Wolfers Lighting Blog

Staff Picks: The Best Under Cabinet Lighting

Posted on Dec 05, 2016 by Andrea

Under cabinet lighting provides excellent (and convenient) task lighting. Here are some of our current staff picks for the best under cabinet lighting.

 

Staff Pick for "Quick Weekend Under Cabinet Project"

AFX Pro Undercabinet. We love this fixture for its ease of use. Each one comes with a cord and plug, or you can opt to hardwire it (and use a short jumper cable to connect multiple lights together). Another thing to love: the hi-low switch and color-temperature slider. Just install and select between warm, neutral, and cooler white light to best suit your countertop.

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All You Need Is Light For The Holidays

Posted on Dec 01, 2016 by admin

 

 

About Schonbek Lighting

Founded by Adolph Schonbek in 1870, the name Schonbek carries a reputation for innovation in the crystal lighting industry. The former Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph I of Habsburg awarded Schonbek a personal crest - a crest that remains the iconic brand logo to this day. For more than 140 years, the Schonbek name has carried with it a reputation as a change maker in lighting, revolutionizing the industry.

Since its inception, Schonbek has been synonymous with authentic, handcrafted crystal lighting of the highest heirloom quality. Continuing Schonbek's long tradition of chandelier making, each Schonbek piece is proudly designed, engineered and hand made in Plattsburgh, NY, U.S.A.

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Embrace the Beauty of Crystal Lighting Fixtures

Posted on Nov 25, 2016 by Andrea

Now's a great time to embrace your inner crystal lighting goddess and imagine how you might work a crystal light fixture (or two) into your space.

Why now? Well, the holiday season lends itself to the glitter and glam that only crystal can offer. And while crystal is special, it can also be a perfect look for non-holiday living as well.

Crystal lighting fixtures offer many benefits:

  • Timeless. Crystal is a material that never goes out of style.
  • Versatile.Crystal can be classic, transitional, modern, you name it. It all depends on the designer's imagination. Bottom line: if you like this material, you can find a way to make it work in your home.
  • Festive. While we stand by our earlier statement that you can use crystal in everyday settings, let's face it: crystal's natural sparkle can instantly elevate a space and make it perfect for entertaining.
  • Bright illumination. Crystals, by their very nature, provide excellent illumination through refracting light, which is one of many reasons crystal chandeliers are so popular in dining rooms.
  • Easy maintenance. Regular dusting will keep your crystal light fixtures sparkling. An occasional "deeper clean" with good old-fashioned soap and water can remove dirt and grime that might build up on crystals over time.
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Wolfers Wins Best of Boston Home Award

Posted on Nov 22, 2016 by Andrea

 

 

Boston Magazine announced their winners for their 2017 annual "Best of Boston Home" awards this Tuesday, November 22nd, naming Wolfers Lighting as Best Lighting Showroom - New Construction.

In the announcement of the award, Boston Magazine cites "More than a lighting showroom, this is where interior designers and homeowners come to get educated about the astounding innovations happening in this illuminating industry..."

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3 Quick & Easy Holiday Lighting Tips

Posted on Nov 18, 2016 by Andrea

The holiday season is a wonderful time to experiment with your lighting—from lighting up your entryway to creating a warm and welcoming mood inside your home.

Below are three quick-and-easy holiday light tips to try out this season.

1. Warm up your lighting. There's a reason why we gravitate towards candlelight dinners—the cozy flame adds warmth and a dose of love/romance. The same is true with the bulbs you select. Choosing bulbs with warmer color temperatures will add to that cozy, inviting atmosphere you're trying to create.
  • Pro Tip: You can easily retrofit existing fixtures with Warm Dim LED Bulbs. These bulbs give off a rich amber glow as they dim (similar to incandescent lighting). You can prep for guests in full light and dim down for a warm, comfy vibe once guests arrive.
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Elegant Outdoor Lighting from Hubbardton Forge

Posted on Nov 10, 2016 by Andrea

Have you been busy raking leaves, cleaning gutters, and aerating the lawn? While you do your fall prep, make sure you walk around your home's exterior and see what bulbs need replacing and what outdoor fixtures you could install before the snow flies.

Adding some elegant outdoor lighting to your home's exterior is a great, economical way to give your house a facelift.

And "elegant" doesn't mean flimsy, either. Thanks to showroom favorite Hubbardton Forge, you can choose gorgeous custom-made fixtures with finishes that can withstand whatever Mother Nature throws their way – guaranteed!  

Here are some of our current favorites from Hubbardton Forge:

1. Outdoor Sconce from Hubbardton Forge's Airis Collection. This outdoor sconce will turn a ho-hum entrance into a stunning one. Choose from ten different robust finishes and four different diffuser options. We have this on display in Allston with a seeded glass diffuser. 

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The Best in Portable Floor Lamps

Posted on Nov 04, 2016 by Steve

We've written about our favorite LED task lamps and desk lamps. Now, check out the portable floor lamp versions in our showrooms

Remember, portable floor lamps offer many benefits:

  • Get the energy efficiency of LED with the focus and adjustability of a task lamp.
  • Effortlessly add light to any room.
  • Easily move the lamps from space to space, home to home, dorm room to dorm room (you get the idea).
  • Add yet another element that reflects/reinforces the room's décor.

We have a great selection of floor lamps that are equal parts functional and stylish. Here are some of our current faves.

 

1. LED Floor Lamp from Koncept's "Mosso" Collection. Koncept's table lamp version has been one of our longtime favorites, and the floor lamp is just as great. We love its tunable color temperature as well as how easy it is to adjust.

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Crystal Light Fixtures Say Hello to the 21st Century

Posted on Oct 28, 2016 by Andrea

We love the innovations lighting manufacturers are making with crystal light fixtures—innovations that will forever transform the way you view them.

The biggest trends we're seeing include more contemporary shapes (such as drum shades) and novel uses of LEDs with crystal accents. The best part? These crystal lighting fixtures still work in traditional settings (it is crystal after all), but they also work with contemporary aesthetics as well.

In other words, you simply can't go wrong with a crystal lighting fixture. Here are a few of our current favorites.

1. Quoizel Lighting's Platinum Collection. Quoizel brings its design expertise to this gorgeous four-light pendant with glittering crystal accents. We especially love how this fixture incorporate crystal with polished nickel shapes. Talk about a new take on the traditional candelabra! See it in person in our Waltham lighting showroom.

2. Robert Abbey "Bling" Chandelier. They weren't kidding when they used the word bling

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Recessed Lighting Layout : Tips and Tricks

Posted on Oct 21, 2016 by Andrea

Often when it comes to choosing lighting for the kitchen and even other areas of your home, your first instinct might be to go with recessed lighting.

 

And you know what? It's not a bad way to go. In fact, recessed lighting makes for a smart lighting strategy, for numerous reasons:

  • Recessed lighting can be an excellent source of ambient light (i.e. the overall illumination for a particular space).
  • Good recessed lighting can give you extra flexibility when it comes to selecting accent lighting. If you already have good overall illumination thanks to your recessed lighting, then you can be "choosier" when selecting accent lighting.
  • Recessed lighting offers a sleek profile since recessed lights don't protrude from the ceiling. Recessed lighting is also perfect for lower ceilings as well.
  • More and more recessed lighting fixtures are available in smaller apertures, adding to the sleek profile, yet they offer similar output as larger apertures. For example, the Juno 2" LED recessed light fixture (pictured to the right) is only two inches in diameter, yet it produces the same amount of light as a 60-watt household bulb.
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Wolfers Lighting Wins Silver Award for Best Marketing Event

Posted on Oct 17, 2016 by Steve

In addition to our recent announcement that our own Susan Arnold recently won a Gold Award for Best Salesperson, Wolfers Lighting also was honored with a Silver Award for Best Marketing Event at the BRAGB 2016 Prism Awards Thursday, October 6.

Wolfers was honored for programming our three-seminar series in April for Boston Design Week. Two seminars were offered, LED 101: A Wolfers Home Lighting Seminar and LED Applications for Kitchen and Bath.

In LED 101: A Wolfers Home Lighting Seminar our aim was to educate and empower our customers with the industry basics that we use with every sale. Color temperature, CRI, dimming, and even a quick lesson about what makes up an LED fixture was all covered.

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