Designer Series with Synergy Design & Construction – part 1 of 3

Posted by kbanks & filed under Interior Design, Lighting, remodeling, renovations.

Photo courtesy of Synergy D&C, featuring a series of pendants from Progress Lighting

This week, we’re talking lighting trends with Emily Berg, Interior Designer for Synergy Design & Construction.  We love to keep in touch with professionals around the nation to see how designers achieve a vision for a particular project. Please join us over the next three days to read sections from our interview in our first-ever Designer Series.

Q: What considerations do you take into mind when selecting the lighting for a project?

A: First, especially in a remodel, we consider the style of any lighting or other fixtures that may be nearby, so that the look of the fixtures is continuous throughout the home.

Matching metal finishes is especially important so it doesn’t appear that fixtures were thoughtlessly added.

When narrowing down potential fixtures for a space, scale is also important. Drawing the actual sizes of the lighting on our plans, or modeling them in 3D, helps us to figure out, for example: how many pendants should be at an island, how high bath sconces should be mounted, and what diameter a foyer fixture should be depending on the ceiling height. Even if you find a great-looking fixture, if the scale is off, it looks inappropriate.

Q: How important is lighting to a project?

A: Lighting is crucial! First of all, because a poorly lit space is unpleasant and not functional. Even in a space without decorative light fixtures, it is extremely important to think through the amount of ambient light a space will receive, from recessed cans, etc.

Decorative lighting also makes a space look finished. It’s like art on the walls. It contributes to the interest of a room and can create a focal point.

Outdoor Living Lighting Giveaway ends Aug. 29

Posted by kbanks & filed under Landscape Lighting, Lighting, Outdoor Living, Promotions & Giveaways, sweepstakes.

Today is your last day to enter our outdoor lighting giveaway for the chance to win your choice of exterior fixtures. Don’t underestimate the power of outdoor lighting to beautify your home and landscape design. Outdoor lighting allows you to enhance architectural elements and provide illumination for guests to safely navigate exterior areas.

All you need is your name and email to enter at Good luck!

5 reasons to update your outdoor lighting

Posted by kbanks & filed under Lighting, Outdoor Living, Promotions & Giveaways.

Outdoor lighting is one of the most important elements of your home’s design. Even if you have a beautiful landscape and sophisticated architecture, the right lighting is what really highlights, enhances and brings these elements to life.

Here are 5 reasons to consider updating your outdoor lighting design.

1. First impressions are everything.

Even before guests reach the front door, they are already forming opinions about your home. It’s inevitable that visitors and neighbors will make assumptions – whether they’re true or not – about the interior of your home based on the style and upkeep of your outdoor areas.

2. Outdoor lighting greatly impacts the perceived value of a home.

As with indoor lighting, your exterior lighting can say a lot about the value of your home. Stay relevant and current with on-trend fixtures from Progress Lighting.

3. Outdoor lighting enhances safety and security.

Well-lit walkways, driveways and porches make it easy for guests to securely enter and exit your home. Highlight areas of your landscape for nighttime use.

4. The right lighting makes guests feel welcomed.

Put your guests at ease and make them feel comfortable as soon as they step on your property. There’s nothing more uninviting than a dark, poorly lit entrance.

5. Progress Lighting is giving you the chance to win your choice of outdoor fixtures (though August 29).

What are you waiting for? Enter to win, and your outdoor lighting upgrade might just be on us! Enter here.

5 ways to lower your energy bill

Posted by kbanks & filed under LEDs, Promotions & Giveaways, energy efficiency.

Summer is that one season where almost everyone begins to (begrudgingly) notice their energy bills. The good news is that there are some really easy, practical ways that you can help lower those bills, with little sacrifice to your lifestyle. Read on for 5 money-saving tips.

Tip #5 might just be our best tip yet - brought to you by our partners at Beazer Homes.

1. Identify and remove devices that use power even when they are turned off.

According to Duke Energy, these devices can account for a total of 20 percent of your electric bill. Examples include cell phone chargers, standby coffee makers, DVD players and video game consoles.

2. Use ceiling fans.

Believe it or not, ceiling fans can account for significant energy savings. They can also be used year-round to cool down or warm up a room, and give your main heating/cooling unit a needed break. More on the benefits of ceiling fans.

3. Incorporate energy efficient lighting.

Progress Lighting offers a variety of LED and CFL lighting options that can reduce both energy and maintenance costs. The ROI of these sources are worth the switch. View our most energy efficient LED options.

4. Improve your washer/dryer habits.

Wash your clothes in full loads with cold water. Don’t over dry loads, and remove from the dryer as soon as the cycle is complete to eliminate the need for ironing. Remember to clean the lint filter after every load to reduce drying times.

5. Enter Beazer Homes’ Energy Bill Match Up Contest.

For your chance to secure your LOWEST energy bill yet, Beazer Homes is offering to pay your July gas and/or electric bill compared to a new energy efficient Beazer Home. You could be one of three winners. Enter before August 31 for your chance to win.

Selecting Outdoor Lighting To Match Your Unique Style + Giveaway

Posted by kbanks & filed under Landscape Lighting, Lighting, Outdoor Living, Promotions & Giveaways, remodeling.


Before guests even enter the front door, your curb appeal shapes their first impression. Outdoor lighting plays a monumental role in curb appeal, and is therefore, a crucial part of your home’s presentation. From decorative lanterns to landscape lights, outdoor lighting can make or break the look of your home’s exterior.

Since your exterior lighting is such an important detail, we suggest selecting fixtures that reflect your unique style and personality. Whether it’s country-cottage chic or boldly modern, Progress Lighting offers a variety of fixtures that help you meet your design goals.

Read on to see how some of our favorite collections can emulate your distinct style.

And don’t forget to enter our Outdoor Living Lighting Sweepstakes for your chance to win your choice of outdoor fixtures. Deadline to enter is August 29.

Win Free Outdoor Lighting Fixtures from Progress Lighting

Add Chic Appeal to Outdoor Living with Coupe

The clear-ribbed, heavy-seeded glass shade characterizes the Coupe collection. Ideal for clean-lined, modern exteriors, Coupe features a CFL source that ensures energy savings for the green conscience customer.

Create Timeless Outdoor Experiences with Domino

Domino breathes classic styling into outdoor living spaces with the marriage of black and white accents. Featuring a streamlined clear glass cage and Black finish, this ageless design guarantees outdoor appeal for many gatherings to come.

Radiate Traditional Charm with Reside

Create an outdoor living area where guests will love to linger long after sundown. Traditional styling and clear ribbed glass define the Reside collection, while a warm – yet durable – Oil Rubbed Bronze finish will make guests feel welcomed and at ease.

Space Matters: How to select the right-sized fixture

Posted by kbanks & filed under Interior Design, Lighting, remodeling.

You may know the exact style, finish and place for a light fixture to complete your remodel or adorn your new home – but let’s face it, size can be a real challenge. And when it comes to selecting the right lighting, size matters.

If you’re purchasing fixtures online, sometimes knowing the dimensions just doesn’t cut it. And if you see the fixture you love in a store or showroom, it can be hard to imagine that exact fixture above your dining room table.

So how do you determine what is the appropriate sized fixture to buy? Well, we’ve broken it down for you with a few rules to serve as your guide. Read on to learn how size and scale play a role in lighting your home.

Bath + Vanities

For single bowl vanities, positioning fixtures on both sides of the mirror is the best way to provide shadow-free lighting for your face. The ideal width is at least 28 inches apart, and centered at 60 inches above the floor. If you choose to place your lights above the mirror, the width of your fixture should be at least 1/3 the width of the vanity mirror, but should never exceed its total width. In bathrooms with two sinks, another great option is to mount two separate fixtures, one above each sink.

Image courtesy of Stephen Alexander Homes |


Width Guidelines

The table under the chandelier should serve as a guide for selecting the right sized fixture for your space. To calculate the correct width for your chandelier, start with the width of your table and subtract 12 inches. This number will give you an idea of the right width of the chandelier. For example, if your table is 42 inches wide, the width of your chandelier should not be more than 30 inches.

It is also important to consider the size of the room in relation to the chandelier. Measure the size of your room from corner to corner, diagonally. That number in feet should equal the diameter in inches of your chandelier. For example, if the room is 30 feet diagonally, then the chandelier should not exceed 30 inches in diameter.

Image featuring Progress Lighting's Inspire chandelier

Hanging Height Guidelines

Based on an 8-foot ceiling, your fixture should hang at least 32 inches above the table. For every additional foot of ceiling height, add 3 inches. For foyer fixtures, ensure your chandelier is not lower than 84 inches from the floor as to not interfere with the door or people passing underneath. For two story floors, consider centering the fixture in the window when looking in from the outside.

Image featuring Progress Lighting's Wisten chandelier

Wall Sconces + Brackets

For bedrooms and hallways, wall sconces and brackets should be positioned at least 74 inches from the floor. These fixtures should be placed high enough so that the tallest resident (or visitor) would not be able to see down into the top of the fixture.

Image featuring Progress Lighting's Noir collection

5 tips to get your recessed lighting just right

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

When it comes to lighting your home, it’s important to consider a layered lighting approach to highlight your room’s best features, improve functionality, and create an inviting atmosphere. Choosing the right mix of lighting can really bring your home to life. And with so many choices, recessed lighting is one you don’t want to forget. Keep on reading for tips on how to get your recessed lighting just right.

1. Calculate your total wattage

According to interior decorator and Houzz contributor Gabrielle Di Stefano, there’s a handy formula to determine the correct amount of wattage to light a room. Simply multiply the length of the room by the width to find the total area. Then, multiply the area by 1.5. This number is your total wattage you’ll need to light the room effectively.

2. Decide on the number of recessed fixtures

Another easy tool you can use to settle on the number of fixtures is to take your total wattage, and divide it by the wattage of the bulb to find how many recessed fixtures you will need. For LED downlights that are not recorded in watts, in most cases, you can find comparison details on the packaging.

3. Space your fixtures evenly

Allow at least two feet from your walls and the light fixture, and two feet between each fixture. Try to space each fixture evenly and focus on balancing the design.

4. Install dimmers

Using a dimming kit is a flexible and practical way to control how much light is emitted, and can also help you save on energy and increase lamp life. Consider dimming fixtures by “zone” rather than installing all fixtures onto one dimmer. This will allow you to set the mood in different areas of a room.

5. Use lighting to create a focal point

Recessed lights that rotate, revolve and swivel can help you direct light to exactly where you want it, such as on a piece of art, creating visual intrigue.

All images courtesy of Ryland Homes ( To view Progress Lighting’s recessed collections, visit the Progress Lighting recessed fixture page.

Hubbell Lighting headquarters a “source of pride for SC”

Posted by kbanks & filed under special events.

Gov. Nikki Haley arriving at the Hubbell Lighting headquarters

Gov. Nikki Haley kicked off a day-long tour of South Carolina announcing a campaign endorsement for the 2014 election. She began by complimenting the Hubbell Lighting headquarters – a place we call “home.”

“I am absolutely thrilled to be at Hubbell Lighting in the Upstate today,” Haley said. “This facility is such a source of pride for South Carolina.”

Did you know that Hubbell Lighting is the only lighting manufacturer with a USGBC LEED® Silver certified headquarters?

We are proud of this distinction, as well!

Gov. Nikki Haley with Hubbell Lighting President Scott Muse

What does your outdoor lighting say about you?

Posted by kbanks & filed under Landscape Lighting, Outdoor Living.

Probably more than you think! Outdoor lighting allows us to show off our individuality, portray our attention to detail, highlight the favorite features of our homes, gracefully entertain, and more.

With a few simple lighting techniques, you can make your home and yard look beautiful all year long – while shining a light on your (and your home’s) distinct personality.

  • Make sure the path to your door is adequately illuminated. The boxed sets of solar-powered lanterns hardly do the trick, achieving what is often referred to an “airport runway look” in the lighting industry.

Image featuring Progress Lighting's Mission path lights

  • Visit your local lighting showroom for a consultation. Outdoor lighting is typically not a DIY endeavor. Lighting experts are trained to locate key elements of your landscape to create the most visually appealing setting.

  • Evaluate how different light sources create different effects. Halogen, LED and CFL lamps can change or enhance natural colors. How you position fixtures can also visually improve your landscape by creating dramatic shadows that convey texture.

Image featuring Progress Lighting's Penfield collection

  • Choose decorative fixtures that suit the architecture of your home. Avoid floodlights while you are entertaining. If you enjoy entertaining in your backyard, patio or deck – you won’t believe how much better you’ll love that area when it’s lit properly.

Image featuring Progress Lighting's Prestwick collection

Whichever method or products you choose, illuminating your property the right way will make all the difference in making your home stand out.

Dynamo pendant to be featured over winner’s kitchen table

Posted by kbanks & filed under Giveaways, Interior Design, Lighting, Lighting Trends, Progress Lighting, Promotions & Giveaways, renovations, sweepstakes.

We had so much fun partnering with the Bungalow Company on our latest giveaway featuring our Dynamo pendant.

Our winner, Tyler, hails from Utah and couldn’t believe  he won!

Pendants are popular fixtures for kitchens, dining rooms, foyers and even bath and vanity areas – to aid in task and general lighting.

Tyler plans to hang his prize in his kitchen. It will replace an older, outdated fixture and give new “light” to the room’s focal point – the kitchen table.

“I am excited to switch it out with something super new and modern!” he said.

We hope he shares a before and after picture with us soon!

Stay tuned for more lighting design information and details on giveaways.