Lighting Fixtures 101: Ceiling Lighting

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Lighting fixtures for the home are now available in any size and for any decor preference and placement in a room. Confused about the terminology for various types of fixtures? We’ve borrowed information from Better Homes and Gardens’ Lighting magazine to “shed light” on your options!

Ceiling fixtures are one of the most popular options for providing general illumination in a room or corridor. There are seven options:

  • Flush mount fixtures closely hug the ceiling, and are a good choice when an understated or slim silhouette is needed.
  • Dropped fixtures include a shade and light source suspended from the ceiling from a short stem. This design becomes a visible element in the room.
  • Chandeliers are suspended from a longer stem or center point, with large central elements and tiers. These fixtures work in virtually any type of space and come in a range of sizes.
  • Recessed cans are installed up in the ceiling. When used in multiples, they are good for generating a lot of light throughout a room.
  • Pendants hang from a longer stem with a single light source, often covered by a shade. A pair or trio of pendants work well over a work space, such as a kitchen island.
  • Ceiling fans offer both air movement and optional overhead light, for use in hot or cold weather. They are perfect in a variety of rooms; newer, smaller fans even work in closets.
  • Track lighting features adjustable mini lights that run along a straight or curved track – great for accenting artwork or hall ways.

How do you incorporate different types of ceiling lighting fixtures to illuminate your home?

Bingo is a statement-making ceiling fixture

Customer Service Appreciation Day at Progress Lighting

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This week, Progress Lighting hosted a Customer Service Appreciation Day at the Hubbell Lighting headquarters in Greenville, South Carolina. It is an annual event where we are able to say “thank you” to our hard-working customer service team.

We offered lunch, awards and fun activities for the team to enjoy. Check out all of our photos from the event on our Progress Lighting Facebook page!

Getting Clear on Lighting with Lance Smith (Part 2)

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Our own Lance Smith, Manager of Builder Sales and Marketing, recently contributed to Best Practices Research Alliance’s “Getting Clear on Lighting” series. Check out the informational Q&A in this multi-part blog!

Q: In your experience, what are the most important challenges builders face in lighting? And what can they do to respond?

A: Being off color. Builders should pay attention to the Kelvin, or temperature, of bulbs. We’ve found that a good range is between 2700-3500, and we try to keep it between there. But I’ve seen builders whose maintenance guys don’t know the difference, and they’re installing lights that are 3000, or 5000 Kelvin. That’s not going to be good lighting to most people. Colors are going to look off.

Here’s a suggestion: Builders should set a standard across their organization for what Kelvin of bulbs their homes should have, and where. For example, they could just do 2700 across the board, make it simple. That would save them a lot of problems.

I also see a lot of builders choose lighting that looks good in the model. But the model doesn’t usually have white walls, and the homes do. Pick lighting that is going to look good in the actual home you build.

Lighting Fixtures 101: Chandeliers

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Lighting fixtures for the home are now available in any size and for any decor preference and placement in a room. Confused about the terminology for various types of fixtures? We’ve borrowed information from Better Homes & Gardens’ Lighting magazine to “shed light” on your options!

Chandeliers are dramatic lighting fixtures that add personality and functional illumination to a room. There are five types of chandeliers to choose:

  • Compact/mini styles are great for smaller spaces, such as a laundry room or closet. Newer version come as a small as 9 inches tall.
  • Downlight chandeliers are best suited for rooms with lower ceilings. A shade or other element on the fixture directs light down.
  • Uplight, on the other hand, directs light towards the ceiling. This fixture is ideal for eliminating shadows in large or soaring areas, including two-story height entryways.
  • Candelabra styles holds candle-like lights (and sometimes lampshades) in multiple tiers. These are great for traditionally-designed spaces.
  • Drum chandeliers are a good match for rooms with clean lines. A circular cover shields the light.

Which chandelier styles are ideal for the favorite rooms of your home?

Progress Lighting's Orbitz chandelier features shades that can be directed up or down.

Getting Clear on Lighting with Lance Smith (Part 1)

Posted by kbanks & filed under Homebuilders, LEDs.

      

Our own Lance Smith, Manager of Builder Sales and Marketing, recently contributed to Best Practices Research Alliance’s “Getting Clear on Lighting” series. Check out the informational Q&A in this multi-part blog!

Q: You seem to agree that LEDs are the future, and that they’ll become mainstream faster than many predicted.

A: What we’re seeing in residential is LED technology that commercial has seen for a while now. We’ve reached the performance we need—12 watts for 1000 lumens. But the first question I get from a national builder when we meet is, “Has the price of LEDs come down?” We need to decrease the costs.

LEDs will continue to get cheaper, but because it’s a better technology, there’s a limit to how cheap it can get. Luckily there are other ways to reduce the price. For example, LEDs are so bright now, that we can reduce the number of them in a bulb and get the same effect. Their price will be more in line with fluorescent pricing five years down the road.

One kind of LED we think has special promise is the AC LED. (AC LED works on the alternating current of normal household current rather than requiring additional parts to use direct current.)  Commercial lighting has had this technology for a year. It reduces the cost and size of the LED bulb and gives better performance.

Progress is committed to the growth of LEDs. We’re introducing more LED products in outdoor styles, a new LED flushmount series, and we’re making our award-winning Bingo lighting series in AC LED now.

Lightbulb FAQs

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The lighting industry is changing quickly. New legislation, phaseouts and technologies are affecting the options we have available to illuminate our homes. We share the top five frequently asked questions (and answers) as recently found in Better Homes and Gardens’ Lighting magazine.

Q: I’ve heard that 100-watt bulbs are now banned, and 75-watt and 60-watt bulbs aren’t far behind. What’s the reason?

A: The bulbs themselves are not banned, but the federal government has instituted a staggered set of regulations that requires lightbulbs to meet certain efficiency standards. Traditional incandescent technology – which wastes 90% of the energy it emits as heat – cannot meet those regulations, so manufacturers are developing replacements for those bulbs.

Q: What’s the best replacement for a 100-watt bulb?

A: There are plenty of options that closely match the color and output of incandescents, while trimming utility bills. The traditional 100-watt incandescent bulbs delivers 1,700 lumens of warm-colored light. 72-watt halogen incandescent or 23- or 27-watt CFL bulbs are similar in appearance but last longer and are more efficient.

Q: What are good replacements for other wattages of bulbs?

A: For a 75-watt bulb, look for a 53-watt halogen incandescent. Use a 43-watt halogen incandescent to replace a 60-watt incandescent. For a 40-watt traditional incandescent, use a 29-watt halogen incandescent.

Q: I don’t like the light color of CFL bulbs. What are my options?

A: CFLs have come a long way, and you should be able to find both warm- and cool-colored light now available.

Q: Can I use LEDs in traditional light fixtures that once accepted incandescents?

A: There are LEDs to replace traditional incandescents, but many are still expensive. They pay off with energy savings and can last 25 years. Watch for the cost to continue to decrease as this advanced technology becomes more widely available.

Lighting by room: Outdoors

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We’re all looking for tips and ideas that help us enjoy our outdoor spaces as much as our indoor ones. The simple solution is to use lighting to enhance safety, ambience and enjoyment of your landscape.

As you choose fixtures for safety and beauty, it’s important to consider how you turn those fixtures on and off. Because some lights will be used more than others, install as many as you can on individual controls, and include dimmers for more options.

Task lighting, on the other hand, will do the hard work of guiding footsteps outside. They can also add accent by defining the edges of flowerbeds and interesting features. Here’s how layers of light can help:

  • A series of step lights will offer plenty of task lighting for safe passage up and down stairs
  • Accent lights enhance the textural interest of plants and shrubs
  • Sconces alongside doors and windows direct overall light both upward and downward, eliminating distracting glare.

Summer is the perfect time of year to enjoy the outdoor areas of your home. What are your lighting goals and challenges for illuminating these spaces?

Source: Better Homes and Gardens – Lighting 2013

Lighting by room: Workrooms

Posted by kbanks & filed under Interior Design.

      

In our “Lighting by room” blog series, we borrow ideas and tips from the most recent issue of Better Homes & Gardens’ Lighting magazine – while offering suggestions for lighting fixtures from our own collections. Enjoy!

How do you use your home office? Is it just a space where you to work from home, or is it a room for the kids to finish homework or use a computer, as well? Either way, adequate lighting helps the whole family get work done more easily.

The best type of illumination for home offices is indirect lighting. Since most workrooms typically host devices like computers, tablets and televisions, light that doesn’t glare or cast glows onto your eyes helps you better see screens. Additionally, light should be aimed around the room to prevent shadows.

Design Tips

  • The shape of your fixture’s shade can be used to diffuse the light around a home office and can serve as another element in your decorating scheme.
  • Sunlight and artificial light compliment each other, particularly in offices that feature large-scale windows. Try adding a small-scale chandelier to supplement for evenings or rainy days.

Lighting by room: Bathroom

Posted by kbanks & filed under Interior Design, Lighting, Progress Lighting, lighting designs, lighting industry, lighting lifestyles.

      

In our new “Lighting by room” blog series, we borrow ideas and tips from the most recent issue of Better Homes & Gardens’ Lighting magazine – while offering suggestions for lighting fixtures from our own collections. Enjoy!

Bedrooms have the ability to be both practical-minded and beautiful retreats. Properly illuminating your bedroom can help create a relaxing, comfortable and romantic atmosphere.

Lighting magazine advises resisting the urge to choose dark lampshades, which can make the bedroom feel gloomy, or direct overhead lighting, which can be jarring and disruptive. Instead, use shades that diffuse the light, as well as lower lumen light bulbs. If bright light is occasionally needed, add additional fixtures throughout the room to compensate.

Bedroom spaces are perfect for taking advantage of natural sunlight during daytime hours, but for other times of the day light layers should be considered.

  • Chandeliers can serve as a great source of overall light. The use of multiple bulbs and lightly toned shades help diffuse illumination across the room.
  • If your bedroom has an entry to the outdoors, task lighting by the doorway is essential. Task lighting will not only add to the style of your space, but will also provide illumination for safe entry.
  • Sconces that push light up and down should be considered to provide both task and accent light.

Design Tip: If you’re unsure about mixing and matching light fixtures, start with families of light, such as our Savannah collection, pictured right. Using the same fixture family helps guide your design and offers many options in size, too.

Whether it’s sleeping, dressing, reading or relaxing – well-designed lighting is essential. Do you have proper lighting in your bedroom?

Lighting by room: Bathroom

Posted by kbanks & filed under Progress Lighting, lighting designs, lighting lifestyles.

      

In our new “Lighting by room” blog series, we borrow ideas and tips from the most recent issue of Better Homes & Gardens’ Lighting magazine – while offering suggestions for lighting fixtures from our own collections. Enjoy!

Thanks to the beauty and functionality of bathroom illumination, you have the ability to see yourself in a whole new light. We can all agree well-lit spaces help you groom, dress and bathe a little better.

When choosing the right amount of light for your bathroom, focus on the bulb’s color temperature. You want something that is going to flatter your skin tone and help you wake up and attend to grooming tasks. Bulbs providing bright white light that’s at least 3,500 degrees Kelvin are recommended.

Design Tip: Not a morning person? Try accent lights that shine from behind a mirror for soft illumination that’s less startling in the morning.

Bath lighting tends to create a more intimate feeling when paired with dark color schemes, while bright white creates a more open and airy atmosphere.

Light Layers

  • Sconces offer the perfect amount of task lighting when placed at face height, flanking mirrors above the sink. Installed on separate switches, sconces can also supply accent lighting for overhead fixtures.
  • Taller sconces are ideal for dressing tables. The bigger and brighter fixtures provide illumination helpful for accomplishing specific grooming tasks.
  • Small recessed fixtures are used to complete the room’s overall light. For more flexibility, install different groupings of recessed cans on different switches with dimming capabilities.

Properly illuminating your bathroom helps maximize beauty and functionality. Does your bath space accommodate your lighting needs?

LadyLuck by Progress Lighting