Posts Categorized: energy efficiency

New lighting options in 2014: What you need to know

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After almost 140 years, traditional 40 and 60 watt incandescent light bulbs will no longer be available after January 1, 2014. This is the final stage of the Energy Independence and Efficiency Act of 2007, which ruled these lighting sources don’t meet modern efficiency standards. In fact, high efficiency incandescents cost about $1.50 each, compared [...]

Energy-efficient Lighting: Watts vs. Lumens

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Advances in lighting technology continue to highlight the importance and inherent benefits of choosing energy-efficient sources over traditional incandescent bulbs. According to the Alliance to Save Energy, bulb packages are largely forgoing display measurements in watts (the old way of labeling bulbs), and transitioning to a more accurate measurement, lumens (the new way). It is important [...]

The ROI of LED: Invest in lighting solutions for long-term savings

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Imagine installing new lighting in a home that will last for more than 20 years before a single lamp needs to be replaced. With LED technology, a lighting fixture can last for decades and offer significant energy savings compared to other sources. However, it’s easy to shy away from LEDs that have a higher initial [...]

New changes to California’s Title 24 standards

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Our friends at the American Lighting Association recently shared an important update to California’s Title 24 standards. In short, on January 1, 2014 the new code will require all permanently-wired LED lighting fixtures installed in California residences during new construction or major remodeling must have a Color Rendering Index (CRI) of 90 or more to be classified as [...]

Lightbulb FAQs

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The lighting industry is changing quickly. New legislation, phaseouts and technologies are affecting the options we have available to illuminate our homes. We share the top five frequently asked questions (and answers) as recently found in Better Homes and Gardens’ Lighting magazine. Q: I’ve heard that 100-watt bulbs are now banned, and 75-watt and 60-watt [...]

Progress Lighting’s Energy Star collections: Beauty and efficiency

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When you think of Energy Star-rated lighting, what usually comes to mind? Most of us think of very functional downlights and products with limited visual appeal. While these types of lighting play an important role in our homes, Progress Lighting continues to expand our families that are both energy efficient and decorative. Imagine illuminating your [...]

High Performance Lighting Guide for the Home: Exterior Designs

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The lighting industry has experienced many technological advances throughout the past few decades. As a result, CFL and LED fixtures are readily available for residential purposes. High performing and energy efficient fixtures are becoming not only more practical on the interior, but also in exterior lighting designs. With the wide availability of CFLs and LEDs, [...]

High Performance Lighting Guide for the Home: Part 6

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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 [...]

High Performance Lighting Guide for the Home: Part 4

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The Availability and Cost of High Performance Lighting Traditional residential, incandescent lighting varies widely in both availability and cost. This is also true for the five categories of High Performance Lighting: tubular fluorescents, built-in CFLs, decorative CFLs, built-in LEDs and decorative LEDs. Tubular Fluorescents- These strip lights are the simplest of fluorescent fixtures, and are [...]

Ceiling Fans: A simple solution for winter warmth and efficiency

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Fall is definitely in the air! The temperature in now in the 50′s at our headquarters in Greenville, S.C., which looks like cooler weather is here to stay. With all the hype of conserving energy while saving money today, you might be wondering how you can reduce your heating bill during the winter months. Have [...]