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Celebrate Mass Tax Free Weekend 2015 at Wolfers!

Posted on Jul 31, 2015 by admin

It's almost time for the Massachusetts tax free weekend. This annual two-day event sends throngs of people to various stores throughout the Commonwealth, thanks to the tax "holiday" that allows people to get 6.25% off selected items.

As awesome as this weekend is, we also know how overwhelming and exhausting it can be, which is why we offered a double tax promotion for the month of July 2015. Depending on when you're reading this article, you might still qualify! The offer expires on August 1, 2015.

But if you missed out, don't worry! In fact, recessed, track, Lutron, exhaust fans, and special orders were not part of our double-tax discount offer, but they ARE available for the tax free weekend on August 15 and August 16.

We want to help you make the most of the tax-free holiday! If you visit one of our lighting showrooms prior to the end. You get the savings, but without all the crowds!

Here's what you need to do:

  • Stop by our Waltham or Allston lighting showroom sometime between now and August 15.
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Bathroom Lighting Tips

Posted on Jul 24, 2015 by Andrea

Every room in the house has its own distinct lighting needs and lighting challenges, and the bathroom is no different. The bathroom is the place where we go to get ready, relax, and recharge, so it makes sense that decorative lighting and task lighting need to come together to create one unified space.

Our lighting consultants can help you determine the ideal amount of light and other considerations for your bathroom. But, in the meantime, here are some bathroom lighting tips you can follow.

Think form and function.

You need good lighting to see by, especially for those everyday tasks that take place in the bathroom, such as shaving, flossing, applying makeup, and so forth.

At the same time, you want to have an overall lighting scheme that supports the vibe you're trying to achieve. Typically, people see the master bathroom as a calm oasis (think of those long soaks in the tub with a good book and glass of wine, for example).

Your bathroom's size will also influence your lighting d

ecisions. In small bathrooms, mirror lights will illuminate the entire room, but in larger bathrooms, you'll want an additional ceiling light fixture for general lighting.

You can adequately light tub and shower enclosures by placing an enclosed damp-location recessed downlight in the ceiling. We also recommended using these downlights over whirlpool baths or in saunas. Recessed lights are not only functional but decorative as well.

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Topics: Lighting Design Labs

Three Lighting Trends That Are Sure to Inspire

Posted on Jul 17, 2015 by Christine

At the beginning of the year, you'll find plenty of "what's trending" lists in every category imaginable. The problem is that many of those lists involve predictions, rather than actual trends.

 Now that we're past the halfway point in 2015 (how'd that happen?), we thought we'd take a step back and share the real lighting trends we've been seeing in our lighting showrooms for the last six months. Get ready to be inspired!

Say Hello to Warm Metallics. 

This isn't a huge surprise since metallics have been popular in the fashion industry for the last several years. Let's just say that skirts and shoes aren't the only items you can bathe in the warm glow of gold, brass, and so forth. We're seeing increased interest in lighting fixtures with warm metallic finishes—a wonderful look that can truly help transform a space.

Hubbardton Forge just came out with its new "soft gold" finish, and it's as lovely as it sounds. The soft gold finish on this table lamp has easy-going appeal and can work well in a variety of spaces in your home or office. We have this new finish on display in both showrooms, come on in and see it in person.

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Topics: Staff Picks

Get Double Tax Savings at Wolfers Lighting All Month Long!

Posted on Jul 10, 2015 by Andrea

July is such a great month, isn't it? Everything moves just a tad slower—no rushing the kids off to school, no rushing to make it into work, no rushing around looking for ice melt and generators.

That said, July will be over before we know it. And while August has its pluses, August does feel, well, busier. Even the Mass Tax Free Weekend (a great tax holiday where you get 6.25% off selected items) has a rushed feeling to it. Yes, the savings are wonderful. But the crowds? Not so much.

Well, guess what? In an effort to give you great savings without all the hustle and bustle the tax holiday brings, we have a special promotion available for you this month.

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Designer Lighting Brands: Spotlight on Hubbardton Forge

Posted on Jul 03, 2015 by Andrea

We've written about Hubbardton Forge before, but one article doesn't do justice to this innovative designer lighting brand.

This time around, we thought we'd delve deeper into Hubbardton Forge's design aesthetic and share some of our favorite lighting products.

Hubbardton Forge's tagline is "modern American blacksmiths," an apt description since this Vermont-based company takes tools from a bygone era (think anvils, swage blocks, and trip hammers) and uses them to create designs that work beautifully in the 21st century.

Its website explains it best: "Since the company began in 1974, we have been re-exploring the ancient art of metal sculpting, creating lighting and accessories of grace and simplicity. Our design and manufacturing process is a collaboration of designers, engineers and craftspeople. Every curve, taper, and twist in the metal carries with it the distinctive marks of honest hand-crafting."

At Wolfers, we've been fans of Hubbardton Forge since the beginning. Below are some gorgeous lighting products that reflect the company's commitment to artistry, integrity, and enduring value. Each product has been hand forged by a blacksmith, and the finishes are guaranteed for life.

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Topics: Staff Picks