- Graceful fluted arms in a Classic Silver finish emanate from a central column of fluted crystal.
- Crowned with simple black and off -white shades as standard, while blue-green and red shades offer a stylish option.
- Roxbury offers elaborate chandeliers with up to 15 lights.
- Pendants, close-to-ceiling and bath and vanity fixtures complete the family.
Whether getting festive for an upcoming holiday, adding new décor or just refreshing the contents of a room, homeowners are almost always looking to make subtle updates to their humble abodes.
One small addition that can be made to an interior is changing shades on light fixtures. And this option isn’t just for portable lamps – many varieties of stationary lighting fixtures have replaceable shades, as well.
Shades for pendants, chandeliers and wall sconces are available in a number of options:
- Round or oval shapes
- Silk, linen or paper material
- Colors, patterns and textures to match any home decor
One large shade can cover the entire width of a fixture for a dramatic statement.
Or, smaller shades add a subtle treatment to individual lights and disguise not-so-elegant lamps, such as spiral CFLs.
The beauty of today’s lighting options is that homeowners have the freedom to personalize designs without replacing fixtures. Drum shades add versatility and décor options to any room for years of enjoyment.
Recycle your look for a less complicated, clean design. Wisten is a simple, modern and balanced collection that is perfect for today’s understated interiors. Enter for your chance to win one these timeless five-light chandeliers from Progress Lighting and Riverbend Home, now through December 17, 2013
When someone is buying or selling a home, there is always the question: “What really differentiates one home from the next?” Sometimes, homebuilders and homeowners really miss the importance of lighting.
Any of the finished products within the home, as well as on the home’s exterior are really what makes one home stand out from another. We always like to say, “lighting is like the jewelry of the home.” Meaning, it’s possible to build a good home and then significantly change the perceived value through trim upgrades, carpentry, plumbing fixtures and appliances. This, of course, includes lighting, too.
In other words, anything the buyer is going to optically see will make a difference.
Think about the importance of “curb appeal,” when the buyer is looking at the exterior and architecture of a home. If the home is well lit and features the latest in outdoor lanterns and landscape lighting, that will give the home much more value than if it was lit with outdated or poor performing fixtures.
So what can you do to make your home stand out? Keep these lighting tips in mind:
- Create a welcoming atmosphere through lighting – A well-lit space invites guests in your home, making them feel more comfortable. Alternatively, individuals may feel unsafe or unsettled if areas of your home are dark or poorly lit.
- Coordinate! – Lighting fixtures should complement and coordinate with finished products, such as faucet fixtures and door hardware. For example, if you have nickel faucet fixtures and light kits, stay away from black or bronze finishes for lighting fixtures within the same room.
- Stay current with the latest trends – Think about the last time you entered a home that seemed a bit “dated.” Chandeliers, wall sconces and exterior fixtures that are on trend deliver a higher perceived value to those who are visiting your home.
It’s important to stay on trend when selecting the right lighting for your homes. Progress Lighting understands the marketplace and offers lighting solutions that are going to complement the latest home furnishings.
What’s on trend now
- We’re seeing that minimalistic designs with clean and simple features are very popular.
- Antique Bronze and Brushed Nickel are some of our most popular selling finishes.
- Also, consumers are looking for fixtures with textured glass (think seeded glass) to hide CFL lamps.
A few of Progress Lighting’s most popular builder collections include:
Joy – The fashion-forward, voluminous curves create a soft and stylish profile.
Bravo – A current, truly transitional style – an upgraded scale at an unbelievable price point.
Heart – Fixtures are curvaceous, flowing and competitively priced.
The room where you start and end your day should be a place of relaxation and rejuvenation. Transform your master bathroom into a soothing retreat with these tips from Better Homes and Gardens – and lighting updates from Progress Lighting’s Relax lifestyle.
Landscaping is as integral a part of your home as the interior, providing a lovely yard to enjoy warm days and pleasant nights. Professional landscaping can be a major undertaking, but it can also improve the value of your home a great deal, as well as offering years of enjoyment for you and your family.
Most people don’t realize the various elements that go into quality landscaping, which can go far beyond plants and pathways. Electrical lighting, in particular, plays a key role in the process. While discussing your landscaping options with a gardener, you may want to consult a qualified electrician to get his or her opinion as well. Here’s how lighting can improve your landscaping.
In the first place, you don’t use your yard in the daytime alone. Evening parties, barbecues, and even just a few drinks after hours can be made easier with a nice yard to enjoy them in. Lighting ensures that you can use the yard in the evening with safety and comfort. Without the lighting (or with inadequate lighting), you’ll be denying yourself a key portion of the day and limiting the use of your yard in the process. A good lighting system helps you take full advantage of those days and nights when it’s too nice to stay indoors.
There’s also the idea of aesthetics. When properly deployed, your lights can do wonders for the atmosphere in your yard: highlighting key spots or providing an overall sense of warmth and wonder. It makes your yard more inviting, facilitating get-togethers or quieter evenings at home with your family. All of that comes along in addition to the most basic function of lighting: allowing you to find your way in the dark. An adequate lighting service can provide that basic function, but a good one – working in conjunction with your landscaping service and with a clear sense of what you want to achieve with the yard – can help make it so much more.
From giveaways to holiday decor to your favorite collections, the Progress Lighting Pinterest page is full of inspiration for homeowners, builders, designers and DIY lovers alike. We’re excited to share our followers’ favorite pins of the week, and hope you’ll follow us, too. Enjoy!
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.
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.
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 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/
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.
- 40-watt incandescent bulb = 450 lumens
- 60-watt incandescent bulb = 800 lumens
- 100-watt incandescent bulb = 1600 lumens
Source: Alliance to Save Energy:
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.”
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