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Tech Lighting Dazzles

Posted on Aug 11, 2017 by admin

We're big fans of Tech Lighting, and for good reasons:

  1. Tech Lighting offers excellent designs. Their on-trend unique fixtures always look fabulous and come in a variety of gorgeous finishes.
  1. Tech Lighting is an established manufacturer of low-voltage fixtures. Tech Lighting's monorail and low-voltage pendant systems make it easy to add plenty of light to your kitchen, bar, breakfast nook, dining room, and other areas of your home.
  1. Tech Lighting knows how to use LEDs. With the invention of LED, they have pushed the envelope further, with fantastic LED options (both integral fixtures and retrofit lamps) that provide excellent light output and quality.
  1. Tech Lighting offers easy-to-build systems. With a pendant, choose your canopy, fixture, and light source (LED or halogen). Monorail can be a decorative alternative to track lighting.
  1. Tech Lighting has expanded its lines. Tech Lighting has branched out to include bathroom lighting, line voltage decorative fixtures (e.g., flush mounts, sconces), and outdoor lighting as well.

While Tech Lighting produces fantastic decorative fixtures, it also manufactures ELEMENT—a cutting edge line of recessed architectural fixtures featuring high CRI and warm dim recessed lights in a variety of apertures and lighting outputs.

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It's Time for Our Annual Summer Lighting Sale

Posted on Aug 03, 2017 by Andrea

Who knows what's going on with the Massachusetts tax-free weekend this year? Not to worry, because we're offering great savings all month long.

Through the end of August, you can save up to 40% on lighting for your home during our annual summer lighting sale. Think bathroom vanity lights, sconces, pendants, even outdoor fixtures.

Worth special note: We're offering excellent savings on select Schonbek sconces, pendants, and chandeliers.

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Lighting Product Alert: Small-size LED Fixtures for Nooks & Crannies

Posted on Jul 29, 2017 by Andrea

Closets, pantries, and cupboards are all examples of spaces in your home that might not have enough light. What's a homeowner to do? Say hello to small-size LED fixtures.

If you've been researching LEDs, you already know they're energy efficient and long lasting. But they also come in smaller sizes, making them an ideal lighting solution for tight spaces.

So where should you add these smaller LED lights? Conduct a home audit:

  • Walk through your home and identify areas where there isn't much (if any) light, such as coat closets, pantries, bookshelves, even cupboard storage.
  • Next, look for areas where additional light could help. For example, lighting above kitchen cupboards or in toe-kick molding can add accent light to accentuate beautiful cabinetry while serving as the perfect night light.

Now onto products. Here are some good choices in small-fixture LEDs:

1. Juno 2" LED recessed fixture. We love this small-aperture LED recessed fixture. Already configured as a "remodeler fixture," the entire fixture can be installed through the small hole in the ceiling.

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Coastal Lighting Trends: Perfect for any Interior

Posted on Jul 22, 2017 by Andrea

Let's face it: when it comes to home décor, nautical and coastal themes are no surprise in New England, especially this time of year.

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Landscape Lighting Pro Tips: Why You Should Use LEDs

Posted on Jul 17, 2017 by Andrea

Having a solid landscape lighting strategy provides numerous benefits, including safety and security. Lighting up pathways, driveways, entrances, and so forth can help people avoid slips and falls. And outside motion sensor lights can deter thieves and animals alike.

But what kind of bulbs/lamps should you use? The short answer: LEDs. Here's why…

1. LED is low voltage + low power. Most landscape lights already run on low voltage power. Low voltage wire is easier to run from a transformer due to its smaller size. Low voltage wire is also much safer—chopping through a low voltage wire with a shovel would be a surprise, but chopping through a line voltage wire could be deadly (we're talking the difference between 12 volts and 120 volts).

 LED fixtures consume a fraction of the watts that even low voltage halogen lamps do

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NEW: We're Expanding Our Hubbardton Forge Gallery

Posted on Jul 08, 2017 by Andrea

If you're looking for ways to beat the heat this month, stop by one of our lighting showrooms to see the newest fixtures from Hubbardton Forge.

Regular readers of our blog know how much we love this company, and with good reason: they make each fixture by hand, which means you get a truly one-of-a-kind product for your home. Their designs are always inventive. Just when you think they couldn't possibly create another fresh and original piece, they launch two new lines: Vermont Modern and Synchronicity.

We're stocking products from both lines now, and they do not disappoint. Here are some of our current staff favorites.

1. Mobius LED Mini Pendant. This pendant will lead to interesting conversations, no doubt. Named after the mathematician August Ferdinand Möbius who discovered the Möbius Strip,

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Lighting Trends: Say Hello to Copper Finishes

Posted on Jul 01, 2017 by Andrea

Move over nickel. There's a new finish in town that's taking the design world by storm: copper!

To be fair, we're seeing many different lighting trends when it comes to sleek finishes for kitchens and baths, including bronze, aged brass, and rosy copper. But copper finishes are definitely leading the pack and becoming more popular.

And what's not to love? The right copper fixture can work in any design scheme—traditional to modern to contemporary.

We’re not alone in our thinking, either. This article speaks to the rise of copper as well: "Whereas chrome could seem cold and clinical and gold signaled 'a bit of bling', copper provided a warming, sophisticated glow that could be easily incorporated into interior schemes to add an element of understated, cool lux."

Another bonus? Copper's hard-but-malleable finish can yield long-lasting fixtures as well as ones that provide a "living finish" that will patina over time.

Here are some current staff favorites (we recommend seeing them in person to experience the full effect):

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3 Ways to Add Undercabinet Lighting to Your Kitchen

Posted on Jun 23, 2017 by Andrea

Are you thinking about adding undercabinet lighting to your kitchen? It's a smart idea. Here’s why:

  • Boost efficiency. And we're not just talking energy efficiency, although you'll get that as well if you opt for LEDs. Undercabinet lights also provide excellent task lighting, which will make you more efficient as you dice, slice, and chop.
  • Boost your kitchen's value. Layered lighting is in demand—and it's not just a passing fad. Customers who have purchased undercabinet lighting for their kitchen enjoy the additional control they have over the light levels.

At Wolfers, our lighting experts can help you find the ideal undercabinet lighting. Whether you're looking for something as easy as "plug-and-play" or something that's totally customizable, we've got you covered.

Here are some ideas:

1. The Weekend Warrior Project: For this project, we recommend

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Tips for Choosing the Perfect Foyer Lighting

Posted on Jun 18, 2017 by Andrea

The right foyer lighting can go a long way in creating a positive initial impression. After all, you want everyone (visitors and inhabitants of the residence alike) to feel safe and welcome as they enter.

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Designer Lighting Spotlight: Say Hello to Varaluz

Posted on Jun 09, 2017 by Andrea

We're big fans of Varaluz Lighting. Then again, how could anyone not love a manufacturer that admits to being "Lightly Twisted"?

Here's a video from Varaluz that captures this lightly twisted theme:

Don't let the fun and frivolity kid you, however. Varaluz is a serious lighting manufacturer that produces excellent products. The Varaluz team handcrafts all of its light fixtures and typically uses eco-friendly materials to boot.

 

Here are a few of our favorite Varaluz lights.

  1. . This fixture demonstrates the "lightly twisted" theme quite well, don't you think? Paired with a nostalgia bulb, this pendant will add a cool vibe to your kitchen island, breakfast nook, or wherever your imagination takes you. See it on display in Allston.
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