Space Matters: How to select the right-sized fixture

Posted by kbanks & filed under Interior Design, Lighting, remodeling.

      

You may know the exact style, finish and place for a light fixture to complete your remodel or adorn your new home – but let’s face it, size can be a real challenge. And when it comes to selecting the right lighting, size matters.

If you’re purchasing fixtures online, sometimes knowing the dimensions just doesn’t cut it. And if you see the fixture you love in a store or showroom, it can be hard to imagine that exact fixture above your dining room table.

So how do you determine what is the appropriate sized fixture to buy? Well, we’ve broken it down for you with a few rules to serve as your guide. Read on to learn how size and scale play a role in lighting your home.

Bath + Vanities

For single bowl vanities, positioning fixtures on both sides of the mirror is the best way to provide shadow-free lighting for your face. The ideal width is at least 28 inches apart, and centered at 60 inches above the floor. If you choose to place your lights above the mirror, the width of your fixture should be at least 1/3 the width of the vanity mirror, but should never exceed its total width. In bathrooms with two sinks, another great option is to mount two separate fixtures, one above each sink.

Image courtesy of Stephen Alexander Homes | StephenAlexanderHomes.com

Chandeliers

Width Guidelines

The table under the chandelier should serve as a guide for selecting the right sized fixture for your space. To calculate the correct width for your chandelier, start with the width of your table and subtract 12 inches. This number will give you an idea of the right width of the chandelier. For example, if your table is 42 inches wide, the width of your chandelier should not be more than 30 inches.

It is also important to consider the size of the room in relation to the chandelier. Measure the size of your room from corner to corner, diagonally. That number in feet should equal the diameter in inches of your chandelier. For example, if the room is 30 feet diagonally, then the chandelier should not exceed 30 inches in diameter.

Image featuring Progress Lighting's Inspire chandelier

Hanging Height Guidelines

Based on an 8-foot ceiling, your fixture should hang at least 32 inches above the table. For every additional foot of ceiling height, add 3 inches. For foyer fixtures, ensure your chandelier is not lower than 84 inches from the floor as to not interfere with the door or people passing underneath. For two story floors, consider centering the fixture in the window when looking in from the outside.

Image featuring Progress Lighting's Wisten chandelier

Wall Sconces + Brackets

For bedrooms and hallways, wall sconces and brackets should be positioned at least 74 inches from the floor. These fixtures should be placed high enough so that the tallest resident (or visitor) would not be able to see down into the top of the fixture.

Image featuring Progress Lighting's Noir collection

5 tips to get your recessed lighting just right

Posted by kbanks & filed under Interior Design, lighting designs.

      

When it comes to lighting your home, it’s important to consider a layered lighting approach to highlight your room’s best features, improve functionality, and create an inviting atmosphere. Choosing the right mix of lighting can really bring your home to life. And with so many choices, recessed lighting is one you don’t want to forget. Keep on reading for tips on how to get your recessed lighting just right.

1. Calculate your total wattage

According to interior decorator and Houzz contributor Gabrielle Di Stefano, there’s a handy formula to determine the correct amount of wattage to light a room. Simply multiply the length of the room by the width to find the total area. Then, multiply the area by 1.5. This number is your total wattage you’ll need to light the room effectively.

2. Decide on the number of recessed fixtures

Another easy tool you can use to settle on the number of fixtures is to take your total wattage, and divide it by the wattage of the bulb to find how many recessed fixtures you will need. For LED downlights that are not recorded in watts, in most cases, you can find comparison details on the packaging.

3. Space your fixtures evenly

Allow at least two feet from your walls and the light fixture, and two feet between each fixture. Try to space each fixture evenly and focus on balancing the design.

4. Install dimmers

Using a dimming kit is a flexible and practical way to control how much light is emitted, and can also help you save on energy and increase lamp life. Consider dimming fixtures by “zone” rather than installing all fixtures onto one dimmer. This will allow you to set the mood in different areas of a room.

5. Use lighting to create a focal point

Recessed lights that rotate, revolve and swivel can help you direct light to exactly where you want it, such as on a piece of art, creating visual intrigue.

All images courtesy of Ryland Homes (www.ryland.com). To view Progress Lighting’s recessed collections, visit the Progress Lighting recessed fixture page.

Hubbell Lighting headquarters a “source of pride for SC”

Posted by kbanks & filed under special events.

      

Gov. Nikki Haley arriving at the Hubbell Lighting headquarters

Gov. Nikki Haley kicked off a day-long tour of South Carolina announcing a campaign endorsement for the 2014 election. She began by complimenting the Hubbell Lighting headquarters – a place we call “home.”

“I am absolutely thrilled to be at Hubbell Lighting in the Upstate today,” Haley said. “This facility is such a source of pride for South Carolina.”

Did you know that Hubbell Lighting is the only lighting manufacturer with a USGBC LEED® Silver certified headquarters?

We are proud of this distinction, as well!

Gov. Nikki Haley with Hubbell Lighting President Scott Muse

What does your outdoor lighting say about you?

Posted by kbanks & filed under Landscape Lighting, Outdoor Living.

      

Probably more than you think! Outdoor lighting allows us to show off our individuality, portray our attention to detail, highlight the favorite features of our homes, gracefully entertain, and more.

With a few simple lighting techniques, you can make your home and yard look beautiful all year long – while shining a light on your (and your home’s) distinct personality.

  • Make sure the path to your door is adequately illuminated. The boxed sets of solar-powered lanterns hardly do the trick, achieving what is often referred to an “airport runway look” in the lighting industry.

Image featuring Progress Lighting's Mission path lights

  • Visit your local lighting showroom for a consultation. Outdoor lighting is typically not a DIY endeavor. Lighting experts are trained to locate key elements of your landscape to create the most visually appealing setting.

  • Evaluate how different light sources create different effects. Halogen, LED and CFL lamps can change or enhance natural colors. How you position fixtures can also visually improve your landscape by creating dramatic shadows that convey texture.

Image featuring Progress Lighting's Penfield collection

  • Choose decorative fixtures that suit the architecture of your home. Avoid floodlights while you are entertaining. If you enjoy entertaining in your backyard, patio or deck – you won’t believe how much better you’ll love that area when it’s lit properly.

Image featuring Progress Lighting's Prestwick collection

Whichever method or products you choose, illuminating your property the right way will make all the difference in making your home stand out.

Dynamo pendant to be featured over winner’s kitchen table

Posted by kbanks & filed under Giveaways, Interior Design, Lighting, Lighting Trends, Progress Lighting, Promotions & Giveaways, renovations, sweepstakes.

      

We had so much fun partnering with the Bungalow Company on our latest giveaway featuring our Dynamo pendant.

Our winner, Tyler, hails from Utah and couldn’t believe  he won!

Pendants are popular fixtures for kitchens, dining rooms, foyers and even bath and vanity areas – to aid in task and general lighting.

Tyler plans to hang his prize in his kitchen. It will replace an older, outdated fixture and give new “light” to the room’s focal point – the kitchen table.

“I am excited to switch it out with something super new and modern!” he said.

We hope he shares a before and after picture with us soon!

Stay tuned for more lighting design information and details on giveaways.

All the rage in outdoor lighting

Posted by kbanks & filed under Lighting, Lighting Trends, Outdoor Living.

      

It’s summertime and the livin’ is easy (and hopefully this means outdoor living, too!). Outdoor living areas are top priority in the housing market as more people seek to use these spaces as a way to unwind, disconnect and recharge. When it comes to designing your outdoor living space, lighting plays a huge role, and even has the ability to make or break the atmosphere of your exterior rooms.

Read on to learn the trends that are all the rage in outdoor lighting. Which do you plan to incorporate into your next remodel?

Sustainable Materials

Green design isn’t just a trend in the outdoor-lighting market – it’s mainstream. As a result, manufacturers like Progress Lighting have created outdoor lighting fixtures that are largely comprised of sustainable and/or recycled materials.

For example, Progress Lighting’s new Rush collection uses recycled bamboo wood for the fixture’s wall mount – making this an easy purchasing decision for the environmentally conscious consumer.

Rush features etched opal glass that is suspended by linear accents. The outdoor wall lantern – introduced in 2014 – enhances doorways, patios and porches with a modern flair. Available in an Antique Bronze finish.

Large-scale Sizes

With larger homes, there is a demand for over-sized outdoor lighting options. Homes with a two-story foyer dictate a larger façade, which has led to the introduction of large-scale lanterns.

Progress Lighting’s Resort collection features a casual profile that combines Tudor styling and Prairie design. The lantern family’s umber tinted glass shades complements its woven cast pattern encasement and powder coat finish.

The Pedigree collection is an energy efficient family introduced in an extra-large size. The family offers over-sized post, hanging and wall lanterns with etched seeded glass and an Autumn Haze finish.

Layered Lighting

Outdoor spaces adorned with fixtures that feature a shade within a shade are popular for 2014. This layered lighting design is displayed in the Compel collection, a modern lantern collection by Progress Lighting introduced in June of 2014.

Compel features etched opal glass set within a seeded glass shade, ideal for exterior settings or unexpected interior applications. Available in a Black finish in wall, hanging or post lantern options.

Advancements in energy efficient technology

Another new trend is the introduction of fixtures that are both Energy Star rated and compliant with California’s Energy Efficiency standards (known as Title 24) – a difficult to reach certification. Title 24 seeks to aggressively conserve electricity and natural gas.

Title 24 requires sources to have a minimum 90 CRI (color rendering index), which causes the lumens to drop – while, Energy Star mandates at least 65 lumens per watt.

Progress Lighting’s Jack collection is both Energy Star rated and Title 24 compliant. The family offers a durable steel construction and painted Black finish, including a GU24 base lamp and socket.

5 easy ways to enhance curb appeal

Posted by kbanks & filed under Landscape Lighting, Outdoor Living.

      

Update your home’s outdoor appearance by putting your dollars toward a few simple projects that make a world of difference. Make your guests feel welcomed before they even reach the front door.

Illuminate walkways

Curb appeal doesn’t have to end when the sun sets. Path lights can be used to improve safety, highlight key elements of a landscape and dramatically improve nighttime appeal.

Image featuring Progress Lighting Mission path lights

Create an inviting porch space

If you have a larger porch, create a clutter-free, small outdoor room next to the front door. This can serve as a cozy nook, ideal for unwinding after a long day or connecting with friends.

Image courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens

Incorporate color into your decor scheme

Adding a fresh layer of paint on shutters and doors for an updated look can make a big difference. Or, simply add a chair with a patterned pillow to brighten up the front of your home.

Image courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens

Add a statement light fixture

Hang a large lantern above your front door, or a post lantern at the front of your walkway. The illumination will improve security, while bringing a new bold look to the front of your home.

Image featuring Progress Lighting Resort lanterns

Hang a wreath

Don’t underestimate the power of wreaths! Easily changed out from season to season, the design possibilities are endless with wreaths and can add a beautiful decor element.

Image courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens

For more ideas to enhance curb appeal, read “Curb Appeal on a Dime” on Better Homes and Gardens.

Lighting trends our homebuilders love

Posted by kbanks & filed under Homebuilders, Lighting, Lighting Trends.

      

At Progress Lighting, we strive to provide our valued homebuilders with quality, innovative fixtures that display the latest trends while meeting the functional needs of homeowners.

We have been in the business of homebuilder partnerships for more than 100 years. Read on to learn the latest trends in the communities nationwide that Progress Lighting serves.

Transitional styles

Fixtures from the Progress Lighting Trinity collection exemplify a marriage of traditional and contemporary elements for a classic, timeless design. This transitional style is very popular among homebuilders.

Project completed by Ryland Homes (Ryland.com) featuring Progress Lighting’s Energy-Star rated Trinity collection.

With refreshing and handsome forms, Trinity displays authenticity with etched glass and exposed candleholders. Available in Brushed Nickel, Polished Nickel, Cobblestone or Antique Bronze finishes.

Minimalist design

A movement towards minimalist design has brought attention to Progress Lighting’s Wisten collection. The collection features a clean, modern design with simple and balanced elements that make it a perfect solution for today’s understated interiors.

The Wisten collection offers fixtures for any room of the home, making it easy for builders to create a cohesive design style by coordinating fixtures from room to room. CC: Toll Brothers, Inc.

Wisten is available in the popular Brushed Nickel and Antique Bronze finishes to match a variety of interior settings.

Simplified fixtures with traditional influence

Updated or simplified traditional designs are quite prevalent among builders and they can work well with a craftsman aesthetic. The Progress Lighting North Park collection was designed as a new take on the traditional square glass craftsman style light fixtures, with simplified shapes that give it an updated feel.

Image courtesy of Stephen Alexander Homes (www.stephenalexanderhomes.com) featuring Progress Lighting’s North Park collection.

North Park allows homeowners to rediscover handsome hardware styles with modern and classic looks. Twin arching arms create an updated mission style.

Energy efficiency

A shift toward more efficient lighting technologies allows consumers to make subtle energy saving changes. LED and CFL lamps play a big role because they can pay for themselves through energy and maintenance savings, while providing aesthetically pleasing lighting.

The Haven collection offers a modern design that beautifully hides the fixture’s CFL source. Since the color consistency and spiral shape of the CFL lamp often deter homeowners, collections that are designed to conceal the source and diffuse light are a top pick among builders. CC: Miller & Smith Homes

Haven also allows builders to take advantage of the popular trend to position pendants in groups of two or more.

Glamourous lighting

For more lavish home settings, the trend to incorporate decorative fixtures that feature glamorous accents such as crystals, jewels and beads makes Progress Lighting’s Nissé collection a favorite among luxury homebuilders.

Many designers have elected to incorporate elegant fixtures that transform the master bath into a luxurious, spa-like retreat. This bathroom setting, completed by Toll Brothers, features Progress Lighting’s Nissé chandelier, crowned with stylish off-white shades.

With glamorous, vintage-modern appeal, Progress Lighting’s Nissé nine-light, two-tier chandelier features discs of clear glass that reflect off the bright Polished Nickel finish. A center column features drops of opulent beads that cascade down sleek curved arms, forming a dramatic waterfall effect.

One Fixture, Four Ways + Pendant Giveaway

Posted by kbanks & filed under Bathroom Lighting, Bedroom Lighting, Giveaways, Lighting.

      

We’re excited to show off the versatility of some of our most popular collections through our “One Fixture, Four Ways” blog posts. Last week, we explored the many ways to add a splash of vintage, modern flair to your home with our Markor pendant. This week, we will take a look at how you can display our modern Dynamo pendant, from the kitchen to the bathroom. This fixture is bold enough to stand alone, or in pairs for a larger space.

The best part? You can actually WIN this pendant in a giveaway hosted by The Bungalow Company. Enter here!

Read on to learn ways this Dyanamo pendant can enhance your living space.

Dynamo is the perfect pendant pair above a kitchen island for a home that displays a simple and positive design style.

Dynamo unifies this cozy nook with its circular design and bold, graphic details.

Dynamo allows you to take advantage of the popular trend to replace your bathroom vanity fixture with a statement pendant above the sink.

Dynamo is even a fit for above your dining room table, with a size that easily replaces a more traditional chandelier.

View the entire Dynamo collection here.

Progress Lighting Team Updates

Posted by kbanks & filed under Employee, New Hire, Progress Lighting.

      

We are very excited to announce that Todd Roy was recently promoted from Director of Builder Sales and Marketing to National Sales Director. Additionally, we have expanded our marketing team with the hire of Jennifer Kis as Key Account Marketing Manager.

Read on to learn how these exciting team updates will allow us to continue to serve and bring value to our customers and builder partners.

Todd Roy, Progress Lighting National Sales Director

Prior to directing marketing and sales initiatives for Progress Lighting’s builder segments, Roy served in the National Accounts Department, after beginning his career as an Account Manager in 1999. During his tenure, Roy has greatly expanded the breadth of the company’s North American business, while developing strong relationships with national builder partners and distributors.

Roy will assume the responsibilities of Bob Sale, who retired in mid-July after more than 20 years of distinguished service at the company.

Jennifer Kis, Progress Lighting Key Account Marketing Manager

Kis joins Progress Lighting with nearly 20 years of public relations, international marketing, agency and client relations experience. In her role, Kis will be responsible for leading marketing efforts to further accelerate growth on the rapidly expanding Ferguson and Build.com partnerships.

Her recent work history includes developing and executing integrated marketing plans for a diverse client base at Jackson Marketing Group. She has also worked abroad in Munich, Germany for Pepper GmbH, an international marketing agency. Prior to her work in Germany, she held communication positions at Greenville-based companies Erwin Penland and Michelin North America.

Please join us in congratulating Todd – and welcoming Jennifer to the team!