Celebrate the Holidays Under the Right Light

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Preparing a home for the holidays might bring to mind extensive decorations or a total remodel of a living or dining room. However, small changes through lighting can create a festive and comfortable environment with minimal effort.

Welcome family and guests into your home

Entryways are the first areas of a home to invite guests and set the tone for the rest of the interior. Lanterns and hanging fixtures can be functional yet decorative pieces that serve as the focal point in entryways.

Other ways to add drama in foyers are through the use of layered lighting, such as a chandelier accented with a sconce, along with the use of dimmers – to control the light level and create the ultimate welcoming environment for holiday guests.

In addition, simple outdoor lighting techniques can make your home and yard look great and offer functional features during the holidays – and all year long. Lighting along paths and driveways enhances the overall theme of your outdoor space while preventing accidents in the dark.

Illuminate favorite rooms for festive gatherings

Consider designing inspirational lighting schemes in the areas where friends and family gather most during the holidays. Incorporating layers of light – like chandeliers, recessed lighting and wall sconces – will add depth to a popular room.

In living areas, find creative uses of recessed fixtures, wall brackets or pendants to provide ample light. To brighten or soften illumination, incorporate dimmers to create drama with the flip of a switch.

Placing a chandelier over a dining table adds instant appeal to a centerpiece or holiday meal. Also consider adding a pendant – or multiple pendants – to showcase the dining area. For a behind-the-scenes tip: recessed wall washers can provide additional light, while helping to create the illusion of a larger space.

Also, consider making small adjustments like decorating existing fixtures or adjusting illumination to highlight holiday centerpieces to enhance a festive environment.

For more information about lighting for every home and occasion, visit Progress Lighting online at www.progresslighting.com. You can also find on social media:

Martha Childress Fundraising Opportunities

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The HBA of Greenville Board of Directors has formed the Martha Childress Task Force to modify Martha’s home in preparation for returning from a rehabilitation facility. Martha continues to heal and is making great strides in recovering from a gunshot wound that left her paralyzed from the waist down.

Progress Lighting is proud to be part of the HBA community that is helping to make a difference for the Childress family. Please consider supporting this initiative.

If you are unable to contribute labor or materials to these two projects, please consider a cash contribution to the Martha Childress Housing Fund. All proceeds not spent on her housing needs will be donated to a fund for her ongoing health needs. Checks can be made payable to HBA of Greenville Attn: Martha Childress Fund, 5 Creekside Park Court Ste. A, Greenville, SC 29615.

Additional fundraising opportunities have been set up to help Martha (http://elephantstrong.org/fundraising.html).

If you have any questions, please contact the HBA office at info@hbaofgreenville.com or (864) 254-0133.

Original source: http://hbaofgreenville.blogspot.com/2013/11/martha-childress-task-force-and.html

Roxbury: Elegance for traditional interiors

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Add a touch of Hollywood glamour to your interior style with the Roxbury collection.

  • 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.

Lighting shades for versatile interior designs

Posted by kbanks & filed under lighting designs.

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.

Progress Lighting’s Nisse chandelier features an oval drum shade with off-white silken fabric.

Or, smaller shades add a subtle treatment to individual lights and disguise not-so-elegant lamps, such as spiral CFLs.

Roxbury fixtures have optional round drum shades in a variety of colors.

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.

Enter our Light Up Your Home Sweepstakes!

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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

Good luck!

Lighting: The Great Differentiator

Posted by kbanks & filed under Homebuilders.

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:

JoyThe fashion-forward, voluminous curves create a soft and stylish profile.

BravoA current, truly transitional style – an upgraded scale at an unbelievable price point.

HeartFixtures are curvaceous, flowing and competitively priced.

Transform your bathroom into a soothing retreat

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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.

Homeowners often forgo full-size tubs to save space; However, a hot bath to soak sore muscles after a long day is the perfect way to retreat. Featured Progress Lighting collection: Chanelle

The Pavilion collection features playful accents with flowing lines ideal for a variety of bath and vanity areas.

Shelving surrounding the tub helps the room feel more like a living space. Photo courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens

The Heart collection will bring romance to your bathroom with flowing arms that gently cradle etched glass bowls. A chandelier hung over the tub adds soothing elegance.

Double sinks offer homeowners their own personal space. Featured Progress Lighting collection: Victorian

How Lighting Can Improve Your Landscaping

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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.

This information is courtesy of Electrical Connection, Inc., a full service electrician serving all of Connecticut. Visit their blog for more tips!

Top Pins of the Week

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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!

Our boards are organized by room and style to suit your decorating needs. The coach lantern shape and clear beveled glass of our Crestwood fixtures perfectly complement a traditional home.

Pinned on our inspiring DIY board, our most popular pin shares the "Best DIY Furniture Transformations." If you're a chronic crafter or "upcycler", this board is for you.

Pinners love the romantic, casual feel of our Eden collection. Antique linen glass shades have a removable leaf decoration for a versatile style.

Our boards offer ideas for versatile design. For example, this pin featuring our Clayton wall bracket shares how this fixture is adjustable to provide light where you need it.

Follow our page to learn about contests just for you. You can enter our Home for the Holidays Lighting giveaway for your chance to win fixtures from our Nissé collection, just in time for the holiday celebrations.

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/