Posts Categorized: remodeling

Lighting by room: Kitchen

Posted by kbanks & filed under Interior Design, Lighting, Progress Lighting, lighting designs, lighting lifestyles, remodeling.

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In our new “Lighting by room” blog series, we borrow ideas and tips from the most recent issue of Better Homes & Gardens’ Lighting magazine – while offering suggestions for lighting fixtures from our own collections. Enjoy! The kitchen is one of the most important spaces to properly illuminate because it is often the busiest [...]

12 unusual housing trends on the horizon for 2013

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2012 marked a significant year for the housing market. It is expected in 2013 that we will continue to see a “recovery” in housing, as inventory diminishes and prices rise. However, there seem to be some new trends emerging in the housing sector in 2013 that you might not expect. Check out these trends provided [...]

High Performance Lighting Guide for the Home: Kitchen

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Because it caters to so many different activities, kitchen lighting tends to be more complex than other rooms of the home. Lighting is needed for food preparation, family gatherings or finishing homework, which often requires ambient lighting to also serve as task lighting. Key areas that need to be properly lit are the counters, including [...]

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 [...]

Trend Watch: The Return of Luxury

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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 [...]

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 [...]

This Week’s Lighting Recap

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It’s that time again- the end of the week! We hope the past few days have been great ones. Our social media highlights and posts for the past week focused on creative ways to light your home. We’ve provided a link to helpful discussion boards and an article with unique lighting inspiration. Also, we are [...]

Remodel mania

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Did you know that for the third year in a row, 2011 remodeling spending exceeded spending on new construction in the U.S.? We didn’t until this article in the December issue of Builder magazine enlightened us. Between homeowners staying put and foreclosures in need of repair, remodeling continues to eclipse new-home construction spending. To start, tax [...]