Wolfers Lighting Blog

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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Wolfers Lighting,  System 7 and The Boston Shade Company Merge

Posted on Jan 04, 2017 by Andrea

The region's leaders in home technology, motorized shading, and lighting join forces

Wolfers Lighting, System 7, and The Boston Shade Company announced plans today to merge, bringing together the best in home technology, motorized shading, and lighting to create the region’s only full-service lighting and home integration company. The three companies have all built successful businesses through their unwavering commitment to providing state-of-the-art solutions, innovative products, and premier service to the most discriminating homeowners in New England.

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Luxury Lighting Brands That Will WOW

Posted on Dec 30, 2016 by Andrea

Unique spaces deserve unique lighting, but finding truly unique pieces isn't as easy as you might think. You won't find these pieces in big box stores. And trusting what you see online isn't the same as experiencing a fixture in person.

Luckily, lighting showrooms like ours cater to discerning tastes. Are you passionate about impeccable artistry? One-of-kind custom fixtures? Heirloom pieces? We have all that—and more.

See, we’re also passionate about lighting products that use high quality materials, innovative designs, and incredible skill.

Below is a sampling of the luxury lighting brands we carry. Remember, seeing is truly believing. Be sure to stop by one of our lighting showrooms to experience these products—and more—in person.

Sonneman is Synonymous with Innovation.

In 1961 at the age of 19, Robert Sonneman began his illustrious career under the watchful gaze of lighting and accessory retailer George Kovacs, who introduced young Robert to Modernism. Today, Sonneman describes himself as a "modernist with a historical sensibility," a point of view that has served him well over the last five decades. In 2003, at 61 years young, the legendary designer launched his own brand: SONNEMAN – A Way of Light.

At Wolfers, we're huge fans of Sonneman's lighting fixtures—and not just because of their modern designs. They also incorporate excellent materials and LED technology. Here are several pieces that are sure to please.

Sonneman "Spire" and "Trinity" Chandeliers. These clear pieces of glass carry the light in the chrome tops and distribute it below the fixture,

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Happy Holidays from Wolfers Lighting!

Posted on Dec 20, 2016 by Andrea

On behalf of all of us at Wolfers Lighting, we want to wish you, your family, and friends a happy holiday season and a healthy and prosperous 2017.

Here are our hours for the rest of the year:

  • Friday 12/23: Normal business hours
  • Saturday 12/24, Christmas Eve: Closed
  • Sunday 12/25, Christmas Day: Closed
  • Monday 12/26: Closed
  • Tuesday 12/27 through Friday 12/30: Normal business hours
  • Saturday 12/31, New Year's Eve: Closing at 3:00 PM
  • Sunday 1/1/17, New Year's Day: Closed
  • Monday 1/2/17: Closed
  • Tuesday, 1/3/17: Normal business hours

 

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4 Reasons to Visit a Wolfers Lighting Lab

Posted on Dec 17, 2016 by Andrea

 

If you're looking for lighting inspiration for your home, it's easy to become quickly overwhelmed. The solution? A visit to a Wolfers lighting lab.

Here are four ways our lighting labs help homeowners on the hunt for the perfect fixture.

 

  1. You get the latest LED technology at the flip of a switch. 
    See the newest generation of LED recessed lights, undercabinet lights, lighting controls, and other light fixtures. We're constantly updating our labs with what's new, popular, and tested. Which brings us to our next point. 

 

  1. You can count on tested LED products that work. 
    We're incredibly thoughtful about our lighting lab displays. We use products that offer reliability in the specific setting shown (e.g. kitchen, bathroom, etc.). You're bound to find a product that works for your budget. Not only that, but we often keep displayed fixtures in stock, which helps shorten your lead times.

 

  1. You'll experience our lighting products in real life.
    Looking at fixtures online or in catalogs isn't the same as experiencing the light fixture in person—andin an environment that acts and feels like the environment in which the product will live in a real home or office. 

 

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The Passive House: How LEDs Complement this Initiative

Posted on Dec 12, 2016 by Andrea

If you've spent any time researching energy-efficient homes, you've likely come across the concept of "the passive house."

What is a passive house?

According to Passive House Massachusetts, a passive house is "is a voluntary international building standard developed by the Passive House Institute (PHI), located in Darmstadt, Germany."

This building standard is all about rigorous energy efficiency. Think superinsulation, airtight building "envelopes," high-performance windows, and effective exploitation of solar energy (i.e. "solar gain"). It's about achieving comfortable air temperatures year-round without heating or cooling systems, thanks to the building's design, materials, and stringent standards.

The Passive House Institute US explains, "Passive building comprises a set of design principles used to attain a quantifiable and rigorous level of energy efficiency within a specific quantifiable comfort level. 'Maximize your gains, minimize your losses' summarize the approach."

Here's a 90-second video that provides an excellent easy-to-understand overview:

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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

 


Best Lighting, New Construction, West

 

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. Expert staff ensure that your project is filled with bright ideas.."

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