Trend Watch: The Return of Luxury

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

Studies indicate that homeowners are planning remodeling projects on a greater scale for the first time in years. distributes an annual survey to 5,000 homeowners (with an average home value of $100,000) who are actively planning to remodel, but have yet to start their project.

This year the survey indicated that the vast majority of homeowners show three common trends:

  • Increase in the scale of remodeling projects
  • Increase in the average cost of the projects
  • Increase in the average number of rooms that users plan to add or remodel

The remodeling industry has also noticed a growing preference for using luxury home products, as the average remodeling cost is now approximately $100,000. This is the most homeowners have spent since 2007, and 35% of respondents are reporting that the economy is not affecting their remodeling plans.

So what exactly are homeowners spending such large dollar amounts on? Kitchens have taken the lead as the No.1 remodeling project for the first time since 2008.

In previous years, the bathroom was the most popular renovation, which is probably a result of financial uncertainty, as remodeling a bathroom is seen as a necessity.  The kitchen is perceived by homeowners to be a luxury renovation.

If you are considering remodeling your kitchen, here are a few lighting tips to help you out:

  • Blend lighting types- The most effective lighting in a kitchen involves four layers blended together: task, ambient, accent and decorative lighting
  • Decorative lighting should be considered in direct proportion to the size of your kitchen
  • Install under cabinet lights towards the front the cabinet to prevent shadows
  • If working on a budget, add a dimmer switch for a cheap way to provide various levels of light for different needs

What are some lighting tips you have successfully found in remodeling your kitchen?


LightSmart app helps you choose the right light

Posted by kbanks & filed under lighting lifestyles.

Who knew an app on your phone or tablet could assist you in finding the best way to illuminate your home while keeping the most energy and cost efficient options in mind?

The LightSmart app has recently been updated to provide consumers and lighting professionals expert advice at their fingertips through four different functions: Save, Find, Learn and Shop.

Save- Allows users to compare operating costs of different replacement bulbs and calculate the energy savings.

Find- Users have the availability to discover their preferred light color temperature and brightness by uploading photos from their own homes and adjusting the levels on their screen.

Learn- Provides technical information.

Shop- Users can locate the nearest American Lighting Association (ALA) showroom to get help from lighting professionals and purchase desired fixtures.

The LightSmart app is free and available for Apple and Android markets. Check it out!

This Week’s Lighting Round Up!

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

Woohoo, Happy Friday! In case you missed out on our favorite social media highlights and posts for the past few days, here’s our weekly round up. This week we enjoyed reading about creative Halloween decorations and viewing some beautiful homes on In addition, we included our new blog content on ways to be more efficient with your ceiling fan and our weekly guide to High Performance Lighting for the home.  Enjoy!

Country Living: 15 Spooktacular Outdoor Halloween Decorations

Ceiling Fans: A simple solution for winter warmth and efficiency

High Performance Lighting Guide for the Home: Part 4 Photo of the Day

High Performance Lighting Guide for the Home: Part 4

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

The Availability and Cost of High Performance Lighting

Traditional residential, incandescent lighting varies widely in both availability and cost. This is also true for the five categories of High Performance Lighting: tubular fluorescents, built-in CFLs, decorative CFLs, built-in LEDs and decorative LEDs.

Tubular Fluorescents- These strip lights are the simplest of fluorescent fixtures, and are typically used in coves, valances and soffits. The cost ranges from $20 to $30 depending on length and lamp diameter.

Compact Fluorescent Lighting (CFL)- CFL fixtures for built in applications, recessed down lights and wall washers are somewhat limited in availability.  Big box retailers tend to stock the simplest versions. For recessed downlights the CFL versions cost approximately double what the incandescent versions cost ranging around $30 to $60.

Decorative CFLs- Close-to-ceiling fixtures, sconces and pendants come in a wide variety of styles and prices. However, big box retailers typically offer a very limited range for these fixtures. Decorative CFLs are more costly than incandescent fixtures because they have more components, such as ballasts.

Built-in LEDs- These downlights and strip lights are becoming more popular and widely available. Some of these LED fixtures cost no more than their CFL equivalents. LEDs are rapidly improving in performance and decreasing in cost, however they are still pricier than incandescent lamps.

Decorative LEDs- Decorative LEDs are in the beginning stages of development; therefore their cost is changing rapidly. These types of fixtures are available for order through electrical supply houses and lighting showrooms.

You can find just about any type of fixture to fulfill your lighting needs in a more environmentally friendly product. What are your thoughts on paying extra to become more energy efficient and saving money long term?

Ceiling Fans: A simple solution for winter warmth and efficiency

Posted by kbanks & filed under Progress Lighting, ceiling fans, energy efficiency, lighting lifestyles.

Fall is definitely in the air! The temperature in now in the 50′s at our headquarters in Greenville, S.C., which looks like cooler weather is here to stay.

With all the hype of conserving energy while saving money today, you might be wondering how you can reduce your heating bill during the winter months. Have you ever thought about changing the direction of your ceiling fan to make the rooms of your home warmer?

Almost every home has a ceiling fan in at least one room. Typically, they are used to help cool down a room and keep the air flowing with a counter- clockwise blade direction. However, fans can also keep a room warm when the direction of the blades is reversed.

Most ceiling fans have a small switch above the blades labeled “warming and cooling” or “forward and reverse.” If your ceiling fan tells you which is the warming setting, you have an easy fix! However, if it reads the latter of the two, you will have to decide which setting you need.

To begin, turn the fan on at a slow speed, and take note of which way the blades are spinning. If your blades are spinning to the right, then your fan is blowing clockwise. If it’s going to the left, your fan is blowing counter-clockwise. Here’s the difference:

Clockwise: This direction is used during the cooler months as it makes a room warmer by creating a draft that pushes warm air to the ceiling, along the walls and into the room. You will not feel much of a breeze in this setting.

Counter-Clockwise: This direction is used during the warmer half of the year as it makes a room cooler. By blowing the air downward, you will be able to feel a draft directly from the ceiling fan.

Try out this simple switch to help your central heating and air conditioning systems. It will help you save energy and stay cozy inside your home.

Source: Home Improvements Blog: “Ceiling Fan Direction Makes A Room Cooler or Warmer”

Weekly Lighting Round Up!

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

Wow, the first week of October has already come and gone. Can you believe it? We have had quite an exciting week with our favorite posts and links surrounding social media. Today is the last day of our “Fall Back in Love with your Bathroom” Pinterest promotion, we recently announced a new hire and we have shared with you our most recent HPL blog. We hope you have a great weekend!

Fall Back in Love: Pinterest Promotion

enLIGHTenment’s Latest Issue

High Performance Lighting for the Home: Part 3

Louie Morales Joins Progress Lighting Favorite Kitchen Space

Meet our new commercial product manager, Louie Morales!

Posted by kbanks & filed under New Hire.

We are excited to welcome Louie Morales to the Progress Lighting team as commercial product manager! Louie will be responsible for all aspects of our commercial products, including recessed, track and linear fluorescents. He has an electronics engineering degree and more than 13 years experience in the industry. Join us in welcoming Louie to the team!

High Performance Lighting for the Home: Part 3

Posted by kbanks & filed under lighting designs.

In order to properly install High Performance Lighting (HPL) in a new home, it can’t be done alone. Many people play important roles in the successful application of HPL in residential construction.  So just who fulfills what role?

Here’s a look at the role of each player in the application of HPL in residential construction:

Homeowners- In installing HPL, homeowners will benefit the most from an understanding and appreciation of a quality lighting environment through the experience of real lighting installations. This is the basis of the HPL process.

Builders- Builders have the responsibility of understanding the design issues in order to work with architects, interior designers, electricians, painters, etc. A good HPL must be carefully scheduled and planned.

Architect and Interior Designer- The sole purpose of the architect and interior designer is to translate the homeowner’s wishes into a real installation through the HPL guidelines.

Trade Partners- Successful lighting installations would not be possible without the works of tradesmen such as the electricians, carpenters and drywall contractors.

Realtors, Appraisers and Mortgage Leaders- These team leaders must realize the importance of the lighting quality and energy efficiency of HPL and value it as such.

Electrical Suppliers and Lighting Manufactures- These roles are important in implementing HPL and supplying the necessary components. Manufactures must recognize the huge residential market potential and introduce appropriate products.

Successfully installing HPL in residential construction relies on the joint efforts of many throughout the building process. Where do you fit in?

Pinterest Promotion: Fall Back In Love With Your Bathroom

Posted by kbanks & filed under Promotions & Giveaways.

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

From today until October 5, you can create your own “Progress Lighting Fall Back: Bathroom” board on Pinterest and pin images of your favorite bath and vanity spaces – including at least three fixtures from or from Progress Lighting’s Fall Back: Bathroom contest board on Pinterest. Once complete, send an email with a link to your board . Don’t forget to include the hashtag #ProgressLighting and #BathLighting under each pin!

After October 5, we’ll select three winners to receive fixtures from Progress Lighting’s Addison bath collection! See below for official instructions. We can’t wait to see your lighting ideas!

Progress Lighting Pinterest “Fall Back in Love” 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 “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 12:00 p.m. (E.S.T.) on September 28, 2012, and will end at 11:00 p.m. (E.S.T.) on October 5, 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: Bathroom” and pin images of your favorite outdoor spaces. Include at least three images of fixtures from or Progress Lighting’s Fall Back in Love: Bathroom contest board on Pinterest, and add the hashtag “#ProgressLighting” and “#BathLighting” on all pins. Once complete, copy and paste the URL to your Fall Back Board into an email and send to kbanks@hubbell. 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 October 12, 2012, three participants with eligible entries in the Sweepstakes will be contacted and sent one fixture each from Progress Lighting’s Addison 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 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 “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.

This Week’s Lighting Recap

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

It’s that time again- the end of the week! We hope the past few days have been great ones. Our social media highlights and posts for the past week focused on creative ways to light your home. We’ve provided a link to helpful discussion boards and an article with unique lighting inspiration. Also, we are looking forward to the International Builder’s Show coming up in Las Vegas! Will you be attending?  Happy Weekend!