High Performance Lighting Guide for the Home: Kitchen

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Because it caters to so many different activities, kitchen lighting tends to be more complex than other rooms of the home. Lighting is needed for food preparation, family gatherings or finishing homework, which often requires ambient lighting to also serve as task lighting. Key areas that need to be properly lit are the counters, including sinks and appliances. It is important to take note of the three types of lighting applications to ensure your kitchen is illuminated for quality and functionality.

  • Direct lighting- This design provides simple, efficient direct illumination. A high level flood of light throughout the room provides task lighting for countertops, peninsulas or additional tables.
  • Recessed lighting- Recessed lighting should be installed directly above the front edge of the countertop to provide ample counter illumination and light into the interior of cabinets. Additional downlights should be added for general lighting, and undercabinet lights can be installed for better counter lighting and to reduce shadows. Pendants may be substituted for recessed downlights over peninsula counters, free standing counters or additional tables.
  • Indirect lighting- Primarily, indirect designs involve cove and undercabinet lighting in order to provide task, as well as ambient lighting, for the room.

Which of these HPL designs below would best fit your kitchen space?

Pinterest Promotion: 12 Days of Pinning!

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Progress Lighting is once again hosting a special giveaway on Pinterest!

From today until November 16, you can create your own “Holiday Home Style” board on Pinterest and include an uploaded picture of a favorite holiday room from your home. Pin images of your favorite holiday decorations and festive rooms onto your board – including at least three fixtures from “Progress Lighting’s 12 Days of Pinning contest board on Pinterest. Once complete, send an email with a link to your board kbanks@hubbell.com. Don’t forget to include the hashtag #ProgressLighting and #HolidayStyle under each pin!

During the week of December 3, we’ll select five winners to receive fixtures off their board from Progress Lighting! See below for official instructions. We can’t wait to see your lighting ideas!

Progress Lighting Pinterest “12 Days of Pinning” Contest

OFFICIAL SWEEPSTAKES 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 Pinterest “12 Days of Pinning” Contest (the “Sweepstakes”) is open to anyone who is 18 years or older at the time of entry and have chosen to “Follow” Progress Lighting on Pinterest. Employees of Progress Lighting (“Sponsor”), Pinterest, 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 12:00 p.m. (E.S.T.) on November 5, 2012, and will end at 11:00 p.m. (E.S.T.) on November 16, 2012 (the “Sweepstakes Period”).

Internet Entry: Enter by visiting Progress Lighting’s “12 Days of Pinning” official board on Pinterest, click on the “Follow” button, completing all of the required information, and following all instructions. Create a board on Pinterest titled “Holiday Home Style,” upload an image of your holiday space and pin images of festive rooms and decorations.  Include at least three images of fixtures from Progress Lighting’s “12 Days of Pinning” contest board on Pinterest, and add the hashtag “#ProgressLighting” and “#HolidayStyle” on all pins. Once complete, copy and paste the URL to your Holiday Home Style board into an email and send to kbanks@hubbell.com. By entering, you agree to the terms of these Official Rules. Only one entry per person, per Sweepstakes from the Progress Lighting Pinterest 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 Pinterest. In the event of a dispute, all online entries will be deemed to have been submitted by the owner of the Pinterest/email account from which they were sent. For theses purposes, an email account holder shall mean the natural person assigned to such email account by the Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with such email account. 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. During the week of December 3, five participants with eligible entries in the Sweepstakes will be contacted and sent one fixture each from Progress Lighting. If the person submitting the entry does not meet the eligibility requirements, no prize will be awarded.

5. Winner Notification and Acceptance. Winner will be notified by Progress Lighting through email. Return of e-mail prize notification as undeliverable or failure of winner to respond to the e-mail according to the instructions in the e-mail 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. The Progress Lighting Pinterest “12 Days of Pinning” contest 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.

Weekly Lighting Round-Up!

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Happy Friday!  We hope you had a great Halloween-filled week! In case you missed out on some of our social media highlights and posts, we’ve got your weekly lighting round up. Take a look at interior designs from social media outlets, lighting terms and guides as well as our latest feature in Small Dream Homes magazine. Enjoy!

Our popular Pinterest pin of the week

Pinterest: Make the Room- Glenmont

Common Lighting Terms & Definitions

High Performance Lighting Guide for the Home: Part 7

Houzz Share

High Performance Lighting Guide for the Home: Living Room

Posted by kbanks & filed under Lighting, lighting designs, lighting lifestyles, renovations.

      

Living/ Family Room areas

Now that you have learned about the basics of High Performance Lighting through our previous blog posts, you are now ready to learn how to install them in each area of your home. We will take a look into various rooms of the house, and how you can best apply HPL to your personal areas. (Actual installations may require more or fewer fixtures than recommended, depending on the room size, configuration and/or surface colors.)

The living/ family room is one of the most popular rooms of the home and requires different levels of lighting for various activities. The suggested lighting designs for the living room are intended to provide ambient illumination for general room use and circulation. Light levels should accommodate tasks such as watching TV, playing board games or operating gaming equipment.  For reading or writing, portable lamps should be added to the interior design.

The three lighting approaches will provide illumination in the following ways:

  1. Direct Lighting- Direct Lighting designs provide simple, efficient direct illumination.
  2. Recessed Lighting- A soft and elegant pattern of lighting can be provided through the use of recessed downlights. This design can be greatly impacted by the hues of the room.
  3. Indirect Lighting- This design uses wall washers and coves to provide quality lighting and glare control. Wall wash lighting is ideal for making the room appear larger, while cove lighting gives a sense of greater ceiling height.

Below are five lighting design examples for family rooms, provided by the U.S. Department of Energy Guide for Residential High Performance Lighting.


Common Lighting Terms & Definitions

Posted by kbanks & filed under Lighting, lighting industry.

      

To better understand any industry, it is always important to learn the lingo. For your convenience, we have complied a list of some popular lighting terms and definitions that we always find useful:

  • CCT – Correlated color temperature
  • CFL – Compact Flourescent Lamp
  • Color Rendering – Ability of a light source to show all colors in a scene
  • Color Temperature – An index for lamp light color in degrees Kelvin (K) that typically ranges from 1700K to 8000K
  • CRI – Color Rendering Index (20-100)
  • LED – Light Emitting Diode
  • Light Color – Light that randes from warm (e.g., candlelight) to cool (e.g., flourescent grow light)
  • Luminaire – Light fixture, including the lamp (bulb)
  • Luminaire Efficacy – Total lumens emitted by the luminaire divided by  the total watts drawn by the luminaire’s power supply
  • SSL – Solid-State Lighting

What lighting terms have you come across recently?

This Week’s Lighting Round Up!

Posted by kbanks & filed under Progress Lighting, controls, dimmers, lighting designs, lighting lifestyles, renovations.

      

Happy Halloween! In case you’ve been too busy carving pumpkins, sewing costumes or eating candy – here’s our weekly round up with all of our favorite social media highlights and posts. This week we looked into interior lighting designs, the future of housing renovations and one man’s creative way to recycle. Enjoy!

Inhabitat: Old Door Knobs designed into Van Gogh’s Starry Night

Pinterest: Illuma-Flex

Are Housing Markets Improving?

Home Depot Fall 2012 Style Guide featuring Progress Lighting

High Performance Lighting Guide for the Home: Part 6

Houzz.com: Favorite Space

High Performance Lighting Guide for the Home: Part 6

Posted by kbanks & filed under Progress Lighting, controls, energy efficiency, lighting designs, lighting lifestyles, remodeling.

      

Controls

One of the most important parts of a High Performance Lighting (HPL) design is the selection of appropriate controls for lighting each room. Controls that are used for HPL are categorized into three types:

1)   Use limiting: switches, occupancy sensors, timers and solar controls

2)   Intensity lighting: dimmers

3)   Programmed patterns of use: lighting management systems

The installations of use limiting controls are the least expensive and most commonly applied to residential applications. Every light has an on/off switch and some offer an occupancy sensor control feature. The most useful type of use limiting control is the manual on/automatic off setting that prevents light from staying on after occupants have left the room. Motion control settings are ideal for outdoor lighting applications, but may require sensitivity adjustments to prevent animals from triggering the light.

Intensity limiting controls are very useful in rooms that are used for various activities like in the dining room or living area. Dimmers give occupants the availability to adjust lighting for different activities such as formal dining or completing homework.  Dimmers must be properly teamed with the fixtures they control.

Light management systems, which provide programmable controls, may be installed to control some or all of the lights in a home. Different lighting combinations may be preset for certain occasions or times of day. Some of the features of programmable controls are the availability to dim lighting, on/off controls, occupancy sensors, timers, temperature controls and daylight sensors. This system can be controlled from a wall mount or by remote.

Here are some examples of where to install these types of controls:

  • Manual On/Off: Basement, Children’s bedrooms
  • Automatic On/Off: Interior rooms with no daylight, exterior security lighting
  • Timers: Garage
  • Dimmers: Dining room, kitchen, family room, entryway
  • Timers/Solar Control: Exterior lighting

Installations of these types of controls in your HPL home should result in energy savings over and above that of the more efficient lamps and luminaires. However, the amount of energy and cost savings are highly variable due to the homeowner’s pattern of use.

Are housing markets improving?

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Recently, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) estimated that nearly one-quarter of all United States metros are improving housing markets.  Altogether, there have been 80 metropolitan areas across 32 states that show measureable improvement.

In order to be considered for the First American Improving Markets Index (IMI), metro areas must have shown improvement in housing permits, employment and house prices for at least six consecutive months.

The interesting fact about the newest additions to the IMI is that the list includes metros across every region of the country, all which have distinctly different economic and employment characteristics. The one thing each metro area has in common is a tight lending environment for both builders and buyers, which drives their positive momentum.

There is a growing recognition among consumers that now is an opportune time to consider a home purchase as one-quarter of the U.S. metros are currently improving housing markets.  Have you noticed any changes across your city?

Our friends at enLIGHTenment further explain this in their article, Statistics Point to Housing Growth in 80 Cities.

Weekly Round Up!

Posted by kbanks & filed under Lighting, Progress Lighting, lighting designs, lighting lifestyles, remodeling, renovations.

      

We hope everyone has had a great week! In case you were too busy to keep up with all of our social media highlights for the past few days, here’s our weekly round up. This week we were busy on our blog writing about new trends and tips for lighting your home. We’ve also included one of Houzz.com’s favorite photos of the day, what are your thoughts? Enjoy!

High Performance Lighting Guide for the Home: Part 5

Posted by kbanks & filed under Lighting, Progress Lighting, lighting designs.

      

High Performance Lighting Designs

When installing HPL in any room of a home, it is important to change the lighting design in accordance with one of three packages: direct, recessed and indirect lighting. The designs include incorporating as much hard-wired fluorescent and LED lighting as possible, while still providing ambient, task and accent lighting (as described in HPL: Part 1).

Direct Lighting- This is the simplest design and in some respects the most efficient.  Rooms with direct lighting are illuminated entirely by surface-mounted ceiling or wall fixtures. The most appropriate area for this design is in a laundry room, closet, garage or basement.

Recessed Lighting- This type of design is considered as another direct lighting application, as it floods the entire room with light. The main concern with this unshielded light source is glare. The most appropriate space for recessed lighting design is in the laundry room, closet, garage or basement.

Indirect Lighting- Indirect lighting applications are illuminated by concealed sources such as coves, valances, soffits and ceiling recessed wall washers. For example, the natural cove above kitchen cabinets where linear fluorescents can easily provide ambient lighting.  The greatest advantage of this design is the “naturalness,” which is great for the living room or kitchen spaces.

Have you applied any of these HPL designs to your home?