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.
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
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,
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):
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
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.
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.
- . 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.
If you've been in either showroom lately, you might have seen some activity going on around our windows. In particular, we've been working on bringing in some motorized shades from The Boston Shade Company.
Introducing Our Motorized Shades Display
This marriage, if you will, makes a lot of sense: it's all about making our homes smarter. And nothing says "smart home" like electronic shades that you control with the touch of a button. Same with lighting controls and dimmers. It's all about creating the right atmosphere room by room—be it day or night.
If you're not familiar with the benefits of motorized shades, here are some worth noting:
- Enhanced privacy. Do you remember the "old days" of going room-to-room and closing shades and drawing the blinds? This could be a big chore in a big house, often resulting in some rooms being ignored.
With motorized shades, you can set it and forget it. The shades will open and close, room by room, according to when you want. For example, are you going away for a week, but you want your home to look "lived in" while you're gone? No problem. Set the shades to open and close (and the lights as well).
The idea behind "smarter" homes is that you streamline and automate processes, which provide many benefits. Lighting controls are just one aspect of smart home technology.
When you implement lighting controls in your home, you can count on…
- Efficiency. Turn multiple fixtures on and off from multiple locations. Set "trims." For example, you can dictate how bright your fixtures get or limit how far a fixture can dim down. Connect your lighting controls with other home technologies. For example, program your motorized shades in your south-facing windows to let light and warmth in during the winter and then have your lights slowly come on when the sun goes down.
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.