Wolfers Lighting Blog

New Year, New Home: Considerations for Your Renovation

Posted on Jan 21, 2018 by Andrea

For your new year's resolutions, did you decide to tackle your bathroom or (finally) remodel your kitchen in 2018? Need some motivation? Consider the following:

  • Renovations can increase the value of your home, which is a good thing, especially if you plan to sell in the next few years.
  • Renovations can make life easier and improve day-to-day activities around the home.
  • Renovations can come in all sizes and fit a variety of budgets. Even a quick paint job, change of window dressings, or new light fixture can transform and revitalize a room.

Whatever you're considering for 2018, Wolfers Lighting, System7, and The Boston Shade Company can help with certain aspects of your renovation, specifically lights, lighting controls, and smart home technology.

Here are a few helpful tips to keep in mind as you plan.

  1. Get a handle on your project's scope. How much do you want to accomplish? Are you hoping to simply "refresh" the kitchen and bathroom with new cabinets and lights? Or are you hoping to completely gut the space and start over?

  2. Know your budget and timeline—and make sure both are realistic. Start with a wish list 
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Must-Have Smart Home Technology: Lighting Controls

Posted on Jan 14, 2018 by Andrea

It's a big week in technology land, thanks to CES 2018. If you're not familiar, CES is an international exhibition with almost 4,000 exhibitors from over 150 countries showing consumer technology of all kinds.

A huge draw this year? Smart home technology, which includes a favorite topic of ours: lighting controls. If you're thinking of making your home "smarter," you must consider lighting controls. Now, we know it might seem like a daunting task for the uninitiated, but here's the good news: it's probably a lot easier to accomplish than you think!

Two important points…

  • You can find a wide variety of lighting and home control systems to fit various budgets.
  • In addition to new construction applications, high-quality retrofit applications already exist in the marketplace (with more to come).

So what steps should you take if you want to go down the smart-home path in terms of lighting controls? First, create your wish list. To get started, consider the following:

  • Do you want to turn off the house lights with the touch of a button?
  • Are you looking to consolidate banks of switches into one keypad?
  • Do you want to integrate all of your smart appliances?
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Designer Lighting Brands: Spotlight on LZF

Posted on Jan 06, 2018 by Andrea

If you love the look of wood, you're going to love LZF.

Since 1994, the founders of LZF have been making lights exclusively out of wood veneer. As its site states, "This noble material creates a spectacular lighting effect, projecting the internal beauty of the wood and radiating a delicately warm and attractive atmosphere to both domestic and contract settings."

Based out of Spain, LZF has won over 30 awards internationally and continues to impress with each new fixture it releases. As you can imagine, we're thrilled to add LZF to our showrooms.

Here are a few of our current favorites.

1. The Swirl. Sophisticated, yet whimsical—that's a good way to describe this lovely fixture that's sure to garner many compliments. See it on display in Waltham in sunny Yellow.

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Electronic Shades Displays Are Now in Both Lighting Showrooms

Posted on Dec 31, 2017 by Andrea

 

We're thrilled to announce that we have electronic shades displays in our Waltham (shown above) and Allston lighting showrooms.

Earlier this year, we merged with System 7 and The Boston Shade Company, and we couldn't wait to get motorized shades into both showrooms. We're committed to being a "one stop shop" for all of your lighting and lighting control needs. And these displays go a long way in helping us achieve that goal.

When you walk into our Waltham and Allston stores, you'll still see all of our incredible lighting fixtures and lighting labs…but you'll also be able to see our shades in action as well. Here's a sneak peek…

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Our Holiday Lighting Tips

Posted on Dec 19, 2017 by admin

It's the most wonderful time of the year, or so the famous song goes…but we're willing to bet that you can make it even BETTER if you give some thought to your lighting.

Here are a few of our tried and true holiday lighting tips that are sure to make your parties and family get-togethers even merrier.

 

  1. Plug in your light strings before you begin decorating. Testing them first is a smart strategy because having to unstring most of your handiwork to replace a burned out bulb will not leave you feeling joyful.

 

  1. Do a dry run. A night or so before the big party, walk through the house and see if the lighting poses any issues. Venture outside as well, checking for any hazards your guests might encounter on their way to your front door. Replace burned out lamps and make sure that pathways are illumi
    nated. (Check out some other exterior lighting strategies here.)
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Boston Shade Company Spotlight: Meet Lindsay Jordan

Posted on Dec 16, 2017 by Andrea

 

Back in October, we started a new feature on our blog where we shine the spotlight on our fabulous team members from Wolfers, System 7, and The Boston Shade Company. Our first feature focused on Timothy Carroll, the assistant showroom manager in the Waltham lighting store.

Next up is Lindsay Jordan, our resident shade expert and sales associate with The Boston Shade Company.

Q: How long have you been with The Boston Shade Company? 

Lindsay: I started in December 2013 in our Design Center showroom. My initial focus was on small-scale projects and managing the showroom.  

Q: Why electronic shades? Why this industry? 

Lindsay: My mother has a full-service interior design studio (punchjordan home) in Cleveland, Ohio, so I was fortunate to grow up in the design industry. Her studio specializes in custom upholstery and window drapery. 

After being with punchjordan full time for 15 years, I found my way to Boston. 

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Introducing Philips Hue in our Waltham Lighting Showroom

Posted on Dec 10, 2017 by Andrea

We're thrilled to announce the arrival of Philips Hue to our Waltham lighting showroom.

What is Philips Hue?

Combining the energy efficiency of LED with wireless technology, Philips Hue lamps and light switches easily integrate with your tablet, smartphone, and other interfacing devices.

As the Philips Hue website says, "Philips Hue is your personal wireless lighting system that lets you easily control your light and create the right ambiance for every moment. Bring your smart home to life with the most connected light in the world."

Philips Hue is available in three flavors:

  • Hue White. Experience easy control of LED lamps in color temperatures that are similar to your existing lamps.
  • Hue White Ambiance. Remember our article about tunable white LEDs? The Philips Hue White Ambiance can provide similar effects, whether you want a blue-white light when you wake up or warmer white when you're reading at night.
  • Hue White and Color Ambiance. This flavor essentially combines tunable white with RGB technology, resulting in bright colors as well as a range of white light outputs.
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Hot Lighting Trends

Posted on Dec 03, 2017 by Andrea

 

We like to keep up with the latest lighting trends, and the ones below show no signs of slowing down.

 1. Meet us at the intersection of 1960 and 2017. Channel your inner hippie and get ready to fall in love with funky orbs and sputnik-style chandeliers that include mixed metals and artisanal glass for a fresh look. The Mara Pendant from Tech Lighting (above) is a great example of this trend. See it in Aged Brass in our Waltham showroom.

 

 

2. Get your sparkle on. Crystal accents continue to trend. We're seeing these fun sparkly accents in unexpected places or in conjunction with more streamlined, contemporary silhouettes. 

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Your Questions about LED Recessed Lighting Answered

Posted on Nov 25, 2017 by Andrea

 

If you're renovating or if you're building a new home, recessed lighting has probably crossed your mind, and why not? It's one of the most common approaches to ambient lighting—and for good reason.

Recessed lighting benefits:

  • Aesthetics. Because lighting is recessed above the ceiling plane, the room feels bigger. Also, recessed lights are unobtrusive. They don't draw attention to themselves.
  • Versatility. Paired with a dimmer, recessed lighting offers many uses of a single space—it can allow plenty of light to see by and then be dimmed down based on your needs..

 

What kinds of recessed lighting are available?

  • The most straightforward, these fixtures cast light downward and are available in a variety of apertures, thanks to LEDs. Recessed downlights make perfect ambient lighting.
  • Adjustable fixtures. Adjustable fixtures offer the flexibility of manual aiming so you can zero in on something specific
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Man Cave Lighting Tips: Game-Day Essentials

Posted on Nov 18, 2017 by Andrea

 

Let's face it: if you live in New England, then Sundays are all about football. Whether you watch with the whole family in the living room or you hang out in your man cave with your best buds, we have some lighting tips that will enhance everyone's viewing experience.

Understand lighting basics.

  • Ambient lighting is general lighting, or the main lighting that exists in the room.
  • Accent lighting is a fun way to personalize a media room or living room. For example, light a display case that features your favorite player's jersey. Or use sconces for a decorative touch, one that can also provide just enough light to navigate to the snack table and back.
  • Task lighting helps you do certain tasks. We typically talk about task lighting in the kitchen (for doing things like chopping veggies) or bathroom (shaving, applying makeup), but it also figures into our entertainment spaces. "Bias lighting" alleviates eyestrain that results from watching TV in a dark room. 
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