Lighting ideas for outdoor entertaining

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

Spring is in full swing, and what better way to entertain guests than hosting a relaxing gathering in your backyard. Lighting plays a key role in creating a comfortable and inviting atmosphere for friends and family. There are many options when it comes to lighting your outdoor space to get the mood just right. From a simple display of kerosene lamps to modern wall sconces, beautifully illuminate your outdoor space on any budget.

Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Table lamps: Consider adding rustic lanterns or kerosene lamps on your outdoor tables. They provide the same shimmering glow as candles, but won’t blow out.

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Path Lights: Positioning path lights along walkways and steps helps guests to safely and securely move about, while highlighting key architecture and plants in your backyard.

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String Lights: Holiday lights are a great way to add a little extra sparkle and shine to your evening shindig. And it’s an easy touch you can do the day of!

Industrial-inspired sconces: Contrast stone and rustic elements with sconces with metal shades for an unexpected, intriguing industrial influence.

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Tiki torches: Light up your backyard with classic tiki torches – which can be great for keeping bugs away, too.

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Modern tube lights: Position tube lights above a deck to provide mood lighting for areas ideal for entertaining.

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Progress Lighting featured in Better Homes & Gardens

Posted by kbanks & filed under Interior Design, Lighting, Lighting Trends, Progress Lighting.

Better Homes and Gardens released their annual Lighting edition for 2014 – and we were pleased to see many of our favorite collections featured in this special issue. From our contemporary Bingo collection to the rustic appeal of Crestwood – take a look at which of our fixtures are causing chatter in the interior design community.

Our popular Bingo collection pushes the boundaries of illumination by doubling as wall and ceiling art. This eclectic fixture combines materials and color with subdued light, perfect for an entryway showpiece.

Noir is the perfect contrast of color and material – featuring crystals that sparkle accented by bold, black fabric. The chandelier and sconces add an elegant touch with distinctive style.

For the lover of all things rustic, there’s our Crestwood collection. The standard height for these statement fixtures is 30 inches above the tabletop.

Get inspired with Coupe, featuring clear ribbed glass suspended around an etched white diffuser.

Casual and relaxed, Dance features carefully selected elements, including glass beads, polished agate stone and natural crystal. These uniquely beautiful materials are playfully suspended for an undulating iron frame, which floats over a linen shade.

Stay cool and save energy with Progress Lighting’s Energy-Star rated AirPro fans.

Engage your own aesthetic style with Engage, a circular inspired bath collection offering a fun graphic representation that coordinates easily with popular bath accessories and patterns.

2014 kitchen lighting trends

Posted by kbanks & filed under Kitchen Lighting, Lighting, Lighting Trends, Progress Lighting.

The shades on Progress Lighting’s Ashbury chandelier paired with the exposed bulbs of the Equinox pendants accent this open floor plan. (Glenwyck Country Manor – Alon Estates, TX)

We address the following kitchen lighting trends in Toll Brother’s Toll Talks blog this week.

  • Industrial influences
  • Large-scale lighting
  • New finishes
  • Clean, bright lighting

In addition to trend information, Toll Brothers includes some wonderful application shots featuring Progress Lighting. Head on over to the blog today to get inspired.

Progress Lighting featured in award-winning remodeling project

Posted by kbanks & filed under Projects, awards, remodeling, renovations, special events.

Recessed lighting provided by Progress Lighting

General contractor Andrew Roby, Inc. took home eight Excellence in Remodeling awards from the Home Builders Association of Charlotte.

One of Roby’s award-winning projects is renovation of Vicki Payne’s home. Payne is the host of For Your Home, the longest running home and garden show on TV. Last year, she downsized and moved to a 29-year-old brick ranch closer to the city, and then documented the full renovation in an eight-part series on her show.

Wall sconces from Progress Lighting's Lady Luck collection

Wall sconces from Progress Lighting's Lady Luck collection

Progress donated recessed lighting, modular fluorescent and decorative wall sconces for two bath and vanity areas.

“Progress Lighting played a major role in assisting Andrew win two Excellence in Remodeling awards by participating in last season’s FYH Project House,” said Payne. “I love the house and so did the Home Builders Association.”

Operation Finally Home welcomes soldier home

Posted by kbanks & filed under Lighting, special events.

Cody stands in front of his new home with his parents.

Progress Lighting recently worked with Operation Finally Home – a non-profit organization dedicated to providing custom-built homes for America’s military heroes.

We were honored to supply lighting in one of their custom made homes in New Braunfels, Texas. The house was turned over to wounded veteran Cody Nusbaum in a ceremony last month.

Thanks to Operation Finally Home for allowing us to support our nation’s heroes.

Progress Lighting supplied lighting for Operation Finally Home's custom-made home for wounded veteran Cody Nusbaum.

HomeSphere hosts contest to highlight green homebuilding products

Posted by kbanks & filed under Giveaways, Homebuilders, Promotions & Giveaways, energy efficiency.

Attention homebuilders!

HomeSphere wants to know about YOUR “green” products.

Do you use environmentally friendly products when building your new homes? Share a photo of your coolest green features with HomeSphere and you’ll be entered for a chance to win a $250 gift card.

Follow three easy steps to enter:

1. Like HomeSphere on Facebook.
2. Upload your photo and complete the entry form.
3. Share your entry with your followers. They can support by voting.

Submissions may be made until April 30th. Enter today – and good luck!

Earth Day and Every Day: Green initiatives

Posted by kbanks & filed under LEDs, Progress Lighting, energy efficiency.

Although today is Earth Day, Progress Lighting is committed to supporting our Mother Earth everyday of the year. From our green lighting options to our LEED-certified headquarters, we understand the importance of maximizing energy savings and reducing our global footprint – without sacrificing aesthetic appeal.

Here are some green initiatives actively supported by Progress Lighting:

  • We participate in extensive research and development programs that ensure high standards of quality and innovation for green lighting in home applications.

Our popular Bingo collection is available in an LED option.

  • To solidify our environment commitment, Progress Lighting moved into its LEED-certified headquarters in 2007.

We are the only lighting manufacturer with a USGBC LEED Silver certified headquarters.

  • We offer a variety of LED products to match any lifestyle. With LED technology, a lighting fixture can last for decades, while offering significant energy savings.

Progress Lighting was the exclusive lighting supplier of the NAHB's 2014 New American Home. All of the featured collections were of the highest energy efficiency standards, including several LED solutions.

  • We are proud to have award recognition by leaders in the lighting industry, such as the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA), Energy Star, and the American Lighting Association, among others.

We offer several Energy Star certified fixtures with beautiful aesthetic appeal, such as the Gather collection.

How are you supporting our Mother Earth? For tips on ways to make your home more eco-friendly, here are a few ideas.

Progress Lighting unveils digital newsroom

Posted by kbanks & filed under Lighting, Progress Lighting, Public Relations.

Progress Lighting is embracing the fact that news creation and consumption continues to move online. After years of building our social media channels to engage with a variety of audiences, we have evolved our web presence by unveiling a digital newsroom,

The digital newsroom provides new ways for consumers, prospects and partners to learn about Progress Lighting. Visitors now have access to items – including image galleries, video libraries and company news – that are easy to share with others.

Media, consumers, designers, bloggers, builder partners and online retailers can enjoy:

  • Immediate access to digital and multimedia assets from Progress Lighting
  • A new outlet to find and share company and industry news
  • A variety of tools to learn about Progress Lighting and its product offering – in a central place

The digital newsroom will be continually updated – giving individuals a reason to visit often – and will also serve as a platform to share partner and online retailer news and information.

Take a tour of our new digital newsroom.

Lighting your kitchen to reflect your personality

Posted by kbanks & filed under Interior Design, Kitchen Lighting, Lifestyle palettes, lighting designs, lighting lifestyles.

From bold and dramatic to clean and contemporary – the way you design the “heart of the home” says a lot about your unique personality. At Progress Lighting, we offer more than 5,000 lighting fixtures to provide you with lighting solutions that help you achieve your design goals, allowing you to transform your kitchen into a loving reflection of your distinctive style.

See how lighting is used to reflect 4 different personalities in the kitchen settings below.

Casual and Relaxed

This look is for homeowners who enjoy a casual lifestyle, where you can relax and enjoy a comfortable living environment. The charming details of our Meeting Street chandelier – featuring rustic scroll metal work complemented by ecru linen pleated shades – help you create a kitchen where family and friends will love to gather.

Retro and Transitional

This style is for the designer who loves designs inspired by the past. Capture nostalgic moments with handsome accents and refined details. Distinctive and stunning, our Crestwood lanterns add to this authentic kitchen for the homeowner that enjoys the best of classic and modern inspirations.

Clean and Contemporary

If warm and inviting complements your mantra, this look is for you. Featuring earthy styling and calming features, this kitchen uses lighting and accessories with minimalist undertones to create a refreshing look. Our popular Haven collection reflects the balance of Zen for today’s inspired interiors.

Dramatic and Glamorous

For the drama queen in you, this style features bold silhouettes with dramatic patterns. Incorporate lighting with chic and sleek accents for the ultimate metro vibe, as seen with our Bay Court pendants in this modern kitchen setting.

5 unexpected ways to light your bathroom

Posted by kbanks & filed under Bathroom Lighting, Interior Design, Lighting Trends.

The trend to transform bathrooms into a place of escape, recharge and relaxation has penetrated the home improvement market. As a functional lighting source with unparalleled versatility, the traditional bath and vanity fixture isn’t disappearing any time soon; However, there are new ways trending in home fashion to beautifully illuminate your bathroom.

For the designer and homeowner wishing to breathe some unexpected creativity into your home’s design, here are 5 unexpected solutions to bathroom lighting that you probably hadn’t thought of…

1. Unexpected elegance.

Add a statement chandelier crowned with shades and adorned with glass beads for a glamorous solution that adds to your bathroom’s luxurious design. Image featuring our Nissé collection.

2. Unexpected pairings.

For spaces with high ceilings, bring the light down to your level with pendant lighting. If you’re loving more than one design, the good news is, you don’t have to choose just one! Combine your favorite designs for an unexpected – and beautiful – lighting solution at the sink. Image featuring our glass pendants, Kiss and Modera collections.

3. Unexpected relaxation.

Place a chandelier above the tub for the perfect atmosphere for a soothing soak. An elegant chandelier creates a space to unwind after a long and stressful day. Pair with some candles and sconces for the ultimate retreat. Project completed by Mary DeWalt Design Group – featuring our Nissé collection.

4. Unexpected boldness.

Large-scale lighting fixtures are trending in home fashion. Position a large pendant above a sink area for functional task lighting that makes an undeniable statement. Image featuring our Markor collection.

5. Unexpected functionality.

Recessed lighting fixtures contribute to a warm and inviting setting in your layered lighting design. A trend toward energy efficient sources – fit for the shower – is big for 2014. Wet-located options by Progress Lighting, available with LED sources, bring maximum value to homeowners through a combination of efficiency, aesthetics and functionality.

What are some other unexpected ways to illuminate your bathroom setting?