High Performance Lighting Guide for the Home: Exterior Designs

Posted by kbanks & filed under LEDs, Landscape Lighting, Lighting, Progress Lighting, energy efficiency, holiday lighting, lighting designs, lighting lifestyles.

The lighting industry has experienced many technological advances throughout the past few decades. As a result, CFL and LED fixtures are readily available for residential purposes. High performing and energy efficient fixtures are becoming not only more practical on the interior, but also in exterior lighting designs.

With the wide availability of CFLs and LEDs, High Performance Lighting should be applied to the outside of the home as well. In an HPL exterior lighting design, practical and functional purposes take priority over decoration. High efficiency fixtures should be applied to three key areas:

1)   Circulation paths and points of entry – doors, walkways, driveways

2)   Activity areas – patios, decks, service yards

3)   Security lighting – building surfaces, service areas

If decorative lighting is desired, such as for holidays or landscape illumination, high efficiency fixtures should be employed. Did you know LED holiday lights are now available? This year’s Rockefeller Christmas tree is decorated with over 30,000 multi-colored high efficiency LED lights.

How will you apply High Performance Lighting to the outside spaces of your home?

This week’s lighting recap!

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

The last week of November – we hope it has been a great one! In case you’ve missed out on our social media posts this week, here’s our weekly recap. We’ve shared information on an upcoming trade show we’re attending in January, as well as indoor lighting tips and trends. Enjoy!

Weekly Round Up!

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

The holidays are officially here, and we hope you all have a great weekend with friends and family. If you missed out on some of our favorite social media posts, we’ve rounded them up for you to view here. We’ve included lots of inspiration for indoor lighting, an upcoming trade show and one of our favorite pendant families. Enjoy!

Better Homes & Gardens – Expert Tips for a Well-Lit Home

Top 5 Lighting Designs for Thanksgiving

#PinterestPicks – Dallas Lighting International Market 2013

Progress Lighting – Cuddle

Home Depot Lighting Design Guide

Weekly Lighting Round-Up!

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

Less than a week until Thanksgiving! In case you have been busy preparing for the holiday, we’ve got our weekly recap with all of our favorite social media highlights. This is the last day for our Pnterest promotion so be sure to get your boards in! We’ve also included indoor lighting design inspiration as well as industry news.

High Performance Lighting Guide for the Home: Bathroom

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

Much like the kitchen, bathrooms put great emphasis on specific task areas and require much detail to lighting plans. The most demanding area for light is at the vanity mirror, while the tub, shower and commode areas need adequate light as well. So just how to do apply high performance lighting to your bath and vanity space?

A single good-quality fixture at the vanity can effectively illuminate small bath and powder rooms.  Almost all bathroom designs include vanity lighting above or beside the mirror.  Larger bathrooms generally need additional fixtures in addition to the vanity. These HPL designs are categorized into 3 parts by the U.S. Department of Energy:

  • Direct Lighting- This design provides simple yet efficient lighting. Fixtures have the ability to flood the room with light in all directions. A single light bar above the vanity is a good source of direct lighting.
  • Recessed Lighting- The use of recessed downlights gives a subdued and elegant pattern of lighting while still providing excellent glare control. This design typically requires additional vanity lights or sconces above and on either side of  the mirror.
  • Indirect Lighting- In bath and vanity areas, indirect lighting designs use valances, wall washers or coves to provide quality lighting with excellent glare control. Wall wash lighting can be used to visually expand the room, while a single light valance at the vanity is often sufficient enough for the entire room.

What HPL designs have you applied – or would like to apply – to your bath and vanity space? Check out these designs for inspiration:

This Week’s Lighting Round-Up

Posted by kbanks & filed under LEDs, Lighting, Progress Lighting, Promotions & Giveaways, holiday lighting, lighting designs, lighting lifestyles.

What an exciting week it has been here at Progress Lighting! We hope you have been a part of our social media activity this week, but if you haven’t, we’ve got you covered. Here’s our weekly round up!

Monday we launched our holiday Pinterest promotion, “12 Days of Pinning!” If you haven’t started creating your board yet – you’ve got one more week! We’ve also shared with you our recent coverage in enLIGHTenment magazine, our latest High Performance Lighting Guide and some fun unique interior lighting designs. Happy Friday!

“12 Days of Pinning!” Pinterest Promotion

enLIGHTenment: 98071 and IllumaFlex feature (p. 34 & 36)

High Performance Lighting Guide for the Home: Kitchen

Underground LED Wine Cellar

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High Performance Lighting Guide for the Home: Kitchen

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

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!

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

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


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!

Posted by kbanks & filed under Uncategorized.

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

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