5 must-haves for young homebuyers

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

      

According to a 2013 National Association of Realtors study, millennials (or those born between 1980 and 2000) are the second biggest segment of the buyer market. Many agents say that these younger buyers tend to have similar “must-have” features for their homes.

Some of these features include:

1. Updated kitchen and bath: Kitchen and baths can be expensive when it comes to remodels and renovations, so many young buyers want these rooms to be equipped with all the latest technology and trends before they move into the home.

Energy efficient lighting options are ideal for kitchen and bath applications - including LED recessed downlights for accent lighting or decorative pendants with CFL sources for task lighting - and reduce energy and maintenance costs for homeowners.

2. Large kitchens with an open floor plan: Young home buyers prefer an open floor layout over compartmentalized homes. The kitchen has replaced the formal dining room as a top hangout spot, ideal for entertaining.

It's important to consider a layered design approach that accounts for task, accent and ambient lighting with open layouts. This home uses a chandelier from our Clayton collection, in addition to our Brookside pendants and recessed lights to achieve ideal illumination.

3. A home office: More than 13 million Americans work from home. This number continues to increase, especially among the millenial generation. A dedicated space for home office activities is becoming increasingly important.

Proper lighting is essential to a well-designed, functional workspace. A large pendant - such as our Equinox lantern shown above - provides task lighting that efficiently and beautifully illuminates desk areas.

4. Low maintenance features: Younger homebuyers prefer homes that come with low upkeep features like wood floors and granite countertops that are attractive and hassle free.

With energy costs on the rise and growing interest in protecting the environment, young buyers are also conscious of buying homes that are green. LED fixtures - such as the Progress Lighting high performance LED downlights or LED undercabinet series - are low maintenance lighting options.

5. Technology: Today, homeowners are more concerned about area cellular service and internet capabilities over cable and telephone. These options can largely increase or decrease a home’s appeal to this generation.

To read more on “Must-haves to sell to young homebuyers,” visit http://www.bankrate.com/finance/real-estate/must-haves-to-sell-to-young-homebuyers-1.aspx.

3 things to consider with LED recessed lights

Posted by kbanks & filed under LEDs, Lighting, energy efficiency.

      

In response to the demand for energy efficient lighting that reflects green design, Progress Lighting has introduced a variety of LED sources to meet our customers design needs and goals. One of our newest – and most popular – products in the new year has been our high performance LED recessed downlight.

Progress Lighting’s AC LED 6” trim features a 120V alternating current source and is comprised of an integrated board without any electronics. This modular approach results in an encapsulated fixture that unites performance, cost and safety benefits. With a better overall lighting effect, AC LED is dimmable to 10% and offers a 3000K-color temperature and 1195 lumens.

LED fixtures pay for themselves through significant energy and cost savings, and improvements in technology has made this source a smart decision for many builders and homeowners. Before making the switch to LED lighting, here are a three factors to consider:

1. Positioning LED recessed fixtures: Recessed fixtures should be used for accent lighting of art, tabletops, plants, sculpture etc – rather than general illumination or over seating areas since they cast hard shadows. Layer this accent lighting with other sources of illumination that provide decorative, task and ambient light.

2. Selecting the right amount of lumens: Part of the learning process is to not look at wattage but to look at lumen output. Choose LED sources with lumen outputs that are compatible with your traditional sources.

3. Considering LED color temperature: Be aware that LEDs do not get warmer in color when dimmed, which is what incandescent lighting does. Consider adding a warming filter to LED products to change the color temperature from 2700K or 3000K to 2400K. This is the color of dimmed incandescent.

Source: Residential Lighting, Ask Randall: How Many Lumens Are Needed to Light a Room, http://www.residentiallighting.com/how-many-lumens-are-needed-light-room?eid=216629346&bid=814595

Todd Roy elected to NAHB’s Leading Supplier Council Board of Trustees

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

      

Congratulations to Todd Roy, Director of Builder Sales and Marketing at Progress Lighting! We’re excited to announce that he has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the NAHB Leading Supplier Council for 2014.

Progress Lighting is a member of the Leading Suppliers Council, a group of national building manufacturers and suppliers that support the International Builders Show, as well as The New American Home.

Read more about Todd Roy’s involvement in NAHB, as well as the lighting industry, over the years in this edition of Builder Review Daily.

IBS 2014: Progress Lighting booth highlights

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We’re having a great time at the International Builders’ Show 2014 (in none other than the “city of lights” itself – Las Vegas). This week, we’re talking new LED introductions (including a sneak peek of LEDs that aren’t yet released), the top lighting trends for kitchen and bath, innovative outdoor solutions,  products in the New American Home 2014 – and more.

Take a look at what’s been going on in booth C3527. And be sure to come by and see us!

Come have a look at all we have to offer in decorative, efficient and functional lighting for every room of the home.

Pendants are trending big in home design. Our modern pendants featured in the New American Home have been at hit in booth C3527.

Our Archie collection offers depth for homeowners - with a variety of fixtures and finishes to complete any room of the home. It is consistently one of our most popular collections nationwide.

Show attendees have enjoyed special tours on Aging-in-Place Design, Universal Design, Kitchen and Bath Trends - and more. We're happy to give you a private tour if you weren't able to make the group session.

Our outdoor collections feature a variety of styles to complement any exterior architectural design. Come see what was just introduced this January.

Our booth visitors have been raving about the advancements in LED technology, including our LED undercabinet series - ideal for task lighting applications in kitchen workspaces.

Let Day 2 of IBS begin!

IBS Preview: Top 4 kitchen and bath lighting trends

Posted by kbanks & filed under Bathroom Lighting, IBS, Kitchen Lighting.

      

We are excited to be heading to Vegas to exhibit at the 2014 International Builders Show (IBS). Since IBS is co-locating for the first time with the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS), we will be focusing especially on kitchen and bath lighting design trends.

A recent study completed by the interior design site Houzz found that kitchen and bath remodels are now a top priority for homeowners above all other rooms of the home. The study indicated that 28% of surveyed homeowners are planning a bathroom renovation in 2014, and 23% are planning a kitchen remodel or addition.

Enjoy a sneak peek of some of the top kitchen and bath lighting trends we’ll be discussing at the show. And if you’ll be in Vegas, we’ll see you at booth C3527!

Top Kitchen and Bath Trends for 2014

1. Incorporating green design into the home lighting plan.

LED and CFL lamps play a big role because they can pay for themselves through energy and maintenance savings, while providing aesthetically pleasing lighting.

2. Grouping pendants – and mini-pendants – for functional and decorative illumination in workspaces.

Pendants and mini-pendants allow consumers to take advantage of the popular trend to group two or more pendants over work areas, such as a kitchen island, bath and vanity area, stove or sink – for both aesthetic and functional benefits.

Featured: Kiss pendants, seen in the New American Home 2014

3. Implementing fixtures that emulate a classic, modern design.

The style to blend traditional and contemporary details to create a modern, classic look is popular among homeowners. This trend supports simpler lines than traditional – but a more elaborate style than contemporary.

Featured: Alexa

4. Using space more efficiently in open layouts.

Open interior spaces require the need for a layered lighting design that accounts for ambient, accent and task lighting.

Featured: Lady Luck

Downsize or Remodel: Lighting matters as we age

Posted by kbanks & filed under Aging in Place, LEDs, lighting designs.

      

According to a recent article in Builder Magazine, downsizing your home later in life is a transition that is better done sooner than later. Tom Lauricella reported this week in The Wall Street Journal’s Sunday edition that the advantages in moving early can be significant. Some of these include:

  • Budgets. “In a larger home, expenses are hidden.”
  • Nest eggs. “A move to a less-expensive home could be a boon to your retirement savings.”
  • Family stress. “If one member of an older couple develops a serious illness, or dies suddenly, younger family members frequently find themselves caring for the original family home… that can place strains on all concerned.”

The Progress Lighting Haven mini-pendant is designed to conceal its energy-efficient CFL source behind stonehenge glass. CFLs require less maintenance and reduce energy costs for homeowners.

Whether its a full downsize – or even a remodeling upgrade, as we age, our bodies and health change in ways that require alteration to the home. Home lighting can have a profound effect on quality of life, as well.

Progress Lighting offers efficient, functional and decorative families that meet the unique needs of aging inhabitants. Some of these products include:

  • LED Products. Increases in efficacy (lumens per watt) and warm white color consistency are gentle on aging eyes while a long lifetime means less bulb changes over the years.
  • CFL and Incandescent Sources. New efficient incandescent sources and CFLS are also viable alternatives for aging-in-place design.
  • Outdoor Products. Outdoor lighting options add safety and security illumination to a home’s exterior, reducing trips and falls after dark.

Source: Builder Magazine, Plan to Downsize Your Home? Don’t Wait, http://blogs.marketwatch.com/encore/2014/01/27/planning-to-downsize-your-home-dont-wait/

Progress Lighting named “Supplier of the Year” by Springfield Electric

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We’re proud to announce that, for the second year in a row, Springfield Electric Supply Company named Progress Lighting “Supplier of the Year”. The award was presented to Bob Sale, Progress Lighting’s vice president of sales, at the Dallas International Lighting Market last week.

Bob Sale accepted the award on behalf of Progress Lighting in the company's showroom. Left to Right: Bob Sale; Mark Barthel, president of Springfield Electric; Susan Mason, Springfield Electric's showroom coordinator and sales manager.

As the second annual award winner, Progress Lighting was recognized for its year-over-year sales growth, as well as its superior products, delivery and service.

Progress Lighting supplies a diverse selection of high quality lighting fixtures to Springfield Electric's three premier showrooms, located in Bloomington, Champaign and Springfield, Illinois.

Springfield Electric, an employee-owned business that dates back to 1932, serves residential, commercial, and industrial customers in 17 locations throughout central Illinois. The company consistently ranks among the 60 largest electrical distributors in the country.

Our top 5 pins of the week

Posted by kbanks & filed under Lighting.

      

Progress Lighting is an active contributor on the social media site, Pinterest – and we invite you to connect with us for your daily dose of inspiration for the home.

Here’s a peek at some of our followers’ top pins of the week.

Rustic touches always inspire our followers. This popular pin features our Crestwood lanterns - for use indoors or outdoors.

The simplistic design and schoolhouse profile of these pendants make it a popular pick among our Pinterest followers.

Our Style by Room boards contain some of our followers' favorite room shots. Featuring our Santiago collection, this pin comes from our Kitchen board.

For the pinners who love traditional design, this room displays classic elegance, featuring our Le Jardin collection.

We love sharing tips and tricks, like ways to improve task lighting. Our followers agree that our Illuma-Flex track lighting system is a good place to start.

3 tips to master the task of perfect kitchen lighting

Posted by kbanks & filed under Kitchen Lighting.

      

Completing your everyday activities in the kitchen and other work areas can be difficult without the proper lighting. When your countertops and stoves are covered in shadows, your kitchen becomes accident-prone, difficult to move about and just overall, unpleasant. With these tips courtesy of our lighting design experts and inspiration from Better Homes and Garden, you can master task lighting and transform your kitchen into an area that is efficient, functional – and of course, characterized by great design.

1.  Incorporate undercabinet lighting: Designed to fit in small spaces and provide accent or task lighting, these fixtures can be used under kitchen cabinets, on bookshelves, in curio cabinets, and more.

Image courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens

Progress Lighting offers a variety of undercabinet options, including LED solutions that contribute to major energy savings. Featured: LED Undercabinet

2.  Use a track lighting system for a purposeful – and customizable – lighting option.

Progress Lighting's Illuma-Flex track system allows homeowners to mix and match decorative track heads and mini-pendants to cater to personal styles.

3. Add pendants above work areas such as the kitchen sink, the stove or an island. Pendants are decorative additions that are highly functional when it comes to task lighting.

Progress Lighting's fun and flirty Kiss pendants give a "kiss" of light, ideal for a variety of interior settings.

Progress Lighting's popular Archie pendant provides functional illumination - with a retro vibe.

How do you attain ideal task lighting in your kitchen?

Source: Better Homes and Gardens, Undercabinet Lighting

What’s trending: Our most-loved products

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

      

This week at the Dallas International Lighting Market, we are introducing several new products and collections to add to our diverse selection of fixtures for any room of the home (more information – coming soon!). In addition to these new products, we are also showcasing several families that consistently “top the list” among builders, interior designers and consumers.

Enjoy highlights of our most popular products that excite our partners and customers time and time again. Learn what makes these collections so unique – and we hope you will be inspired for your next design project!

For those who gravitate towards fixtures with bold personalities and sleek, modern interiors – there’s our EQUINOX collection. Available in three sizes, mix and match with multiples for added drama to any room setting.

The etched opal glass is a soft contrast to the sleek, polished nickel frame.

The interlocking rings can be personalized in any arrangement for a unique statement.

For the customer who expects sense and order in their home, there’s our HAVEN collection. Haven is a sculptural family with a rectilinear shape that complements today’s streamlined home furnishings.

Haven is simple and lean, with a modern sense of scale.

Haven contributes to a sophisticated and modern style.

If you are looking to create casual elegance in the home, our ASHBURY collection is a perfect fit. The collection is created with circular details and a layered, linen drum shade for added visual interest.

The nine-light chandelier completes the Ashbury family for total coordination throughout the entire home.

Sleek, quartz inspired bobeches add value and a play of texture.

For the bold and dramatic customer who craves unexpected design, BINGO offers a statement piece with a low-profile, modern look.

The bold, ring pattern is popular in home furnishings, offering a coordinated interior style.

The Bingo collection is ideal for entryways, islands, dining rooms and vanity areas.

A great option for those with an active lifestyle, ARCHIE is both attractive and functional. Homeowners can enjoy the down-lighting that enhances visual elements in a room.

Archie's authentic style adds a retro touch to interiors.

Archie enhances activities such as cooking, socializing, table games and crafting in rooms where family and friends love to gather.

Which Progress Lighting products do you love?