Lighting your kitchen

The kitchen is the working center of your home. Lighting can make or break the design. It can also be adjusted from bright food prep illumination to cozy intimate family dining.

Plan your lighting early because relocating lighting can be expensive.

Layered lighting means providing various lighting systems to highlight different features and for different uses; task lighting for food prep, general lighting, accent lighting to highlight artwork or unique features.

Add ambient lighting to create a warm welcoming such as central lighting, table hanging lamp, or downlights at the perimeter.

Add accent lighting to highlight special features.

Choose lighting that matches your home’s style

Do not undersize the lighting or overwhelm the room with bright light.

Control lighting so a variety or looks can be achieved.

Source article: http://www.foxnews.com/real-estate/2017/11/03/9-pro-tips-for-choosing-kitchen-lighting.html

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Improved Faucets for 2018

ANO has been supplying Lead Free Healthy Choice Faucets™ for almost ten years. Coming 2018 are some significant improvements including a swivel hose on all pull-out faucets,  revised handle movement to reduce interference with backsplashes, and more.

Vist the new Bekjo Fauset website at www.bekjofaucets.com. 

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New Bekjo Sink Brochure from ANO

Below is the New Bekjo sink brochure from ANO. Bekjo has been in business in South Korea since 1964. ANO and Bekjo have signed a ten-year agreement. ANO remains committed to providing the best stainless steel sink on the market.

  • Automated process for consistent finish
  • Heavier Korean Steel
  • Sound Damping Technology from Automotive Industry, not smelly recycled tire pads
  • Welded construction not lightweight double pressed that have stress and stretch marks
  • Exclusive Thermal Pad

 

 

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What a Consumer Needs to Know About Purchasing a Stainless Steel Sink

What a consumer needs to know when purchasing a stainless steel sink

  • You need to select your sink carefully because all sinks are different and if the sink fails it can only be replaced with a sink from the same manufacturer. You don’t want to replace a bad sink with another bad sink.
  • Make sure you get certified 304 stainless steel, so the sink matches kitchen appliances and the finish last longer. Many sinks today are made of lesser steel such as 301 or completely unknown 301 stainless has less chromium so it is not a lustrous and has less nickel so the finish will not last as long. Uncertified sinks can be anything.
  • Sinks with machine finish are more consistent. Hand finished sinks will have an inconsistent finish, particularly on the top rail.
  • Sound pads are often sold as a benefit but almost always the more sound pads, the cheaper sink because they are making up for thinner or poor quality steel. A good sound pad on the bottom is all that is required on a good sink. Most sound pads are made from recycled tire and can have an unpleasant odor in the enclosed space under the sink.
  • The best sinks are individual drawn (pressed) and then welded together. This makes method produces a heavier and quieter sink with less stress and stretch marks.
  • Building codes require sinks be certified by an independent agency (usually UPC) to meet ASTM 112.19.3. To be certified the sink needs to have the manufacturer’s name or logo and the stamp from the certifying agency. If both are not present then the sink does not meet code. Many manufacturers self-certify or just stamp the sink as certified without the actual certification.
  • Who is responsible for the warranty. If the sink does not have the manufacturer’s name or logo, who will handle the warranty? Make sure sink experts are standing behind the sink not just importers who buy, sell and then walk away.
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Coming from ANO in 2018

ANO has been offerings stainless steel sinks and faucets since 2004.

Now available are stainless steel sinks made in South Korea from Bekjo. Bekjo has been in business since 1954 and Bekjo and ANO are committed to supplying high-quality sinks and faucets to the kitchen and bath industry. Bekjo was the factory that produced the 800 series sinks offered by ANO.

This summer ANO formed a ten-year partnership with Bekjo Sinks to provide premier sinks. ANO and Bekjo have re-engineered the sinks. Some of the new features include;

  • A fully automated finishing process for consistent brushing within the sink and from sink to sink.
  • Korean 16 steel that is heavier than 16 gauge Chinese steel.
  • Certified 304 stainless which is appliance grade steel that matches the luster of your appliances and maintains the luster for the life of the sink.
  • Welded process – the bowls are individually drawn then welded to produce heavier and quieter sinks
  • Sound reduction technology from the automotive industry instead of sound pads made from smelly recycled rubber.
  • Eco-friendly bottom coating
  • Added thermal pad

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Bekjo Sink Review

Bekjo Sinks are;

  • Manufactured in South Korea by Bekjo who has been in manufacturing since 1964.
  • Manufactured from Korean stainless steel which is heavier than Chinese steel
  • Have bowls individually pressed and welded so they are
    • Heavier and quieter
    • Bowls are uniform on all sides
    • Do not have stress or stretch marks
  • Finished with a fully automated process to produce an even finish within the sink and from sink to sink
  • Made with a high tech sound reduction technology from the automotive industry instead of smelly pads made from recycled tires.
  • Made from 304 stainless steel so they match your kitchen appliances and the finish will last as long as your stone top.
  • Certified to meet all model codes.
  • Cover by a limited lifetime warranty and a team of sink professionals at ANO.

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Certified Stainless Steel Sink – Does it Meet Building Code?

The two primary model codes. Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC) and International Building Code both require that sinks be certified by and independent agency to meet ASTM112.19.3. Below is an excerpt from a presentation we did for one of our customers on certification.

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Best Steel for Stainless Steel Sinks

The Best Stainless Steel for Stainless Steel sinks is Certified 304-grade steel.

304 Stainless Steel has 18% Chromium and 8% Nickel. The Chromium gives the sink its luster and it will match the kitchen appliances which are also made from 304-grade stainless steel. The Nickel hardens the finish so it does not age. Here is an excerpt from a presentation we did for one of our customers.

 

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Welded Sink vs. Double Drawn (Pressed) Sinks

There are four qualities that distinguish a quality a Stainless Steel Sink from the “free sinks” that are used as an incentive to buy countertops.

  • Better steel
  • Better production processes
  • Certified quality
  • A professional to stand behind the sink.

In this article, we will discuss one of the better processes, Individually drawing each bowl then welding the two bowls together. Here an excerpt from a presentation we did for one of our best customers.

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Stainless Steel Buyers Guide/Checklist

Stainless Steel Buyers Guide/Checklist

Here is a checklist of what to look for when you are buying a stainless steel sink for your new granite or quartz countertop.

  1. Certified 304 stainless steel so the sink will match you appliances at install and for the life of the sink. – Many sinks sold as 304 are not so you need to ask if it is certified by and independent agency such as UPC to be 304. Many sinks are drawn from 301 stainless steel which has less chromium so they will not match your appliances and less nickel so they will age faster.
  2. Sinks with bowls that are individually drawn before they are welded together. This makes the bowls more even and heavier which means it is quieter. A welded 18 gauge sink is heavier than most sinks sold on the internet as 16 gauge.
  3. All model building codes require that sinks are certified by and independent agency usually IAPMO (UPC) to meet ASTM112.19.3. To meet this requirement, the sink must have the manufacturer’s name or logo on the sink, so it is visible after installation and must have the independent agency’s mark stamped on the sink. In the case of UPC, it is their shield. A sticker provided by the manufacturer that states the sink meets UPC requirements does not meet the code requirement.
  4. Does the sink have a sink professional to stand behind the sink? Many sinks sold on the internet are sold by companies with no inventory and no expertise regarding the products they offer. Companies like ANO are working with customers daily to resolve issues, so they do not return.

When you get a free sink, do not accept it just because it is free. You are buying your countertop for a lifetime. Make sure your sink will last as long as the countertop. If the free sink goes bad, it can only be replaced by another low-quality sink. Don’t let you expensive countertop project look second class for the price of a cheap sink.

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