Monday Giveaway: Riverside Chandelier

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Attention, Progress Lighting fans! This week we’re giving away a three-light chandelier to one lucky person who comments on the fixture on our Facebook page. Check out the Official Rules below.

Progress Lighting’s Riverside Chandelier 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 Chandelier 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 9, 2013 and will end at 5:00 p.m. (E.S.T.) on September 13, 2013 (the “Sweepstakes Period”).

Internet Entry: “Like” Progress Lighting on Facebook. Find the post featuring Progress Lighting’s three-light Riverside chandelier. Comment on the post on Progress Lighting’s Facebook page by 5:00 p.m. (EST) on September 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 September 14, 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 one Riverside three-light chandelier. 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 Chandelier 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.

Lighting Fixtures 101: Wall Sconces

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Lighting fixtures for the home are now available in any size and for any decor preference and placement in a room. Confused about the terminology for various types of fixtures? We’ve borrowed information from Better Homes and Gardens’ Lighting magazine to help “shed light” on your options!

The beauty of wall lighting is that, along with providing ambient illumination, fixtures may also serve as art and coordinate with decor. There are seven options when choosing wall lighting for the home.

Miniature sconces are downsized wall lighting. These are great for closets, and several fixtures clustered together work in smaller rooms such as laundry.

Swing Arm wall lights are great when there’s no space for a side table or nightstand. The arm of the light moves in, out, down and up.

Outdoor sconces come in a variety of styles to fit any lighting goal or decor.

Sconces work everywhere from hallways to living rooms. The bulb is hidden by a shade and mounted on the wall, with light directed up or down.

Multi-light Sconces are mostly found in bathrooms and feature two or more bulbs.

Picture Lights are designed to illuminate photos, paintings or other wall art. Light is directed off a short stem, with a longer bulb to accent artwork. The fixtures can be hard-wired or worked off a switch.

Track Lighting is great for accenting a bigger stretch of wall or for an unusual light source. The movable track fixtures are typically used on ceilings but can be placed on a wall vertically or horizontally.

Progress Lighting's unique Bingo fixtures provide functional illumination while serving as wall art.

Getting Clear on Lighting with Lance Smith (Part 3)

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Our own Lance Smith, Manager of Builder Sales and Marketing, recently contributed to Best Practices Research Alliance’s “Getting Clear on Lighting” series. Check out the informational Q&A in this multi-part blog!

Q: You obviously think a lot about the importance of lighting. What do you tell builders to get them to think more about the role of lighting in their homes?

A: Right now, builders aren’t used to making lighting one of their priorities. They don’t see the value. They’re concerned with framing, HVAC, windows, keeping up with codes. But consumers perceive the value of a better lighting package as higher than its actual cost. Builders are missing out on an effective way to market their homes.

I like to say, “lighting is the jewelry of the home.” For very little money, builders can have a greater perceived value for their homes, and a lighting package doesn’t have to be expensive to be effective—the difference in home cost could be half a percentage point.

Recently, I was in a home that the builder had obviously put a lot of money into in terms of finishes and details. But then I went into the 14×14 walk-in closet, and there’s one fixture with 2 low-watt bulbs in it. It was too dark—you couldn’t tell the difference between navy blue, black and purple and brown. Closets are a woman’s favorite part of the house, aside from the kitchen, and that builder wasn’t capitalizing on that market.

Lighting Fixtures 101: Recessed Lighting

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Lighting fixtures for the home are now available in any size and for any decor preference and placement in a room. Confused about the terminology for various types of fixtures? We’ve borrowed information from Better Homes and Gardens’ Lighting magazine to help “shed light” on your options!

Recessed lighting is ideal for providing general, quality illumination while maintaining a clean visual appearance in the ceiling. We have identified seven key terms to know before selected recessed lighting sources for your home:

Round or square refers to the shape of the baffle. Performance is the same, but personal preference will determine shape.

  • New construction or remodel is determined by the type of project. New construction fixtures are attached to ceiling joists by arms. Remodel versions attach to drywall in the ceiling with clips.
  • IC-rated or non-IC housings also depend on the project type. Recessed fixtures that will come in contact with insulation must be IC-rated (insulation contact).
  • Low voltage or line voltage refers to the type of system. Recessed cans with reduced voltage/low voltage systems require a transformer and special dimmer. They are typically smaller in size and use miniature bulbs.
  • Flush, standard or shallow fixtures depend on the depth of the ceiling and your design preferences. Flush fixtures are level with the ceiling, while narrow are shallow.
  • Damp location listed fixtures are specially created for use in rooms that have moisture, such as bathrooms.
  • Fixed or movable fixtures are determined by whether the bulb inside the recessed lighting fixture is stationary or flexible. The ideal type depends on whether you want the flexibility to redirect the light as needed.

Our 6" LED downlight, P8071, is energy efficient and comes in several finish options

Lighting Fixtures 101: Lampshades

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Lighting fixtures for the home are now available in any size and for any decor preference and placement in a room. Confused about the terminology for various types of fixtures? We’ve borrowed information from Better Homes and Gardens’ Lighting magazine to help “shed light” on your options!

Lampshades are a decorative option ideal for adding personality and softening illumination to many light fixtures. There are five popular options:

  • Hard lampshades feature a plastic liner covered with a glued-on material, and can be used on any lamp in any decorating style.
  • Soft lampshades are similar to hard shades, but feature a solid-color liner with a more decorative outer shell attached with either thread or tape.
  • Drum, cylinder or oval shades are available in sizes ranging from miniature to oversized. They work well with contemporary or transitional decorating.
  • Floor, empire, bell or coolie shades are typically narrower at the top with varying shapes, and a very flexible in decorating use.
  • Geometric lampshades feature a square, rectangular or another shape, with sides matching. They have a regular width, sometimes with a slight slant from top to bottom, and are a good match for contemporary accents.

What are your favorite lampshade shapes and designs?

The Nisse chandelier features a rich off-white silken fabric oval shade

Lighting Fixtures 101: Ceiling Lighting

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Lighting fixtures for the home are now available in any size and for any decor preference and placement in a room. Confused about the terminology for various types of fixtures? We’ve borrowed information from Better Homes and Gardens’ Lighting magazine to “shed light” on your options!

Ceiling fixtures are one of the most popular options for providing general illumination in a room or corridor. There are seven options:

  • Flush mount fixtures closely hug the ceiling, and are a good choice when an understated or slim silhouette is needed.
  • Dropped fixtures include a shade and light source suspended from the ceiling from a short stem. This design becomes a visible element in the room.
  • Chandeliers are suspended from a longer stem or center point, with large central elements and tiers. These fixtures work in virtually any type of space and come in a range of sizes.
  • Recessed cans are installed up in the ceiling. When used in multiples, they are good for generating a lot of light throughout a room.
  • Pendants hang from a longer stem with a single light source, often covered by a shade. A pair or trio of pendants work well over a work space, such as a kitchen island.
  • Ceiling fans offer both air movement and optional overhead light, for use in hot or cold weather. They are perfect in a variety of rooms; newer, smaller fans even work in closets.
  • Track lighting features adjustable mini lights that run along a straight or curved track – great for accenting artwork or hall ways.

How do you incorporate different types of ceiling lighting fixtures to illuminate your home?

Bingo is a statement-making ceiling fixture

Customer Service Appreciation Day at Progress Lighting

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This week, Progress Lighting hosted a Customer Service Appreciation Day at the Hubbell Lighting headquarters in Greenville, South Carolina. It is an annual event where we are able to say “thank you” to our hard-working customer service team.

We offered lunch, awards and fun activities for the team to enjoy. Check out all of our photos from the event on our Progress Lighting Facebook page!

Getting Clear on Lighting with Lance Smith (Part 2)

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Our own Lance Smith, Manager of Builder Sales and Marketing, recently contributed to Best Practices Research Alliance’s “Getting Clear on Lighting” series. Check out the informational Q&A in this multi-part blog!

Q: In your experience, what are the most important challenges builders face in lighting? And what can they do to respond?

A: Being off color. Builders should pay attention to the Kelvin, or temperature, of bulbs. We’ve found that a good range is between 2700-3500, and we try to keep it between there. But I’ve seen builders whose maintenance guys don’t know the difference, and they’re installing lights that are 3000, or 5000 Kelvin. That’s not going to be good lighting to most people. Colors are going to look off.

Here’s a suggestion: Builders should set a standard across their organization for what Kelvin of bulbs their homes should have, and where. For example, they could just do 2700 across the board, make it simple. That would save them a lot of problems.

I also see a lot of builders choose lighting that looks good in the model. But the model doesn’t usually have white walls, and the homes do. Pick lighting that is going to look good in the actual home you build.

Lighting Fixtures 101: Chandeliers

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Lighting fixtures for the home are now available in any size and for any decor preference and placement in a room. Confused about the terminology for various types of fixtures? We’ve borrowed information from Better Homes & Gardens’ Lighting magazine to “shed light” on your options!

Chandeliers are dramatic lighting fixtures that add personality and functional illumination to a room. There are five types of chandeliers to choose:

  • Compact/mini styles are great for smaller spaces, such as a laundry room or closet. Newer version come as a small as 9 inches tall.
  • Downlight chandeliers are best suited for rooms with lower ceilings. A shade or other element on the fixture directs light down.
  • Uplight, on the other hand, directs light towards the ceiling. This fixture is ideal for eliminating shadows in large or soaring areas, including two-story height entryways.
  • Candelabra styles holds candle-like lights (and sometimes lampshades) in multiple tiers. These are great for traditionally-designed spaces.
  • Drum chandeliers are a good match for rooms with clean lines. A circular cover shields the light.

Which chandelier styles are ideal for the favorite rooms of your home?

Progress Lighting's Orbitz chandelier features shades that can be directed up or down.

Getting Clear on Lighting with Lance Smith (Part 1)

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Our own Lance Smith, Manager of Builder Sales and Marketing, recently contributed to Best Practices Research Alliance’s “Getting Clear on Lighting” series. Check out the informational Q&A in this multi-part blog!

Q: You seem to agree that LEDs are the future, and that they’ll become mainstream faster than many predicted.

A: What we’re seeing in residential is LED technology that commercial has seen for a while now. We’ve reached the performance we need—12 watts for 1000 lumens. But the first question I get from a national builder when we meet is, “Has the price of LEDs come down?” We need to decrease the costs.

LEDs will continue to get cheaper, but because it’s a better technology, there’s a limit to how cheap it can get. Luckily there are other ways to reduce the price. For example, LEDs are so bright now, that we can reduce the number of them in a bulb and get the same effect. Their price will be more in line with fluorescent pricing five years down the road.

One kind of LED we think has special promise is the AC LED. (AC LED works on the alternating current of normal household current rather than requiring additional parts to use direct current.)  Commercial lighting has had this technology for a year. It reduces the cost and size of the LED bulb and gives better performance.

Progress is committed to the growth of LEDs. We’re introducing more LED products in outdoor styles, a new LED flushmount series, and we’re making our award-winning Bingo lighting series in AC LED now.