Congratulations to our New Year, New Lighting winner!

Posted by kbanks & filed under Lighting, Progress Lighting, renovations.

      

We are excited to announce that after receiving 21 entries and 203 total votes, we have a New Year, New Lighting winner!

Shawna Griffith submitted the photo below of an outdated chandelier in her home and received 187 votes. As the winner, she’ll receive a lighting package from our Le Jardin collection to revamp her home’s interior.

Congratulations, Shawna! We can’t wait to see your new lighting installed!

Progress gears up for the 2012 Dallas Lighting Market

Posted by kbanks & filed under Dallas Market.

      

The Progress Lighting team has been brainstorming and developing new ideas for trend-setting lighting introductions all year. And each January, we have the chance to unveil our newest offerings at the Dallas International Lighting Market!

The Progress Lighting showroom at the Dallas Market Center is decked out with not only our newest decorative collections, but our staple families designed for a range of home decor preferences and budgets.

Will you be in the Dallas area next week? If so, be sure to stop by the Progress Lighting showroom to see our fabulous fixtures in action!

  • Dallas Market Center
  • Progress Lighting showroom: TM 3-3840
  • January 19-23

P.S. Can’t visit us in person in Dallas? We’ll unveil our 2012 collections on the blog and the Progress Lighting Facebook page, too!

NAHB’s New American Home is complete!

Posted by kbanks & filed under IBS, Progress Lighting, special events.

      

For the past several years, Progress Lighting has been a prominent partner in the New American Home (TNAH) – and we’re proud to say we were selected again to supply lighting for TNAH 2012.

Check out this video of the newly completed home!

TNAH 2012

Phil Kean of Winter Park, Fla., the architect and builder of the 2012 home, seeks to honor the architecture of the past while taking advantage of current technologies and design trends, which will include CFL and LED technology by Progress Lighting.

Attending the International Builders’ Show in Orlando next month? Stop by to take a tour of TNAH, as well as some rooms in which Progress Lighting products are featured, including:

  • Master Bedroom and Master Bath
  • Studio and Studio Bath
  • Gallery
  • Dining Room
  • Bar and Hall
  • Loft
  • Workout Room

New Year, New Lighting Giveaway!

Posted by kbanks & filed under Lighting, Progress Lighting, special events.

      
Is your New Year’s resolution to rid your home of poor lighting? If so, Progress Lighting has a giveaway for you!

Revive the interior spaces of your home where family and friends gather by adding layered lighting. Using a variety of sources – like a chandelier for general lighting, wall brackets for accent illumination and foyer pendants for welcome areas – will help you make the most of your favorite room in the New Year.

Progress Lighting’s Le Jardin collection carries an Old World quality through weathered sandstone glass and forged iron with delicate dainty leaves – perfect for the gathering rooms most often used. Through the “Contests” tab on the Progress Lighting Facebook page, share a picture and description of a space in your home that needs a lighting makeover for the chance to win a chandelier, 2 two-light wall brackets and a foyer fixture from the Le Jardin collection..
Here’s how it works:
• Participants who “Like” Progress Lighting on Facebook can share a short description and photo of a room in their home that needs a lighting makeover starting January 2.

• Once the submission period closes on January 9, each eligible photo may be voted on by visitors to the Progress Lighting page. The entrant with the most votes at the end of the promotion will win four fixtures from our Le Jardin collection.

We can’t wait to see your submissions – and we look forward to inspiring your home lighting choices in 2012!

Remodel mania

Posted by kbanks & filed under remodeling.

      

Did you know that for the third year in a row, 2011 remodeling spending exceeded spending on new construction in the U.S.? We didn’t until this article in the December issue of Builder magazine enlightened us.

Between homeowners staying put and foreclosures in need of repair, remodeling continues to eclipse new-home construction spending. To start, tax credit incentives to add or replace energy-efficient items (like lighting) have led many to remodel rather than move or build a new home. And a recent survey by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) found that foreclosure remodeling activity is on the rise – 15% of remodelers and 17% of single-family home builders work with foreclosed homes.

According to the article, most of the remodeling trends are likely to continue, although single-family construction will eventually rise again as consumers regain confidence.

We’d love to hear our readers’ perspective. Homeowners: do these facts reflect how you feel about remodeling vs. moving or building? And builders, are you also seeing these trends in the field?

Hidden gems: Undercabinet lighting

Posted by kbanks & filed under LEDs, lighting designs.

      

Did you know that, while often overlooked, undercabinet lighting is a critical source of task lighting in any kitchen? In particular, energy efficient LEDs are a growing option for undercabinet lighting. They contain no mercury, give off less heat than alternative sources and many are dimmable.

Considering adding undercabinet lighting to your kitchen? Keep the following tips in mind:

  • Place lights properly. Include one 12-inch undercabinet light fixture for every 4-feet of countertop. Install fixtures toward the front of the cabinets so that they light as much of the work surface as possible.
  • Consider saving on installation. If you want to avoid the time and cost of hiring an electrician to put in hard-wired lighting, consider plug-in lighting instead.
  • Factor in the counter material. Some undercabinet lighting may cause a reflection off a dark or glossy countertop. Choose fixtures with a frosted lens to help minimize glare.

Have additional kitchen lighting tips? Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Source: Consumer Reports Kitchen Planning and Buying Guide

Lighting kitchens right

Posted by kbanks & filed under lighting designs.

      

You may have the best-designed kitchen layout in the world, but if it’s poorly lit, you won’t enjoy working in the space. So when we came across a great set of tips for properly lighting kitchens in Consumer Reports’ most recent Kitchen Planning & Buying Guide, we knew we wanted to pass along this information to our readers.

Good lighting is all the more critical in today’s busy kitchens, which can host activities from cooking to crafting to paying household bills. With this in mind, three types of illumination combined are necessary for function and effect.

  • Ambient (or general) – This type of lighting provides the overall illumination for a room. Good ambient lighting is bright but not glaring, and it can come from ceiling fixtures, pendants and chandeliers and wall-mounted fixtures.

A chandelier, like this one from our Clayton collection, is a great way to add ambient lighting to a kitchen.

  • Task – Task lighting is focused directly on a specific area where activities such as food prep, cleanup or reading take place. This kind of illumination can come from pendant, undercabinet, recessed or track fixtures.

Progress Lighting's LED undercanbinet fixture is ideal for task lighting, and also offers energy saving benefits.

  • Accent – This kind of lighting adds visual interest to a room by accentuating specific design elements, such as artwork, architectural details or items displayed on shelves. It’s typically provided by wall-mounted lights or pendants and should be significantly brighter than the ambient lighting surrounding it.

Provide accent lighting over a kitchen island by adding one or more pendants over the area - like these from our Bay Court collection.

Do you have ambient, task and accent lighting in your kitchen? What types of illumination would you like to add to this space in your home?

Progress Lighting helps surprise a Wounded Warrior

Posted by kbanks & filed under Progress Lighting, Projects, renovations, special events.

      

When the Home Builders Association in our hometown of Greenville, South Carolina wanted to give former Marine Sgt. Michael Batton and his family a new kitchen in honor of his service, we knew we wanted to help.

As part of the Wounded Warrior Project, the surprise home remodel is bringing together several local companies and manufacturers who are donating products and services for the project. We are supplying five lighting fixtures for the Battons’ new kitchen, including a kitchen fluorescent, dining room light, two mini pendants and an undercabinet light.

Check out photos from the event held earlier this month when Michael was surprised with the news – and we can’t wait to see the finished kitchen!

Keep warm (and save money) this season

Posted by kbanks & filed under energy efficiency.

      

‘Tis the season of winter storms and high heating costs. We were reminded of the upcoming seasonal woes in a recent local news article.

Did you know that, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, it costs more than $160 billion a year to heat, cool, light and live in homes across the country?

While high utility costs are expected during the colder months of the year, if your home isn’t heated properly, you could be sacrificing energy – and dollars. Here are a few pointers to help ensure your home’s efficiency:

  • Seal air ducts and duct leaks
  • Make sure your home has enough insulation
  • Check problem areas, like spaces around drop-down doors, plumbing entrances and around electrical outlets

Many of these repairs can be done yourself (especially for our DIY readers). Have you assessed your home’s efficiency for the season? If so, do you have any tips to add to this list?

Congratulations to Progress Lighting’s DIY Lighting Giveaway Winners!

Posted by kbanks & filed under Lighting, Progress Lighting, special events.

      

During October we held our DIY Lighting Giveaway contest asking Progress Lighting’s Facebook fans to show us their best do-it-yourself home renovation project.  We are excited to say that we had some great entries, and a very deserving group of top 5 winners.  Each winner will receive a Progress Lighting 3-light bath and vanity fixture from our Renovations collection.

Take a look at their handy work!

Erica Yingling: “getting new windows…finally”

Becca: “From Start to Finish!”

Catherine Horner: “Spare Room, getting ready for company”

Jody Arwood: “Bathroom”

Kevin Grove: “Laminate Flooring Installation”

Which home DIY renovation is your favorite?  Be sure to stay tuned on our Facebook page to learn about our upcoming promotions!