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Wolfers Lighting Excited for 36th Season of This Old House

Posted on Oct 30, 2015 by Andrea

For the 36th season of This Old House, the star is a 3200 square foot Victorian in Belmont, Mass.

As the website explains, this season follows the homeowners and their two children as "they embark on a journey to bring their home back to its original Victorian style after a previous owner stripped many classic architectural details."

While we're big fans of the show in general, we're particularly excited for this season since our very own Susan Arnold helped the homeowners make their lighting selections. We'll share more details as we get closer to that particular episode (which will air in early 2016), but until then, there's plenty more to take in!

Here's a great overview of all the fun things you can expect to see this season on This Old House.

Check out new episodes of This Old House every Thursday at 8:00 p.m. on WGBH (check your local listings for further details).

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Our Lighting Showrooms Let You See It, Touch It, Take it Home

Posted on Oct 23, 2015 by admin

It's easy to think you don't need to see a lighting fixture before you buy it, but that couldn't be further from the truth.

Like everything else in your home, you need to make sure your lighting selections not only reflect the space's unique aesthetics, but also provide the right functionality.

That's why visiting one of our Wolfers lighting showrooms can make all the difference in the world. At Wolfers, you can actually SEE the products in action and get a sense of how the fixture will work in your home.

This fall, we've created several galleries in each of our showrooms filled with gorgeous statement pieces that are sure to inspire. We invite you to stop in so that you can see these items, touch them, and take them home. (Want an overview? Download our fall lighting brochure here.)

Below are just a few of the lighting products you can expect to find in these wonderful galleries.

Schonbek Crystal Chandeliers. We talked about Schonbek last month. Here are a couple pieces that are sure to WOW your space.

  1. Refrax Chandelier. Can't you just imagine this unusual chandelier in your dining room, living room, entryway, or some other space? Equal parts decorative and functional, this gorgeous light is sure to get people talking.

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Say Hello to Lighting Designer David Trubridge

Posted on Oct 16, 2015 by Andrea

New Zealand-based lighting designer David Trubridge has a fascinating background: boat designer, explorer (10 years sailing the world with his wife and two sons), and small-scale business owner turned international sensation.

There's no doubt that Trubridge's rich life experiences (including his participation in an Antarctica arts fellowship program) has influenced his lighting designs—designs that are gorgeous and eco-friendly.

According to the Trubridge website, "The company is driven by a strong environmentally conscious philosophy which informs all aspects of design and production. Such motivations come before profit."

Trubridge accomplishes this by...

  • Using timber from sustainably managed plantations in New Zealand or the United States
  • Leaving wood in its natural state whenever possible
  • Using non-toxic oils in place of harmful solvents
  • Adhering to a design point of view where designers use only the minimal amount of materials necessary and create products that will withstand the test of time
  • Reducing shipping and freight by using the "Seed System," which involves delivering flat-packed kits that customers/distributors assemble on their own
  • Recycling all factory and studio waste

Below are some highlights from the David Trubridge Collection.

  1. Coral Pendant. Made from bamboo plywood, it's available in 11 finishes. This one shows off a natural finish. You can see the 16" in Allston and 24" in Waltham.



  2. Kina Pendant. The Kina Pendant takes everything you love from the Coral pendant, such as the bamboo plywood, and offers another silhouette. The Kina is also available in 11 finishes, including the lime pictured below. Experience this particular pendant in person in our Waltham showroom (you'll also be able to see the Kina in a natural finish).
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Visual Comfort Lighting: New Gallery in Wolfers Allston

Posted on Oct 09, 2015 by admin

Our regular blog readers know we're huge fans of Visual Comfort lights, and for good reason. The lighting products are high quality and diverse, thanks in part to the company's huge stable of talented lighting designers (over fifteen, at last check).

This fall, we recently unveiled a Visual Comfort gallery in our Allston lighting showroom. This gallery displays stunning lighting products from several different Visual Comfort designers.

Here's a sampling of what to expect when you stop in for a visit.

  1. Lighting Designer E. F. "Sandy" Chapman. Mr. Chapman has been Visual Comfort's chief designer since 1996. As the website states, "His classically influenced style defines our core of traditional silhouettes."

Below is the Moravian Medium Star, a piece that's sure to wow, thanks to its burnished silver leaf finish and antique mirrored glass. Other finishes include gilded iron and aged iron.

 

  1. Lighting designer AERIN. With the AERIN Collection, you'll find pieces that celebrate old world glamour with a modern point of view, like the Jacqueline Chandelier with its hand-rubbed antique brass finish and white glass beads. What's not to love? (Also available with clear glass beads and a burnished silver leaf finish.)
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Lighting Tips for Fall

Posted on Oct 02, 2015 by Andrea

Get ready for winter with these tips!

Fall is officially here, and with it comes many fun things: football, pumpkin-flavored everything, Halloween, and yard work.

OK, so maybe that last item on the list isn't always fun, but it sure is important. Raking, cleaning gutters, checking roofs—homeowners should tackle these tasks before the snow flies, along with maintenance inside the home, like getting the chimney serviced, replacing batteries in the fire alarms, and so forth.

All that said, one thing many people overlook as they plan their fall honey-do list is lights. Not to worry! We're here to help. Here are some lighting tips to keep in mind as you go about your fall chores, along with some great LED lights to consider.

  1. Check your floodlights and other exterior lights. Are they working properly (including sensors)? Any bulbs out? Remember, it's getting darker earlier, which means you want your outside lights in proper working order for both safety and security reasons. (No one likes slipping and falling on darkened walkways, right?)
  2. Consider swapping out flood and exterior lights for LEDs. Using LEDs can help you save money and energy, not to mention the longer life will mean less climbing on ladders in frigid temperatures to change bulbs.

 A great floodlight to consider? RAB Lighting's Bullet2X12W, which boasts these features:

Rab's Bullet 2X12W

  • Two adjustable 12W LED floodlights
  • Equivalent to 2x75W BR30/halogen/wide floods
  • Microprismatic diffusion lens optimizes light output without glare
  • 100,000-hour LED Lifespan

 

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