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LED Kitchen Lighting Best Practices

Posted on Oct 01, 2017 by Andrea

Summer is officially over, fall routines are in full gear, and the days are getting shorter. As a result, most of us are spending more time inside, specifically in the kitchen—cooking, helping the kids with homework, reading mail, paying bills, and sharing meals.

And you know what that means: your kitchen NEEDS good lighting.

So let's discuss best tips for fabulous LED kitchen lighting.

The key is being smart with how you layer your lights. Remember, you use three different types of lighting in your home: ambient, task, and accent. A well-lit kitchen will use all three to great effect. Let's review each one.

1. Ambient lighting refers to the available light in an environment. We also call it "general lighting." Common ambient lighting includes…

  • Recessed Lighting. Think low-profile lighting recessed into your ceiling. Thanks to efficient (and smaller) LED diodes, you'll be spending less time on a stepstool swapping out chunky bulbs.
  • Flush Mounts. Installed flush or "semi flush" to the ceiling, these fixtures cast light in almost all directions, meaning that two or three can suffice for a whole kitchen. These fixtures are available in almost any finish and decorative style, so you'll likely be able to find the perfect fixture for your aesthetic. The small size of the LEDs also means that slim and low profile fixtures are easy to find (and more affordable to boot).

Why Work with a Wolfers Lighting Consultant?

Posted on Sep 23, 2017 by Andrea

If you've ever done a big home renovation, you know how many people can get involved: think architects, builders, electricians, cabinetmakers, and so forth.


So why would you want to add a Wolfers Lighting consultant to the mix? Here are three good reasons…

1. Our lighting consultants' deep experience means they've likely encountered your "type" of project before. Are you renovating a kitchen? Creating a breakfast nook? Maybe a kitchen island that also works as place for the kids to do their homework? Or maybe you're redoing the master bathroom or the powder room off the entryway? 


All about Tunable White LED

Posted on Sep 18, 2017 by Andrea


You've probably noticed that not all light sources come in the same color. Fire and candlelight have orange and red colors, for example, while midday sun is distinctly bluer.

Likewise, if you've studied up on LEDs, you've likely noticed that household light fixtures generally come in a few common color temperatures, noted on the Kelvin scale:

  • 2700K – mimics the light from a standard incandescent lamp
  • 3000K – mimics the light color of a halogen lamp (just a tiny bit whiter)

Other color temperatures include 3500K and 4000K. You're more likely to experience these color temperatures in schools, stores, and at the office (or if you have a fluorescent overhead light in your kitchen or garage).

As a rule of thumb, the higher the Kelvin temperature, the bluer the light. The lower the Kelvin temperature, the more amber or orange the light.


Introducing Arnsberg: An Innovative Lighting Manufacturer

Posted on Sep 09, 2017 by admin

We're excited to introduce you to a new lighting manufacturer, Arnsberg.

Founded in Germany by two families with deep experience in the lighting industry, Arnsberg is named after the city of Arnsberg, Germany, an area renowned for its influence on lighting, starting way back in 1830 with petroleum lamps. After the dawn of electricity, the city continued to flourish. Today, it is home to some of the largest lighting companies.

Arnsberg's mission is simple:  to provide "the best lighting available at an affordable price." We love the modern and contemporary stylings of their fixtures—as well as their budget-friendly price points.

Here are some current favorites.

1. Dessau LED Desk Lamp. If you're a fan of sleek lines and contemporary styling, you're going to love the Dessau. Perfect for back to school (or the office), this desk lamp comes in 3000K and offers easy dimming through a handy knob on the base. We keep it stocked in Matte Nickel in both showrooms.


New at Wolfers Lighting: Check Out Our Electronic Shades Display

Posted on Sep 02, 2017 by admin


As you may recall, Wolfers Lighting merged with The Boston Shade Company and System 7 earlier this year. We're thrilled to announce that we've completed our electronic shades display (above) in our Waltham showroom, with Allston to follow.

Our lighting consultants are fielding questions from curious customers who walk into our showrooms thinking "lights," but then they spot the motorized shades. "Hmm," some of them say.

We get it. But here's the thing: when you stop and think about it, selling light fixtures and motorized shades together makes complete sense. Waltham Lighting Consultant Susan Arnold says “ I would like to see shades as the fourth layer of lighting – Accent, Task, Ambient, and Natural Lighting”, where shades can lend additional control of how much light enters a room.


Go Back to School in Style with Our Favorite LED Task Lamps

Posted on Aug 27, 2017 by Andrea

Before you know it, we'll be talking pumpkins, turkeys, and Christmas trees, but until then, it's all about back to school (and work).

Head back in style with a fabulous and functional LED task lamp from Koncept.

First, here's a primer on task lighting:

1. What is task lighting? Unlike ambient and accent lighting, we use task lighting to better see work surfaces. Kitchen counters, bedside tables, desks, and workbenches all benefit from specific lighting fixtures that cast light down to make chopping, reading, writing, drilling, and other work easier to see—and with less eye strain to boot.

2. What should you keep in mind when selecting a good task lighting lamp for your desk?
  • Dimming. Too much or too little light can lead to strained eyes. Choose a desk lamp with dimming capabilities so that you can regulate output as needed.
  • Flexibility. You should be able to easily adjust the lamp. All of our favorite desk lamps are easy to adjust for perfect glare-free light.
  • Size. Always consider size. For example, you'll likely want a lamp with a longer arm for a larger, wider desk.


Koncept: The Leaders in Dedicated Task Lighting

Founded in 2002, Koncept is an award-winning LED manufacturer specializing in floor and table/desk lamps for home and office use.

Here are some of our current favorites from Koncept. Note: All the fixtures below are on display (and generally in stock) in both showrooms.

1. Z Bar Mini. This lamp puts the "fun" in functional. You'll love how the line of LEDs casts even light, not to mention the easy-to-move arm allows you to direct the light where you need it.


Tech Lighting Dazzles

Posted on Aug 11, 2017 by admin

We're big fans of Tech Lighting, and for good reasons:

  1. Tech Lighting offers excellent designs. Their on-trend unique fixtures always look fabulous and come in a variety of gorgeous finishes.
  1. Tech Lighting is an established manufacturer of low-voltage fixtures. Tech Lighting's monorail and low-voltage pendant systems make it easy to add plenty of light to your kitchen, bar, breakfast nook, dining room, and other areas of your home.
  1. Tech Lighting knows how to use LEDs. With the invention of LED, they have pushed the envelope further, with fantastic LED options (both integral fixtures and retrofit lamps) that provide excellent light output and quality.
  1. Tech Lighting offers easy-to-build systems. With a pendant, choose your canopy, fixture, and light source (LED or halogen). Monorail can be a decorative alternative to track lighting.
  1. Tech Lighting has expanded its lines. Tech Lighting has branched out to include bathroom lighting, line voltage decorative fixtures (e.g., flush mounts, sconces), and outdoor lighting as well.

While Tech Lighting produces fantastic decorative fixtures, it also manufactures ELEMENT—a cutting edge line of recessed architectural fixtures featuring high CRI and warm dim recessed lights in a variety of apertures and lighting outputs.


It's Time for Our Annual Summer Lighting Sale

Posted on Aug 03, 2017 by Andrea

Who knows what's going on with the Massachusetts tax-free weekend this year? Not to worry, because we're offering great savings all month long.

Through the end of August, you can save up to 40% on lighting for your home during our annual summer lighting sale. Think bathroom vanity lights, sconces, pendants, even outdoor fixtures.

Worth special note: We're offering excellent savings on select Schonbek sconces, pendants, and chandeliers.


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.


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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