of people are concentrating on their landscape lighting more. There’s a lot of focus on trees and landscape and things like that,” she says. “One member of our staff recently completed a very large project where a lighting rep went with her to do the whole house and making sure the sidewalks were well-lighted and accenting the front of the home including trees in the yard.”

Not only do LEDs put the home’s architectural features in the best light, they also improve home security, she says.

Wiseway has on display a huge variety of indoor lighting including unusual bulb shapes, she says, offering contemporary and classic looks.

Unique lighting shapes are another new wrinkle. One unique light, she says is balloon shaped and doesn’t require a shade.

The Design Center renovation came on the heels of family-owned Wiseway being named Kohler’s first new distributor in Greater Cincinnati in more than 30 years because of its excellence in customer service. It was named a Rheem Water Heater distributor for the same reason, Seltman-Sams says.

The showroom includes five complete suites featuring Kohler products.

Kohler actually came in and did the suites, which are designed to show how an array of its products look in actual settings.

“They did the layout and we added the lighting. We change the lighting as new things come out. We also do custom orders. If someone sees something in a catalogue we can order that for them.”

There’s a lot more versatility in bath lighting today, she says. “There are a lot of new sconces and things like that. It’s more decorative type lighting to make it your own style.’’

In the plumbing area, Seltman-Sams says cast-iron sinks are very popular now.

“They’re durable and don’t chip like old cast irons and they come in an array of different colors, shapes and sizes.”

In the kitchen taller faucets with pullout sprays are getting a lot of attention, she says. Some kitchen remodels include separate pot-filler faucets for filling big pots and pans.

Motion-activated, or touchless, faucets also are increasingly popular. “You don’t have to touch the faucet if your hands are dirty, you just wave and it turns the faucet on or off. And they come in any décor, if you want a classic or modern look.”

She says, “People are expanding on their kitchens today. It’s no longer just a place to prepare meals but it’s a focal point for dining and entertaining.”

Wiseway offers customers in-home consultations or they can come in to the Design Showroom for a consultation.

“We can lay out the lighting and fixtures you need. It has more impact than just looking at a home design magazine or catalogue.”

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