Back to Basics: Kitchen Pendant Lighting

Posted by kbanks & filed under Kitchen Lighting.

With both functional and aesthetic benefits, pendant lighting is an easy way to beautifully illuminate your kitchen setting. Available in a plethora of shapes, sizes and styles, this versatile fixture offers endless design options and provides all-purpose illumination, task lighting and accent lighting.

Cluster small pendants over a dining room table or kitchen island. Featured pendants: Progress Lighting's Archie collection

Pendant Lighting Does It All

  • All-purpose illumination: Space pendants throughout the room for overall lighting. The larger the area, the bigger the pendant light should be.
  • Task lighting: Focus pendant lights on a specific work area, such as over a sink or desk area. One small pendant may be sufficient for certain task applications.
  • Accent lighting: Highlight specific areas of your kitchen to create interest and depth to your design.

Pendants should be hung at a height that doesn't block views across the kitchen. Featured pendants: Progress Lighting's Dynamo collection

Hanging a Kitchen Pendant Light

  • Pendant lights should hang 12-20 inches below an 8-foot ceiling. For each additional foot of ceiling height, add 3 inches.
  • Pendant height can also be measure up from the surface below the light/ Provide a 30-36 inches clearance above tables and countertop, especially those used for task lighting.

Pendant styles can offer a clean, understated look for today’s interiors. Featured pendants: Progress Lighting's Brookside collection

Pendant Lighting Reflects Your Unique Style

Select a pendant style that reflects your decor. Modern pendants made of glass exude sleekness, while glass orbs present a retro look. Choose a style that matches your kitchen decor and meets your lighting needs.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens, http://www.bhg.com/kitchen/lighting/kitchen-pendant-lighting-tips/

Energy-efficient Lighting: Watts vs. Lumens

Posted by kbanks & filed under LEDs, energy efficiency.

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 for consumers to understand the difference between these two labels to make an informed purchasing decision to adequately – and efficiently – light your home.

What’s a Watt?

Watts measure the amount of power a bulb uses – not how bright it is. Using watts to describe brightness is like using gallons of fuel to describe how fast a car can go. This practice wasn’t a problem as long as we continued to use the more than 100-year-old incandescent bulbs. Traditional incandescent light bulbs waste 90 percent of their electricity to produce heat, and use only 10% to produce light. The solution: energy-efficient bulbs, which use fewer watts to give off the same amount of brightness.

Look for Lumens

Lumens measure the amount of light produced by a bulb. The more lumens in a light bulb, the brighter the light.

For example:

  • 40-watt incandescent bulb = 450 lumens
  • 60-watt incandescent bulb = 800 lumens
  • 100-watt incandescent bulb = 1600 lumens

Source: Alliance to Save Energy:
http://www.ase.org/resources/energy-efficient-lighting-lumens-vs-watts

Congratulations HomeSphere!

Posted by kbanks & filed under Uncategorized.

We would like to congratulate HomeSphere Inc. on their new partnership with PPG Architectural Coatings. PPG will connect HomeSphere’s growing builder network to its wide range of interior and exterior paints and stains, caulks and adhesives.

“With our strong suite of brands and large distribution network, PPG is uniquely positioned to service the new residential market,” said PPG National Business Development Manager Carl Howell. “HomeSphere connects our team to a much broader base of homebuilders that can benefit from our variety and environmentally-conscious paints and coatings.”

To view the full release, click here.

Energy Savings in Office Space Lighting

Posted by kbanks & filed under lighting controls, lighting industry, renovations.

A recent article on office space lighting in tED Magazine states that “lighting is the biggest consumer of electric energy in commercial buildings, accounting for an average of 38 percent of consumption.”

Commercial buildings are often over-lighted, utilize inefficient light sources and pay high local energy costs – creating a space in the marketplace for significant lighting upgrades.

According to the article, “replacing older T12 systems with the latest T8 systems can generate energy savings up to 50 percent, depending on technology and light levels.” Using fewer lamps in over-lighted areas can also save on energy costs.

In the past, most office space lighting was designed to produce excessive light down to desk activities, while eliminating the glare on convex glass computer screens. With today’s technology, glare is seldom a concern, and more emphasis is being placed on human interactions.

Additionally, LED lighting is becoming more popular for office lighting as prices fall and and building owners focus on lifetime costs. Owners have also explored adding lighting controls as an upgrade. The use of occupancy sensors or a relay panel with a time clock  allows lighting to be turned off when it’s not needed.

The full article written by Craig DiLouie appeared in the October issue of tED Magazine. For more information visit, http://www.tedmag.com/.

Cosmos for the Cure

Posted by kbanks & filed under Employee, special events.

Members of the Hubbell Lighting team, including Progress Lighting, were recently invited to “Cosmos for the Cure,” a fun event dedicated to raising breast cancer awareness. Complete with delicious cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction – the event was a notable success.

Enjoy some pictures below from this annual event with great food, great company and for an even greater cause!

Thanks to all who came out to support such a worthy cause!

Guests enjoyed participating in a fun raffle.

Plenty of cosmos to go around!

The event also included a silent auction with an array of prizes - all funds supporting breast cancer awareness.

How to Choose Your Vanity Lights

Posted by kbanks & filed under Bathroom Lighting, Lighting.

Choosing proper lighting for your bathroom vanity is one of the most important steps in the design process. Our friends at Riverbend Home share all you need to know about lighting your bathroom. Perfectly illuminate the room where you start and end your day with these tips contributed by Casey Makovich.

Consider placement

Our experts say that placement of your vanity lighting fixtures is key. Light fixtures placed on either side of your bathroom mirror or medicine cabinet at eye level provide the best task lighting. For extra light, double vanities, or large mirrors, combine side lights with an additional fixture above the mirror.

Keep Proportion in Mind

For a light above the mirror, choose a fixture that does not exceed the width of your vanity. With longer double sink vanities, consider choosing two separate overhead lighting fixtures rather than one long one.

Style and finish

Choose lighting fixtures that complement the décor style you’ve established throughout your bath and the rest of your home. When it comes to finish, your safest bet is to stick to the same finish used for other fixtures in your bath. However, if you have a knack for mixing and matching or are working with a decorator, your lighting fixtures can be a great place to incorporate the mixing metals design trend.

Safety is key

As always, when it comes to electrical wiring near sources of water, be sure to check your local codes and/or hire a professional electrician. They will be able to give recommendations on placement of lights, product specifications, and types of outlets required.

Check out Riverbend Home’s extensive collection of Progress Lighting fixtures.

This guest post was written by Casey Makovich, a Writer and Social Media Coordinator for Riverbend Home.

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

Posted by kbanks & filed under energy efficiency.

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 cost than traditional incandescent fixtures.

Before making a home lighting decision, keep in mind inexpensive bulbs with high wattages can result in high energy costs in the long run. An LED fixture will deliver the same amount of lumens as a standard 60 watt bulb – at only 13 watts.

It’s also much more convenient to choose fixtures that will last an average of 20 years under normal home use. No more climbing a ladder to replace a burned out bulb every few months. The light quality of LEDs also makes them a great option for universal and aging-in-place design.

The key to choosing lighting – as with all features of the home – is to look beyond the initial cost. The return on investment for LED technology is long-term energy savings, while eliminating the need to buy new fixtures every few months or years.

Progress Lighting offers multiple LED lighting solutions, including:

6” LED downlight delivering 1,000 lumens

Progress Lighting’s highly efficient, cost effective 6-inch LED downlight is now available in a 1000 lumen output option for new construction or retrofit applications.

LED close-to-ceiling family

We now offer an Energy Star-rated LED close-to-ceiling family with multiple design and finish options.

LED undercabinet series

Progress Lighting’s LED undercabinet series is ideal for providing task lighting on counters with a subtle, yet wide distribution of light.

Houzz reports kitchen remodeling trends

Posted by kbanks & filed under Kitchen Lighting, remodeling.

A recent article posted by Remodeling.com highlights findings from Houzz‘s Fall 2013 Kitchen Trends Study. Here’s a high level review of the trends…

  • Most Houzz users don’t want a larger kitchen, but want the feeling of space. Islands and open concepts are most popular now.
  • Stainless steel is the top finish selection for appliances, followed by white or another color.
  • Nearly all Houzzers surveyed say changing countertops is in their kitchen remodeling plans. Granite is their top material choice, and half are also selecting tile backsplashes.
  • The majority of homeowners are selecting soft or neutral palettes for their kitchens.
  • Users under age 45 are more likely to define their style as “contemporary,” while users 45 and over favor a “traditional” look.
  • In general, Houzz says that homeowners are interested in creating kitchens that please themselves (rather than designing for resale), and focus on aesthetics and functionality.
  • Half of respondents say using eco-friendly appliances and materials in their kitchen is important.

Progress Lighting's Alexa fixtures featured in a modern kitchen

Are you planning a kitchen remodel? If so, what are the most important features in your new design? Leave your thoughts below.

P.S. Find lighting inspiration for your kitchen – and every room of the home – on Progress Lighting’s Houzz page!

    The Perfect Recipe for Kitchen Lighting

    Posted by kbanks & filed under Kitchen Lighting, Lighting.

    According to the American Lighting Association, today’s kitchen is the center of family activity and the modern home’s busiest room. It is often used as a work area, dining space or a gathering place for family and friends. When it comes to lighting, requirements depend on the size and complexity of the kitchen space.

    General kitchen lighting can be achieved with either recessed lighting or a central, decorative chandelier.

    • Recessed lighting is best placed around the perimeter of the room and approximately 30″ away from the wall.
    • Chandeliers can be used in addition to other lighting in the space. In the kitchen, it is best to use chandeliers with semi-transparent glass shades instead of fabric shades because the glass is much easier to clean.

    Progress Lighting's Alexa chandelier provides a central lighting source, featuring patterned, etched glass that creates a relaxing feel.

    Undercabinet lighting will quickly and easily illuminate your countertops.

    • Place undercabinet fixtures at the front of your cabinet – not against the wall – so the light will be distributed evenly over the area below.

    With Progress Lighting's under cabinet options, homeowners have the freedom to create special mood lighting as well as task or indirect lighting by strategically placing lamps under cabinets.

    Over the sink or range, recessed downlights assure even illumination. Install them to create adequate task lighting for cooking, baking and scouring pots and pans.

    Paired with Progress Lightings Bay Court pendants, this kitchen area is well-lit with recessed downlights that allow for a variety of activities.

    Lighting over the kitchen table is multipurpose – used for dining, homework, hobbies or family business.

    A decorative fixture, such as Progress Lighting's Clayton chandelier, will provide sufficient task lighting while also adding a touch of style and personality to your space.

    Island counters and breakfast bars demand a combination of task and general lighting. A very good solution is to add a group of miniature pendants.

    In general, you should install one pendant for every two feet of counter space and try to use an odd number of pendants to create better balance. Featured pendants: Fresnel by Progress Lighting.

    Source: American Lighting Association, Kitchen Lighting, https://www.americanlightingassoc.com/Lighting-Your-Home/Kitchen.aspx


    Enter to win a fall lighting makeover!

    Posted by kbanks & filed under Lighting, Promotions & Giveaways, sweepstakes.

    Fall is in full swing – and to celebrate, we are offering our Facebook fans the chance to win a lighting makeover (that’s more than a $1,000 value!). The leaves aren’t the only things that change for the better this special time of year – we love to see home interiors transform to reflect the warm hues and feelings of fall.

    To enter, LIKE our Facebook page and COMMENT on the post featuring the image below with the answer to this question –  What is your favorite thing about decorating for fall?

    We’ll choose one entrant to win ALL of the fixtures featured in the photo! Deadline to enter is October 27 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

    The winning comment will receive three pendants, one nine-light chandelier, one two-light bath & vanity and one ceiling fan fixture - all from our Riverside collection and more than a $1,000 value.

    Reflecting the tone and spirit of a rustic retreat, Riverside is our perfect-for-fall collection. The etched light topaz glass globes with a rippled water effect and forged linear struts create a lighting collection to highlight any home as luxurious lodging.

    Progress Lighting’s Fall Makeover 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 Fall Makeover 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 2:00 p.m. (E.S.T.) on October 21, 2013 and will end at 11:59 p.m. (E.S.T.) on October 27, 2013 (the “Sweepstakes Period”).

    Internet Entry: “Like” Progress Lighting on Facebook. Find the post featuring Progress Lighting’s Riverside collection. Comment on the post on Progress Lighting’s Facebook page with the answer to the question “What is your favorite thing about fall decorating?” by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on October 27, 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 28, 2013, Progress Lighting will post a comment and “tag” the name of one participant with an eligible entry 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 three pendants, one nine-light chandelier, one two-light bath & vanity and one ceiling fan fixture from the Riverside collection. 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 Fall Makeover 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.