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 to 50 cents or so for the older versions. But the new ones last twice as long, and use 28 percent less power. There are other popular alternatives, such as CFL and LED sources, that are known and long life and high efficiency – and continue to improve in aesthetics.
Check out these alternatives and more information on the new regulations in the video below:
The popular interior design social media site Houzz conducted a nationwide survey with more than 100,000 respondents on renovation and decorating activity. As the largest survey of its kind, the purpose remains to:
Provide unique insights into historical and planned projects
Determine the motivations behind these products
Highlight the impact of the economy on home building, renovation and decorating plans among Houzz users
Source: Renovation in America, Findings from the 2013 Houzz & Home Survey
Over the next few weeks, we plan to unpack the interesting data revealed through this study. To start, we would like to highlight some of the major themes:
Increased confidence among homeowners in the renovation and housing market: Three-quarters of U.S. homeowners believe now is a good time to buy a home.
Bathrooms and kitchens remain top priority projects across the U.S.: These projects capture the lion’s share of home renovation dollars.
Featured collection: Progress Lighting Lady Luck
More U.S. homeowners investing to increase home value: The primary motivation is to improve the look, feel, flow or layout of the home.
Strong outlook for remodeling and design professionals: Homeowners planning major home renovation plan to hire professional help.
Source: Renovation in America, Findings from the 2013 Houzz & Home Survey
We are proud to share that our parent company Hubbell Lighting, a world leader in lighting innovation, has added four new Product Innovation Awards (PIA) this year from Architectural Products Magazine to its trophy case of 102 awards in three years.
The following are this year’s Architectural Products PIA winning products from Hubbell Lighting’s brands:
MicroCore LED Light Engine—Architectural Area Lighting
LightVault 8 LED Luminaire—Kim Lighting
MultiSource™ Dual Optic 4” x 8” LED Directional—Kurt Versen
MegaLum LED Downlight—Prescolite
The Architectural Products Magazine PIAs determine and honor innovation in the development and refinement of building-related products.
For information on Hubbell Lighting’s products, visit www.hubbelllighting.com. For more information on the Architectural Products PIAs, visit http://www.arch-products.com/.
In the spirit of the holiday season, Progress Lighting is proudly working with several other community organizations to help one very deserving soldier through Operation Finally Home – a Texas-based charity dedicated to building mortgage-free homes for our wounded men and women in uniform and the families of the fallen.
The current recipient is for a young man named Cody Nusbaum in New Braunfels, Texas. At 24 years of age, he was shot by a Taliban insurgent 11 times and has had more than 70 surgeries to repair his injuries. Doctors didn’t believe he’d walk again but in early October Cody took his first steps and has been making strides ever since. On October 6, Cody took his first steps into the framework of his new home.
We’re excited to be a leading supplier of lighting fixtures in Cody’s new home! The project is expected to be completed in early March, and we look forward to sharing updates along the way.
Orbitz is one of Progress Lighting’s most versatile fixtures, accommodating a variety of lifestyle and lighting needs. Watch this video to learn how this popular collection adds modern beauty with functional illumination to your home.
Key features of the Orbitz collection include:
Rectiliniar tubing frame with etched glass shades
Versatile design with option to mount shades up or down
Brushed Nickel and Antique Bronze finishes
Several chandelier sizes, convertible ceiling fixtures, pendants and bath options
One of today’s most popular lighting trends revolves around a layered lighting approach. Different fixtures provide different types of light, and just the right combination beautifully and efficiently illuminates a home. While recessed fixtures provide ambient light, chandeliers and pendants are ideal for task lighting applications. Accent lighting above or below cabinets creates interest and intrigue, while highlighting special areas of a room.
Enjoy these interior shots courtesy of Ryland Homes for inspiration on how to master a layered lighting design.
Featured collection: Progress Lighting Calven. Photo courtesy of Ryland Homes-www.ryland.com
Featured collection: Progress Lighting Riverside. Photo courtesy of Ryland Homes-www.ryland.com
Featured collection: Progress Lighting Alexa. Photo courtesy of Ryland Homes-www.ryland.com
Featured collection: Progress Lighting Ashbury. Photo courtesy of Ryland Homes-www.ryland.com
Preparing a home for the holidays might bring to mind extensive decorations or a total remodel of a living or dining room. However, small changes through lighting can create a festive and comfortable environment with minimal effort.
Welcome family and guests into your home
Entryways are the first areas of a home to invite guests and set the tone for the rest of the interior. Lanterns and hanging fixtures can be functional yet decorative pieces that serve as the focal point in entryways.
Other ways to add drama in foyers are through the use of layered lighting, such as a chandelier accented with a sconce, along with the use of dimmers – to control the light level and create the ultimate welcoming environment for holiday guests.
In addition, simple outdoor lighting techniques can make your home and yard look great and offer functional features during the holidays – and all year long. Lighting along paths and driveways enhances the overall theme of your outdoor space while preventing accidents in the dark.
Illuminate favorite rooms for festive gatherings
Consider designing inspirational lighting schemes in the areas where friends and family gather most during the holidays. Incorporating layers of light – like chandeliers, recessed lighting and wall sconces – will add depth to a popular room.
In living areas, find creative uses of recessed fixtures, wall brackets or pendants to provide ample light. To brighten or soften illumination, incorporate dimmers to create drama with the flip of a switch.
Placing a chandelier over a dining table adds instant appeal to a centerpiece or holiday meal. Also consider adding a pendant – or multiple pendants – to showcase the dining area. For a behind-the-scenes tip: recessed wall washers can provide additional light, while helping to create the illusion of a larger space.
Also, consider making small adjustments like decorating existing fixtures or adjusting illumination to highlight holiday centerpieces to enhance a festive environment.
For more information about lighting for every home and occasion, visit Progress Lighting online at www.progresslighting.com. You can also find on social media: