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High Performance Lighting Guide for the Home: Living Room

Posted by kbanks & filed under Lighting, lighting designs, lighting lifestyles, renovations.

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Living/ Family Room areas Now that you have learned about the basics of High Performance Lighting through our previous blog posts, you are now ready to learn how to install them in each area of your home. We will take a look into various rooms of the house, and how you can best apply HPL [...]

Common Lighting Terms & Definitions

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To better understand any industry, it is always important to learn the lingo. For your convenience, we have complied a list of some popular lighting terms and definitions that we always find useful: CCT – Correlated color temperature CFL – Compact Flourescent Lamp Color Rendering – Ability of a light source to show all colors in [...]

This Week’s Lighting Round Up!

Posted by kbanks & filed under Progress Lighting, controls, dimmers, lighting designs, lighting lifestyles, renovations.

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Happy Halloween! In case you’ve been too busy carving pumpkins, sewing costumes or eating candy – here’s our weekly round up with all of our favorite social media highlights and posts. This week we looked into interior lighting designs, the future of housing renovations and one man’s creative way to recycle. Enjoy! Inhabitat: Old Door [...]

High Performance Lighting Guide for the Home: Part 6

Posted by kbanks & filed under Progress Lighting, controls, energy efficiency, lighting designs, lighting lifestyles, remodeling.

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Controls One of the most important parts of a High Performance Lighting (HPL) design is the selection of appropriate controls for lighting each room. Controls that are used for HPL are categorized into three types: 1)   Use limiting: switches, occupancy sensors, timers and solar controls 2)   Intensity lighting: dimmers 3)   Programmed patterns of use: lighting [...]

Are housing markets improving?

Posted by kbanks & filed under Homebuilders.

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Recently, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) estimated that nearly one-quarter of all United States metros are improving housing markets.  Altogether, there have been 80 metropolitan areas across 32 states that show measureable improvement. In order to be considered for the First American Improving Markets Index (IMI), metro areas must have shown improvement in [...]

High Performance Lighting Guide for the Home: Part 5

Posted by kbanks & filed under Lighting, Progress Lighting, lighting designs.

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High Performance Lighting Designs When installing HPL in any room of a home, it is important to change the lighting design in accordance with one of three packages: direct, recessed and indirect lighting. The designs include incorporating as much hard-wired fluorescent and LED lighting as possible, while still providing ambient, task and accent lighting (as [...]

Trend Watch: The Return of Luxury

Posted by kbanks & filed under Lighting, lighting designs, lighting lifestyles, remodeling, renovations.

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Studies indicate that homeowners are planning remodeling projects on a greater scale for the first time in years. RemodelOrMove.com distributes an annual survey to 5,000 homeowners (with an average home value of $100,000) who are actively planning to remodel, but have yet to start their project. This year the survey indicated that the vast majority [...]

LightSmart app helps you choose the right light

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Who knew an app on your phone or tablet could assist you in finding the best way to illuminate your home while keeping the most energy and cost efficient options in mind? The LightSmart app has recently been updated to provide consumers and lighting professionals expert advice at their fingertips through four different functions: Save, [...]

This Week’s Lighting Round Up!

Posted by kbanks & filed under Progress Lighting, holiday lighting, lighting lifestyles.

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Woohoo, Happy Friday! In case you missed out on our favorite social media highlights and posts for the past few days, here’s our weekly round up. This week we enjoyed reading about creative Halloween decorations and viewing some beautiful homes on Houzz.com. In addition, we included our new blog content on ways to be more efficient [...]