Landscape Lighting 101 (Part 2)

Posted by kbanks & filed under Landscape Lighting.

To continue our three part series on landscape lighting, let’s consider the key design principles that will ensure a beautiful and well-planned landscape.

Keep these tips in mind when selecting and placing fixtures:

  • Be cohesive – Create the same overall effect throughout the landscape. When lighting separate entities – such as a prominent tree or a featured piece of architecture – the lighting should flow smoothly together.
  • Create depth - For example, path lights create interest along the driveway while the viewer travels up toward the property.
  • Accentuate focal points – Highlight entryways and stationary pieces to create points of interest. These focal points will engage visitors and encourage them to take a closer look.
  • Explore perspectives - Review each angle of the property – including from inside the home. Focus should be given to creating a continuous experience from each viewpoint.
  • Show balance and symmetry. Lighting should be proportional across the various areas of the property. Local symmetrical components in different landscape areas, such as columns or corresponding bushes. The goal is for the amount of illumination within and across different areas to be symmetrical.
  • Control quality and direction - Select fixtures that set a specific mood, such as broad beams and soft edges or narrow beams with hard edges. Direction simply refers to the where the light projects (i.e. down lighting and up lighting).

Choosing and installing landscape lighting is far more than simply illuminating a property. Keep these design principles in mind when planning your landscape lighting system.

Source: Landscape & Hardscape Design-Build

Landscape Lighting 101 (part 1)

Posted by kbanks & filed under Landscape Lighting.

With spring and warmer weather just around the corner, now is the right time to start preparing the outdoor spaces of your home for relaxing and entertaining. In this three part blog series, we’ll look at the goals, design principles and purchasing tips every homeowner should keep in mind when planning their landscape lighting.

Landscape lighting can make a property shine in more ways than one. With proper planning, lighting can help create a usable and safe outdoor space, and also complement a home’s exterior.

There are several reasons for choosing to light a home’s landscape – both practical and aesthetic. When determining where to place landscape lights, consider the following goals:

  • Security – Broaden light levels and dull brightness to allow visibility in both lit and unlit areas of the landscape and to deter intruders.
  • Safety – Properly lighting walkways, stairs, pond areas and other tripping hazards helps ensure a safe passage indoors.
  • Usability – Areas that are frequently used after nightfall, such as a deck or patio, should be appropriately lit with fixtures that complement the structure.
  • Aesthetics – Consider the visual experience of guests and light focal points to bring out the beauty of the property.

For our readers planning to revamp your home’s outdoor spaces this year, how important is lighting to the overall experience? What other projects do you have planned for your landscapes, decks and patios?

Source: Landscape & Hardscape Design-Build

Progress Lighting makes a splash at the International Builders’ Show

Posted by kbanks & filed under IBS.

The NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS) is the must-attend event of the year for the building industry – and Progress Lighting was once again proud to be part of the show.

And we didn’t limit out participation to just one booth; Progress Lighting was represented throughout IBS to showcase products and support visiting builders.

On the show floor

  • The Progress Lighting booth saw heavy traffic throughout the show as guests toured our Lifestyles palettes, outdoor collections and LED offering. We also hosted three product tours through the NAHB, where we had the chance to show visitors the benefits of our LED offering for 50+ homeowners.

  • We also had a presence at the Builder Partnerships booth where we displayed several LED products, including undercabinet fixtures, step lights and several outdoor lanterns.

Additionally, our products were seen in action at these off-site locations:

  • The New American Home
  • Centerline Homes’ Generation X, Y and B show homes
  • Nationwide/Palm Harbor Cape Cod show home

Our Bingo collection – as seen in the Nationwide/Palm Harbor Cape Cod show home – was a huge hit! Customers gravitated towards the product, and the collection also grabbed the attention of a blogger from The Wall Street Journal as “one of five products that caught his eye.”

In addition, we received enjoyed conversations with guests about LED technology and the next generation of lighting. We look forward to continuing these relationships and attending next year’s IBS in Las Vegas!

Progress celebrates a successful Dallas Market

Posted by kbanks & filed under Dallas Market.

We unveiled our latest collections – and showcased other favorites – during the Dallas International Lighting Market last month. Now, we’re excited to report back about the successful show!

Overall, attendees were positive, upbeat and excited throughout Dallas Market – and reported that our product offering is on target with the needs of today’s consumer.

Visitors to the Progress Lighting showroom gravitated toward several of our new collections, including:





We’d like to give a big thank you to all of those who visited us during the show! If you attended Dallas Market, what were your favorite takeaways from the event?

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