The Right Way to Use Wall Sconces

Posted by kbanks & filed under Lighting.

[Our friends at share their expertise on the Progress Lighting blog. Enjoy!]

Lighting your home may seem like a no-brainer, there’s definitely a better way to do it. And lighting with a wall sconce is no different.

The first question to ask yourself is: What kind of lighting do I need from a wall sconce (also sometimes called a wall light)? Is it complementary lighting in a larger room? Brightening a hallway? Or is the wall sconce more of a decorative accent, with functionality taking a back seat?

Since wall sconces are so versatile, there are definitely right and wrong ways to use them. And there’s an amazingly wide range of Progress Lighting wall sconces to work with.

No matter where you’d like wall sconces to go, they should be hung roughly 60 inches from the floor and, if possible, approximately six feet apart from each other.

These are the general lighting rules for using a wall light, but, as we all know, some rules can be bent. Here’s a breakdown of possible places and guidelines for using a wall sconce.

Hallway: Here is where you can follow the six-feet-apart rule along the wall. If it’s a long hallway, each wall sconce will produce enough brightness to be placed at that distance. If you’re considering the decorative element (one on either side of a door, or multiple wall sconces at the end of the hall, for example), that’s also perfectly acceptable.

Large rooms: Wall sconces provide the perfect secondary light source. They’re not so bright that they overpower a living space, yet they’re bright enough to help with illumination.

A larger living area (a great room, living room or bedroom) will typically feature a primary source of light of some kind, like a chandelier or ceiling light. A strategically placed wall sconce can brighten an area that could use more light (a far corner or next to a slider) or highlight a feature in the room (a piano or piece of art).

Again, place multiple wall lights at least six feet apart, unless it’s for ornamental sake.

Entryway: There are a few places that could benefit from a wall sconce as strictly a decorative element. And an entryway (or foyer, if your prefer) is one of them.

If your home has an entryway, chances are you have an excellent primary light source somewhere nearby. Bay windows, floor lamps, chandeliers and foyer pendants are examples. Adding a wall sconce to one of the entryway walls (even right next to the door) creates a warm environment and is an excellent way to welcome guests into your home.

Outdoors: Inside the home isn’t the only area that profits from wall sconces. Your home’s exterior can also benefit, and thanks to the vast selection of Progress Lighting outdoor wall sconces, you have a lot to choose from.

The front porch is an excellent location for an outdoor wall sconce. The benefits? Increased safety at the front door, a decorative upgrade and an instant boost in curb appeal (especially if you add complementary Progress Lighting outdoor lighting).

The wall sconce might be one of the smallest lights you add to your home, but it can pay off some of the largest dividends. To harness the power of the wall sconce, just follow a few simple (and flexible) rules, and your home will thank you.

Until next time, Happy Home Improving from!


Sean Murphy is copywriter at is the second-largest online home improvement company, specializing in plumbing, lighting, door hardware and ventilation products. Sean manages the at and is enjoying some productivity following his marathon in December 2011.

Progress Lighting rolls out 8 new energy efficient fixtures for 2012

Posted by kbanks & filed under Progress Lighting, energy efficiency.

To meet the needs of homeowners who want energy efficient lighting options – without sacrificing quality and aesthetics – we are excited to introduce 8 new CFL fixtures for 2012!

(1) Cuddle fixtures are comprised of a sculptural play of intersecting ovals and feature a Mylar exterior shade with a linen interior shade. One- and two-light pendants are available in a CFL option.

(2) Fixtures in the Gather family have a simplified frame with updated styling and elegant etched glass shades. A CFL option is available in Gather’s three-, five- and nine-light chandeliers, mini-pendant, two-light inverted pendant and one- though four-light bath and vanity fixtures.

(3) An updated traditional style with gracious flowing oval arms define Inspire’s back to basics design. Fixtures feature off-white linen drum shades. Sconce and semi-flush fixtures feature a CFL source.

(4) Hoop CFL fixtures feature simplistic styling with a cylindrical hoop that encircles the opal etched glass diffuser. Fixtures are wet location listed and may be mounted on a wall or ceiling.

(5) Coupe CFL fixtures have a looped rectangular tubing frame and an etched glass diffuser on the inside. Available in a -09 Brushed Nickel finish with a clear ribbed bent glass shade and a -74 Venetian Bronze finish with a clear, heavy-seeded outside bent glass shade.

(6) Soul is an individual one-light CFL wall sconce for indoor/outdoor use. Sculptural styling becomes a statement piece in this collection.

(7) The Pedigree CFL outdoor lantern collection features a cast aluminum construction with a durable powder coat finish. A cast pyramidal block and fluted uprights define this family’s classic styling. Available in a unique Autumn Haze finish.

(8) In addition, Progress Lighting’s Haven collection has been expanded to include a CFL mini-pendant.

For our readers: how important is energy efficiency when choosing home decor products, such as lighting? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

Interesting find: 25 year old Progress Lighting lantern

Posted by kbanks & filed under Lighting, Progress Lighting.

Check out this 25 year old Progress Lighting post lantern! It was found in its original packaging in an abandoned home.

Isn’t interesting to see how home design trends have changed over the years – but still stay true to tradition?

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?