The phase out of the traditional light bulb

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The light bulb is iconic in our society as an illustration of ideas and innovation. At a young age American children learn about Thomas Edison and his invention of light with the creation of the incandescent bulb. It has remained much unchanged since its design was completed in 1879.

Fast forward to the past few years when the “green movement” has people scrutinizing their homes and workplaces in an effort to improve energy efficiency. We now know that traditional light bulbs are inefficient and waste energy when producing uneccessary heat to light an inner filament. But rather than make the initial investment into long term energy efficient sources like CFLs and LEDs, many of us continue to use standard 40, 60 and 100 watt incandescents.

But in case you haven’t heard, new standards required by the Energy Independence and Security Act were signed into law in 2007 that will make it more costly and complex to buy light bulbs. By next January, 100 watt bulbs can use no more than 75 watts of power to produce the same amount of light. There will be new labeling rules to emphasize bulb lumens (light output) rather than wattage (power output). And where 60 watt bulbs now cost around $0.60 each, the price is expected to be around $2-3 in 2012. That gives the U.S. around a year to prepare for these changes – well, everyone except California.

To get a head start on implementing the new requirements, California began phasing out the sale of older, less efficient 100 watt bulbs on January 1, one year earlier than required. Simultaneously, home furnishings giant IKEA announced it was stopping the sale of traditional, incandescent light bulbs. It’s the first major retailer to take this step.

So, are we seeing the beginning of the end of incandescent lighting as we know it? In ten years, do you think we’ll be lighting our homes and businesses with CFLs, LEDs or other sources? And in the meantime, what steps do you think need to be taken to educate consumers on this rapid transition away from the light bulbs we’re all so familiar with?

Dallas Market Center

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The Progress Lighting team recently returned from a fantastic week in Dallas where we have a permanent showroom at the Dallas Market Center.

Here we were able to introduce our new 2011 lighting collections, as well as our new lifestyle classifications.  A lot of people gravitated towards one of our new families, Calven, which even made the cover of our new catalog!

Here are a few snapshots for those who couldn’t attend.  And to see more pictures, visit our Facebook page today!

And the winner of our Dallas Market iPad Giveaway is…

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…Wendy Mastin of Springwater, New York! Wendy works at a local middle school where she’s been a secretary for 23 years. She’s the mother of a physical therapist in Philadelphia and a graphic designer in Chicago.

Wendy came across our giveaway online and recognized Progress Lighting from shopping for lighting at The Home Depot. She decided to “Like” our page and enter the contest – and she won!

So what does Wendy plan to do with her new Apple iPad? She said she’ll enjoy using it to surf the web at home after being behind a computer all day at work. Wendy and her husband also enjoy travelling, and the iPad will be much easier to take along on trips than a laptop computer.

“I can’t wait to use the iPad and see what my children and the kids at school have been talking about,” Wendy said. “It’s amazing what new technologies are out there, and I’m so excited to be ahead of the curve!”

Thank you to everyone who participated in our contest and who stopped by and saw us at Dallas Market last week. Please join us in congratulating Wendy!

Who has the Worst Kitchen in America?

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DIY Network recently hosted the “Worst Kitchen in America” contest – a chance for one deserving cook to win a complete kitchen makeover. And tonight at 9 p.m. EST, the winning transformation will be revealed!

We were excited to have the chance to donate Progress Lighting fixtures for the project, and we hope you’ll join us in watching the complete kitchen remodel this evening. If you miss tonight’s showing, the segment will air later this week on the DIY Network, and be sure to check out the winning kitchen in the January/February 2011 issue of Food Network Magazine.

To learn more about the contest and transformation, visit DIY Network’s Worst Kitchen in America website.

So, if you had the chance to do a similar project, what would your dream kitchen look like?

International Builders’ Show recap

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Progress Lighting exhibited and attended the NAHB International Builders’ Show last week and – wow! – it was such a great experience.

The annual construction industry show not only gives us a chance to showcase our new products (It’s so wonderful to see the fixtures up close and personal. You can really see the different textures in the glass, the unique finish selections and the details that set each family or collection apart), but also allows us to talk to those in the industry who we are serving.

  • This week we spoke with architects who are looking for ways to make it easier to specify new products for projects.
  • We spoke with designers who are looking for the perfect collection of fixtures to incorporate in upcoming projects. (We even spoke with a designer who just incorporated all of Progress’ LED lighting into her own home!).
  • Electrical contractors are trying to find energy efficient fixtures that meet federal and state legislative mandates for reducing energy consumption in buildings.  They want to know: will this product fit my needs? Does it live up to the claims? How long will this fixture REALLY last?
  • And we also spoke with distributors with whom we have enjoyed working. Swift Electrical Supply stopped by our booth to tell us they have been working with Progress Lighting since 1943!

Thanks to everyone stopping by our booth at the show and sharing your thoughts, questions and comments.  Next stop: Dallas Market Center!

Sales Rep Dan Pease and Regional Sales Manager Ian Hellman

New 2011 products on display at the IBS show

Lots of people wanted to know about recessed LED

3-in-1 recessed can display (IC, Non-IC and AirTight)

A new decorative pendant, Kiss

Lighting your “man cave” (or any other home entertainment space!)

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With the biggest football game of the year just weeks away, we’re sure plenty of Americans are thinking about how to create the perfect viewing center in their home. Whether you have a designated “man cave” for watching sports and movies, a home theatre or just a cozy living room, there are a lot of elements to take into consideration.

“Man caves” and home theatre spaces are best known for their essentials – a state of the art flat screen HD television, sound system that rattles the windows and plush leather recliners complete with cup holders. But without the right lighting system, chances are you won’t get the most out of the home entertainment area you’ve invested in.

Here are a few lighting essentials you’ll want your perfect entertainment space to have:

  • Lighting control systems – Working from the back end, a lighting control system allows hosts to dim fixtures to produce comfortable lighting scenes.
  • Layered lighting – Incorporating a variety of illumination sources like step, wall and recessed lighting, will improve both the safety and aesthetics in your room. The beauty of today’s lighting options is that multiple fixture styles are available to suit a variety of preferences.

If you would like the same feel of a home theatre in the comfort of your living room, to start, have your lighting fixtures controlled by a dimmer. Not only does a dimming option help set the mood in the rooms of your home for any activity, it helps mimic the feel of a theatre setting when watching movies or sports. Also consider backlighting your TV to improve your visual comfort.

So what are your plans for the big game this year? Are you going out to watch it, or enjoying the game in your home entertainment space with family and friends?

The key to lighting your home entertainment space is to use a variety of fixture sources and control illumination with a dimmer.

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

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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!