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Recessed Lighting Layout : Tips and Tricks

Posted on Oct 21, 2016 by Andrea

Often when it comes to choosing lighting for the kitchen and even other areas of your home, your first instinct might be to go with recessed lighting.


And you know what? It's not a bad way to go. In fact, recessed lighting makes for a smart lighting strategy, for numerous reasons:

  • Recessed lighting can be an excellent source of ambient light (i.e. the overall illumination for a particular space).
  • Good recessed lighting can give you extra flexibility when it comes to selecting accent lighting. If you already have good overall illumination thanks to your recessed lighting, then you can be "choosier" when selecting accent lighting.
  • Recessed lighting offers a sleek profile since recessed lights don't protrude from the ceiling. Recessed lighting is also perfect for lower ceilings as well.
  • More and more recessed lighting fixtures are available in smaller apertures, adding to the sleek profile, yet they offer similar output as larger apertures. For example, the Juno 2" LED recessed light fixture (pictured to the right) is only two inches in diameter, yet it produces the same amount of light as a 60-watt household bulb.

Wolfers Lighting Wins Silver Award for Best Marketing Event

Posted on Oct 17, 2016 by Steve

In addition to our recent announcement that our own Susan Arnold recently won a Gold Award for Best Salesperson, Wolfers Lighting also was honored with a Silver Award for Best Marketing Event at the BRAGB 2016 Prism Awards Thursday, October 6.

Wolfers was honored for programming our three-seminar series in April for Boston Design Week. Two seminars were offered, LED 101: A Wolfers Home Lighting Seminar and LED Applications for Kitchen and Bath.

In LED 101: A Wolfers Home Lighting Seminar our aim was to educate and empower our customers with the industry basics that we use with every sale. Color temperature, CRI, dimming, and even a quick lesson about what makes up an LED fixture was all covered.


Wolfers Lighting’s Susan Arnold wins Gold Award for Best Sales Associate at 2016 Prism Awards!

Posted on Oct 16, 2016 by Andrea


Waltham Showroom Lighting Consultant Susan Arnold was honored at the BRAGB 2016 Annual PRISM Awards Gala with a Gold Award for Best Sales Associate Thursday, October 6. Wolfers is proud to see her daily excellence recognized in this manner.

Susan has been an employee of Wolfers Lighting for 22 years, and is primarily based out of the Waltham Showroom.  As a project-based lighting designer, Susan contributes to the design portion of the project, as well as providing years of industry knowledge that facilitates collaboration between electrician, general contractor, homeowner and many more.


The Many Benefits of Custom Light Fixtures

Posted on Oct 08, 2016 by Andrea

If you've ever visited one of our lighting showrooms, then you've seen, first hand, the many wonderful lighting fixtures that are available. Our lighting consultants love working one-on-one with customers as they browse our wide selection and choose the perfect fixture for their space.

That said, we also have customers who want something truly unique: custom light fixtures.

(Above: A fabricator at Hubbardton Forge bends the arms for a custom chandelier.)

So what is a custom light fixture, exactly? Custom light fixtures typically include requests for one or more of the following:

  • Small tweaks (e.g. adding a switch on the backplate)
  • Custom shades with your own fabrics.
  • Modifications (e.g. reconfiguring a three-light chandelier into five lights)
  • A fixture you love in a finish that it isn't normally available in
  • Full-blown original designs

In other words, if you can imagine it, chances are good that we'll find a lighting manufacturer who'll be able to turn your idea into reality.

How do you know if a custom light fixture is right for you and your home? A custom-made light fixture might be the perfect choice if you're working with a narrow color/finish palette, if you prefer truly one-of-a-kind pieces


All You Need Is Light

Posted on Oct 06, 2016 by Steve


The Hubbardton Forge outdoor lighting collections are designed to last for years, if not decades. Their lighting design team is inspired by shapes in architecture, sculpture and even jewelry, with a deep respect for all art forms. The latest series of their Coastal Finish options are formulated to resist the harshest environmental conditions with significantly improved durability, while remaining true to the warmth and elegance of Hubbardton Forge style. All Coastal finishes are powder-coated.

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Wolfers Lighting Case Study: Design Home 2015

Posted on Oct 02, 2016 by Andrea

At Wolfers Lighting, we love working with interior designers as they make lighting selections for their clients' homes. We also love seeing the completed project, especially when the lighting is spot on and enhances the feel of the room.

We also know how important it is for consumers to see what goes into making lighting selections. To that end, we recently created a case study of the work our fabulous lighting consultant Kate Hazen did with Chelsi Christiansen from Design East Interiors on Boston Magazine's Design Home 2015.


Announcing Home Lighting Seminar, October 19!

Posted on Sep 26, 2016 by Andrea

Mark your calendars! We’re excited to announce an informative Home Lighting Seminar coming to our Allston showroom on Wednesday, October 19.


Illuminating the Latest in LED Technology
Specify Residential LED Lighting with Confidence

Today’s LED options offer you much more than energy efficiency. But it can be a challenge to choose the best light source for each application. Join us to learn how to enhance your home though lighting, lighting controls, and add functionality with the latest in LED. Join us Wednesday, October 19, from 11:00am to 1:00 pm. 11:00am to 12:00pm is our seminar, and then we'll have a Question and Answer session and lunch bites afterward. Our very own Susan Arnold, ALA Certified Lighting Designer (seen recently on This Old House) will cover the following course objectives:

  • Today's best LED applications.
  • Effective LED retrofitting technology.
  • Understanding dimming and shade control.

Wolfers Lighting News: Design Home 2016 is Open for Tours!

Posted on Sep 14, 2016 by Andrea

We're thrilled to announce that Boston Magazine's Design Home 2016 is now open for tours (image by Design Home 2016).

Wolfers Lighting worked closely with the design coordinator for the project, Angela Rotondo from Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects/Builders. Angela selected wonderful lighting fixtures throughout the home—ones that really bring the space to life. And now's your chance to see the results in person, all while supporting a good cause: Boston Children's Hospital.

 EDIT: Take a sneak peek at some of the fantastic rooms in Design Home 2016 here!


The Pinehills in Plymouth, Mass.


Tour Dates and Times:

September 14 - October 9:


Wolfers Lighting Sample Sale Still Going Strong

Posted on Sep 07, 2016 by Steve

Last month, we highlighted the incredible sample sale* we have going on in both showrooms, specifically the great offerings from The Minka Group.

Today, we're shining the spotlight on Hudson Valley Lighting fixtures, including the following, all of which you can get for 40% off through the month of September (while supplies last).

As our regular blog readers know, we're huge fans of Hudson Valley Lighting's timeless style and fantastic quality.


1. The Edison 2-Light Sconce in Polished Nickel. There are so many reasons to love this fixture. The mouth-blown "schoolhouse glass," vintage cast socket holders, and classic American design are just a few.


New Coastal Finish from Hubbardton Forge Protects Outdoor Lighting

Posted on Sep 02, 2016 by Andrea


Back in June, we journeyed to Dallas for the second installment of "Lightovation," the biannual event where lighting manufacturers unveil their newest products.

We fell in love with many exciting items, but one stood out: Hubbardton Forge's new coastal outdoor finish. This finish is exciting for a couple of reasons:

1. Hubbardton Forge designed the powder-coated finish specifically for harsh coastal environments. Hubbardton Forge defines coastal as within a 20-mile radius of Boston-- meaning that the metro Boston area can also benefit from this specially formulated finish. Hubbardton put a lot of work into perfecting its formula: they tested the finish in a 5% saline mist 24/7 to make sure the fixtures didn't rust, peel, or flake. Like we said: GREAT news for outdoor lighting. (Psst: we recently toured Hubbardton Forge—get all the details.)


2. Hubbardton offers the finish in six incredible colors. Allow us to show them off…

Coastal Mahogany. Mahogany is such a classy color, isn't it? Imagine a lighting product in this finish at your front door. Talk about an elegant entrance!