Popular fixture spotlight: Part I

Posted by kbanks & filed under Lighting.

      

This season, we’ve found visitors to our site are gravitating towards fixtures with contemporary/modern and traditional/casual profiles. Do these palettes suit your design preferences? Read on to learn more about these fixture styles.


Contemporary/Modern

Our contemporary, modern fixtures define cosmopolitan spaces with chic and sleek accents to offer the ultimate metro vibe. Whether your style is sophisticated and glamorous, or dramatic and charismatic, energize your unique lifestyle with a contemporary/modern palette.

Renew a room with Equinox pendants inspired by ancient astronomy armillary spheres

Nisee offers striking blend of vintage elegance and bold silhouettes

Jack outdoor sconce with a rectilinear design and etched umber flax glass shade

Traditional/Casual

Finished, weathered and faded features with a hint of femininity are all embraced with charming details. With a traditional/casual fixture, you can create a room where family and friends love to linger.

Refreshing and handsome forms are features that can be found within the Trinity collection

Clear seeded glass pendants offer a classic traditional feel for modern interiors

Inspire has a traditional styling with gracious flowing oval arms and etched glass or fabric shades

Landscaping Inspiration for Fall

Posted by kbanks & filed under Landscape Lighting, Lighting, Outdoor Living.

      

With leaves falling and crisp air settling in, there’s hardly a better time than fall to enjoy the outdoors. And with bright new hues coming forth in natural settings, the opportunities to enliven your landscape are endless.

Better Homes and Gardens shares some landscaping tips to beautify your yard. Paired with the right lighting, these perfect-for-fall ideas will create an outdoor setting that will invite guests in, while providing an exterior getaway just for you.

Add depth and mystery to your landscape by using large shrubs and small trees to block views. Photo courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens

Using accent lights, such as this Ashmore path light, enhance the textural interest of plants and shrubs. Photo Courtesy of Progress Lighting

Take advantage of wonderful fall days by setting up a seating area where you can sit back and enjoy your landscape. Photo Courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens

Positioning lanterns, such as this Promenade fixture, alongside doors and windows creates interesting highlights and shadows, with a glow that sets a relaxing mood. Photo Courtesy of Progress Lighting

Sometimes subtle details in your garden are most effective - not everything has to be big and bold. Photo Courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens

For more landscaping ideas from Better Homes and Gardens, click here. Please visit our landscape and outdoor lighting pages for more products to revive your home’s exterior settings.

We need your “Before and After Progress” pictures!

Posted by kbanks & filed under Giveaways.

      

Do you have a Progress Lighting fixture installed in your home? If so, your pictures from before and after you upgraded your lighting can win a special prize.

Send us your “Before and After Progress” photos by Friday, October 18 – and we’ll send you a fixture of your choice from our Riverside collection! Submit your pictures through a direct message on our Facebook page, or via email to kbanks@hubbell.com.

We can’t wait to see your home improvements featuring Progress Lighting!

Progress Lighting’s “Before and After Progress” Giveaway

OFFICIAL RULES

1. No purchase necessary to enter or to win. A purchase will not increase your odds of winning. Subject to applicable federal, state, local and municipal laws and regulations. Void where prohibited.

2. Progress Lighting’s “Before and After Progress” Giveaway (the “Sweepstakes”) is open to anyone who is 18 years or older at the time of entry. Employees of Progress Lighting (“Sponsor”), Facebook, and each of their respective affiliated companies, subsidiaries, advertising or promotional agencies, and other agents, and the immediate family members of, and any persons domiciled with such employees, are not eligible to enter or win.

3. Entry. The Sweepstakes begins at 3:00 p.m. (E.S.T.) on October 7, 2013 and will end at 3:00 p.m. (E.S.T.) on October 18, 2013 (the “Sweepstakes Period”).

Internet Entry: Send two photos – one of a room in your home BEFORE you installed a Progress Lighting fixture and one AFTER the fixture was installed – via direct message on the Progress Lighting Facebook page or via email to kbanks@hubbell.com. Entries must be received by 3:00 p.m. (EST) on October 18, 2013. By entering, you agree to the terms of these Official Rules. Only one entry per person, per Sweepstakes.

Sponsor and Administrator will not be responsible for incomplete, lost, late, entries or for failure to receive entries due to transmission failures or technical failures of any kind, including, without limitation, malfunctioning of any telephone connection, network, hardware or software, whether originating with sender or Sponsor or Facebook. In the event of a dispute, all online entries will be deemed to have been submitted by the owner of the Facebook account from which they were sent. For theses purposes, an account holder shall mean the natural person assigned to such an account by Facebook. All entries become the property of Sponsor and none will be returned. Any questions regarding the number of entries submitted or the owner of an email account shall be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, and Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entries by persons determined to be tampering with or abusing any aspect of the Sweepstakes.

4. Prizes and Odds. Upon receipt of each entry, Progress Lighting will validate the photos and offer each participant a list of eligible prizes from the Riverside collection. Each participant must respond with their shipping address and choice of prize. If the person submitting the entry does not meet the eligibility requirements, no prize will be awarded.

5. Winner Notification and Acceptance. Return of prize notification as undeliverable or failure of winner to respond to the message according to the instructions in the message may result in disqualification. To claim the prize, winner must provide a mailing address to where the prize may be sent. Winners may waive their right to receive prizes. Prizes are non-assignable and nontransferable. No substitutions allowed, except that prizes and individual components of prize packages are subject to availability and Sponsor reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value. Winners are solely responsible for reporting and payment of any taxes on prizes.

6. Participation. By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify persons found tampering with or otherwise abusing any aspect of this Sweepstakes as solely determined by Sponsor. In the event the Sweepstakes is compromised by a virus, non-authorized human intervention, tampering or other causes beyond the reasonable control of Sponsor which corrupts or impairs the administration, security, fairness or proper operation of the Sweepstakes, Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to suspend, modify or terminate the Sweepstakes. Should the Sweepstakes be terminated prior to the stated expiration date, Sponsor reserves the right to award prizes based on the entries received before the termination date.

7. Limitations of Liability. By entering the Sweepstakes, entrant agrees that (1) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or in connection with the Sweepstakes, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved individually without resort to any form of class action, and entrant waives his or her right to a jury trial for such disputes, claims, and causes of action; (2) any claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering the Sweepstakes, but in no event attorneys’ fees; and (3) under no circumstances will any entrant be permitted to obtain any award for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental or consequential damages and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased and any other damages, other than damages for actual out-of-pocket expenses.

8. Construction. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of any contestant and Sponsor, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of South Carolina, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions (whether of South Carolina, or any other jurisdiction) that would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than South Carolina. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. If any such provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable, these rules shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the valid or enforceable provision was not contained therein.

9. General Release. By entering the Sweepstakes, contestants release Progress Lighting and any other promotional sponsors, and each of their respective affiliated companies, directors, officers, employees, representatives, partners and agents from any liability whatsoever for any claims, costs, injuries, losses or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the Sweepstakes or with the acceptance, possession or use of any prize (including, without limitation, claims, costs, injuries, losses or damages related to personal injuries, death, damage to, loss or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation or portrayal in a false light).

10. Sponsor. Progress Lighting’s “Before and After Progress” Giveaway is sponsored by Progress Lighting, whose decisions regarding the selection of winners and all other aspects of the Sweepstakes shall be final and binding in all respects. Sponsor will not be responsible for typographical, printing or other inadvertent errors in these Official Rules or in other materials relating to the Sweepstakes. If you have any questions regarding this Sweepstakes, please contact Caitlin Greeley at 864.672.9617.

Monday Giveaway: Hall and Foyer

Posted by kbanks & filed under Uncategorized.

      

For this week’s giveaway, we’re offering a chance to win one of three hall and foyer fixtures from our Riverside collection! We’ll select three people who comment on the  fixture on our Facebook page to win. See Official Rules below for more information.

Progress Lighting’s Hall and Foyer Sweepstakes

OFFICIAL RULES

1. No purchase necessary to enter or to win. A purchase will not increase your odds of winning. Subject to applicable federal, state, local and municipal laws and regulations. Void where prohibited.

2. Progress Lighting’s Riverside Hall and Foyer Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) is open to anyone who is 18 years or older at the time of entry and have chosen to “Like” Progress Lighting on Facebook. Employees of Progress Lighting (“Sponsor”), Facebook, and each of their respective affiliated companies, subsidiaries, advertising or promotional agencies, and other agents, and the immediate family members of, and any persons domiciled with such employees, are not eligible to enter or win.

3. Entry. The Sweepstakes begins at 10:00 a.m. (E.S.T.) on October 7, 2013 and will end at 5:00 p.m. (E.S.T.) on October 13, 2013 (the “Sweepstakes Period”).

Internet Entry: “Like” Progress Lighting on Facebook. Find the post featuring Progress Lighting’s Riverside pendant. Comment on the post on Progress Lighting’s Facebook page by 5:00 p.m. (EST) on October 13, 2013. By entering, you agree to the terms of these Official Rules. Only one entry per person, per Sweepstakes from the Progress Lighting Facebook page.

Sponsor and Administrator will not be responsible for incomplete, lost, late, entries or for failure to receive entries due to transmission failures or technical failures of any kind, including, without limitation, malfunctioning of any telephone connection, network, hardware or software, whether originating with sender or Sponsor or Facebook. In the event of a dispute, all online entries will be deemed to have been submitted by the owner of the Facebook account from which they were sent. For theses purposes, an account holder shall mean the natural person assigned to such an account by Facebook. All entries become the property of Sponsor and none will be returned. Any questions regarding the number of entries submitted or the owner of an email account shall be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, and Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entries by persons determined to be tampering with or abusing any aspect of the Sweepstakes.

4. Prizes and Odds. On October 14, 2013, Progress Lighting will post a comment and “tag” the name of three participants with an eligible entries in the Sweepstakes. The winners will be asked to send a direct message to the Progress Lighting Facebook page.  Once each winner is confirmed and shipping address is received, Progress Lighting will send one Riverside hall and foyer fixture. If the person submitting the entry does not meet the eligibility requirements, no prize will be awarded.

5. Winner Notification and Acceptance. Return of prize notification as undeliverable or failure of winner to respond to the message according to the instructions in the message may result in disqualification. To claim the prize, winner must provide a mailing address to where the prize may be sent. Winners may waive their right to receive prizes. Prizes are non-assignable and nontransferable. No substitutions allowed, except that prizes and individual components of prize packages are subject to availability and Sponsor reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value. Winners are solely responsible for reporting and payment of any taxes on prizes.

6. Participation. By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify persons found tampering with or otherwise abusing any aspect of this Sweepstakes as solely determined by Sponsor. In the event the Sweepstakes is compromised by a virus, non-authorized human intervention, tampering or other causes beyond the reasonable control of Sponsor which corrupts or impairs the administration, security, fairness or proper operation of the Sweepstakes, Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to suspend, modify or terminate the Sweepstakes. Should the Sweepstakes be terminated prior to the stated expiration date, Sponsor reserves the right to award prizes based on the entries received before the termination date.

7. Limitations of Liability. By entering the Sweepstakes, entrant agrees that (1) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or in connection with the Sweepstakes, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved individually without resort to any form of class action, and entrant waives his or her right to a jury trial for such disputes, claims, and causes of action; (2) any claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering the Sweepstakes, but in no event attorneys’ fees; and (3) under no circumstances will any entrant be permitted to obtain any award for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental or consequential damages and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased and any other damages, other than damages for actual out-of-pocket expenses.

8. Construction. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of any contestant and Sponsor, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of South Carolina, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions (whether of South Carolina, or any other jurisdiction) that would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than South Carolina. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. If any such provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable, these rules shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the valid or enforceable provision was not contained therein.

9. General Release. By entering the Sweepstakes, contestants release Progress Lighting and any other promotional sponsors, and each of their respective affiliated companies, directors, officers, employees, representatives, partners and agents from any liability whatsoever for any claims, costs, injuries, losses or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the Sweepstakes or with the acceptance, possession or use of any prize (including, without limitation, claims, costs, injuries, losses or damages related to personal injuries, death, damage to, loss or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation or portrayal in a false light).

10. Sponsor. Progress Lighting’s Riverside Pendant Sweepstakes is sponsored by Progress Lighting, whose decisions regarding the selection of winners and all other aspects of the Sweepstakes shall be final and binding in all respects. Sponsor will not be responsible for typographical, printing or other inadvertent errors in these Official Rules or in other materials relating to the Sweepstakes. If you have any questions regarding this Sweepstakes, please contact Caitlin Greeley at 864.672.9617.

3 types of lighting to complete your home

Posted by kbanks & filed under Uncategorized.

      

According to the American Lighting Association, there are three basic types of lighting that work together in your home:

  1. Ambient (general lighting)
  2. Task
  3. Accent

A good lighting plan combines all three types to light an area according to function and style.

Ambient lighting provides an area with overall illumination. Also known as general lighting, it radiates a comfortable level of brightness without glare and allows you to see and walk about safely.

Ambient lighting can be accomplished with chandeliers, ceiling or wall-mounted fixtures, as well as recessed or track lights. Having a central source of ambient light in all rooms is fundamental to a good lighting plan.

Avalon by Progress Lighting

Task lighting helps you perform specific tasks, such as reading, grooming, cooking, or playing games. It can be provided by recessed and track lighting, pendant lighting and undercabinet lighting. Task lighting should be free of distracting glare and shadows.

Undercabinet Lighting

Accent lighting adds drama to a room by creating visual interest. As part of an interior design scheme, it is used to draw the eye to houseplants, paintings, sculptures and other prized possessions. Accent lighting can also be used to highlight the texture of a brick or stone wall, window treatments or outdoor landscaping.

To be effective, accent lighting requires at least three times as much light on the focal point as the general lighting surrounding it. Accent lighting is usually provided by recessed and track lighting or wall-mounted picture lights.

Illuma-Flex by Progress Lighting

Source: American Lighting Association, Basic Types of Lighting

How to space recessed fixtures

Posted by kbanks & filed under lighting designs.

      
If you’re installing recessed lighting, you may wonder how far apart you need to space the fixtures to provide your space with the proper amount of lighting.

Solution: The spacing will depend on the fixture and the amount of light that you want to have. At a distance of 8 feet from the ceiling to the floor, the footcandles will be 6.9 footcandles, and the beam diameter will be 11.9 feet.  Footcandles are the measurement of the amount of light when it reaches a surface, and a footcandle level of approximately 10 is not unusual for general circulation in many homes.

If you place the fixtures approximately 12 feet apart, you will have about 7 footcandles directly below the fixture and at the point where the beams intersect.  Therefore, to increase your footcandle levels, you might want to use an 8-10-foot spacing.

Do you have a specific question about recessed lighting? Leave your challenge in the comments section, and we’ll respond with a solution!

Progress Lighting's P8071 6" LED downlight

Source: American Lighting Association

Getting ambient lighting right

Posted by kbanks & filed under lighting designs.

      

Our friends at Houzz.com recently posted an article, 8 Ways to Get Ambient Lighting Just Right, focusing on how to see clearly and create the perfect mood in a room by harnessing natural and artificial light. We’ve summarized the points below. Enjoy!

1. Exploit natural lighting. For rooms used primarily during the daytime, natural light can be adequate and inviting. Consider passive light sources first.

2. Expose your rooms. In the northern hemisphere, east-, west- and south-facing rooms are great candidates for increasing natural light. Each exposure offers unique lighting. North-facing rooms draw on natural light as well but typically need assistance from an artificial light source.

3. Reflect natural light. This room has lots of natural light, drawing on a less-obvious strategy. Anytime you introduce mirrors, like the ones on the wall behind the sectional here, you reflect and amplify the light.

4. Amplify the light. In a room like this with one small window, the white paint amplifies the light. Mirrors on the sides of the window opening also would maximize the natural light.

5. Augment with recessed lighting (pot or can lights). Recessed lighting is a go-to problem solver. The goal is to have each light cast a cone of light to pool on the floor, leaving no dark spots or unlit zones. The ceiling height will determine the placement, because each light will cast a pool of light according to its beam spread.

6. Factor in age and health. As we get older ,we can become more sensitive to light but also need more light to enable us to see fine details. Reading lamps are essential, but tuning into sensitivities will help make the overall room more soothing.

7. Up the energy level. Some rooms are hubs for your household’s comings and goings. In these rooms you want ambient light to boost energy.

8. Play with color, materials, finishes and placement. A light-filled space gives me joy and energy. For others a more cave-like space will have the same effect. It’s all about finding your comfort zone with ambient lighting.

Supplement task lighting with recessed cans to improve ambient lighting in a room.

Monday Giveaway: Bath and Vanity Lighting

Posted by kbanks & filed under Promotions & Giveaways.

      

Happy Monday! This week, we’re offering another chance to win a beautiful lighting fixture from Progress Lighting.

We’ll select one person who comments on the Riverside four-light bath bracket on our Facebook page to win the fixture for their home!  See Official Rules below for more information.

Progress Lighting’s Bath and Vanity Sweepstakes

OFFICIAL RULES

1. No purchase necessary to enter or to win. A purchase will not increase your odds of winning. Subject to applicable federal, state, local and municipal laws and regulations. Void where prohibited.

2. Progress Lighting’s Riverside Bath and Vanity Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) is open to anyone who is 18 years or older at the time of entry and have chosen to “Like” Progress Lighting on Facebook. Employees of Progress Lighting (“Sponsor”), Facebook, and each of their respective affiliated companies, subsidiaries, advertising or promotional agencies, and other agents, and the immediate family members of, and any persons domiciled with such employees, are not eligible to enter or win.

3. Entry. The Sweepstakes begins at 5:00 p.m. (E.S.T.) on September 23, 2013 and will end at 5:00 p.m. (E.S.T.) on September 28, 2013 (the “Sweepstakes Period”).

Internet Entry: “Like” Progress Lighting on Facebook. Find the post featuring Progress Lighting’s Riverside pendant. Comment on the post on Progress Lighting’s Facebook page by 5:00 p.m. (EST) on September 28, 2013. By entering, you agree to the terms of these Official Rules. Only one entry per person, per Sweepstakes from the Progress Lighting Facebook page.

Sponsor and Administrator will not be responsible for incomplete, lost, late, entries or for failure to receive entries due to transmission failures or technical failures of any kind, including, without limitation, malfunctioning of any telephone connection, network, hardware or software, whether originating with sender or Sponsor or Facebook. In the event of a dispute, all online entries will be deemed to have been submitted by the owner of the Facebook account from which they were sent. For theses purposes, an account holder shall mean the natural person assigned to such an account by Facebook. All entries become the property of Sponsor and none will be returned. Any questions regarding the number of entries submitted or the owner of an email account shall be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, and Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entries by persons determined to be tampering with or abusing any aspect of the Sweepstakes.

4. Prizes and Odds. On September 29, 2013, Progress Lighting will post a comment and “tag” the name of one participant with an eligible entry in the Sweepstakes. The winner will be asked to send a direct message to the Progress Lighting Facebook page.  Once the winner is confirmed and shipping addresses is received, Progress Lighting will send three Riverside pendants. If the person submitting the entry does not meet the eligibility requirements, no prize will be awarded.

5. Winner Notification and Acceptance. Return of prize notification as undeliverable or failure of winner to respond to the message according to the instructions in the message may result in disqualification. To claim the prize, winner must provide a mailing address to where the prize may be sent. Winners may waive their right to receive prizes. Prizes are non-assignable and nontransferable. No substitutions allowed, except that prizes and individual components of prize packages are subject to availability and Sponsor reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value. Winners are solely responsible for reporting and payment of any taxes on prizes.

6. Participation. By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify persons found tampering with or otherwise abusing any aspect of this Sweepstakes as solely determined by Sponsor. In the event the Sweepstakes is compromised by a virus, non-authorized human intervention, tampering or other causes beyond the reasonable control of Sponsor which corrupts or impairs the administration, security, fairness or proper operation of the Sweepstakes, Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to suspend, modify or terminate the Sweepstakes. Should the Sweepstakes be terminated prior to the stated expiration date, Sponsor reserves the right to award prizes based on the entries received before the termination date.

7. Limitations of Liability. By entering the Sweepstakes, entrant agrees that (1) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or in connection with the Sweepstakes, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved individually without resort to any form of class action, and entrant waives his or her right to a jury trial for such disputes, claims, and causes of action; (2) any claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering the Sweepstakes, but in no event attorneys’ fees; and (3) under no circumstances will any entrant be permitted to obtain any award for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental or consequential damages and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased and any other damages, other than damages for actual out-of-pocket expenses.

8. Construction. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of any contestant and Sponsor, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of South Carolina, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions (whether of South Carolina, or any other jurisdiction) that would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than South Carolina. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. If any such provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable, these rules shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the valid or enforceable provision was not contained therein.

9. General Release. By entering the Sweepstakes, contestants release Progress Lighting and any other promotional sponsors, and each of their respective affiliated companies, directors, officers, employees, representatives, partners and agents from any liability whatsoever for any claims, costs, injuries, losses or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the Sweepstakes or with the acceptance, possession or use of any prize (including, without limitation, claims, costs, injuries, losses or damages related to personal injuries, death, damage to, loss or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation or portrayal in a false light).

10. Sponsor. Progress Lighting’s Riverside Pendant Sweepstakes is sponsored by Progress Lighting, whose decisions regarding the selection of winners and all other aspects of the Sweepstakes shall be final and binding in all respects. Sponsor will not be responsible for typographical, printing or other inadvertent errors in these Official Rules or in other materials relating to the Sweepstakes. If you have any questions regarding this Sweepstakes, please contact Caitlin Greeley at 864.672.9617.

New changes to California’s Title 24 standards

Posted by kbanks & filed under energy efficiency.

      

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 High Efficacy. However, not all installed fixtures must be high efficacy as the new standards do allow for a percentage (by wattage) of Low Efficacy fixtures to be installed, as well.

Ceiling fan light kits with permanently installed LEDs must also meet the new 90 CRI requirement to be classified as high efficacy; otherwise, they are classified as low efficacy.  Light kits with screw-based bulbs, no matter what type of bulb is used, can only be classified as low efficacy.

While low efficacy LED residential fixtures can be sold in California without limit, the new edition of Title 24, has increased the percentage of high efficiency fixtures required in some rooms.

On January 1, 2014, the new requirements are as follows:

Bathrooms

  • These rooms are required to have one high efficacy fixture with any other lighting controlled by vacancy sensors. (The requirement to have one high efficacy fixture is new.)

Garages, Laundry Rooms and Utility Rooms

  • All lighting must be high efficacy and controlled by vacancy sensors. (Previously, the luminaires could be high efficacy or low efficacy as long as they were controlled by vacancy sensors)

Lighting in other rooms-bedrooms, hallways, etc. (No change.)

  • Must be high efficacy or controlled by vacancy sensors or dimmers.

Outdoor Lighting-all lighting mounted on buildings (No change.)

  • All luminaires must be high efficacy or controlled by a motion sensor plus a photocontrol or time clock.

Kitchens (No change.)

  • Fifty percent of the lighting watts installed must be high efficacy with some tradeoffs if occupancy controls are used.

For our California readers, how is this change affecting the lighting plans for your home? Do you welcome the improved CRI requirement, or does it restrict your options when choosing LED fixtures?

Monday Giveaway: Decorative Pendants

Posted by kbanks & filed under Giveaways.

      

It’s that time again! We’re brightening your Monday with a special giveaway. Here’s your chance to win three decorative pendants from Progress Lighting – a great solution for illuminating kitchen workspaces.

We’ll select one person who comments on the fixture on our Facebook page to win a set of three! See Official Rules below for more information.

Progress Lighting’s Riverside Pendant Sweepstakes

OFFICIAL RULES

1. No purchase necessary to enter or to win. A purchase will not increase your odds of winning. Subject to applicable federal, state, local and municipal laws and regulations. Void where prohibited.

2. Progress Lighting’s Riverside Pendant Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) is open to anyone who is 18 years or older at the time of entry and have chosen to “Like” Progress Lighting on Facebook. Employees of Progress Lighting (“Sponsor”), Facebook, and each of their respective affiliated companies, subsidiaries, advertising or promotional agencies, and other agents, and the immediate family members of, and any persons domiciled with such employees, are not eligible to enter or win.

3. Entry. The Sweepstakes begins at 10:00 a.m. (E.S.T.) on September 16, 2013 and will end at 9:00 a.m. (E.S.T.) on September 21, 2013 (the “Sweepstakes Period”).

Internet Entry: “Like” Progress Lighting on Facebook. Find the post featuring Progress Lighting’s Riverside pendant. Comment on the post on Progress Lighting’s Facebook page by 9:00 a.m. (EST) on September 21, 2013. By entering, you agree to the terms of these Official Rules. Only one entry per person, per Sweepstakes from the Progress Lighting Facebook page.

Sponsor and Administrator will not be responsible for incomplete, lost, late, entries or for failure to receive entries due to transmission failures or technical failures of any kind, including, without limitation, malfunctioning of any telephone connection, network, hardware or software, whether originating with sender or Sponsor or Facebook. In the event of a dispute, all online entries will be deemed to have been submitted by the owner of the Facebook account from which they were sent. For theses purposes, an account holder shall mean the natural person assigned to such an account by Facebook. All entries become the property of Sponsor and none will be returned. Any questions regarding the number of entries submitted or the owner of an email account shall be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, and Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entries by persons determined to be tampering with or abusing any aspect of the Sweepstakes.

4. Prizes and Odds. On September 21, 2013, Progress Lighting will post a comment and “tag” the name of one participant with an eligible entry in the Sweepstakes. The winner will be asked to send a direct message to the Progress Lighting Facebook page.  Once the winner is confirmed and shipping addresses is received, Progress Lighting will send three Riverside pendants. If the person submitting the entry does not meet the eligibility requirements, no prize will be awarded.

5. Winner Notification and Acceptance. Return of prize notification as undeliverable or failure of winner to respond to the message according to the instructions in the message may result in disqualification. To claim the prize, winner must provide a mailing address to where the prize may be sent. Winners may waive their right to receive prizes. Prizes are non-assignable and nontransferable. No substitutions allowed, except that prizes and individual components of prize packages are subject to availability and Sponsor reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value. Winners are solely responsible for reporting and payment of any taxes on prizes.

6. Participation. By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify persons found tampering with or otherwise abusing any aspect of this Sweepstakes as solely determined by Sponsor. In the event the Sweepstakes is compromised by a virus, non-authorized human intervention, tampering or other causes beyond the reasonable control of Sponsor which corrupts or impairs the administration, security, fairness or proper operation of the Sweepstakes, Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to suspend, modify or terminate the Sweepstakes. Should the Sweepstakes be terminated prior to the stated expiration date, Sponsor reserves the right to award prizes based on the entries received before the termination date.

7. Limitations of Liability. By entering the Sweepstakes, entrant agrees that (1) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or in connection with the Sweepstakes, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved individually without resort to any form of class action, and entrant waives his or her right to a jury trial for such disputes, claims, and causes of action; (2) any claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering the Sweepstakes, but in no event attorneys’ fees; and (3) under no circumstances will any entrant be permitted to obtain any award for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental or consequential damages and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased and any other damages, other than damages for actual out-of-pocket expenses.

8. Construction. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of any contestant and Sponsor, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of South Carolina, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions (whether of South Carolina, or any other jurisdiction) that would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than South Carolina. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. If any such provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable, these rules shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the valid or enforceable provision was not contained therein.

9. General Release. By entering the Sweepstakes, contestants release Progress Lighting and any other promotional sponsors, and each of their respective affiliated companies, directors, officers, employees, representatives, partners and agents from any liability whatsoever for any claims, costs, injuries, losses or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the Sweepstakes or with the acceptance, possession or use of any prize (including, without limitation, claims, costs, injuries, losses or damages related to personal injuries, death, damage to, loss or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation or portrayal in a false light).

10. Sponsor. Progress Lighting’s Riverside Pendant Sweepstakes is sponsored by Progress Lighting, whose decisions regarding the selection of winners and all other aspects of the Sweepstakes shall be final and binding in all respects. Sponsor will not be responsible for typographical, printing or other inadvertent errors in these Official Rules or in other materials relating to the Sweepstakes. If you have any questions regarding this Sweepstakes, please contact Caitlin Greeley at 864.672.9617.