All the rage in outdoor lighting

It’s summertime and the livin’ is easy (and hopefully this means outdoor living, too!). Outdoor living areas are top priority in the housing market as more people seek to use these spaces as a way to unwind, disconnect and recharge. When it comes to designing your outdoor living space, lighting plays a huge role, and even has the ability to make or break the atmosphere of your exterior rooms.

Read on to learn the trends that are all the rage in outdoor lighting. Which do you plan to incorporate into your next remodel?

Sustainable Materials

Green design isn’t just a trend in the outdoor-lighting market – it’s mainstream. As a result, manufacturers like Progress Lighting have created outdoor lighting fixtures that are largely comprised of sustainable and/or recycled materials.

For example, Progress Lighting’s new Rush collection uses recycled bamboo wood for the fixture’s wall mount – making this an easy purchasing decision for the environmentally conscious consumer.

Rush features etched opal glass that is suspended by linear accents. The outdoor wall lantern – introduced in 2014 – enhances doorways, patios and porches with a modern flair. Available in an Antique Bronze finish.

Large-scale Sizes

With larger homes, there is a demand for over-sized outdoor lighting options. Homes with a two-story foyer dictate a larger façade, which has led to the introduction of large-scale lanterns.

Progress Lighting’s Resort collection features a casual profile that combines Tudor styling and Prairie design. The lantern family’s umber tinted glass shades complements its woven cast pattern encasement and powder coat finish.

The Pedigree collection is an energy efficient family introduced in an extra-large size. The family offers over-sized post, hanging and wall lanterns with etched seeded glass and an Autumn Haze finish.

Layered Lighting

Outdoor spaces adorned with fixtures that feature a shade within a shade are popular for 2014. This layered lighting design is displayed in the Compel collection, a modern lantern collection by Progress Lighting introduced in June of 2014.

Compel features etched opal glass set within a seeded glass shade, ideal for exterior settings or unexpected interior applications. Available in a Black finish in wall, hanging or post lantern options.

Advancements in energy efficient technology

Another new trend is the introduction of fixtures that are both Energy Star rated and compliant with California’s Energy Efficiency standards (known as Title 24) – a difficult to reach certification. Title 24 seeks to aggressively conserve electricity and natural gas.

Title 24 requires sources to have a minimum 90 CRI (color rendering index), which causes the lumens to drop – while, Energy Star mandates at least 65 lumens per watt.

Progress Lighting’s Jack collection is both Energy Star rated and Title 24 compliant. The family offers a durable steel construction and painted Black finish, including a GU24 base lamp and socket.

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