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.

http://twtpoll.com/e0zqhr

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!

Bathroom lighting upgrades – Home Depot video

Posted by kbanks & filed under Lighting, Projects, Uncategorized, renovations.

Been thinking of renovating or revamping a bathroom in your home?  Check out the latest video from Home Depot, which shows you all the fun things to consider when tackling a bath and vanity makeover.

  • Change out your mirrors – This can immediately update the appearance of your bathroom. Be sure to choose a finish that matches your vanity.
  • Incorporate new lighting – Lighting can transform your bath and vanity into a spa-like atmosphere.  Use wall sconces, close-to-ceiling and recessed fixtures, which work together to reduce shadows and brighten the area.
  • Upgrade your toilet - Dual-flush toilets are now available to help conserve water usage.
  • Choose your shower heads- The right shower head will depend on whether you have a fixed shower or hand shower.  In fact, Delta’s Leeland fixed shower head is a favorite at Home Depot (and Progress Lighting offers the Leeland collection - a Delta bath match collection to help you coordinate!)

Have you recently remodeled your bathroom?  We’d love to see pictures!  Share them on our Facebook page today.

Color temperatures and applications

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

Most of us know that there are different lighting fixtures for different uses. Task lighting, mood lighting and general lighting all play roles in residential and commercial environments.

But lighting also plays a big part in how we view other items in the home or office. And it’s important to view items – such as carpet, wall coverings and other accessories – under different color temperatures to know how they will be perceived in their respective applications.

Here are a few guidelines:

  • Warm light is great for intimate experiences in environments, such as restaurants or boutiques.
  • Cool light is ideal for friendly and inviting areas, such as reception desks or showrooms.
  • Daylight provides bright light and replicates sunlight – and is mostly found in areas like museums, galleries and medical offices.

So, what does your lighting design say about your environment?  Take notice the next time you walk into a store or office and ask yourself, “Is this the intended effect?” You might be surprised what you find!

Introducing the Greening of Greenville LED Streetlight Pilot

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

We have always been proud of our hometown of Greenville. We are in the Upstate of South Carolina, a beautiful part of the southeast and a hub for innovation and urban design.

When Greenville’s downtown was redesigned 30 years ago, an extensive tree canopy, on-street parking and wide pedestrian walkways were developed. Part of the plan also included streetlights that were grouped on matching black poles. The fixtures used mercury bulbs and lacked many of today’s modern innovations, including photocell technology to shut fixtures off during daylight.  Mercury bulbs have since been phased out and the original fixtures are no longer manufactured.

To reflect the spirit of innovation and Greenville’s vision for the future, Hubbell Lighting, our parent company, has partnered with Duke Energy and GE for the LED Streetlight Pilot. New LED streetlights will allow for quick upgrades or replacements by just updating a circuit board.  These lights are between 30% and 60% more energy efficient than other sources and also produce a white light.

Hubbell has deployed four different LED pedestrian light styles in a one-block area, which are expected to be installed in September 2011. We have heard of other communities adding LED technology to their streets, and we are excited to play a role in bringing innovation to our neck of the woods.

The LED Streetlight Pilot is one of several programs underway as part of the “Greening of Greenville” initiative. To read more about the program, check out the website.