Friday already? In case you have been too busy trying to wrap everything up in this short week to check out our posts, here is our Weekly Round- Up. We just cannot seem to let go of summertime yet! Check out ways to give your home a “beach-y” feel year around and take a look at this week’s Houzz.com Favorite Bedroom. Enjoy!
LED lighting has rapidly become the accepted light source for commercial lighting, and now the industry is seeing the utilization of LEDs in decorative and residential luminaires at a surprisingly fast rate. The technology and trends of LEDs are constantly evolving as the source is becoming a mainstream source of lighting. David Shiller takes an in-depth look into two trends in LEDs in this month’s issue of Enlightenment magazine.
One innovative trend is the development of highly integrated LED light engines. In the early days of LEDs, luminaire makers were stuck trying to pair drivers and LEDs, while figuring out heat sinking and optics on their own.
However, LED producers today are celebrating a new type of engineering that resembles a traditional light bulb and is referred to as an “LED light engine.” This type of engine will allow more decorative luminaire makers the capability to create high-performing and high-quality LED luminaires. Some of the key advantages of the highly integrated LED engines include:
- Proper thermal management
- Less room for manufacturing error
- Greater speed to market for an LED fixture design
The high-wattage Chip-On-Board (COB) is another innovative trend on the rise as an alternative way to package LEDs. COB refers to the assembly in which the LED die is directly mounted on and electrically interconnected to its circuit board. This process only takes three steps:
- Die attachment
- Wire bonding
- Encapsulation of the die and wires
Using a COB of up to 20 watts can provide a one square inch LED with as much light output as a 100-watt incandescent lamp. The advantages of the high-wattage COB are reduced cost, better performance, short time to market and reduced space.
What are your thoughts on the growth of LED technology in residential lighting? Do you think these trends will help LEDs become more mainstream in our homes?
Happy Labor Day! In case you were too busy this week preparing for the long holiday weekend, here is our Lighting Round-Up featuring our favorite articles and products for the week. This was an exciting few days for us as we kicked off our second Pinterest promotion,“Fall Back in Love with your Outdoor Room,” as well as looked at creative ways to use light in the home and for fun. Check it out:
Progress Lighting is once again hosting a special giveaway on Pinterest!
From today until August 31, you can create your own “Progress Lighting Fall Back: Outdoor Room” board on Pinterest and pin images of your favorite outdoor spaces – including at least three fixtures from www.progresslighting.com. Once complete, post a comment with a link to your board under the instructions pin. Don’t forget to include the hashtag #ProgressLightingFallBack under each pin!
After August 31, we’ll select three winners to receive fixtures from Progress Lighting’s Aberdeen outdoor collection! See below for official instructions. We can’t wait to see your lighting ideas!
Progress Lighting Pinterest “Fall Back in Love” 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 “Fall Back in Love” 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 5 p.m. (E.S.T.) on August 27, 2012, and will end at 11:00 p.m. (E.S.T.) on August 31, 2012 (the “Sweepstakes Period”).
Internet Entry: Enter by visiting Progress Lighting’s “Fall Back in Love” 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 “Progress Lighting Fall Back: Outdoor Room” and pin images of your favorite outdoor spaces. Include at least three images of fixtures from www.progresslighting.com, and add the hashtag “#ProgressLightingFallBack” on all pins. Once complete, copy and paste the URL to your Fall Back Board under the contest instructions pin on Progress Lighting’s Pinterest page. 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. On or about September 3, 2012, three participants with eligible entries in the Sweepstakes will be contacted and sent one fixture each from Progress Lighting’s Aberdeen collection. 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 on their Pinterest page and will be asked to contact firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 “Fall Back in Love” 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.
Happy Friday! Just in case you haven’t had a chance to catch up with us this week, here is a look into a few posts and articles we found compelling. These posts revolve around artistic inspirations and vintage outdoor lighting ideas. We hope you enjoy reading them as much as we did!
We hope you have had a great week! Check out these articles and blog posts we found most interesting from the past few days. We took a look into the evolution of Residential Lighting, consumer tips and favorites, as well as some intriguing Mars footage. Enjoy!
While there are plenty of news stories and opinions about new light bulb standards and equivalencies, many people are still unsure about what to buy. Our friends at the American Lighting Association recently highlighted three of the most common questions consumers have and offer expert answers.
Q: What it is the best replacement for incandescent light bulbs?
A: The only bulb that no longer meets basic efficiency requirements is the 100-watt traditional incandescent. A 100-watt bulb is now required to use no more than 72 watts of electricity.
Good replacement choices for your traditional incandescent bulbs are LEDs (light-emitting diodes), CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps) and halogen incandescent bulbs.
Q: Which light bulbs are most energy-efficient and cost-efficient?
A: LEDs are most energy efficient. A single Energy Star-qualified LED light bulb can last up to 25,000 hours and use 75 percent less energy than an incandescent bulb. Keep in mind that while a traditional incandescent costs only about 50 cents to buy, it costs more than $7 per year to operate. While an LED bulb might cost $40, it should last about 25 years.
Another good choice is Energy Star-qualified CFLs. These bulbs use about 75 percent less energy than standard incandescent bulbs and last eight to 10 times longer. Halogen incandescent bulbs are also fairly efficient. They use 25 to 30 percent less energy and can last up to three times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs.
Q: What kind of lighting creates a cozy, relaxed feeling?
A: This mood generally comes from any light sources fairly close to eye level, such as table lamps, floors lamps, desk lamps and wall sconces. Other lighting mounted at the ceiling, such as chandeliers or close-to-ceiling fixtures, can also provide that comfort feeling when dimmed.
Have questions about lighting in your home? Leave your inquiries and suggestions in the Comments section.
We recently read a survey conducted by Casual Living magazine and Consumer Reports on the popularity and preferences on outdoor rooms of the home. By definition, this is any outdoor area that’s been converted into a comfortable living space and is used for grilling, relaxing and entertaining.
Here are a few of the findings we found most interesting:
- 7 out of 10 consumers have an outdoor room, or are creating one
- The grill and outdoor dining set are the leading two outdoor products
- Outdoor lighting is listed as one of the top 10 leading products/features consumers want to add
- The majority of consumers classify their main decorating style as casual
- Two-thirds of respondents prefer traditional styles over more modern ones
- Designers explain that outdoor color should be based on existing environments and an extension of the interior color palette
To our blog readers: Do you have an outdoor room – or are you planning one? If so, what’s your favorite feature? What would you like to add to this space?
For those of you who may have been too busy with back-to-school preparation this week, here’s our lighting weekly round-up! Overall, this was an exciting week for us and our fans – with design tips, conference previews, lifestyle news and the unveiling of our Progress Lighting Match Maker Contest winner! Enjoy:
Today, Americans are more sleepless than ever. Studies show that a growing number of individuals are consistently lacking sleep due to a variety of factors such as high stress levels, restless bed partners, medication, technology and even lighting. We recently watched an interview with David K. Randall, author of “Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep,” who discusses the problem and ways to improve our sleep habits.
Randall pointed to technology and lighting sources as major players in the sleepless phenomenon affecting so many people.
- We live in a technology-driven society, causing our brains to constantly be “on” – We are always wired. From our workday to entertainment selection, technology is consistently a key element. This 24-7 stimulation makes it difficult for our brains to settle down when it is time for sleep.
- We are exposed to endless light sources – While lighting is important, as with anything, too much of a good thing can have its consequences. Our constant exposure to computers, TVs, mobile devices – in addition to regular light sources – tricks our brain into thinking we should still be awake in the evening. Because technology, and inevitably light, are often integral parts of our everyday reality, it may seem difficult to cut out, or even reduce, our exposure to these sources.
- Turn off bright lights, TVs, phone devices and computers one hour before going to sleep – Randall suggests that making an effort to trim down on our exposure to light and technology before bed can help our brains settle down and prepare for sleep mode.
- Limit caffeine before bedtime – Randall also suggests taking steps to limit how much caffeine we consume, especially before bed, to help our bodies fall asleep.
- Track sleep and identify patterns – With the benefit of sleep technology, people are able to track their sleep during the night. Consistently tracking sleep can help individuals identify sleep patterns related to a variety of factors such as exposure to technology, eating habits, caffeine and medications.