Wolfers Lighting Blog

Man Cave Lighting Tips: Game-Day Essentials

Posted on Nov 18, 2017 by Andrea

 

Let's face it: if you live in New England, then Sundays are all about football. Whether you watch with the whole family in the living room or you hang out in your man cave with your best buds, we have some lighting tips that will enhance everyone's viewing experience.

Understand lighting basics.

  • Ambient lighting is general lighting, or the main lighting that exists in the room.
  • Accent lighting is a fun way to personalize a media room or living room. For example, light a display case that features your favorite player's jersey. Or use sconces for a decorative touch, one that can also provide just enough light to navigate to the snack table and back.
  • Task lighting helps you do certain tasks. We typically talk about task lighting in the kitchen (for doing things like chopping veggies) or bathroom (shaving, applying makeup), but it also figures into our entertainment spaces. "Bias lighting" alleviates eyestrain that results from watching TV in a dark room. 
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Bathroom Lighting Bestsellers

Posted on Nov 12, 2017 by Andrea

The most popular bathroom vanity lights tend to work double duty, meaning they add a wonderful decorative touch while providing that all-important task lighting for things like shaving, flossing, and applying makeup.

Elsewhere in the bathroom, both recessed and flush mount fixtures (as well as additional sconces) are always popular (and the flush mounts and sconces come in many finishes and design styles).

Let's look at some of our current bestsellers, shall we?

1. Sonneman's Tubo Fixture. We keep this stylish and versatile 24" LED bath bar stocked and on display in both showrooms in Polished Chrome and Satin Nickel. It's sure to add a sophisticated touch to any bathroom.

 

2. Tech Lighting's Span Bath Bar. You're going to love the light-guiding diffuser that illuminates the entire surface

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Dim to Warm LED: Yes, It is Possible

Posted on Nov 03, 2017 by admin

Nothing beats the cozy, warm vibe that traditional incandescent lamps give off as they dim. Unfortunately, a regular dimmable LED lamp can't produce this same effect.

The good news? There is a solution: warm dim technology—an LED fixture or bulb that has white and amber LED chips inside. When you dim these bulbs, the amber chips incandesce and dim as the white chips dim, producing that warm glow we all love.

Why use warm dim?

  • Perfect for entertaining. Warm light is welcoming light and helps put people at ease. So adding warm dim to fixtures in your dining room and other entertaining spaces is a smart strategy.
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Lighting for Artwork: Tips, Tricks & Great Options

Posted on Oct 29, 2017 by Andrea

Finding the perfect piece of art for your home is only the first step. Learning how to light it properly is the other. Why? Well, properly lit artwork can add ambiance to a space, emphasize the room's focal point, or serve as another layer of accent lighting. Not to mention a well-lit piece of art will show others all the reasons you fell in love with it in the first place.

So what do you need to keep in mind when figuring out lighting for artwork? Let's consider a few popular options along with some pro tips.

1. Recessed lighting. Recessed art lighting is popular and sleek, and options are available for both new construction and retrofit applications. Plus, you can choose from a wide range of recessed sizes. Think accent adjustable fixtures that can be as small as an inch to larger aperture fixtures that can match your other recessed lights.

Recessed downlights offer many options as well, but make sure you know how to use them. As the image from our art lab above demonstrates, different types of downlights can cast different light on the wall or artwork:

  • Use a wall washer to pass light out of the housing at an angle to illuminate the vertical surface.
  • You can position adjustable downlights to cast light on a wide range beneath the fixture, such as tabletops, cabinets, and walls.
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Wolfers Lighting Spotlight: Meet Timothy Carroll

Posted on Oct 22, 2017 by admin

We're starting a new feature on our blog where you can get to know our lighting experts a little better. This way, when you walk into one of our showrooms, you might feel like you're approaching someone you already know rather than a "sales person."

We tend to avoid the word "sales person" anyway, since we're not trying to "sell" you—we want to be partners in your lighting design…that person you can count on to give you great advice when you need it.

First up in our spotlight series is Timothy Carroll. That's him to the right working hard on some lighting design plans.

Timothy is our assistant showroom manager in our Waltham store. He is also an ALA Lighting Specialist and an all-around nice, friendly guy. So definitely say hello when you see him.

Below, we asked Timothy a few quick-hitting questions that will help you get to know him better.

 

Q: Why lighting? What drew you to the lighting industry?

Timothy: What I love is that the lighting industry is always changing. There's never a dull moment.

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Lighting Trends: Bestselling Light Fixtures from Visual Comfort

Posted on Oct 15, 2017 by Andrea

Our regular blog readers know we're big fans of Visual Comfort & Co., and for good reason. This lighting manufacturer's warm and "real living" finishes that naturally age and patina over time are always a crowd-pleaser. Not to mention these timeless yet contemporary-styled light fixtures work well with a variety of design aesthetics. Plus, the excellent artistry means you can pass down these fixtures from generation to generation (we love heirloom pieces!).

So let's look at some of the top sellers, shall we?

1. Bestselling Statement Piece: Darlana Large Linear Lantern. Hello, sensational! We love the sleek, minimal form and airy interior. With its focus on negative vs. positive space, this fixture is the perfect dramatic addition to your kitchen island or dining room table. See it in Allston in Polished Nickel.

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Fall is a Great Time to Audit Your Home's Exterior Lighting

Posted on Oct 08, 2017 by Andrea

It's easy to think exterior lighting isn't important during the fall and winter months since we're not spending as much time outside. But here's the thing: exterior lights are incredibly important year-round in terms of safety and security—and more so this time of year, thanks to shorter days and less sunlight.

After all, do you want to be responsible for the trick-or-treater who falls on your darkened path? Or do you want to make it easy for a burglar to break into your home, thanks to a shadow-filled entryway?

Of course not.

So follow these tips and conduct your own audit of your home's exterior lights. Trust us—you'll be glad you did.

1. Walk around your home during the day and evening. Pay attention to your entire house—front, back, and sides—as well as any other buildings, such as sheds and garages. Note broken or burnt out lamps and identify areas that could benefit from an extra light source.

  • Do you notice any patterns? Do you find yourself tripping in the same places? Illuminating these areas could help.
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LED Kitchen Lighting Best Practices

Posted on Oct 01, 2017 by Andrea

Summer is officially over, fall routines are in full gear, and the days are getting shorter. As a result, most of us are spending more time inside, specifically in the kitchen—cooking, helping the kids with homework, reading mail, paying bills, and sharing meals.

And you know what that means: your kitchen NEEDS good lighting.

So let's discuss best tips for fabulous LED kitchen lighting.

The key is being smart with how you layer your lights. Remember, you use three different types of lighting in your home: ambient, task, and accent. A well-lit kitchen will use all three to great effect. Let's review each one.

1. Ambient lighting refers to the available light in an environment. We also call it "general lighting." Common ambient lighting includes…

  • Recessed Lighting. Think low-profile lighting recessed into your ceiling. Thanks to efficient (and smaller) LED diodes, you'll be spending less time on a stepstool swapping out chunky bulbs.
  • Flush Mounts. Installed flush or "semi flush" to the ceiling, these fixtures cast light in almost all directions, meaning that two or three can suffice for a whole kitchen. These fixtures are available in almost any finish and decorative style, so you'll likely be able to find the perfect fixture for your aesthetic. The small size of the LEDs also means that slim and low profile fixtures are easy to find (and more affordable to boot).
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Why Work with a Wolfers Lighting Consultant?

Posted on Sep 23, 2017 by Andrea

If you've ever done a big home renovation, you know how many people can get involved: think architects, builders, electricians, cabinetmakers, and so forth.

 

So why would you want to add a Wolfers Lighting consultant to the mix? Here are three good reasons…

1. Our lighting consultants' deep experience means they've likely encountered your "type" of project before. Are you renovating a kitchen? Creating a breakfast nook? Maybe a kitchen island that also works as place for the kids to do their homework? Or maybe you're redoing the master bathroom or the powder room off the entryway? 

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All about Tunable White LED

Posted on Sep 18, 2017 by Andrea

 

You've probably noticed that not all light sources come in the same color. Fire and candlelight have orange and red colors, for example, while midday sun is distinctly bluer.

Likewise, if you've studied up on LEDs, you've likely noticed that household light fixtures generally come in a few common color temperatures, noted on the Kelvin scale:

  • 2700K – mimics the light from a standard incandescent lamp
  • 3000K – mimics the light color of a halogen lamp (just a tiny bit whiter)

Other color temperatures include 3500K and 4000K. You're more likely to experience these color temperatures in schools, stores, and at the office (or if you have a fluorescent overhead light in your kitchen or garage).

As a rule of thumb, the higher the Kelvin temperature, the bluer the light. The lower the Kelvin temperature, the more amber or orange the light.

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