Stephen Alexander Homes likes the nostalgic, classical undertones with modern flavor in Progress Lighting’s North Park Collection. Photo courtesy of Stephen Alexander Homes
Lighting can pull a room together. It can draw attention to decorative pieces or create functional task lighting. And with LED technology improving, lighting can also be an area where homeowners save energy. At PCBC, several companies had their offerings on display. And boy, did they light up the place, from under cabinets with Eaton's Cooper Lighting, porch and staircase railings with Feeney and fixtures for any room from Progress Lighting.
The Halo HU20 LED under-cabinet light by Eaton’s Cooper Lighting provides over 200 lumens in warm white 3000K with a Color Rendering Index (CRI) of 80. The system’s efficacy provides up to 54 lumens per watt. It is Energy Star qualified, and designed to last 50,000 hours, or approximately 22 years. When compared to halogen lighting, users save about 88 percent in energy and $510 over the lifetime of the fixture.
Each LED luminaire connects to a low voltage track system with magnetic contact that can easily be moved and relocated—even vertically using fasteners and mounting hardware. This lighting is ideal for the kitchen, office, laundry room, utility room and for display cases. The remote driver is equipped with an integral Hi-Low-Off switch and can be located anywhere along the track system for maximum installation flexibility.
Track sections are available in 12-inch or 24-inch lengths and can be linked together or field cut to fit where needed. Smooth dimming is also available down to 15 percent using an ELV dimmer. Connector cables, available in a variety of different lengths, link one unit to another.
Eaton’s Cooper Lighting also won a PCBC Parade of Products Award for its Halo Surface LED downlights.
On the Rails
“Many of the home builders are really seeing lighting as a great add on opportunity,” says Feeney product marketer Praveen Sood.
And Feeney has just the ticket with its LED Rail lights, which were well-received at PCBC. Feeney staff have had a lot of information requests and followup conversations since the show, especially since the rail lights won a Parade of Products Award.
“In terms of our system, the builders we spoke to really like the integration of the system with our Feeney DesignRail aluminum railing. They felt it gave it a finished look that was especially important in the premium home market that most of them work in.”
The LED lights have a warm white color and CRI of 80. The 20 inch strips use 2.4 watts, while the 32 inch use 3.84 watts.
“Lastly, they liked the way it was designed for easier installation, which could save them time and costs,” says Sood.
The key components builders will need include a power driver/transformer, the lights and a dimmer or switch, which Feeney provides.
“Other than that, the parts required are fairly standard electrical supplies,” Sood says. “We've really tried to create a system that we believe is easier to use.”
Progress Lighting has noticed a few trends, and a major one, of course, is toward energy efficient offerings.
“A shift toward more efficient lighting technologies allows consumers to make subtle energy saving changes,” says Caroline Canington, public relations specialist for Progress Lighting. “LED and CFL lamps play a big role because they can pay for themselves through energy and maintenance savings, while providing aesthetically pleasing lighting.”
“We are seeing a lot more people putting in recessed can lighting in each little square to maximize the amount of lighting just because they can dial it down and turn it to the temperature they want it,” says Stephen Quick, principal of Stephen Alexander Homes. “It's always better to have flex lighting that you can turn off and turn down, than it is to not to have any lighting at all.”
The Progress P8071 AC LED recessed fixture features a 120V alternating current source and is comprised of an integrated board without any electronics. Light output is comparable to that of typical downlight lamps providing up to 75 percent energy savings. It also is rated to last about 42,000 hours. When used with the separately sold P87-LED housing, the fixture is in accordance with California’s Title 24 and International Energy Conservation Code lighting power density requirements.
The Energy Star rated light utilizes 13-watt input power with an 825 lumen output, which is comparable to a 65 watt incandescent bulb. The P9071 is compatible with many 120VAC phase control dimmer controls including incandescent (Forward Phase) offerings from Lutron and Leviton and Electronic Law Voltage (ELV-Reverse Phase) controls from Lutron. Pass & Seymour is recommended for LED rated controls. The light is dimmable to 10 percent and offers a 3000K-color temperature and 1195 lumens.
The Haven collection from Progress offers a modern design that hides the fixture’s CFL source.
“Since the color consistency and spiral shape of the CFL lamp often deter homeowners, collections that are designed to conceal the source and diffuse light are a top pick among builders,” Canington says. She also notes that the collection is ideal for the trend in positioning pendants in groups of two or more.
The Haven mini-pendant features Stonehenge glass to conceal its CFL source, while providing task lighting.
The lamp uses up to 13 watts.