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Vintage Bathroom Lighting that WOWs

Posted on May 20, 2017 by admin

A couple of years ago, we wrote about the vintage lighting trend—a trend that shows no signs of stopping. Think Edison-style bulbs, classic glass shapes, and metallic details.

Today, we're going to look at vintage bathroom lighting fixtures. But first, a couple of quick positioning tips:

  • Place single sconces on either side of a mirror for flattering, even illumination of the face.
  • Mount and center 2-, 3-, or 4-light vanity lights above your mirror. Most can face up or down depending on your preference. (But it's always good to check first.)

Now onto some of our current favorites. These vintage bathroom vanity lights from Quoizel and Hinkley pack a lot of personality and character into one fixture, so swapping them into your bathroom (along with some new paint or wallpaper) can be a quick and easy way to spruce up your space.

1. Quoizel "Trilogy" 2-Light Vanity. This bathroom vanity light pays homage to Thomas Edison with a vintage inspired filament bulb that is not only nostalgic but also very chic. With the classic Brushed Nickel finish and the clear seedy glass shade, Trilogy brings old world style into the 21st century. See it on display in our Allston showroom.


Wolfers Lighting News: Feature Article in Licensed Architect Magazine

Posted on May 12, 2017 by Andrea

We wanted to give a quick shout-out to our very own Jennette Kollmann, who is the assistant manager in our Waltham lighting showroom.


Stylish Ceiling Fans: A Must-Have for Summer

Posted on May 06, 2017 by Andrea

Are you ready for the summer heat? You will be if you add a ceiling fan to your home.

At Wolfers, we have a wide selection of stylish ceiling fans that will keep your home and screened-in porch super comfortable, day and night. The best part? You can use your ceiling fan year-round (they're great at moving the air in winter, too!).

But before we get to our current favorites, let's discuss two important ceiling fan basics.


1. Consider the size of your room. Most household ceiling fans come in 42" and 52", although they can range from 26" all the way up to 72". Obviously, for a smaller room, you'll want to go with a smaller fan so that you don't overwhelm the space. On the flip side, a small fan would look out of place in a bigger room. The image below provides a good guideline.


Ask the Lighting Expert: Swapping in LEDs

Posted on May 02, 2017 by Andrea

QUESTION: I live in a studio apartment with track lighting. The setup uses four 20-watt bulbs, like the one pictured below. One of my neighbors (who has the same track lighting setup) is moving. He's offered to give me the LED lamps he bought and uses.


ANSWER: Great question! First off, let's identify the bulb. This picture shows a MR16 lamp (the industry term for bulb). MR16s are traditionally a type of Halogen lamp (which is what is pictured). "MR" stands for multifaceted reflector, and the "16" refers to the diameter of the bulb. MR16s are great to use in track lighting, because the reflector reflects that bright halogen source in the direction that you aim it.


Our Favorite Outdoor Wall Sconces from Hubbardton Forge

Posted on Apr 21, 2017 by Andrea

Last month we discussed Hinkley outdoor lanterns as well as several landscape lighting basics. To further your education, here are a few more tips to keep in mind when selecting outdoor wall sconces:


1. Proportion, proportion, proportion. When installing lights, you need to keep proportions in mind, using doors and windows as your guide. Here are some rules of thumbs:

  • Front porch lights: 1/4th to 1/3rd the height of your front door
  • Garage sconces: 1/4th the height of the garage door
  • Hanging lanterns: Choose a fixture that is approximately 1/5th the height of your door. As a guide, center your hanging lantern and hang it 6” above the door. Adjust the height based on the look and feel of your entryway.


2. Get the correct UL Listing. Make sure you carefully read the labels.
  • UL Damp means the fixture is suited for humid locations with no direct exposure to water—this fixture is good for partially covered porches, canopies, etc.

  • UL Wet Listed means the fixture is suited to come in contact with rain, snow, and other wet elements—this fixture works well for uncovered porches, walkways, and gazebos. 


Staff Picks: Sleek and Modern Light Fixtures

Posted on Apr 14, 2017 by Andrea

The beauty of modern and contemporary decorative lighting is that you can use it effectively in a wide variety of spaces. The right contemporary fixture has the ability to balance more traditional décor, and the sleek lines of modern lighting can work perfectly in transitional spaces.

Below are some of our current staff favorites.

1. Foscarini’s Caboche Suspension. Foscarini recently redesigned this piece with LEDs, so you'll enjoy energy efficiency, not mention the cool crystal vibe, thanks to the clear acrylic beads. See it in action in our Allston Showroom.


2. LZF’s “Swirl” Wood Lamp. A wood veneer shade swirling around a single bulb gives this fixture grace and movement. See it in Ivory White in our Allston showroom.


Topics: Decorative

NEW: The Belfer Lighting Wedge Gets an LED Upgrade

Posted on Apr 08, 2017 by Andrea

We've long been fans of Belfer Lighting's wedge uplight, and now there's even more to love, thanks to this product's recent LED update.


Making Your Home Smarter with Motorized Shades

Posted on Apr 01, 2017 by Andrea

Last month, we sat down with Gerard Lynch, the president of System 7 and The Boston Shade Company. Wolfers Lighting announced its merger with both companies earlier this year.

We invited Gerard back to discuss a popular product in smart homes today: motorized shades (also known as motorized blinds).

For people who might not be familiar with this technology, can you tell us about it? Why should they consider it? What's cool about it?

GERARD LYNCH: I think there's a lot that's cool about it. There are motorized shades that are almost silent. You can connect motorized shades to a lighting control system. You can connect them to an app or a smart home system. It's just like anything else that benefits from motorization or automation. You can walk into a room with five or ten windows and hit one button and those shades can go up or go down. Or they can go up or down on a schedule. They can even be set to come up or go down depending if the sun is out. It offers real convenience, not to mention the wow factor.


Designer Lighting Spotlight on Hinkley Lighting

Posted on Mar 27, 2017 by Andrea

Spring is the perfect time to spruce up your home's exterior lighting so that it enhances all of your outdoor activities. Think family BBQs, fun nights around the fire pits, and relaxing evenings on the porch.

One of the best designer lighting brands for the job? Hinkley Lighting.

Since 1922, Hinkley Lighting has been producing high quality indoor, outdoor, and landscape lighting fixtures. Today, this fourth generation family-owned business boasts three different lighting brands:

  • Hinkley Lighting
  • Fredrick Raymond
  • Hinkley Landscape Lighting

All are excellent, producing stylish, yet timeless lighting fixtures that you can use throughout your home.

Below, we're focusing on some showroom favorites for the outdoors.


1. Wall Lanterns for the Win. Nothing says “Welcome” like sparkling lanterns and post lights outside your front entrance. A well-lit entrance is also important from a safety perspective. Lighting near the front door shows guests where to go and illuminates any potential obstacles, such as steps and planters. Wall lanterns on the deck can also help the person in charge of the grill. 


Understanding Smart Energy Systems

Posted on Mar 18, 2017 by Andrea


Earth Day 2017 is a little over a month away! To get in the spirit, we're discussing smart energy systems with Gerard Lynch, president of System 7 and The Boston Shade Company. In January, Wolfers Lighting announced its merger with both companies.

What are smart energy systems?

GERARD LYNCH: Think of all the energy "systems" in your home—lighting, climate, pool controllers, irrigation systems, and so forth. All of these systems use energy (some use water) and they all cost money to operate.

Smart energy systems involve automation. An automated system gives the end user a simple app approach for a graphical user interface (or in the case of Alexa, a voice-user interface). These apps provide a simple and streamlined way to interact with the different technologies in your home, and in doing so, you can save energy and money. To create a fully integrated home, we often add other systems to these energy systems, such as security, video cameras, access control, and more.

For example, instead of returning home at night to discover you left your thermostat up all day (and, thus, wasting energy and dollars), you can quickly log in from work, see what's going on, set things on a schedule, measure historical behaviors, etcetera.