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Those lazy, hazy summer days are winding down. Before you know it, the kids will be back in school, work schedules will return to normal, and college students will move back to their Boston dorms while the occasional moving truck inevitably hits one of the Storrow Drive overpasses. It's a wonderful time of year!
Another wonderful thing to help you ease back into the routine? LED task lamps. See, an LED task lamp is perfect for the classroom, the dorm room, and the room you call your home office. Why? Well, a good task lamp will put light where you need it. In other words, no more strained eyes due to dim lighting.
Here are a few of our favorite LED task lamps, all of which are equal parts stylish and functional.
1. Koncept Mosso Pro. This is a showroom favorite, and no wonder. There are so many fabulous features, such as the effortless maneuverability of the lamp and arm and the ability to choose color temperature – 2700K to 5000K for bright, energizing light as well as warm, relaxing illumination. We stock these in black and silver, and this includes USB charging with the fixture so you can maximize the efficiency of your desktop. Here's our original writeup here.
2. Cerno Silva. Known for its inventive use of wood and metal, Cerno Lighting is one of the newest additions to our showrooms. The Cerno Silva is an LED table light that beautifully casts a warm glow to the table surface, thanks to its wood-veneer shade. Check out this cool lamp in person in Allston and Waltham.
Save up to 40% OFF select display samples during our Sample Sale!
So many incredible lighting products, so little time. Make sure you stop by Wolfers Lighting soon so you can take advantage of our awesome sample sale.
We'll be marking down selections throughout both lighting showrooms—some by as much as 40%! Note: this sample sale applies to display and stocked items only (in other words, no special orders).
Below are just some of the items up for grabs.
We have good news and bad news. First, the bad news: state officials have confirmed that there WON'T be a tax holiday in the Commonwealth this year—the first time since 2009.
Now, the good news. Who needs a tax holiday when we're offering DOUBLE tax savings? That's right. Through the end of August, you can enjoy 12.5% off select items* in both of our lighting showrooms.
- Table lamps
- Floor lamps
- Ceiling fans
- Bathroom lighting
- Kitchen lighting
- Under cabinet lighting
- So. Much. More.
Last month, we talked about our involvement with Boston Magazine's Design Home 2016 at The Pinehills in Plymouth.
Since then, the design coordinator for the project, Angela Rotondo from Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects/Builders, has made the lighting selections. We can't wait to see official pictures that show off these newly installed light fixtures. (Click here if you want to see some early pics from the framing of the house.
If you want to show off your gorgeous bathroom countertops, tiles, wallpaper, and other embellishments, then proper lighting is essential. Not to mention, you need good lighting for daily bathroom tasks, such as shaving, brushing teeth, and applying makeup.
Speaking of which, make sure you follow these bathroom lighting tips:
• Look for LEDs or halogen fixtures that provide enough light.
• Use two sconces on either side of the mirror or a multi-light fixture above the mirror to provide good illumination.
• When it comes to choosing LEDs, pay attention to color temperature (2700K or 3000K) and see which looks best to you.
• Also, regarding LEDs, consider the color rendering index (CRI). A higher CRI is better for accurately showing skin tones. Low CRI makes skin appear gray and washed out (we've all been in THAT airport or train station bathroom).
Here are some of our bestselling bath lighting fixtures that get the job done in style.
Not only has Wolfers Lighting been involved with supplying lighting products to This Old House, but we've also supplied a few great pieces to films. Here's a look at a couple of fun projects we've been lucky enough to help with recently.
Central Intelligence. This goofy spy-comedy starring Kevin Hart and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson delivers plenty of action and laughs along the way, but did you know that portions of the movie were shot in and around Boston? According to the Massachusetts Film Office, locations included Beverly, Boston, Burlington, Cambridge, Devens, Everett, Lynn, Lynnfield, Malden, Marlborough, Middleton, Somerville, and Quincy. (Image by New Line Cinema).
As for our involvement, we worked with the Set Decorator to select the perfect lighting for the office that Hart and Johnson are seen racing through right before they jump out a window. You can see the scene in the movie trailer below (the office shot happens at about 1:12).
As the weather heats up, we search for strategies to stay cool. One that you should definitely consider is the ceiling fan.
Ceiling fans have several key benefits:
- Energy savings. Ceiling fans can give your hard-working (and energy-sucking) AC a break.
- Year-round use. Ceiling fans aren't just for summer. They can help circulate warm air in the winter as well.
- Perfect home accents. Today's ceiling fans use a wide variety of materials, which makes for some interesting looks.
- Functionality. In addition to circulating the air, ceiling fans with light provide extra utility.
Here are five tips for selecting the perfect ceiling fan.
1. Make sure your fan comes with the ability to switch directions. You want your fan to push air down in the summer and up in the winter (to keep warm air circulating).
2. Consider your room's dimensions. If you have a medium-sized room (about 15' x 15'), choose a 42" fan. If your room is larger than that, then a 52" fan will likely push enough air.
3. Pay attention to ceiling height. Fan blades need to be at least 7 feet off the floor—and 8 feet to 9 feet might even be better. If you need to get close to the ceiling, consider a "hugger fan."
Here's a good example of a hugger fan: Modern Fan Company's Velo Hugger. It's a stylish addition to any room, especially those with shorter ceilings. We have it on display and stocked in both lighting showrooms.
Note: Many fans are shipped with downrods for 8-foot and 9-foot ceilings. If your ceiling is taller than that, you can buy longer downrods. If you have a vaulted ceiling, you're in luck—most manufacturers will ship the fan with a vaulted ceiling adapter that helps make sure your fan sits plumb.
4. Understand how you want to control your ceiling fan. You can install a regular wall switch for some ceili
ng fans. For others, you might have remotes or wall controls that control speed, dim the light, and even reverse direction.
Summertime is our favorite time of year, because it's when we unleash the biggest savings and pass them onto you.
The Mass Tax Free Weekend (a great tax holiday where you get 6.25% off selected items) is not happening this year, but Wolfers would still like you to make the most of your purchases for the month of August!
Here's the scoop…
During July 2016 (and now the month of August!), enjoy double tax savings ALL MONTH LONG. Yes, you read that right. Take 12.5% off your order*. There are SO many great lighting fixtures that this applies to…
We're thrilled to be involved with Boston Magazine and Design Home 2016 (you can read about our involvement in last year's Design Home here).
This year's Design Home is hosted at The Pinehills, a New England village overlooking Cape Cod Bay. Boston Magazine says, "Design Home 2016 will feature the very best in historic New England lifestyle with all the benefits that come with living on a spectacular hilltop paradise. The featured Design Home unit features long distant views of the ocean, the arm of Cape Cod, and rolling hills of pine and oak. The refined but casual residence combines the rustic woodland spirit of the Dawn’s Light neighborhood in The Pinehills with the classic character of historic New England shingle style homes. This unique project is designed to be a timeless and beloved place for New Englanders of all generations to call home."
We're excited to be working with the design coordinator for the project, Angela Rotondo from Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects/Builders. Angela recently shared her interior design philosophy: "The Design Home is envisioned as a contemporary, luxury retreat that provides a nature-inspired escape from an urban lifestyle. Natural light, bright open spaces and woodland views create a sense of comfort and relaxation."
Right now, we're been working with Angela through the design phase, as she considers the various lighting needs for the Design Home.