The room where you start and end your day should be a place of relaxation and rejuvenation. Transform your master bathroom into a soothing retreat with these tips from Better Homes and Gardens – and lighting updates from Progress Lighting’s Relax lifestyle.
Landscaping is as integral a part of your home as the interior, providing a lovely yard to enjoy warm days and pleasant nights. Professional landscaping can be a major undertaking, but it can also improve the value of your home a great deal, as well as offering years of enjoyment for you and your family.
Most people don’t realize the various elements that go into quality landscaping, which can go far beyond plants and pathways. Electrical lighting, in particular, plays a key role in the process. While discussing your landscaping options with a gardener, you may want to consult a qualified electrician to get his or her opinion as well. Here’s how lighting can improve your landscaping.
In the first place, you don’t use your yard in the daytime alone. Evening parties, barbecues, and even just a few drinks after hours can be made easier with a nice yard to enjoy them in. Lighting ensures that you can use the yard in the evening with safety and comfort. Without the lighting (or with inadequate lighting), you’ll be denying yourself a key portion of the day and limiting the use of your yard in the process. A good lighting system helps you take full advantage of those days and nights when it’s too nice to stay indoors.
There’s also the idea of aesthetics. When properly deployed, your lights can do wonders for the atmosphere in your yard: highlighting key spots or providing an overall sense of warmth and wonder. It makes your yard more inviting, facilitating get-togethers or quieter evenings at home with your family. All of that comes along in addition to the most basic function of lighting: allowing you to find your way in the dark. An adequate lighting service can provide that basic function, but a good one – working in conjunction with your landscaping service and with a clear sense of what you want to achieve with the yard – can help make it so much more.
From giveaways to holiday decor to your favorite collections, the Progress Lighting Pinterest page is full of inspiration for homeowners, builders, designers and DIY lovers alike. We’re excited to share our followers’ favorite pins of the week, and hope you’ll follow us, too. Enjoy!
With both functional and aesthetic benefits, pendant lighting is an easy way to beautifully illuminate your kitchen setting. Available in a plethora of shapes, sizes and styles, this versatile fixture offers endless design options and provides all-purpose illumination, task lighting and accent lighting.
Pendant Lighting Does It All
- All-purpose illumination: Space pendants throughout the room for overall lighting. The larger the area, the bigger the pendant light should be.
- Task lighting: Focus pendant lights on a specific work area, such as over a sink or desk area. One small pendant may be sufficient for certain task applications.
- Accent lighting: Highlight specific areas of your kitchen to create interest and depth to your design.
Hanging a Kitchen Pendant Light
- Pendant lights should hang 12-20 inches below an 8-foot ceiling. For each additional foot of ceiling height, add 3 inches.
- Pendant height can also be measure up from the surface below the light/ Provide a 30-36 inches clearance above tables and countertop, especially those used for task lighting.
Pendant Lighting Reflects Your Unique Style
Select a pendant style that reflects your decor. Modern pendants made of glass exude sleekness, while glass orbs present a retro look. Choose a style that matches your kitchen decor and meets your lighting needs.
Source: Better Homes and Gardens, http://www.bhg.com/kitchen/lighting/kitchen-pendant-lighting-tips/
According to the Alliance to Save Energy, bulb packages are largely forgoing display measurements in watts (the old way of labeling bulbs), and transitioning to a more accurate measurement, lumens (the new way).
It is important for consumers to understand the difference between these two labels to make an informed purchasing decision to adequately – and efficiently – light your home.
What’s a Watt?
Watts measure the amount of power a bulb uses – not how bright it is. Using watts to describe brightness is like using gallons of fuel to describe how fast a car can go. This practice wasn’t a problem as long as we continued to use the more than 100-year-old incandescent bulbs. Traditional incandescent light bulbs waste 90 percent of their electricity to produce heat, and use only 10% to produce light. The solution: energy-efficient bulbs, which use fewer watts to give off the same amount of brightness.
Look for Lumens
Lumens measure the amount of light produced by a bulb. The more lumens in a light bulb, the brighter the light.
- 40-watt incandescent bulb = 450 lumens
- 60-watt incandescent bulb = 800 lumens
- 100-watt incandescent bulb = 1600 lumens
Source: Alliance to Save Energy:
We would like to congratulate HomeSphere Inc. on their new partnership with PPG Architectural Coatings. PPG will connect HomeSphere’s growing builder network to its wide range of interior and exterior paints and stains, caulks and adhesives.
“With our strong suite of brands and large distribution network, PPG is uniquely positioned to service the new residential market,” said PPG National Business Development Manager Carl Howell. “HomeSphere connects our team to a much broader base of homebuilders that can benefit from our variety and environmentally-conscious paints and coatings.”
To view the full release, click here.
A recent article on office space lighting in tED Magazine states that “lighting is the biggest consumer of electric energy in commercial buildings, accounting for an average of 38 percent of consumption.”
Commercial buildings are often over-lighted, utilize inefficient light sources and pay high local energy costs – creating a space in the marketplace for significant lighting upgrades.
According to the article, “replacing older T12 systems with the latest T8 systems can generate energy savings up to 50 percent, depending on technology and light levels.” Using fewer lamps in over-lighted areas can also save on energy costs.
In the past, most office space lighting was designed to produce excessive light down to desk activities, while eliminating the glare on convex glass computer screens. With today’s technology, glare is seldom a concern, and more emphasis is being placed on human interactions.
Additionally, LED lighting is becoming more popular for office lighting as prices fall and and building owners focus on lifetime costs. Owners have also explored adding lighting controls as an upgrade. The use of occupancy sensors or a relay panel with a time clock allows lighting to be turned off when it’s not needed.
The full article written by Craig DiLouie appeared in the October issue of tED Magazine. For more information visit, http://www.tedmag.com/.
Members of the Hubbell Lighting team, including Progress Lighting, were recently invited to “Cosmos for the Cure,” a fun event dedicated to raising breast cancer awareness. Complete with delicious cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction – the event was a notable success.
Enjoy some pictures below from this annual event with great food, great company and for an even greater cause!
Choosing proper lighting for your bathroom vanity is one of the most important steps in the design process. Our friends at Riverbend Home share all you need to know about lighting your bathroom. Perfectly illuminate the room where you start and end your day with these tips contributed by Casey Makovich.
Our experts say that placement of your vanity lighting fixtures is key. Light fixtures placed on either side of your bathroom mirror or medicine cabinet at eye level provide the best task lighting. For extra light, double vanities, or large mirrors, combine side lights with an additional fixture above the mirror.
Keep Proportion in Mind
For a light above the mirror, choose a fixture that does not exceed the width of your vanity. With longer double sink vanities, consider choosing two separate overhead lighting fixtures rather than one long one.
Style and finish
Choose lighting fixtures that complement the décor style you’ve established throughout your bath and the rest of your home. When it comes to finish, your safest bet is to stick to the same finish used for other fixtures in your bath. However, if you have a knack for mixing and matching or are working with a decorator, your lighting fixtures can be a great place to incorporate the mixing metals design trend.
Safety is key
As always, when it comes to electrical wiring near sources of water, be sure to check your local codes and/or hire a professional electrician. They will be able to give recommendations on placement of lights, product specifications, and types of outlets required.
Check out Riverbend Home’s extensive collection of Progress Lighting fixtures.
This guest post was written by Casey Makovich, a Writer and Social Media Coordinator for Riverbend Home.
Imagine installing new lighting in a home that will last for more than 20 years before a single lamp needs to be replaced. With LED technology, a lighting fixture can last for decades and offer significant energy savings compared to other sources.
However, it’s easy to shy away from LEDs that have a higher initial cost than traditional incandescent fixtures.
Before making a home lighting decision, keep in mind inexpensive bulbs with high wattages can result in high energy costs in the long run. An LED fixture will deliver the same amount of lumens as a standard 60 watt bulb – at only 13 watts.
It’s also much more convenient to choose fixtures that will last an average of 20 years under normal home use. No more climbing a ladder to replace a burned out bulb every few months. The light quality of LEDs also makes them a great option for universal and aging-in-place design.
The key to choosing lighting – as with all features of the home – is to look beyond the initial cost. The return on investment for LED technology is long-term energy savings, while eliminating the need to buy new fixtures every few months or years.
Progress Lighting offers multiple LED lighting solutions, including:
6” LED downlight delivering 1,000 lumens
Progress Lighting’s highly efficient, cost effective 6-inch LED downlight is now available in a 1000 lumen output option for new construction or retrofit applications.
LED close-to-ceiling family
We now offer an Energy Star-rated LED close-to-ceiling family with multiple design and finish options.
LED undercabinet series
Progress Lighting’s LED undercabinet series is ideal for providing task lighting on counters with a subtle, yet wide distribution of light.