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Lighting Product Alert: Small-size LED Fixtures for Nooks & Crannies

Posted on Jul 29, 2017 by Andrea

Closets, pantries, and cupboards are all examples of spaces in your home that might not have enough light. What's a homeowner to do? Say hello to small-size LED fixtures.

If you've been researching LEDs, you already know they're energy efficient and long lasting. But they also come in smaller sizes, making them an ideal lighting solution for tight spaces.

So where should you add these smaller LED lights? Conduct a home audit:

  • Walk through your home and identify areas where there isn't much (if any) light, such as coat closets, pantries, bookshelves, even cupboard storage.
  • Next, look for areas where additional light could help. For example, lighting above kitchen cupboards or in toe-kick molding can add accent light to accentuate beautiful cabinetry while serving as the perfect night light.

Now onto products. Here are some good choices in small-fixture LEDs:

1. Juno 2" LED recessed fixture. We love this small-aperture LED recessed fixture. Already configured as a "remodeler fixture," the entire fixture can be installed through the small hole in the ceiling.

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Coastal Lighting Trends: Perfect for any Interior

Posted on Jul 22, 2017 by Andrea

Let's face it: when it comes to home décor, nautical and coastal themes are no surprise in New England, especially this time of year.

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Landscape Lighting Pro Tips: Why You Should Use LEDs

Posted on Jul 17, 2017 by Andrea

Having a solid landscape lighting strategy provides numerous benefits, including safety and security. Lighting up pathways, driveways, entrances, and so forth can help people avoid slips and falls. And outside motion sensor lights can deter thieves and animals alike.

But what kind of bulbs/lamps should you use? The short answer: LEDs. Here's why…

1. LED is low voltage + low power. Most landscape lights already run on low voltage power. Low voltage wire is easier to run from a transformer due to its smaller size. Low voltage wire is also much safer—chopping through a low voltage wire with a shovel would be a surprise, but chopping through a line voltage wire could be deadly (we're talking the difference between 12 volts and 120 volts).

 LED fixtures consume a fraction of the watts that even low voltage halogen lamps do

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NEW: We're Expanding Our Hubbardton Forge Gallery

Posted on Jul 08, 2017 by Andrea

If you're looking for ways to beat the heat this month, stop by one of our lighting showrooms to see the newest fixtures from Hubbardton Forge.

Regular readers of our blog know how much we love this company, and with good reason: they make each fixture by hand, which means you get a truly one-of-a-kind product for your home. Their designs are always inventive. Just when you think they couldn't possibly create another fresh and original piece, they launch two new lines: Vermont Modern and Synchronicity.

We're stocking products from both lines now, and they do not disappoint. Here are some of our current staff favorites.

1. Mobius LED Mini Pendant. This pendant will lead to interesting conversations, no doubt. Named after the mathematician August Ferdinand Möbius who discovered the Möbius Strip,

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Lighting Trends: Say Hello to Copper Finishes

Posted on Jul 01, 2017 by Andrea

Move over nickel. There's a new finish in town that's taking the design world by storm: copper!

To be fair, we're seeing many different lighting trends when it comes to sleek finishes for kitchens and baths, including bronze, aged brass, and rosy copper. But copper finishes are definitely leading the pack and becoming more popular.

And what's not to love? The right copper fixture can work in any design scheme—traditional to modern to contemporary.

We’re not alone in our thinking, either. This article speaks to the rise of copper as well: "Whereas chrome could seem cold and clinical and gold signaled 'a bit of bling', copper provided a warming, sophisticated glow that could be easily incorporated into interior schemes to add an element of understated, cool lux."

Another bonus? Copper's hard-but-malleable finish can yield long-lasting fixtures as well as ones that provide a "living finish" that will patina over time.

Here are some current staff favorites (we recommend seeing them in person to experience the full effect):

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3 Ways to Add Undercabinet Lighting to Your Kitchen

Posted on Jun 23, 2017 by Andrea

Are you thinking about adding undercabinet lighting to your kitchen? It's a smart idea. Here’s why:

  • Boost efficiency. And we're not just talking energy efficiency, although you'll get that as well if you opt for LEDs. Undercabinet lights also provide excellent task lighting, which will make you more efficient as you dice, slice, and chop.
  • Boost your kitchen's value. Layered lighting is in demand—and it's not just a passing fad. Customers who have purchased undercabinet lighting for their kitchen enjoy the additional control they have over the light levels.

At Wolfers, our lighting experts can help you find the ideal undercabinet lighting. Whether you're looking for something as easy as "plug-and-play" or something that's totally customizable, we've got you covered.

Here are some ideas:

1. The Weekend Warrior Project: For this project, we recommend

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Tips for Choosing the Perfect Foyer Lighting

Posted on Jun 18, 2017 by Andrea

The right foyer lighting can go a long way in creating a positive initial impression. After all, you want everyone (visitors and inhabitants of the residence alike) to feel safe and welcome as they enter.

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Designer Lighting Spotlight: Say Hello to Varaluz

Posted on Jun 09, 2017 by Andrea

We're big fans of Varaluz Lighting. Then again, how could anyone not love a manufacturer that admits to being "Lightly Twisted"?

Here's a video from Varaluz that captures this lightly twisted theme:

Don't let the fun and frivolity kid you, however. Varaluz is a serious lighting manufacturer that produces excellent products. The Varaluz team handcrafts all of its light fixtures and typically uses eco-friendly materials to boot.

 

Here are a few of our favorite Varaluz lights.

  1. . This fixture demonstrates the "lightly twisted" theme quite well, don't you think? Paired with a nostalgia bulb, this pendant will add a cool vibe to your kitchen island, breakfast nook, or wherever your imagination takes you. See it on display in Allston.
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Coming Soon to Wolfers: Motorized Shades for Your Home Renovation

Posted on Jun 04, 2017 by Andrea

 

We're working on bringing a new shades display to our Waltham and Allston showrooms.

If you've been in either showroom lately, you might have seen some activity going on around our windows. In particular, we've been working on bringing in some motorized shades from The Boston Shade Company.

Introducing Our Motorized Shades Display

We announced earlier this year that we were merging with The Boston Shade Company and System 7, which specializes in technology design.

This marriage, if you will, makes a lot of sense: it's all about making our homes smarter. And nothing says "smart home" like electronic shades that you control with the touch of a button. Same with lighting controls and dimmers. It's all about creating the right atmosphere room by room—be it day or night.

 

If you're not familiar with the benefits of motorized shades, here are some worth noting:

  1. Enhanced privacy. Do you remember the "old days" of going room-to-room and closing shades and drawing the blinds? This could be a big chore in a big house, often resulting in some rooms being ignored.

    With motorized shades, you can set it and forget it. The shades will open and close, room by room, according to when you want. For example, are you going away for a week, but you want your home to look "lived in" while you're gone? No problem. Set the shades to open and close (and the lights as well).

 

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Wolfers Lighting News: Feature Article in Licensed Architect Magazine

Posted on May 12, 2017 by Andrea

We wanted to give a quick shout-out to our very own Jennette Kollmann, who is the assistant manager in our Waltham lighting showroom.

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