Why do LEDs cost so much?

Posted by kbanks & filed under LEDs, lighting industry.

We all know the benefits of LEDs – especially when comparing the technology to traditional incandescent sources. And maybe there would be a faster shift toward the energy efficient luminaires, but the significant price difference holds many consumers back.

To break down exactly why LEDs cost more than other sources – and to help us weigh the benefits and options when choosing lighting – Consumer Reports offered the following insight in a recent article:

  • For starters, the number of LEDs made is minimal compared to the number of incandescent bulbs in production.
  • Producing LEDs takes a lot of effort and the process is expensive.
  • An LED bulb contains a number of components including a heat sink, driver, aluminum and semiconductor chips.

Although all of these factors (and more) affect the cost of LEDs, experts believe that just like other technologies, LED prices will continue to come down as performance goes up.

At this point, do you see LED technology as a worthwhile investment in energy efficiency? Or do you prefer alternative (and less expensive) sources, like CFLs?

A Twist on Designing With Lighting…

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

So we all know that energy-sucking incandescent light bulbs are being phased out to more efficient versions.

But what do you do with all those incandescent bulbs when they burn out? Perhaps build a light bulb terrarium

We’d love to hear from our audience who has craft-making skills to let us know:

What could you create with an outdated, used bulb?

Progress Lighting’s Jim Decker to be honored at ALA Annual Conference

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

Jim Decker at Dallas Market with Amber Adams, showroom marketing coordinator

Here at Progress Lighting, we’re honored to work alongside smart, dedicated professionals (who are also fun to be around!).

We’re excited for our own Jim Decker, who has been named one of this year’s Pillar of the Industry Award Winners!  The awards will be given out at the American Lighting Association Annual Conference in Palm Beach next month, where we’ll be cheering him on as he accepts an award that is dedicated to honoring individual achievements for advancing the lighting industry, which include:

  • Exceptional leadership in the development of decorative lighting industry’s first product data standard
  • Key member of the ALA Finance Committee and the Governor’s Nominating Committee
  • Also served as the chair of the Electronics Technology Committee, which is responsible for developing the product data standards

Other recipients of this year’s Pillar of the Industry Award are Larry W. King of Capital Lighting and Fred Fennell of Fennell Marketing and Sales.  Congratulations to all!

Introducing our second home lighting trivia and giveaway!

Posted by kbanks & filed under Lighting, Progress Lighting, special events.

After the success of our first home lighting trivia and giveaway on the Progress Lighting Facebook page, we decided to open up a promotion exclusively to those who follow @ProgressLTG on Twitter!

Any of our Twitter followers can access the link below and answer a simple question to be entered to win one of five of our Alexa three-light chandeliers.


The contest ends September 12, so don’t wait to enter!

P.S. For those eligible participants who entered our first home lighting trivia and giveaway, your Progress Lighting pendant is on its way!

A timely guide to handling water-damaged electrical equipment

Posted by kbanks & filed under Lighting.

In anticipation of Hurricane Irene’s impact on the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) is offering complimentary copies of Guidelines for Handling Water-Damaged Electrical Equipment to electrical distributors, contractors, inspectors, and residents in water-damaged regions. It may be downloaded at www.nema.org/stds/water-damaged.cfm.

The document is designed for use by suppliers, installers, inspectors and users of electrical products. It provides advice on the safe handling of electrical equipment that has been exposed to water and outlines which items will require complete replacement or can be reconditioned by a trained professional.

Equipment covered includes electrical distribution equipment, motor circuits, power equipment, transformers, wire, cable and flexible cords, wiring devices, GFCIs and surge protectors, lighting fixtures and ballasts, motors, electronic products including signaling, protection, communication systems, and industrial controls and cable trays.

While affected areas prepare for the storm, Progress Lighting wishes everyone a safe – and hopefully undamaged – weekend ahead.

For more information about NEMA visit: www.nema.org.

Build.com shows Progress Lighting fixtures a little love

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

Our friends and at Build.com have always supported Progress Lighting’s initiatives and product offering. Recently, the group completed video reviews of a few of our most popular products: P8026 and P8022 downlights, a Glenmont bath and vanity wall bracket and our Avalon mini-pendant.

Check out the video reviews using the links below, and let us know what you think! (and thanks, Build.com!)

Review of P8026

Review of P8022

Review of Glenmont bath and vanity fixture (P3137)

Pendant trends, featuring Avalon mini-pendant (P5068)

Outdoor kitchens get more sophisticated

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

As our friends at Kitchen and Bath Design News explain, outdoor kitchens have long been popular in warm weather climates – and are increasingly turning up in homes across the country as a way to expand the kitchen and entertaining space, without having to expand the footprint of a home.

These spaces are also becoming more sophisticated, with upscale grilling appliances, all-weather cabinetry, patio heaters, lighting, refrigeration and ice makers, countertops and even prep sinks and dishwashers.

Below are some of the hottest trends in outdoor kitchens today:

  • Outdoor kitchens are seeing growing interest, both because they provide expanded kitchen space without having to alter the existing kitchen, and because they have proven to be a good investment that offers high returns upon house appraisal.
  • A far cry from just the basic backyard barbecue, today’s outdoor kitchen spaces increasingly include not only a high-end grill, but weatherproof cabinetry, prep space, refrigerator drawers and ice machines, lighting and sometimes a prep sink, patio heater or fire pit.
  • Because it is seen as a central entertaining area, outdoor kitchens seem to be getting larger in size and more detailed in terms of accessories.
  • One hot trend in outdoor kitchens is replicating the style and features of the indoor kitchen in the outdoor space, creating greater continuity between the indoors and outdoors.
  • Outdoor cooking centers are also becoming more involved, with side burners, warming drawers, griddle heads and even pizza ovens being incorporated into the cooking area.
  • The industry seems to be putting a greater emphasis on aesthetics, while concentrating on fit, finish and quality of the product.

Do you have any insight or suggestions to add about this growing trend?

Our Nantucket Collection works well in outdoor kitchen/entertaining settings.

Decoding lamp lingo

Posted by kbanks & filed under Uncategorized.

Great New York Times article that I wanted to share that addresses the misconception that incandescent bulbs will be banned in the near future.

The truth is: Federal regulations are changing how lighting products are made. In an effort to help consumers choose products that save money and energy – while meeting performance expectations – manufacturers are now responsible for presenting consistent information on their labels.

Here are a few facts you’ll need to know:

  • Brightness – Rather than selecting a light bulb based on wattage, labels will now use lumens, which is a more accurate measure of light output and brightness.  (Helpful hint: The more lumens, the brighter the bulb.)
  • Energy Used – A measure of how much electricity the bulb will consume.  This information will be listed in watts.
  • Life – This is the bulb’s expected lifespan and is expressed in years. Additionally, it a bulb’s life is calculated based on three hours of use a day.
  • Light Appearance – This reflects how a bulb’s color appears on a scale – from warm to cool.
  • Estimated yearly energy cost – This figure represents how much, based on average usage, the bulb costs to run for one year.

Home lighting trivia & giveaway!

Posted by kbanks & filed under Lighting, lighting designs.

Many of you who have entered our Home Lighting Trivia and Giveaway say you will use your new Progress Lighting pendant over the kitchen or dining area in your home.

  • Did you know that pendant fixtures should hang between 30″ and 36″ over a table or island?

Hop over to our Sweepstakes tab and share where you would add a mini-pendant to your home, and we’ll send you one! But hurry, the promotion ends in two weeks! :)

The color Orange

Posted by kbanks & filed under Uncategorized.

We’ve been seeing a lot of the color orange out on the streets these days.  To get a sneak peak at this popular color, we asked our own director of decorative product development, Libbe Milicia,   Here’s what she has to say:

  • The fashion Universe loves orange, and can’t get enough of  the persimmon shade in particular.
  • It mixes well with brown and bronze shades.
  • It continues to dominate the palette because it’s an earth-based (and livable!) color – and also has a lot of range with copper and coral shades.

What do you think? Where have you seen this bright, fun shade pop up? We’d love to know!