Are you thinking about adding undercabinet lighting to your kitchen? It's a smart idea. Here’s why:
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.
We wanted to give a quick shout-out to our very own Jennette Kollmann, who is the assistant manager in our Waltham lighting showroom.
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.
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.
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.