LED fixtures vs. LED lamps: Which is better?

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

As lighting technology evolves and energy efficiency becomes increasingly important for builders and consumers alike, LED lighting is taking center stage. With advancements in color consistency, light output and cost effectiveness, there’s no doubt that LED is a major player in the design world – for both residential and commercial markets.

It’s important for consumers and professionals to be properly educated on the LED “lingo” and the variety of LED options available today. With more people considering renovations that incorporate LEDs, the following question often arises:

“Why would a customer choose an integrated LED fixture instead of
a medium base fixture with an LED lamp?”

Progress Lighting’s Director of Decorative Product Development David Peek takes this question head on. Read on to learn the benefits of integrated LED solutions compared to fixtures used with LED bulbs.

  1. Energy Star Ratings: If a customer or job specification requires an Energy Star-rated luminaire, the technology must be integrated into the fixture.
  2. Better Performance: The performance and life of an integrated LED fixture has been validated for the luminaire. In a standard fixture with an LED lamp, the stated life and performance of the LED lamp is not optimized for the luminaire.
  3. Lamp Restrictions: Most LED lamps have manufacturer restrictions and/or warnings against use in enclosed fixtures or use with dimmers. All of Progress Lighting’s LED fixtures are designed for use with standard dimmers.
  4. Aesthetic Appeal: With integrated LED fixtures, lighting distribution has been optimized for directional applications (such as wall or ceiling) providing a more aesthetically pleasing solution.
  5. Cost Effectiveness: Many LED fixtures do not have a net price increase when compared with a CFL fixture of the same design. Plus, the LED fixture provides better life and CRI (correlated color temperature).
  6. Energy and Maintenance Savings: In regards to operation and maintenance costs, an integrated LED luminaire delivers energy savings (lower energy costs) and eliminates maintenance costs (no lamp to replace).
  7. Eliminates Bulb Theft: In public or outdoor spaces, integrated LED solutions negate the problem of bulb theft.

To learn more about LED solutions, visit www.progresslighting.com, or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Houzz.

Dallas Market Highlights: What’s new from Progress Lighting

Posted by kbanks & filed under Dallas Market, Kitchen Lighting, Progress Lighting, special events.

If you’ve been following us on our blog or social media channels, you know that this week, Progress Lighting unveiled more than 30 new collections at the Dallas International Lighting Market. We have had a blast in showroom TM3840 showing off all of our new and most loved products. If you are at the Market, we hope to see you. If you weren’t able to make it to Dallas this year, don’t fret – you can follow along virtually on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, where we will be giving you live updates from the show for the rest of this week.

We’re excited to share with you some of our new products, unveiled this week and designed to meet the needs of our homebuilders, designers and consumers.

The Pointe collection features alternating clear and champagne tinted K9 glass accents - these fixtures truly celebrate the element of sparkle!

Flourish by Progress Lighting

The new Flourish chandeliers are balanced by natural tones that will make any home décor design thrive.

Mingle by Progress Lighting

Come Mingle with us in showroom TM3840! The Mingle collection offers a series of fun and flirty fixtures with subtle, parchment-like glass shades that feature a discreet pattern and refreshing look.

A close-up of the mechanical details of our Swing linear chandelier. Swing offers a unique authenticity and vintage electric feel to revive the look over kitchen islands and bar areas.

Identity by Progress Lighting

Identity features a spherical accent, soft flowing arms and tapered candle embellishments that work together to create a specific focal piece for a favorite room.

Elina spins a traditional classic and modern form by exaggerating its heirloom quality details.

We hope to see you in showroom TM3840! For more details on our new products, visit www.progresslighting.com.

Sneak Peek: 2015 New Product Introductions

Posted by kbanks & filed under Uncategorized.

If you have been following us on Instagram over the last week, we hope you’ve enjoyed our Countdown to Dallas Market. In this series, we provided our followers with exclusive sneak peeks at our newest collections to be unveiled at Dallas Market. Well, the show officially launches tomorrow, and we are bursting to fully share our more than 30 new collections to kick off the new year.

In preparation, we’ve compiled our product sneak peeks over the last week to wet your appetite for our official launch tomorrow at market. Browse what’s new and see how our products embrace the latest trends in lighting design. And stay tuned this week as we provide you with live updates from market on our social channels – Enjoy!

This new product celebrates the element of sparkle through a sophisticated and glamourous design…

Vintage Electric designs characterize many of our new products. This one boasts a crafted warehouse form with unique authenticity…

Metallic tones is a rising home design trend you’ll find mingled into our new products. This distinctive copper fixture is soon to be available in an LED option…

Glass with a skilled, craftsman-like quality is making its way into our new product line-up. This stunning fixture features co-mingled glass accents with a rich smoky coloration…

This collection infuses the best of traditional and modern elements for an on-trend lighting design…

More exciting updates to come. We hope to see you in Dallas!

Under Cabinet Lighting 101

Posted by kbanks & filed under LEDs, Lighting, Uncategorized.

Under cabinet lighting is both a practical and elegant lighting solution. Ideal for use in kitchens, home offices and bathrooms, under cabinet lights add a soft ambience and romantic feel to rooms. These lights are also very functional additions for turning counter tops and desks into usable workspaces.

There are several ways to go about lighting under cabinets. It is our hope to educate and inform you of these options so you can make a wise purchasing decision when you are ready to buy and install these versatile fixtures.

Under cabinet lights are most often attached to wall-mount upper cabinets. However, these lights can also be used for above cabinet lighting to create a fresh ambiance and add visual intrique. Under cabinet lighting is either battery operated or wired – with the lamps, plugs and wiring installed to be hidden from view. These lights feature a low-profile design to be easily concealed by a cabinet’s molding.

Image courtesy of Ryland Homes

Types of Under Cabinet Lighting

LED Options

Under cabinet lighting is an easy way to incorporate LED technology into your home. Not only is it easy to find cost-effective options for this application, LEDs operate at a much cooler temperature, making them a good fit for warm areas, such as the kitchen. Additionally, LEDs are a smart solution for energy saving benefits, as the lamp itself can last for nearly two decades, largely reducing maintenance inconveniences.

Puck Lights

Under cabinet puck lights are small circular disks that can be installed individually, or in a pack that is wired together. The Progress Lighting Hide-A-Lite LED puck light offers a linkable option, and the fixture only uses 4W of input power.

Linear Lights

Linear lights are rectangular lights that are complete with the light, wiring and on and off switch – all in one unit. Progress Lighting offers a series of LED under cabinet lights in this setup, available in a variety of colors and sizes for differing applications.

Tape Lights

LED tape lights are most often sold on a roll in various lengths. The strip can be cut to fit a specific width. Progress Lighting’s LED tape light offers a low profile to aid in task lighting for kitchens and other areas within the home. The low-voltage, 100W energy-efficient LED tape can be lengthened with a 6” connector cable or 90-degree connector.

Have you experienced the aesthetic and functional benefits of under cabinet lighting? What tips would you add?

The Fab 5: Top interior design trends, predicted

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

If we had to choose a certain word that involves all of the top interior design trends of 2015, we might settle on the word “simplify.” Today, individuals are looking for ways to de-clutter and de-stress, to unwind and remove themselves from the daily “wear and tear” of their fast-paced lives.

With this in mind, it makes sense why folks are remodeling rather than moving, opting for softer colors and tending towards uncomplicated styles. Read on to learn the top five interior design trends. Thanks to Neil Kelly Company for the expert insight featured in this month’s issue of enLIGHTenment magazine.

Soft, cool hues: Light blues and greens are popular design colors for the new year.

The master bath is an especially prevalent space to see soft colors as homeowners seek to use this space as a place of retreat.

Upcycled design: Many materials – such as old wood and metals – are being reborn in the home design world, and popping up as “new” products with a sustainable element.

The Rush outdoor wall sconce is comprised of recycled bamboo wood.

Remodeling over moving: More folks are opting to remodel their existing homes than move into a new one. Updating your light fixtures is one way to transform the environment and perceived value of your home.

New light fixtures over a kitchen island can revitalize the look and feel of the entire room.

Heavy on the metal: From copper lighting finishes to brass sinks, metal is making an appearance in the new year. Shades and tones of copper are hot on the design scale.

The Progress Lighting Brookside pendant is available in a solid Copper finish and can be applied to both interior and exterior settings.

Clean, contemporary design: Simplified designs are on the rise for 2015 as more and more homeowners move towards a more minimalist modern approach.

A single Modera pendant creates a sweet and simple focal point in this bathroom.

A single Modera pendant creates a sweet and simple focal point in this bathroom.

Which trend would you incorporate into your home design?

Source: enLIGHTenment Magazine, The Great 8, January 2015 issue

Progress Lighting: A Year in Review

Posted by kbanks & filed under LEDs, Lighting, Progress Lighting, awards.

As another year comes to a close, we look forward to bright opportunities ahead. But before we embrace the excitement of the new year, we thought it would be fitting to take a moment to reflect on the successes of 2014. We invite you to join us as we celebrate noteworthy accomplishments from this past year.

Happy New Year from Progress Lighting

Progress Lighting introduces the first dual purpose surface and recessed LED luminaire on the market – the P8022

The P8022

The P8022

The introduction of the P8022 Series was an industry first. The P8022 maximizes versatility with its clean, sleek design that unites performance, cost and safety benefits for residential and commercial applications. Classified for wet locations, the P8022 features a 120V alternating current source. Its state-of-the-art design eliminates the need for a traditional LED driver.

Progress Lighting receives Home Builder Executive’s Gold Innovation Award

We were honored to take home the top award for innovation in decorative lighting from Home Builder Executive Magazine. We are proud of our committed team that helps us ensure the highest standards of quality and innovation in decorative lighting.

Progress Lighting launches digital newsroom

After years of building our social media channels to engage with a variety of audiences, this year we further evolved our web presence by unveiling a digital newsroom, http://newsroom.progresslighting.com. The newsroom provides new ways for consumers, prospects and partners to learn about Progress Lighting. Visitors now have access to items – including image galleries, video libraries and company news – that are easy to share with others. We hope you’ll check it out!

Progress Lighting unveils a digital newsroom to serve as a resource for media and partners.

Progress Lighting unveils a digital newsroom to serve as a resource for media and partners.

Progress Lighting gains more than 20,000 fans on Facebook

We were humbled by the ever-growing support of our fan base on our social channels. Thank you to all of our loyal customers, fans and supporters who follow and interact with us online – and helped us to reach and surpass the exciting milestone of more than 20,000 fans on Facebook. We hope you’ll connect with us!

Asset by Progress Lighting

Asset by Progress Lighting

Asset named to Professional Remodeler’s 100 Best New Products of 2014

Introduced in 2014, the Asset collection – a classic, modern family of pendants, chandeliers and sconces – was selected for the 100 Best New Products list from Professional Remodeler Magazine.

Thanks to all of our partners for your continued support of Progress Lighting. We look forward to new opportunities in 2015. Happy New Year!

Can lighting really affect your overall happiness?

Posted by kbanks & filed under Lifestyle palettes, Lighting.

Have you ever considered the effect lighting has on our mood and psychological well being? Studies show that prolonged exposure to darkness actually has the power to affect our overall happiness. Luckily, the right interior mood lighting, used during times of the year where our exposure to the sun is limited, can bring summer into the home all year round.

Fortune pendants by Progress Lighting

While natural light is the most effective, in certain areas of the country this can be considered a luxury in the winter months. This is where mood enhancing lights come into play. These lights imitate the sun’s bright rays.

According to FreshHome, “on bright summer days, the sun’s brightness can measure at nearly 100,000 lux. However, indoor lights – which most of us are subjected to during long winters – only clock in around at about 100 lux.” Mood lights can provide you with an intense 10,000 lux boost.

So, what are the benefits of these sun-imitating fixtures? Here are just a few to consider:

  • They counteract seasonal depression
  • They help control intense (and unhealthy) food cravings
  • They aid in productive sleep habits
  • They promote feelings of happiness

If you are interested in learning more about the positive effects mood lighting can have on your life, check out this article on FreshHome.

Designer Series with Possibilities for Design – part 3 of 3

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

As our Designer Series featuring highlights from an interview with Possibilities for Design comes to a close, we thought it only fit to ask about inspiration.

And we were excited to learn that the Possibilities for Design team like to stay current with hospitality design trends.

As hotels are challenged with offering a “home away from home” atmosphere, many hospitality design publications share forward-thinking ideas for applications that can be mirrored in residential settings.

Progress Lighting Brookside wall sconces

Photo courtesy of Possibilities for Design, Photographer Eric Lucero

What trends are you seeing in home design? Where do you draw from for inspiration? Is it the runway? Cultural experiences? Or perhaps even hospitality design projects?

We’d love to hear from you. And we thank Doris Pearlman from Possibilties for Design for participating in this installment of Progress Lighting’s Designer Series.

Designer Series with Possibilities for Design – part 2 of 3

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

Yesterday we were pleased to share insight from our conversation with Doris Pearlman, president of interior design company Possibilities for Design.

As her team works to create a vision that fits with the buyer concept profile, they like to explore how to incorporate fixtures in unexpected, non-traditional ways.

We love how mini-pendants from Progress Lighting’s Dance collection are separately placed over each bed in this guest room from a recent Possibilities for Design project with Toll Brothers.

Progress Lighting's Dance pendants

Photo courtesy of Possibilities for Design, Photographer Eric Lucero

Doris also likes to group smaller pieces together to offer a unique lighting profile that complements the space.

Traditionally used over kitchen islands – or in covered outdoor areas – Doris selected our Bay Court pendants for a stunning family room application in the same Toll Brothers home as above. We think it’s spectacular.

Progress Lighting Bay Court pendants

Photo courtesy of Possibilities for Design, Photographer Eric Lucero

Designer Series with Possibilities for Design – part 1 of 3

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

Ever since we caught a glimpse of how Possibilities for Design incorporated Progress Lighting into their residential applications, we knew we wanted to interview them as part of our Designer Series – to tap into and learn from their expertise.

For more than three decades, Possibilities for Design has specialized in creative interior design and interior merchandising solutions for homebuilders in need of compelling – yet inviting – model homes.

They have incorporated our fixtures in so many refreshing and unexpected ways, and we encourage you to read more about their thoughts on how lighting complements current home décor trends.

According to Doris Pearlman, president of Possibilities for Design, lighting has become hugely important to the homebuilder.

“Lighting can change or add to the overall design in the house. Because of the functional and decorative elements lighting fixtures bring, they immediately impact the look of a room.”

A Progress Lighting pendant provides task lighting, while also enhancing the look and feel of this home office in a Toll Brothers model home. Photo courtesy of Possibilities for Design, Photographer Eric Lucero

In a recent interview, Doris also mentioned that individuals are gravitating towards sleek designs that are straightforward and have strong lines. An example can be seen below with Progress Lighting’s bath and vanity fixtures contributing to a space with minimalist undertones (also in a Toll Brothers application).

Photo courtesy of Possibilities for Design, Photographer Eric Lucero