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How to Choose the Right Light Fixture

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How to Choose the Right Light Fixture

  Lighting is an important element of home decor. It can change the mood of a room just like it does with the size of the room. In order to create an ambiance in a particular room, you need to know what kind of lighting or light fixture is needed. Generally, there are three types of lighting: ambient, accent, and task. Ambient lighting is known as "natural light" and is considered the general source of light in a room. This type of lighting isn't bright and doesn't have a glare, it provides enough lighting to be comfortable in a room....

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The First 25 Years

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The First 25 Years

In the first ten years of business Batavia Electric Supply made big moves.  Stephen and Shirley started selling light fixtures out of a building on their farm.  In just a few short years they expanded to Keane Coal and Lumber.  Once they outgrew that location they relocated to Main Street in downtown Batavia (which is now part of Grammas Pizza).  Stephen and Shirley also rented the space above the business which is where they kept their inventory.       In December of 1976, Batavia Electric opened their doors in a new building.  They spent their Thanksgiving moving from the Main...

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Founders of Batavia Electric Supply

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Founders of Batavia Electric Supply

Founders of Batavia Electric Supply: Stephen & Shirley Handra Stephen Handra was born in 1927 in Cincinnati, Ohio to George and Johanna Handra.  He grew up with three brothers, George, Frank, and John.  In 1945, at the age of 18, he enlisted in the Army.  During his tenure in the army he worked as an automotive mechanic.  He received the World War II Victory Ribbon and an Army Occupation Medal.  After his service ended in 1946, he began working as an electrician while working at an automotive shop with his brother Johnny.  Shirley (Dewald) Handra, was born in 1929 in...

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