Wolfers Lighting Blog

Our Favorite Outdoor Wall Sconces from Hubbardton Forge

Posted on Apr 21, 2017 by Andrea

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. 


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Staff Picks: Sleek and Modern Light Fixtures

Posted on Apr 14, 2017 by Andrea

The beauty of modern and contemporary decorative lighting is that you can use it effectively in a wide variety of spaces. The right contemporary fixture has the ability to balance more traditional décor, and the sleek lines of modern lighting can work perfectly in transitional spaces.

Below are some of our current staff favorites.

1. Foscarini’s Caboche Suspension. Foscarini recently redesigned this piece with LEDs, so you'll enjoy energy efficiency, not mention the cool crystal vibe, thanks to the clear acrylic beads. See it in action in our Allston Showroom.

 

2. LZF’s “Swirl” Wood Lamp. A wood veneer shade swirling around a single bulb gives this fixture grace and movement. See it in Ivory White in our Allston showroom.

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Topics: Decorative

NEW: The Belfer Lighting Wedge Gets an LED Upgrade

Posted on Apr 08, 2017 by Andrea

We've long been fans of Belfer Lighting's wedge uplight, and now there's even more to love, thanks to this product's recent LED update.

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Making Your Home Smarter with Motorized Shades

Posted on Apr 01, 2017 by Andrea

Last month, we sat down with Gerard Lynch, the president of System 7 and The Boston Shade Company. Wolfers Lighting announced its merger with both companies earlier this year.

We invited Gerard back to discuss a popular product in smart homes today: motorized shades (also known as motorized blinds).

For people who might not be familiar with this technology, can you tell us about it? Why should they consider it? What's cool about it?

GERARD LYNCH: I think there's a lot that's cool about it. There are motorized shades that are almost silent. You can connect motorized shades to a lighting control system. You can connect them to an app or a smart home system. It's just like anything else that benefits from motorization or automation. You can walk into a room with five or ten windows and hit one button and those shades can go up or go down. Or they can go up or down on a schedule. They can even be set to come up or go down depending if the sun is out. It offers real convenience, not to mention the wow factor.

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Designer Lighting Spotlight on Hinkley Lighting

Posted on Mar 27, 2017 by Andrea

Spring is the perfect time to spruce up your home's exterior lighting so that it enhances all of your outdoor activities. Think family BBQs, fun nights around the fire pits, and relaxing evenings on the porch.

One of the best designer lighting brands for the job? Hinkley Lighting.

Since 1922, Hinkley Lighting has been producing high quality indoor, outdoor, and landscape lighting fixtures. Today, this fourth generation family-owned business boasts three different lighting brands:

  • Hinkley Lighting
  • Fredrick Raymond
  • Hinkley Landscape Lighting

All are excellent, producing stylish, yet timeless lighting fixtures that you can use throughout your home.

Below, we're focusing on some showroom favorites for the outdoors.

 

1. Wall Lanterns for the Win. Nothing says “Welcome” like sparkling lanterns and post lights outside your front entrance. A well-lit entrance is also important from a safety perspective. Lighting near the front door shows guests where to go and illuminates any potential obstacles, such as steps and planters. Wall lanterns on the deck can also help the person in charge of the grill. 

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Understanding Smart Energy Systems

Posted on Mar 18, 2017 by Andrea

 

Earth Day 2017 is a little over a month away! To get in the spirit, we're discussing smart energy systems with Gerard Lynch, president of System 7 and The Boston Shade Company. In January, Wolfers Lighting announced its merger with both companies.


What are smart energy systems?


GERARD LYNCH: Think of all the energy "systems" in your home—lighting, climate, pool controllers, irrigation systems, and so forth. All of these systems use energy (some use water) and they all cost money to operate.

Smart energy systems involve automation. An automated system gives the end user a simple app approach for a graphical user interface (or in the case of Alexa, a voice-user interface). These apps provide a simple and streamlined way to interact with the different technologies in your home, and in doing so, you can save energy and money. To create a fully integrated home, we often add other systems to these energy systems, such as security, video cameras, access control, and more.

For example, instead of returning home at night to discover you left your thermostat up all day (and, thus, wasting energy and dollars), you can quickly log in from work, see what's going on, set things on a schedule, measure historical behaviors, etcetera.

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Wolfers Lighting & Boston Design Week 2017

Posted on Mar 10, 2017 by Andrea

Spring is right around the corner, and you know what that means: Boston Design Week 2017 is almost here as well

We hope you join us for this 12-day citywide festival that "seeks to increase public awareness and appreciation of all aspects of design, foster recognition of the vital role design plays in our lives, and bring new audiences to a wide array of design industries and organizations."

From March 30 through April 9, designers, businesses, and education spaces open their doors and curate a diverse conversation about the many aspects of design.

Wolfers Lighting is proud to be a Bronze Sponsor of Boston Design Week 2017. We're thrilled to be offering three lighting seminars as well.

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Secrets from Our Lighting Showrooms

Posted on Mar 03, 2017 by Andrea

 

Because we're in our lighting showrooms day in and day out, we often take for granted all the awesome things we can offer customers.

So we thought we'd do a roundup of some of the (possibly) lesser-known features that are sure to wow and inspire.

We turned to three of our knowledgeable lighting consultants—Joyce Gravel, Susan Arnold, and Marty Whitney—for their insights.

What's your favorite feature about our lighting showrooms?  

Susan: The lighting labs. But keep in mind that the labs alone aren't what make them so special—it's the time and detail that each salesperson gives to each client who is using the labs. We make it a priority to give them an enjoyable experience. We all work as a team, so if one person doesn't know the answer, it truly becomes a team effort to find the correct one.

Marty: My favorite feature? The incredible variety of fixtures that we have on display. It's hard to visualize from dimensions and a photo alone what a fixture will look like and how it will provide light for a space. Even if the fixture that a customer is interested in isn't on display, we're often able to look at something similar in the showroom so they can get a feel for how the fixture will look and function in terms of style, size, and brightness.

 

Joyce: Definitely our displays. I hear it from customers all the time. Our displays are not overcrowded, and customers can turn on one or two fixtures at a time. There's plenty of room to stand back and appreciate and compare lights. Customers are better able to imagine what it will be like in their own space.

Is there a particular lab or item that you see customers really engage with?

Susan: The recessed lighting lab! Clients are always surprised at the price range of recessed lighting. In the lab, they can truly see why a light might cost $600 versus $200. While it's not always possible to implement the top-of-the-line fixtures, they can see and appreciate the difference. From there, they might decide to use the higher-end recessed lights in a few areas where they spend more time and where they'll truly appreciate the quality of the light. For example, they might use higher-end fixtures in the kitchen as opposed to the hallway or bedroom.

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System 7: Technology Designers Extraordinaire

Posted on Feb 24, 2017 by Andrea

Earlier this year, we announced our merger with System 7 and The Boston Shade Company (the latter is a division of System 7).

We've invited System 7 president Gerard Lynch to answer questions regarding his companies, including how he envisions working with Wolfers Lighting.

 

 

It's time for the 60-second elevator pitch. What does System 7 do?

GERARD LYNCH: System 7 is a systems integrator (sometimes referred to as a residential systems integrator). What does that mean? It means we work with all things electronic. It starts with a home network, wired and wireless, good Wi-Fi, and so forth.

From there, it involves various systems or "subsystems" that connect to a home network as part of a smart home. Think audio, video, lighting, motorized shades, climate control, security and surveillance, access control, and more—everything that would go into a smart home design.

 

At System 7, our big focus is on lighting controls and motorized shading. The Boston Shade Company is a division of System 7, and it is part of this merger with Wolfers Lighting as well.

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Hubbardton Forge Announces Two New Lines

Posted on Feb 17, 2017 by Andrea

Hubbardton Forge Announces Two New Lines

Hubbardton Forge continues to live up to its innovator reputation. At this year's Lightovation in Dallas, the Vermont-based company announced the launch of two new product lines: Vermont Modern and Synchronicity.

Here's the scoop on each…

Vermont Modern is all about fun, fun, fun—with a modern flair. Even the product names reflect this theme. To wit: check out the "Hook, Vine, and Sinker" pendant, pictured below (dogs not included).

 

Each piece in this collection offers a strong point of view, six gorgeous finishes, and the impeccable craftsmanship that has been Hubbardton's signature trait since its founding.

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