Wolfers Lighting Blog

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.

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Wolfers Lighting & Boston Design Week 2017

Posted on Mar 10, 2017 by Andrea

Spring is right around the corner, and you know what that means: Boston Design Week 2017 is almost here as well

We hope you join us for this 12-day citywide festival that "seeks to increase public awareness and appreciation of all aspects of design, foster recognition of the vital role design plays in our lives, and bring new audiences to a wide array of design industries and organizations."

From March 30 through April 9, designers, businesses, and education spaces open their doors and curate a diverse conversation about the many aspects of design.

Wolfers Lighting is proud to be a Bronze Sponsor of Boston Design Week 2017. We're thrilled to be offering three lighting seminars as well.

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Secrets from Our Lighting Showrooms

Posted on Mar 03, 2017 by Andrea

 

Because we're in our lighting showrooms day in and day out, we often take for granted all the awesome things we can offer customers.

So we thought we'd do a roundup of some of the (possibly) lesser-known features that are sure to wow and inspire.

We turned to three of our knowledgeable lighting consultants—Joyce Gravel, Susan Arnold, and Marty Whitney—for their insights.

What's your favorite feature about our lighting showrooms?  

Susan: The lighting labs. But keep in mind that the labs alone aren't what make them so special—it's the time and detail that each salesperson gives to each client who is using the labs. We make it a priority to give them an enjoyable experience. We all work as a team, so if one person doesn't know the answer, it truly becomes a team effort to find the correct one.

Marty: My favorite feature? The incredible variety of fixtures that we have on display. It's hard to visualize from dimensions and a photo alone what a fixture will look like and how it will provide light for a space. Even if the fixture that a customer is interested in isn't on display, we're often able to look at something similar in the showroom so they can get a feel for how the fixture will look and function in terms of style, size, and brightness.

 

Joyce: Definitely our displays. I hear it from customers all the time. Our displays are not overcrowded, and customers can turn on one or two fixtures at a time. There's plenty of room to stand back and appreciate and compare lights. Customers are better able to imagine what it will be like in their own space.

Is there a particular lab or item that you see customers really engage with?

Susan: The recessed lighting lab! Clients are always surprised at the price range of recessed lighting. In the lab, they can truly see why a light might cost $600 versus $200. While it's not always possible to implement the top-of-the-line fixtures, they can see and appreciate the difference. From there, they might decide to use the higher-end recessed lights in a few areas where they spend more time and where they'll truly appreciate the quality of the light. For example, they might use higher-end fixtures in the kitchen as opposed to the hallway or bedroom.

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System 7: Technology Designers Extraordinaire

Posted on Feb 24, 2017 by Andrea

Earlier this year, we announced our merger with System 7 and The Boston Shade Company (the latter is a division of System 7).

We've invited System 7 president Gerard Lynch to answer questions regarding his companies, including how he envisions working with Wolfers Lighting.

 

 

It's time for the 60-second elevator pitch. What does System 7 do?

GERARD LYNCH: System 7 is a systems integrator (sometimes referred to as a residential systems integrator). What does that mean? It means we work with all things electronic. It starts with a home network, wired and wireless, good Wi-Fi, and so forth.

From there, it involves various systems or "subsystems" that connect to a home network as part of a smart home. Think audio, video, lighting, motorized shades, climate control, security and surveillance, access control, and more—everything that would go into a smart home design.

 

At System 7, our big focus is on lighting controls and motorized shading. The Boston Shade Company is a division of System 7, and it is part of this merger with Wolfers Lighting as well.

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Hubbardton Forge Announces Two New Lines

Posted on Feb 17, 2017 by Andrea

Hubbardton Forge Announces Two New Lines

Hubbardton Forge continues to live up to its innovator reputation. At this year's Lightovation in Dallas, the Vermont-based company announced the launch of two new product lines: Vermont Modern and Synchronicity.

Here's the scoop on each…

Vermont Modern is all about fun, fun, fun—with a modern flair. Even the product names reflect this theme. To wit: check out the "Hook, Vine, and Sinker" pendant, pictured below (dogs not included).

 

Each piece in this collection offers a strong point of view, six gorgeous finishes, and the impeccable craftsmanship that has been Hubbardton's signature trait since its founding.

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Designer Lighting Brands: Our Top Picks from Lightovation 2017

Posted on Feb 10, 2017 by Andrea

Another year, another Lightovation, the annual international lighting show held in Dallas every January.

This year, Jeff Seigal (one of our owners) and Joyce Gravel (our Waltham showroom manager) headed to the Lone Star state to take in the latest and greatest offerings from lighting manufacturers around the world.

Here are three designer lighting brands that especially impressed Jeff and Joyce.

 

1. Corbett Lighting

Corbett is producing some incredibly gorgeous and on-trend fixtures, such as aged brass and hand-blown glass. "Sputnik"-style chandeliers are also capturing everyone's attention.

By the way, it's not just Corbett, either. The entire Littman Brands family (which owns Corbett as well as others, like Hudson Valley Lighting and Troy Lighting) is infusing these themes across all its brands. Check out the tweet below.

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Wolfers Lighting: Ready to Pin, Post & More

Posted on Feb 03, 2017 by Andrea

 

If you're like millions of other people, you probably have a smartphone filled with your favorite social media apps.

But here's the BIG question: Have you connected with Wolfers Lighting yet?

Please do! We're constantly adding new pics and links to interesting topics about fixtures, systems integration, motorized shades, and more.

Here's the scoop on our social accounts…follow one or all (or somewhere in between). The choice is yours.

 

  • Facebook: Get the latest on upcoming events, blog posts, and new products in our showrooms.
  • Instagram: Fall in love with pics of gorgeous fixtures, completed home renovations, and more.
  • Houzz: This is the go-to place for anyone who's considering a home renovation. We're constantly adding new projects that are sure to inspire. Here's one of our favorites: our Visual Comfort gallery.
  • Pinterest: Every week, we add new images. Pin to your heart's content!
  • Twitter: Tweet, tweet! Yep, we're on everyone's favorite 140-character conversation space. #comeplaywithus
  • YouTube: Be sure to check out the video interviews with our awesome lighting consultants.

 

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3 Common Bathroom Lighting Mistakes to Avoid

Posted on Jan 31, 2017 by Andrea

 

 


Ah, the bathroom. Whether yours is an oasis or a heavily trafficked room thanks to the kids, one thing is consistent regardless: you need good lighting.

That said, effectively lighting a bathroom can be tricky. Small rooms and tight spaces can make it challenging when it comes to placing sconces, ceiling lights, and even light switches. Not to mention the bathroom needs to accommodate a variety of tasks that require different types of lighting.

Feeling overwhelmed? Don't worry—we can help! Here are three bathroom lighting mistakes to avoid.

Bathroom Lighting Mistake #1: Not Including Enough Light

It's easy to think one overhead light might be enough, but too little lighting can makes certain tasks difficult

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Wolfers Lighting & System 7 Seminar: The LED Dilemma for Electrical Contractors

Posted on Jan 23, 2017 by Andrea

LEDS are all the rage with our customers, and for good reason. They're versatile, energy efficient, and long lasting.

 But LEDs have their challenges as well, especially for builders and electrical contractors. This is why we're offering a FREE lighting seminar that addresses these challenges.

  • Topic: The LED Dilemma for Electrical Contractors
  • Presented by: Wolfers Lighting and System 7
  • Where: Wolfers Lighting, Waltham showroom
  • When: Wednesday, February 8, from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
  • Who should attend: Builders and Electricians 

Space is limited! Register for this FREE seminar now.

 

This seminar will address the LED dilemmas that contractors face, specifically:

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Wolfers Lighting Shines the Spotlight on Metropolitan

Posted on Jan 13, 2017 by Andrea

We know how much time, energy, and money people put into their home renovations. We also know how important it is for homeowners to take a holistic view of their space, meaning that they think about how all the different elements—lighting, flooring, cabinets, countertops, and so forth—will work together.

As such, we're committed to sharing expert advice that can help our customers (and readers of this blog, in particular) make the best decisions regarding their renovation projects.               

Today, we have a Q&A with the folks from Metropolitan Cabinets and Countertops, the largest cabinet manufacturer in the region for more than 30 years. The company, which has showrooms in Natick, Norwood, Wakefield, and Watertown, recently won a Best of Boston Home Award 2017.

Without further ado, here's the Q&A.

 

WOLFERS: OK, time for the 60-seceond elevator pitch. Tell us a little bit about Metropolitan.

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