How to display rough luxe design in the home

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

Rough Luxe design is a popular trend that celebrates aesthetics with raw imperfections, unfinished looks and combines this with rustic, industrial undertones. The trend can translate into luxurious design through a variety of products and avenues within the home – from wall treatments to contrasting materials to, of course, lighting.

Here are some ways to incorporate this modern home trend that embraces an industrial influence.

1. Bring outside materials…inside

Better Homes and Gardens recently shared an article on beautiful ways to use brick inside the home. A tried-and-true material, brick brings texture, character, and color to any space and embodies raw beauty.

Photo courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens

2. Light up with lanterns

As shown in the image above, lanterns are bold additions that display a rustic design. Progress Lighting offers a variety of lantern collections – such as Piedmont, Crestwood and Bay Court – that support this trend.

Featured: Progress Lighting Crestwood collection

3. Add interest by introducing new materials

Consider adding accent textures to a room setting with pillows, upholstering or rugs. Introduce new textures like burlap to add depth and visual interest to your rough luxe design.

Photo courtesy of Adorable Home blog

4. Add industrial-inspired lighting to work spaces

Consider adding lighting that is finished in contemporary metals like Brushed Nickel and Oil Rubbed Bronze, and feature raw details like knobs and fresnel glass. Progress Lighting’s Fresnel, Archie and  Brookside collections include pendants ideal for grouping above work areas in kitchen and bath settings.

Featured: Progress Lighting Fresnel one-light pendant with antique-inspired Fresnel glass lens.

5. Explore decor with upcycled materials

Upcycling is not only a sustainable design method, but it also adds character and interest to interior settings. There is something nostalgic and enchanting about repurposing old materials into new and beautiful items. This rusted windmill featured on Canadian House & Home was turned into a unique wall hanging, making for an intriguing, eye-catching design

Image courtesy of Canadian House & Home

What are some ways you choose to embrace rough luxe design in the home?

Top 4 remodeling trends influencing lighting design

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

In 2014, consumers are expected to gravitate towards new methods of self expression in the home, showers over tubs and multi-generational living. Explore what’s trending – and learn how these trends affect lighting design.

1. Self expression: Through bold colors and ornamentation, homeowners are predicted to openly express their unique personalities with home accessories, jeweled colors, layered textiles and more.

Pendants are a great way to cater to every homeowner’s specific design styles and tastes. Progress Lighting offers pendants in a variety of shapes, styles and finishes.

Featured: Haven pendant in Brushed Nickel finish

2. Showers over tubs: Homeowners are looking to enhance the shower experience by forgoing tubs in newer homes. Curb-less showers are an increasingly popular feature.

Progress Lighting’s LED recessed downlights are water compatible and ideal for shower settings.

Featured: Progress Lighting LED recessed fixtures as seen in the 2014 New American Home

3. Classic, modern looks: The industrial modern trend of 2013 will shift to more classic, modern decor. Products with a relaxed feel, rounded designs and raw metal finishes are predicted to be popular among homeowners.

Progress Lighting has responded to this trend with new collections that feature both traditional and contemporary elements.

Asset is one of five new collections for 2014 that features a classic, modern look in the popular Brushed Nickel finish.

4. Multi-generational living: Homes with multi-generational features that can accommodate aging parents or boomerang children are important to homebuyers.

Progress Lighting offers lighting ideal for aging-in-place design, including LED options that are gentle on aging eyes and lower energy and maintenance costs.

Progress Lighting's popular Bingo collection (above) provides general illumination and is available in an LED option.

Trends predicted by Neil Kelly Company – an award-winning design-build remodeling firm featured in the January issue of enLIGHTenment Magazine. Article source: Top 10 Interior Design and Remodeling Trends for 2014.

5 must-haves for young homebuyers

Posted by kbanks & filed under Homebuilders, Kitchen Lighting, Lighting.

According to a 2013 National Association of Realtors study, millennials (or those born between 1980 and 2000) are the second biggest segment of the buyer market. Many agents say that these younger buyers tend to have similar “must-have” features for their homes.

Some of these features include:

1. Updated kitchen and bath: Kitchen and baths can be expensive when it comes to remodels and renovations, so many young buyers want these rooms to be equipped with all the latest technology and trends before they move into the home.

Energy efficient lighting options are ideal for kitchen and bath applications - including LED recessed downlights for accent lighting or decorative pendants with CFL sources for task lighting - and reduce energy and maintenance costs for homeowners.

2. Large kitchens with an open floor plan: Young home buyers prefer an open floor layout over compartmentalized homes. The kitchen has replaced the formal dining room as a top hangout spot, ideal for entertaining.

It's important to consider a layered design approach that accounts for task, accent and ambient lighting with open layouts. This home uses a chandelier from our Clayton collection, in addition to our Brookside pendants and recessed lights to achieve ideal illumination.

3. A home office: More than 13 million Americans work from home. This number continues to increase, especially among the millenial generation. A dedicated space for home office activities is becoming increasingly important.

Proper lighting is essential to a well-designed, functional workspace. A large pendant - such as our Equinox lantern shown above - provides task lighting that efficiently and beautifully illuminates desk areas.

4. Low maintenance features: Younger homebuyers prefer homes that come with low upkeep features like wood floors and granite countertops that are attractive and hassle free.

With energy costs on the rise and growing interest in protecting the environment, young buyers are also conscious of buying homes that are green. LED fixtures - such as the Progress Lighting high performance LED downlights or LED undercabinet series - are low maintenance lighting options.

5. Technology: Today, homeowners are more concerned about area cellular service and internet capabilities over cable and telephone. These options can largely increase or decrease a home’s appeal to this generation.

To read more on “Must-haves to sell to young homebuyers,” visit

3 things to consider with LED recessed lights

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

In response to the demand for energy efficient lighting that reflects green design, Progress Lighting has introduced a variety of LED sources to meet our customers design needs and goals. One of our newest – and most popular – products in the new year has been our high performance LED recessed downlight.

Progress Lighting’s AC LED 6” trim features a 120V alternating current source and is comprised of an integrated board without any electronics. This modular approach results in an encapsulated fixture that unites performance, cost and safety benefits. With a better overall lighting effect, AC LED is dimmable to 10% and offers a 3000K-color temperature and 1195 lumens.

LED fixtures pay for themselves through significant energy and cost savings, and improvements in technology has made this source a smart decision for many builders and homeowners. Before making the switch to LED lighting, here are a three factors to consider:

1. Positioning LED recessed fixtures: Recessed fixtures should be used for accent lighting of art, tabletops, plants, sculpture etc – rather than general illumination or over seating areas since they cast hard shadows. Layer this accent lighting with other sources of illumination that provide decorative, task and ambient light.

2. Selecting the right amount of lumens: Part of the learning process is to not look at wattage but to look at lumen output. Choose LED sources with lumen outputs that are compatible with your traditional sources.

3. Considering LED color temperature: Be aware that LEDs do not get warmer in color when dimmed, which is what incandescent lighting does. Consider adding a warming filter to LED products to change the color temperature from 2700K or 3000K to 2400K. This is the color of dimmed incandescent.

Source: Residential Lighting, Ask Randall: How Many Lumens Are Needed to Light a Room,

Todd Roy elected to NAHB’s Leading Supplier Council Board of Trustees

Posted by kbanks & filed under Employee, Progress Lighting, lighting industry.

Congratulations to Todd Roy, Director of Builder Sales and Marketing at Progress Lighting! We’re excited to announce that he has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the NAHB Leading Supplier Council for 2014.

Progress Lighting is a member of the Leading Suppliers Council, a group of national building manufacturers and suppliers that support the International Builders Show, as well as The New American Home.

Read more about Todd Roy’s involvement in NAHB, as well as the lighting industry, over the years in this edition of Builder Review Daily.

IBS 2014: Progress Lighting booth highlights

Posted by kbanks & filed under Uncategorized.

We’re having a great time at the International Builders’ Show 2014 (in none other than the “city of lights” itself – Las Vegas). This week, we’re talking new LED introductions (including a sneak peek of LEDs that aren’t yet released), the top lighting trends for kitchen and bath, innovative outdoor solutions,  products in the New American Home 2014 – and more.

Take a look at what’s been going on in booth C3527. And be sure to come by and see us!

Come have a look at all we have to offer in decorative, efficient and functional lighting for every room of the home.

Pendants are trending big in home design. Our modern pendants featured in the New American Home have been at hit in booth C3527.

Our Archie collection offers depth for homeowners - with a variety of fixtures and finishes to complete any room of the home. It is consistently one of our most popular collections nationwide.

Show attendees have enjoyed special tours on Aging-in-Place Design, Universal Design, Kitchen and Bath Trends - and more. We're happy to give you a private tour if you weren't able to make the group session.

Our outdoor collections feature a variety of styles to complement any exterior architectural design. Come see what was just introduced this January.

Our booth visitors have been raving about the advancements in LED technology, including our LED undercabinet series - ideal for task lighting applications in kitchen workspaces.

Let Day 2 of IBS begin!

IBS Preview: Top 4 kitchen and bath lighting trends

Posted by kbanks & filed under Bathroom Lighting, IBS, Kitchen Lighting.

We are excited to be heading to Vegas to exhibit at the 2014 International Builders Show (IBS). Since IBS is co-locating for the first time with the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS), we will be focusing especially on kitchen and bath lighting design trends.

A recent study completed by the interior design site Houzz found that kitchen and bath remodels are now a top priority for homeowners above all other rooms of the home. The study indicated that 28% of surveyed homeowners are planning a bathroom renovation in 2014, and 23% are planning a kitchen remodel or addition.

Enjoy a sneak peek of some of the top kitchen and bath lighting trends we’ll be discussing at the show. And if you’ll be in Vegas, we’ll see you at booth C3527!

Top Kitchen and Bath Trends for 2014

1. Incorporating green design into the home lighting plan.

LED and CFL lamps play a big role because they can pay for themselves through energy and maintenance savings, while providing aesthetically pleasing lighting.

2. Grouping pendants – and mini-pendants – for functional and decorative illumination in workspaces.

Pendants and mini-pendants allow consumers to take advantage of the popular trend to group two or more pendants over work areas, such as a kitchen island, bath and vanity area, stove or sink – for both aesthetic and functional benefits.

Featured: Kiss pendants, seen in the New American Home 2014

3. Implementing fixtures that emulate a classic, modern design.

The style to blend traditional and contemporary details to create a modern, classic look is popular among homeowners. This trend supports simpler lines than traditional – but a more elaborate style than contemporary.

Featured: Alexa

4. Using space more efficiently in open layouts.

Open interior spaces require the need for a layered lighting design that accounts for ambient, accent and task lighting.

Featured: Lady Luck

Downsize or Remodel: Lighting matters as we age

Posted by kbanks & filed under Aging in Place, LEDs, lighting designs.

According to a recent article in Builder Magazine, downsizing your home later in life is a transition that is better done sooner than later. Tom Lauricella reported this week in The Wall Street Journal’s Sunday edition that the advantages in moving early can be significant. Some of these include:

  • Budgets. “In a larger home, expenses are hidden.”
  • Nest eggs. “A move to a less-expensive home could be a boon to your retirement savings.”
  • Family stress. “If one member of an older couple develops a serious illness, or dies suddenly, younger family members frequently find themselves caring for the original family home… that can place strains on all concerned.”

The Progress Lighting Haven mini-pendant is designed to conceal its energy-efficient CFL source behind stonehenge glass. CFLs require less maintenance and reduce energy costs for homeowners.

Whether its a full downsize – or even a remodeling upgrade, as we age, our bodies and health change in ways that require alteration to the home. Home lighting can have a profound effect on quality of life, as well.

Progress Lighting offers efficient, functional and decorative families that meet the unique needs of aging inhabitants. Some of these products include:

  • LED Products. Increases in efficacy (lumens per watt) and warm white color consistency are gentle on aging eyes while a long lifetime means less bulb changes over the years.
  • CFL and Incandescent Sources. New efficient incandescent sources and CFLS are also viable alternatives for aging-in-place design.
  • Outdoor Products. Outdoor lighting options add safety and security illumination to a home’s exterior, reducing trips and falls after dark.

Source: Builder Magazine, Plan to Downsize Your Home? Don’t Wait,

Progress Lighting named “Supplier of the Year” by Springfield Electric

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We’re proud to announce that, for the second year in a row, Springfield Electric Supply Company named Progress Lighting “Supplier of the Year”. The award was presented to Bob Sale, Progress Lighting’s vice president of sales, at the Dallas International Lighting Market last week.

Bob Sale accepted the award on behalf of Progress Lighting in the company's showroom. Left to Right: Bob Sale; Mark Barthel, president of Springfield Electric; Susan Mason, Springfield Electric's showroom coordinator and sales manager.

As the second annual award winner, Progress Lighting was recognized for its year-over-year sales growth, as well as its superior products, delivery and service.

Progress Lighting supplies a diverse selection of high quality lighting fixtures to Springfield Electric's three premier showrooms, located in Bloomington, Champaign and Springfield, Illinois.

Springfield Electric, an employee-owned business that dates back to 1932, serves residential, commercial, and industrial customers in 17 locations throughout central Illinois. The company consistently ranks among the 60 largest electrical distributors in the country.

Our top 5 pins of the week

Posted by kbanks & filed under Lighting.

Progress Lighting is an active contributor on the social media site, Pinterest – and we invite you to connect with us for your daily dose of inspiration for the home.

Here’s a peek at some of our followers’ top pins of the week.

Rustic touches always inspire our followers. This popular pin features our Crestwood lanterns - for use indoors or outdoors.

The simplistic design and schoolhouse profile of these pendants make it a popular pick among our Pinterest followers.

Our Style by Room boards contain some of our followers' favorite room shots. Featuring our Santiago collection, this pin comes from our Kitchen board.

For the pinners who love traditional design, this room displays classic elegance, featuring our Le Jardin collection.

We love sharing tips and tricks, like ways to improve task lighting. Our followers agree that our Illuma-Flex track lighting system is a good place to start.