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!

Our designer’s top 3 favorite collections

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

Of the more than 4,000 fixtures offered by Progress Lighting, have you ever wondered which ones are favorites among our designers? Well, we did! We’re excited to share a behind-the-scenes look from the person who turns inspired ideas into the on-trend, stylish fixtures that decorate your home.

Senior Product Designer James Thomas shares his top three most-loved collections from Progress Lighting. Which are your favorites?

“I like Bingo because it doesn’t fit the mold of a traditional lighting fixture. It can be mounted on a ceiling or a wall (horizontally or vertically) and was designed to function as a piece of art as much as a source of light. The frame features antique mirrored glass pieces as accents, but users can customize the fixture by covering them with fabric, wallpaper, pictures, etc. As a designer, I like to see how people choose to make the products I design their own.”

“The Equinox pendant series was inspired by antique armillary spheres. The customer can position the rotating rings around the center cluster of light, allowing for a bit of customization. I have seen these fixtures placed in all types of interiors from modern to rustic traditional, so I am happy to see that the design has widespread appeal and is not defined by a single category.”

“Finally, Haven is a design that has a modern feel, but was definitely influenced heavily by classic Craftsman furniture. Like Equinox, this group works across a range of styles, and I like to see our customers use it in a wide variety of interior decors.”

To view the full interview with Progress Lighting designer James Thomas, visit the Bungalow Company blog.

One Fixture, Four Ways

Posted by kbanks & filed under Bathroom Lighting, Bedroom Lighting, Interior Design, Kitchen Lighting, Lighting, Lighting Trends.

Created with mid-century designs in mind, the Markor collection adds a splash of vintage modern flair to today’s interiors. We’ve noticed our popular Markor pendant cloaked in a bold, black shade has made it’s way into a variety of unique applications. From the bedroom to the bathroom, who knew one pendant light could offer so much versatility?

See how this one fixture can offer both functional and fashionable lighting to almost any room of the home in today’s “One Fixture, Four Ways” series.

Place two large Markor pendants above a kitchen island to further your color-blocked design scheme with bold accents. These paired pendants make a statement in this kitchen completed by Ryland Homes (ryland.com).

Homeowners are getting creative with their bathroom lighting by replacing their traditional vanity with with an over-sized pendant above sink areas.

Who needs a table-side lamp when you can “wow” your guests with a contemporary pendant instead? We’ve noticed designers using pendants in new applications where you would expect to see a table lamp. This is a great way to bring an updated flair to your home.

Over-sized pendants are a natural fit above dining room tables. Markor is the perfect unifier in this white-washed setting with a bold twist.

Which application of our Markor collection is your favorite?

How to create a cohesive lighting design

Posted by kbanks & filed under Interior Design, Lifestyle palettes, Lighting, Lighting Trends, lighting designs, lighting lifestyles.

When it comes to decorating and remodeling your home, decisions are anything but sparse. From the the paint on the walls to the counter tops to the cabinet color, choosing hues and materials that coordinate can often present a challenge for homeowners. Luckily, Progress Lighting makes it easy to coordinate fixtures from room to room by offering collections with depth, taking the guesswork out of the decision making process.

Browse more than 5,000 fixtures until you settle on a lighting family you love to use in your home.  If you don’t want to completely match the design from room to room, try focusing on a Progress Lighting “lifestyle” to carry the same vibe throughout, but with different collections.

See how this home by Stephen Alexander Homes uses Progress Lighting’s North Park collection to create a beautiful and cohesive design throughout the home.

North Park offers an updated spin on a traditional design. Simplifying traditional fixtures is a popular trend in today’s homes. Image courtesy of Stephen Alexander Homes.
The North Park family was designed as a new take on traditional square glass craftsman style light fixtures. It fits that style, but the simplified shapes give it an updated feel. Image courtesy of Stephen Alexander Homes.
The North Park close-to-ceiling fixture makes a positive first impression in this home’s entryway. Image courtesy of Stephen Alexander Homes.
The craftsman style of North Park is even consistent in the home’s master bath.  Image courtesy of Stephen Alexander Homes.

To view the North Park collection, visit http://progresslighting.com/products.aspx?Family=322.

Shining Light on LEDs: Outdoor Solutions

Posted by kbanks & filed under LEDs, Outdoor Living, energy efficiency.

Last week we detailed ways to use LED sources inside your home. From decorative wall mounts to recessed ambient lights, there are dozens of ways to incorporate these energy efficient fixtures into your interior design. To close out our “Shining Light on LEDs” series, we will take a look at the benefits and ways to incorporate LEDs into your outdoor space.

Outdoor LEDs are very popular due to some key advantages over other light sources. Some of these include:

  • Safety: Because LEDs do not produce an exceptional amount of heat like other landscape and outdoor options, homeowners can be at ease knowing their outdoor LED lights will illuminate their property with minimum fire risk. Additionally, children playing in the yard are not at risk for burns due to the low temperature compared to other light sources that can get very hot.
  • Energy: The energy saving benefits are even more applicable to exterior settings since outdoor lights are often left on for hours at a time.
  • Maintenance: Outdoor lights can be difficult (and time consuming) to replace, especially for lights on a roof. An LED lamp can last up to 20 years, making LEDs an extremely low maintenance solution.

Outdoor LEDs can be used in a variety of ways, including:

Down Lights

Shine LED down lights on areas ideal for outdoor entertaining. Recessed LED fixtures create a comfortable environment and add to your home’s safety and security.

Progress Lighting's recessed LED fixtures illuminate the exterior of the 2014 New American Home

Path Lights

Guide guests along exterior pathways and steps using LED path lights.

Progress Lighting's P5298_31 LED path light

Spot Lights

LED spot lights can be used to highlight architecture, gardens and key focal points of your landscape design. Spot lights also add visual intrigue to exterior areas, boosting curb appeal.

Progress Lighting's P5299_31 LED spot light

Wall Lanterns

Like down lights, LED wall lanterns contribute to the mood of outdoor living areas. Make guests feel at ease in your outdoor space by positioning wall lanterns around popular gathering spaces.

Progress Lighting's P3715_31 wall lantern

Thank you for following our “Shining Light on LEDs” series! We hope you enjoyed learning the many benefits of LED sources and ways to apply them to your home’s design. Be sure to check out Progress Lighting’s entire LED offering at http://progresslighting.com/products.aspx?Brand=6.

Trend Alert: Orbs, circular-inspired lighting

Posted by kbanks & filed under Bedroom Lighting, Dallas Market, Lighting.

Orbs or circular-inspired fixtures are trending in today’s home designs. In response to this shift towards airy, round fixtures with exposed bulbs, we have expanded our stunning Equinox collection to include oversized oval designs. We are pleased to unveil these introductions at this week’s Dallas Market! Come and see us in showroom TM-3840 to get an up-close look at Equinox.

And if you aren’t in Dallas, take a look at how our popular Equinox brings even more depth to homeowners and designers with these additions.

The new eight-light candelabra coordinates beautifully with our Equinox mini-pendants.

The oval candelabra pendant is ideal for linear installations – over a farmhouse table, dining room setting or kitchen island. Available in Burnished Silver or Antique Bronze finishes.

The Equinox collection is a great addition to interiors with a rustic design. The new oval candelabra was originally previewed in the 2014 New American Home.

View the entire Equinox collection here.