Win an iPad from Progress Lighting!

Posted by kbanks & filed under Dallas Market, special events.

      

Progress Lighting is preparing to attend and exhibit at Dallas International Lighting Market at the Dallas Market Center later this month. We’re so excited for this annual event, because it’s the first place where we publicly unveil our new lighting collections to lighting and new product editors, sales representatives and showroom owners.

This year we’re having a cocktail party at our booth where we are giving away fun prizes, such as the Apple iPad.

Not planning on going to Dallas Market this year?  It’s O.K., because – in conjunction with our Dallas Market cocktail party – we’re giving away an Apple iPad to one of our Facebook fans!

From today through Monday, January 24 at 11 a.m., all of our Facebook fans can enter to win a free 16GB Apple iPad!

Ready to enter? Just “Like” our Facebook page,  visit our Sweepstakes tab and submit your information! We’ll announce the winner on January 24 after the contest ends.

Keep us posted if you have any questions, and share your thoughts with us about this year’s Dallas Market. Good luck!

(And check out a sneak peak of one of our new lighting collections, Calven.)

Bold graphic lines and a sculptural framework finished with architectural details and oversized opal linen shades. Finished in -80 Forged Black.

IESNA reveals 2010 Progress Report

Posted by kbanks & filed under LEDs, awards.

      

If you’re in the lighting business, you know that around this time each year, the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) recognizes the best products and manufacturers with its Progress Report labels. Only those brands that have made significant technological advances in the past year are awarded the product-specific distinction.

The 2010 IESNA Progress Report was just released, and Progress Lighting is honored to be one of the recognized manufacturers.

So which one of our products earned us the award? Our one-of-a-kind P8022 LED surface mount downlight. Here’s what won over the judges:

  • P8022 has light output and distribution that rivals that of typical 65W BR30 incandescents, but at less than 12W of input power.
  • The fixture is ideal for single and multi-family applications such as utility and general illumination.
  • P8022 can be considered as an option to recessed, and as a surface mount product, there is no requirement to accommodate the fire rating of floor/ceiling assemblies as with recessed.

Please join us in celebrating our 2010 Progress Report label, and congratulations to all of the great manufacturers and products that were included this year!

You can view the full 2010 IESNA Progress Report here.

P8022 LED downlight

Urban Lights Grand Opening Featuring the International Collection

Posted by kbanks & filed under lighting designs, lighting industry.

      

We’re excited to share photos with you of the exterior of Urban Lights, the newest and largest lighting showroom in Colorado. Owned by David Nestor, longtime showroom owner in the Denver area, Urban Lights recently hosted their grand opening on December 15.

Urban Lights features almost 20,000 square feet of the latest in residential lighting from Progress Lighting and other leading manufacturers.

The showroom chose to use Progress Lighting’s Thomasville International fixtures on two, 10’x17’ banners on the front of their building. They make a spectacular addition to the exterior of Urban Lights and attract the attention of passing motorists!

The Evolution of the Ceiling Fan

Posted by kbanks & filed under ceiling fans, lighting designs.

      

The ceiling fan has long been a staple in the average American home. Much like the refrigerator or oven in your kitchen, the fixtures have been purely functional for years and not intended to make an aesthetic statement. Until recently, fans were only available in white for the purpose of blending in with the ceiling and surrounding room.

Ceiling fans without the light

More recently, ceiling fans without light kits have become popular in high-end designs. Rather than relying on a ceiling fan to provide the primary source of illumination in a room, the trend uses layers of different fixtures – like pendants, wall sconces and lamps – for lighting. The ceiling fan’s only job is to circulate air.

Whether you prefer direct lighting from a ceiling fan, or if you just want a set of blades, both options are becoming widely available. Ceiling fans with light kits can also be controlled by a dimmer so you can adjust illumination levels and set the room for a particular mood.

The new lighting focal point of a room

Consumers today have a “less is more” outlook on purchasing decisions, and lighting fixtures are expected to not only be functional, but decorative as well. As a result, ceiling fans have begun to take the leap from simple appliances to fully functional and fashionable elements that complement other home accessories within a space. For example:

  • Modern ceiling fans are no longer meant to blend in with existing décor.
  • Ceiling fans can serve as a statement piece or even the focal point of a room.
  • A wide variety of these fixtures are now available with different styles and features, including hand carved blades and natural elements.

Many Progress Lighting ceiling fans are available in a variety of finishes, like Brushed Nickel and Antique Bronze, and blade options such as Natural Cherry or Silver. The ability to mix and match these combinations with light kit styles allows for a completely unique and personal experience – based on individual preferences and current home décor.

We find it refreshing that the ceiling fan has been reinvented into a style-driven accessory, without losing its function. We strive to incorporate this shift in our ceiling fan designs.  A few examples:

Bratenahl (P2510-09) in Brushed Nickel with reversible Cherry/Natural Cherry blades

Trevina (P2514-09) in Brushed Nickel with Silver blades

Barcelona (P2504-92C) in Iron Crackle with Waxed Cherry blades

What do you think of the evolution of the ceiling fan? Where do you see the trend going?

The New Colors of Christmas

Posted by kbanks & filed under holiday lighting, lighting designs.

      

If you’re like us, you grew up surrounded by red, glitter and gold during the holiday season. From Christmas trees to velvet ribbon, lights and figurines, Christmas has always been full of light and tradition.

But in recent years, and this season especially, there seems to be a shift towards a more modern approach to holiday décor. We came a across a recent article from Freshome that offers suggestions for decorating without using red – the most widely used color variation during the holidays.

A few ideas the article offers:

  • Focus on natural materials
  • Use greenery to bring in color
  • Add metallic colors

And if you haven’t seen Pottery Barn’s newest catalog, the post includes these photos as examples:


Are you a fan of the new super-green, metallic colors of the season? Or are you sticking with traditional reds and porcelain Santas this year? We’d love to hear your thoughts.

Renew, Refresh and Rediscover in 2011

Posted by kbanks & filed under Dallas Market, Lifestyle palettes.

      

We can hardly believe we’re nearing the end of 2010. Can you? It seems like just weeks ago we were introducing the 2010 catalog and collections.

Nonetheless, we’ve been working on a project for 2011 that we can’t wait to share with you.

As our director of decorative product development, Libbe Milicia says, “Today’s consumer has a ‘less is more’ attitude so our products must represent quality, functionality and offer more performance within the home.”

So starting in January, Progress Lighting will help you Renew, Refresh and Rediscover your home lighting and accessories. It’s a theme we plan to introduce at the Dallas Market Center next month that will carry over into our catalog and our conversations with you.

And as our blog readers, we’d love to give you the first glimpse into our Lifestyle palettes, a classification of complementary Progress Lighting fixtures based on your unique style. Each palette represents a combination of quality, beauty and superior performance that suits an individual personality. Our goal is for you to discover your personal style palette and easily match color-coded collections to your preference.

Here’s a preview of Progress Lighting’s five Lifestyle classifications:

  • Loft – Do you like to mix bold silhouettes with dramatic patterns? Achieving drama within the home is all about bold and modern details in the Loft palette.
  • Transcend – Warm and inviting complements your mantra. Imagine relaxing in a spa-inspired haven – and having lighting accessories that complement the environment. Earthy styling is expressed in calming features that reflect the balance of zen.
  • Relax – Versatile designs that celebrate a casual lifestyle. From romantic to rustic to the new American chic, the Relax palette encourages a livable style, where you can kickback, curl up and enjoy a comfortable environment.
  • Elements – Define your home with style inspired by the past – to light your life today. Capture nostalgic moments with handsome accents and authentic profiles that combine the best of classic and modern inspirations.
  • Grace – Create the allure of elegance with keepsake styling. Estate styling captivates the heart with superb finishing touches.

Not sure which palette suits you best? No worries, we look forward to helping you decide which family fits your style with fun quizzes and activities in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek at Progress Lighting’s Lifestyle palettes in our 2011 catalog!

Relax

Elements and Grace

Loft and Transcend

Holiday lighting inspiration!

Posted by kbanks & filed under Uncategorized, holiday lighting, lighting designs.

      

Thanks to @jamoore100 for sharing her "cork tree" with her Twitter followers! It's made entirely out of corks!

No matter what time of year, people can always express their unique personalities through lighting designs within the home.

And even though we’re only a week into December, I’ve really enjoyed seeing the variety of holiday decorations, accents and lighting around neighborhoods, parks and businesses.

Here at Hubbell, we definitely got into the spirit and decorated our entryways, walkways and foyers all with different variations of lighting and designs. (Check out our Facebook page to view pictures from the “Very Hubbell holiday album”!)

Sometimes people ask us our advice on how to make the most of holiday lighting, and we’re happy to share our thoughts.

Some effective ways to set a festive ambience during the holidays:

  • Replace a chandelier’s crystal teardrops with gold, silver or red glass balls.
  • Use berries or ivy to wrap around sconces, chandeliers and pendants.
  • Point track heads towards a holiday centerpiece, Christmas tree or other decoration to cast shadows and enhance a casually sophisticated environment.

Decorating your indoor areas during the holidays:

Adding black shades to a favorite chandelier can be a great way to decorate for a New Year’s Eve celebration. (Shades and chandelier from Progress Lighting's Roxbury collection.)

  • Switch up shades in sconces and chandeliers with different colors, like red, grey or black.
  • Red fabric shades can complement Christmas decorations in the living room, black paper with silver lining shades are ideal for New Year’s celebrations and grey metallic chiffon shades can also highlight other holiday lights.

In the foyer or living room:

  • Mix and match flexible, adjustable trackheads and mini-pendants to showcase holiday items on display that make your home unique.  Trackheads and mini-pendants are available in a wide variety of color options, as well, to complement the color theme in your home.

In the dining room:

  • Add more light to a festive centerpiece or a holiday meal, aim adjustable halogen  recessed fixtures directly on the tabletop.

Do you have any traditions when it comes to holiday lighting? What about a fun, unique accent piece (much like @jamoore100′s cork tree)?  Let us know, we’d love to see how you light up your holiday season!

LEDs top of mind at Greenbuild 2010

Posted by kbanks & filed under LEDs, Uncategorized, lighting industry, special events.

      

Progress Lighting exhibited our latest LED products at Greenbuild 2010

Recently, thousands of building professionals descended upon Chicago to learn the latest in green building practices – in the forms of educational events, seminars and networking sessions – at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo.  (If you weren’t able to attend, check out GreenSource magazine’s recap of sessions, events and speakers.

Progress Lighting attended and exhibited at the show to not only learn about changes in legislation and advancements in energy efficient technology related to building activities – but to also share the knowledge that we have about these same issues.

We discovered that one big question attendees had on their minds was focused on LED’s.  We’ve included our own Q&A using questions we received at Greenbuild below.

Q: How do you characterize the demand for residential lighting products?

A: In 2011, one of the largest opportunities for residential lighting products will be in the remodel market.  Rather than building new homes, people are staying in their existing homes, refinancing and remodeling, which can lead to upgrades in lighting.

Q: In today’s down construction market, which products are winners?

A: LED products in general are the winners in today’s construction market. Significant increases in efficacy (lumens per watt), warm white color consistency, and an exceptionally long lifeline (more than 25x longer than incandescent and 5x longer than CFL) make them viable alternatives to traditional light sources, such as incandescent.

The sustainable element is very appealing, as well.  They don’t contain mercury and there are no UV rays, which decreases fading of fabrics and other materials.

Also, consumers want something that looks like what they have always bought in the past.  With LEDs, they have the potential to protect aesthetic integrity of product, while replacing inefficient incandescent fixtures.

Q: What role are premium sustainability-related home rating systems such as LEED, NAHB’s green standard and ENERGY STAR for Homes playing in the market?

All provide opportunity for builders to differentiate quality.  The challenge is they are all different and not equal.

Q: What can electrical distributors do to add value to their residential lighting projects?

The number one thing electrical distributors can do to add value to their residential lighting projects is show the product. Seeing is believing.

  • In showrooms, individuals should consider incorporating products on a Z-wall and providing literature that is geared around energy savings.
  • For retailers, they have to have a display space and represent energy efficient lighting as a whole home solution.

One of the main takeaways we have is that although customers may be skeptical, people want LED products.  They want to learn more about the benefits, the technology and the payback, but they need to be educated.  Building professionals who learn about these products and can effectively educate their audiences will be able to differentiate themselves among their competitors as a “green” industry expert, which can strengthen business relationships in a variety of ways.

Were you able to attend Greenbuild this year? We’d love to hear your thoughts on some of the larger questions you had (or addressed).

As for Progress Lighting, our next stop will be the International Builders Show in Orlando next month.  Stay tuned for more details!

Welcome to Progress Lighting’s blog!

Posted by kbanks & filed under Uncategorized.

      

Hello from Progress Lighting! We are excited to introduce our new blog to our readers as a way to share ideas, industry information and discuss ongoing lighting designs and trends.

As much as we would like to share information with you, we hope you also will share your questions, ideas and findings with us, as well.

Also, feel free to follow us on Twitter @ProgressLTG or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ProgressLighting.