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

Posted by kbanks & filed under Uncategorized.

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?

Dallas Market Showroom Highlights

Posted by kbanks & filed under Dallas Market.

We’re excited to be exhibiting at the Dallas International Lighting Market this week – and so far we’re off to a great start! Take a look at some of the highlights of this year’s showroom – from our most popular products to new collections for 2014. If you weren’t able to make the show, enjoy a peek into our showroom.

Hello Dallas Market! A shot of the company showroom.

Dance is consistently a popular family among consumers.

Several of our new collections also include bath and vanity options.

We introduced 10 new decorative families at the Market. Here's a close-up of Compass.

Stay tuned – more Dallas Market highlights to come!

What are your 2014 remodeling plans? Enter to win!

Posted by kbanks & filed under Giveaways, Lighting.

When it comes to home design, we like to say that lighting is the “great differentiator.” Not only does the right light provide functional and aesthetic benefits, but it can set a mood, make guests feel at ease and create a space where you love to linger and relax. We invite you to enter this week’s lighting giveaway, for your chance to win a fixture that is sure to differentiate – and transform – an area of your home.

The Drayton Hall collection brings warmth to any room with its traditional details and elegant design.

To enter, LIKE the Progress Lighting Facebook page and COMMENT on the post on our page featuring the image below, with an answer to this question: Which room of your home do you plan to renovate or upgrade in 2014?

We’ll choose one entrant to win the Drayton Hall 9-light foyer fixture shown in the image. Deadline to enter is January 20 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Image posted on the Progress Lighting Facebook timeline 1/14/14.

Progress Lighting’s Drayton Hall Sweepstakes

OFFICIAL RULES

1. No purchase necessary to enter or to win. A purchase will not increase your odds of winning. Subject to applicable federal, state, local and municipal laws and regulations. Void where prohibited.

2. Progress Lighting’s Drayton Hall Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) is open to anyone who is 18 years or older at the time of entry and have chosen to “Like” Progress Lighting on Facebook. Employees of Progress Lighting (“Sponsor”), Facebook, and each of their respective affiliated companies, subsidiaries, advertising or promotional agencies, and other agents, and the immediate family members of, and any persons domiciled with such employees, are not eligible to enter or win.

3. Entry. The Sweepstakes begins at 9:00 a.m. (E.S.T.) on January 14, 2014 and will end at 11:59 p.m. (E.S.T.) on January 20, 2014 (the “Sweepstakes Period”).

Internet Entry: “Like” Progress Lighting on Facebook. Find the post featuring Progress Lighting’s Drayton Hall collection. Comment on the post on Progress Lighting’s Facebook page by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on January 20, 2014 with the answer to the question “Which room of your home do you plan to renovate or upgrade in 2014?” By entering, you agree to the terms of these Official Rules. Only one entry per person, per Sweepstakes from the Progress Lighting Facebook page.

Sponsor and Administrator will not be responsible for incomplete, lost, late, entries or for failure to receive entries due to transmission failures or technical failures of any kind, including, without limitation, malfunctioning of any telephone connection, network, hardware or software, whether originating with sender or Sponsor or Facebook. In the event of a dispute, all online entries will be deemed to have been submitted by the owner of the Facebook account from which they were sent. For theses purposes, an account holder shall mean the natural person assigned to such an account by Facebook. All entries become the property of Sponsor and none will be returned. Any questions regarding the number of entries submitted or the owner of an email account shall be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, and Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entries by persons determined to be tampering with or abusing any aspect of the Sweepstakes.

4. Prizes and Odds. On January 21, 2014, Progress Lighting will post a comment and “tag” the name of one participant with an eligible entry in the Sweepstakes. The winner will be asked to send a direct message to the Progress Lighting Facebook page.  Once each winner is confirmed and shipping address is received, Progress Lighting will send one nine-light chandelier foyer fixture from the Drayton Hall collection. If the person submitting the entry does not meet the eligibility requirements, no prize will be awarded.

5. Winner Notification and Acceptance. Return of prize notification as undeliverable or failure of winner to respond to the message according to the instructions in the message may result in disqualification. To claim the prize, winner must provide a mailing address to where the prize may be sent. Winners may waive their right to receive prizes. Prizes are non-assignable and nontransferable. No substitutions allowed, except that prizes and individual components of prize packages are subject to availability and Sponsor reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value. Winners are solely responsible for reporting and payment of any taxes on prizes.

6. Participation. By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify persons found tampering with or otherwise abusing any aspect of this Sweepstakes as solely determined by Sponsor. In the event the Sweepstakes is compromised by a virus, non-authorized human intervention, tampering or other causes beyond the reasonable control of Sponsor which corrupts or impairs the administration, security, fairness or proper operation of the Sweepstakes, Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to suspend, modify or terminate the Sweepstakes. Should the Sweepstakes be terminated prior to the stated expiration date, Sponsor reserves the right to award prizes based on the entries received before the termination date.

7. Limitations of Liability. By entering the Sweepstakes, entrant agrees that (1) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or in connection with the Sweepstakes, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved individually without resort to any form of class action, and entrant waives his or her right to a jury trial for such disputes, claims, and causes of action; (2) any claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering the Sweepstakes, but in no event attorneys’ fees; and (3) under no circumstances will any entrant be permitted to obtain any award for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental or consequential damages and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased and any other damages, other than damages for actual out-of-pocket expenses.

8. Construction. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of any contestant and Sponsor, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of South Carolina, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions (whether of South Carolina, or any other jurisdiction) that would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than South Carolina. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. If any such provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable, these rules shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the valid or enforceable provision was not contained therein.

9. General Release. By entering the Sweepstakes, contestants release Progress Lighting and any other promotional sponsors, and each of their respective affiliated companies, directors, officers, employees, representatives, partners and agents from any liability whatsoever for any claims, costs, injuries, losses or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the Sweepstakes or with the acceptance, possession or use of any prize (including, without limitation, claims, costs, injuries, losses or damages related to personal injuries, death, damage to, loss or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation or portrayal in a false light).

10. Sponsor. Progress Lighting’s Drayton Hall Sweepstakes is sponsored by Progress Lighting, whose decisions regarding the selection of winners and all other aspects of the Sweepstakes shall be final and binding in all respects. Sponsor will not be responsible for typographical, printing or other inadvertent errors in these Official Rules or in other materials relating to the Sweepstakes. If you have any questions regarding this Sweepstakes, please contact Carolyn Canington at 864.672.4995.

Caress: Livable Luxury

Posted by kbanks & filed under Lighting.

Known for its perfect marriage of textures, the Caress collection is designed with modern angles and curves. Learn how Caress will enhance the special rooms of your home with this short video clip highlighting the family’s most-loved features.

  • Livable luxury
  • Chic, sophisticated frame
  • Textured glass shades finished in Polished Nickel
  • Chandeliers, foyer fixtures, pendant and bath and vanity options

New Year giveaway! Enter to win a Riverside chandelier on Facebook

Posted by kbanks & filed under Giveaways.

We’re thankful for all of our fans on Facebook, which is why we are kicking off the New Year with a lighting giveaway just for you! Win a beautiful Riverside chandelier with an easy click of a button.

To enter, LIKE our Facebook page AND the post featuring the image below.

We’ll choose one entrant to win the six-light Riverside chandelier shown in the image. Deadline to enter is January 12 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Image posted on the Progress Lighting Facebook timeline 1/6/14. Image courtesy of Ryland Homes (www.ryland.com).

Start off 2014 in the right light with a fixture that reflects the tone and spirit of a rustic retreat. The etched light topaz glass globes with a rippled water effect and forged linear struts create a lighting collection to highlight any home as luxurious lodging.

Progress Lighting’s Riverside Sweepstakes

OFFICIAL RULES

1. No purchase necessary to enter or to win. A purchase will not increase your odds of winning. Subject to applicable federal, state, local and municipal laws and regulations. Void where prohibited.

2. Progress Lighting’s Riverside Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) is open to anyone who is 18 years or older at the time of entry and have chosen to “Like” Progress Lighting on Facebook. Employees of Progress Lighting (“Sponsor”), Facebook, and each of their respective affiliated companies, subsidiaries, advertising or promotional agencies, and other agents, and the immediate family members of, and any persons domiciled with such employees, are not eligible to enter or win.

3. Entry. The Sweepstakes begins at 12:00 p.m. (E.S.T.) on January 6, 2014 and will end at 11:59 p.m. (E.S.T.) on January 12, 2014 (the “Sweepstakes Period”).

Internet Entry: “Like” Progress Lighting on Facebook. Find the post featuring Progress Lighting’s Riverside collection. Like the post on Progress Lighting’s Facebook page by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on January 12, 2014. By entering, you agree to the terms of these Official Rules. Only one entry per person, per Sweepstakes from the Progress Lighting Facebook page.

Sponsor and Administrator will not be responsible for incomplete, lost, late, entries or for failure to receive entries due to transmission failures or technical failures of any kind, including, without limitation, malfunctioning of any telephone connection, network, hardware or software, whether originating with sender or Sponsor or Facebook. In the event of a dispute, all online entries will be deemed to have been submitted by the owner of the Facebook account from which they were sent. For theses purposes, an account holder shall mean the natural person assigned to such an account by Facebook. All entries become the property of Sponsor and none will be returned. Any questions regarding the number of entries submitted or the owner of an email account shall be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, and Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entries by persons determined to be tampering with or abusing any aspect of the Sweepstakes.

4. Prizes and Odds. On January 13, 2014, Progress Lighting will post a comment and “tag” the name of one participant with an eligible entry in the Sweepstakes. The winners will be asked to send a direct message to the Progress Lighting Facebook page.  Once each winner is confirmed and shipping address is received, Progress Lighting will send one six-light chandelier fixture from the Riverside collection. If the person submitting the entry does not meet the eligibility requirements, no prize will be awarded.

5. Winner Notification and Acceptance. Return of prize notification as undeliverable or failure of winner to respond to the message according to the instructions in the message may result in disqualification. To claim the prize, winner must provide a mailing address to where the prize may be sent. Winners may waive their right to receive prizes. Prizes are non-assignable and nontransferable. No substitutions allowed, except that prizes and individual components of prize packages are subject to availability and Sponsor reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value. Winners are solely responsible for reporting and payment of any taxes on prizes.

6. Participation. By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify persons found tampering with or otherwise abusing any aspect of this Sweepstakes as solely determined by Sponsor. In the event the Sweepstakes is compromised by a virus, non-authorized human intervention, tampering or other causes beyond the reasonable control of Sponsor which corrupts or impairs the administration, security, fairness or proper operation of the Sweepstakes, Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to suspend, modify or terminate the Sweepstakes. Should the Sweepstakes be terminated prior to the stated expiration date, Sponsor reserves the right to award prizes based on the entries received before the termination date.

7. Limitations of Liability. By entering the Sweepstakes, entrant agrees that (1) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or in connection with the Sweepstakes, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved individually without resort to any form of class action, and entrant waives his or her right to a jury trial for such disputes, claims, and causes of action; (2) any claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering the Sweepstakes, but in no event attorneys’ fees; and (3) under no circumstances will any entrant be permitted to obtain any award for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental or consequential damages and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased and any other damages, other than damages for actual out-of-pocket expenses.

8. Construction. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of any contestant and Sponsor, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of South Carolina, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions (whether of South Carolina, or any other jurisdiction) that would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than South Carolina. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. If any such provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable, these rules shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the valid or enforceable provision was not contained therein.

9. General Release. By entering the Sweepstakes, contestants release Progress Lighting and any other promotional sponsors, and each of their respective affiliated companies, directors, officers, employees, representatives, partners and agents from any liability whatsoever for any claims, costs, injuries, losses or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the Sweepstakes or with the acceptance, possession or use of any prize (including, without limitation, claims, costs, injuries, losses or damages related to personal injuries, death, damage to, loss or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation or portrayal in a false light).

10. Sponsor. Progress Lighting’s Fall Makeover Sweepstakes is sponsored by Progress Lighting, whose decisions regarding the selection of winners and all other aspects of the Sweepstakes shall be final and binding in all respects. Sponsor will not be responsible for typographical, printing or other inadvertent errors in these Official Rules or in other materials relating to the Sweepstakes. If you have any questions regarding this Sweepstakes, please contact Carolyn Canington at 864.672.4995.