Hubbell Headquarters going Pink for the Cure!

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Hubbell Lighting’s shows its support for this weekend’s Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure event by planning to light its headquarters pink on Friday, Sept. 23.

The building (LEED Silver certified by USGBC):

  • Will feature pink lighting gels on the building’s exterior lighting fixtures.
  • Will re-light its signature beacon atop the building’s rotunda (normally lit with a 250w blue lamp) in a brilliant pink.

Are you planning to join in one of the thousand Race for the Cure events held around the nation? We’d love to hear how you – or your business – will “go pink!”

Progress Lighting 2.0

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

As you may know, Progress Lighting has had a social media presence for the last couple of years – and an online presence (with our website) for even longer.

Recently, we looked at our Facebook and Twitter engagement and came up with the following findings.  We know that social media is a buzz word in the industry and thought maybe it would be helpful to share some of our insights.

  • People love promotions.  It’s a great way to increase engagement while building a loyal following.
  • People love pictures.  It’s one of the top things visitors respond to.
  • People love being taken care of.  Online tools and social media channels go hand in hand with good customer service.

We have really enjoyed engaging in conversations with our audience members online.  We encourage you to join us in the conversation!

Tips on lighting your kitchen

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

We’re big fans of “How To” tips and ideas for lighting interior spaces, so we were excited to come across this short article and video on

When used correctly, lighting can improve the appearance of a room. Consider adding a variety of illumination sources to add depth, aesthetics and functionality to your kitchen:

  • Pendant Lights: These light fixtures extend down from the ceiling, and are a good way to provide direct lighting to an island or bar.
  • Sink Lights: A fixture is often installed directly over the sink to provide lighting while working.
  • Under Cabinet Lights: Small light fixtures can be installed under hanging cabinets to provide direct lighting to countertops.
  • Recessed Lights: Ceiling mounted recessed light fixtures can provide lighting around the perimeter in a kitchen as well as throughout the room.

Progress Lighting offers a variety of fixtures such as these – and more – to meet any home decor style.

This pendant from our Bravo collection works well over kitchen islands and dining areas.

An LED under cabinet light is an energy efficient way to illuminate counter spaces.

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…

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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

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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

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: shows Progress Lighting fixtures a little love

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

Our friends and at 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,!)

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.