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Romantic Lighting that We Love

Posted on Feb 14, 2018 by Andrea


Ah, love is in the air! In honor of Valentine's Day, we're pulling together some of our favorite lighting tips and applications that will help create a romantic atmosphere in your home.

1. Remember, dimming is your friend. There's a reason why your favorite restaurant dims the lights—it helps make for an intimate and cozy setting. When it comes to your home, use dimmers to adjust the lights—or take advantage of full lighting control by using an app on your phone.

2. Think in terms of "warm" color temperature. When we hear the words "romantic evening," most of us probably think of candlelight dinners or snuggling up by the fireplace. What is it about these things that scream "romance"? The warm, amber lighting. So warming up the color temperature of your ambient light can have the same effect.

  • Try warm-dim lamps in your usual fixtures, which will shift to amber as they dim.

  • If you have fixtures with exposed bulbs, consider antique filament-style LEDs or antique-style incandescent lamps, both of which give off a warm light and often with the filaments spiraling or looping in a decorative way, like this bulb from the Bulbrite "Nostalgic" collection.

  • If available, RGB lamps have the capability of producing extremely saturated colors—which can transform a familiar space into one with a whole different feeling.

Lighting Trends 2018: Recap of Lightovation

Posted on Feb 11, 2018 by Andrea

Last month, Lightovation 2018 took place at the Dallas Market Center in Texas. Lightovation is always a special event, but this year, it was even better than usual.

As Cindy Morris, Dallas Market Center president and CEO, explains: "The January show was clearly the strongest buying event in recent memory as we delivered more of what retailers and designers need: new showrooms, new products, inspiring events, and interaction with industry influencers."

Speaking of inspiration, here are some of the lighting trends we can't wait to share in our showrooms.


1. Matte Black. Not that black has ever gone out of fashion, but this "new" trend towards black lighting fixtures is heating up, and we couldn't be happier. Black fixtures are so sleek, so sophisticated, so versatile.

See this lighting trend in action. These gorgeous fixtures from Quoizel's "Reveal" collection complete this kitchen's hip look—while providing ample light. As Quoizel says, "The earth black finish is velvety smooth and contrasts perfectly against the sleek chrome details of the center stem, arms and candle sleeves. Hinged brackets connect the framework in an edgy integration of form and function."


2. Revamped Brass Finishes. We've talked about the wonders of brass before. This trend shows no sign of slowing down, and that's a good thing. After all, this is NOT your grandmother's brass, meaning that yellow, mirror-like finish from years ago.


Interior Design & Lighting Trends: 2018 Edition

Posted on Feb 02, 2018 by Andrea

Koket, bespoke furniture brand, interviewed interior designers to forecast the 2018 interior design trends. We're highlighting a few of their predictions and looking at how these will influence lighting trends.

2018 Prediction: Natural Wood. In Koket's article, Corine Maggio from CM Natural Design says, "Natural wood is very fitting for the times… It's practical and organic for a variety of applications."

Try this trend at home: LZF makes its light fixtures exclusively with wood veneer (check out this feature we did on LZF in January). Cerno also implements wood as a major feature in its light fixtures. Check out this article for more details.

2018 Prediction: Mixing and Matching. Koket quotes Kari McIntosh as saying, "A major trend is layering different eras and textures of furnishings." We couldn't agree more. Interiors that utilize a variety of textures, like this office featured in Design Home 2016, are incredibly charming; lighting can be an easy way to add visual interest or something unexpected.


Cozy Lighting Fixtures that Can Cure Winter Blues

Posted on Jan 27, 2018 by Andrea

It's been quite a winter so far with record cold and holiday snowstorms, so if you're battling the winter blues, you're not alone.

But guess what? The right light fixtures can warm up your space—and your spirits. Here are some showroom favorites that will do exactly that!

Our pick for cozying up with a good book: Cerno Silva Floor Lamp. The warm walnut bent frame and black shade will be a perfect addition to your reading nook. See it on display in our Waltham showroom. Note: we keep its little sister, the Silva Table Lamp, on display and stocked in both showrooms with the white linen shade.

Our pick for keeping your body clock on track at the office: Koncept's Mosso Pro. You're going to love this dimmable, color-tunable desk lamp with USB charging port and built-in occupancy sensor.


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 

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?

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.


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…


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.)

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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