Wolfers Lighting Blog

Closet Lighting that Gets the Job Done Right & In Style

Posted on Jun 19, 2015 by Andrea

The lighting we choose for spaces in our homes has become much more sophisticated over the years (think undercabinet lighting, cove lighting, etc.). So why should closet lighting be any different?

 At Wolfers, we're proud to offer many great closet lighting solutions—solutions that are stylish and highly functional.

Basically, we can break down closet lighting into two areas: overall illumination and task or accent lighting. We'll address each below. As always, if you have questions, please don't hesitate to ask. Even better, stop by one of our showrooms to speak with a lighting specialist, or visit our closet lighting lab in Waltham.

One important note: Make sure all fixtures in the closet are closed or lensed. Bare bulbs near fabric or shelves can pose a fire hazard.

Overall illumination. Without an overhead flush mount light, we'd be left fumbling around in the dark for our clothes, shoes, and other accessories. A flush mount can distribute light into all the corners of your closet, showing you the tops of shelves that recessed downlights might skim past.

One of our go-to closet lights for great illumination is the Cirque Ceiling light from Tech Lighting. You can mount this light on the ceiling or a wall. It's available in three lamp configurations: incandescent, fluorescent, and LED. And you can choose from three stylish finishes—antique bronze, chrome, or satin nickel. Check it out in our Allston and Waltham showrooms, or online here.

 

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Designer Lighting Brands: Spotlight on Hudson Valley Lighting:

Posted on Jun 12, 2015 by Andrea

David Littman, founder of Hudson Valley Lighting, says his company is about more than just lighting—it's about a lifestyle.

Littman explains, "We design and build beautiful fixtures for people who put quality first—for people who are not willing to trade-off that increasingly rare characteristic." He says that if a fixture looks great, but can't withstand the test of time, then what's the point? This is why Littman strives to create beautiful, functional pieces that people can pass on from generation to generation.

As for where Littman and his team draw their inspiration from, the company's name offers a clue. Residing in New York's Hudson River Valley since its inception nearly thirty years ago, Hudson Valley Lighting doesn't need to look any further than its own surroundings—surroundings that are rich in history and natural wonder.

The HVL website notes, "With the unrivaled cosmopolitan glamour of Manhattan, the strong architectural history of colonial settlers, the industrial grit of nineteenth-century riverside factories, and the botanical beauty of unspoiled wilderness all at our doorstep, you will discover that our design motifs are as varied and exciting as your decorating imagination."

At Wolfers, Hudson Valley Lighting is one of our most popular designer lighting brands. We love the company's traditionally styled products with contemporary twists because they look great in a variety of applications. Below are some of our current favorites.

1. Washington Pendant. This four-light pendant, which you can see on display in our Waltham and Allston lighting showrooms, will add a touch of classic elegance to your space. The beautiful hand-blown glass speaks to this piece's superior craftsmanship. Available finishes include aged brass and polished nickel.

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Summer Living - Your Attitude Just Got A Lot Cooler

Posted on Jun 12, 2014 by admin


Modern Fans - "Cool By Design"

Any company that uses a tagline "Cool By Design" better have some great products to back them up. For years, The Modern Fan Company has done just that – producing sleek, contemporary fans that fit well in any décor.

This company has an uncanny sense of style. The new Torsion family hits all the marks for an Arts & Crafts style while remaining firmly entrenched in the contemporary tradition. The Solus fan has a futuristic, almost Jetson-like quality, yet the design is immediately classic and contemporary.

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The Magic of Outdoor and Landscape Lighting

Posted on May 02, 2014 by admin

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Now You See It; Now You Don’t

Request a Free Consultation You’ve seen some fabulous lighting applications in home design magazines and now you’d like to create that same magic around the exterior of your own home. With a little technical knowledge and some experimentation, you can create an inviting outdoor environment that will increase safety and security, provide easy driveway access, and enhance the beauty of your home both from the inside looking out and from the outside looking in. Wolfers lighting designer Susan Arnold took some time out to talk about the magic of outdoor and landscape lighting.

How do these designer homes achieve such great lighting effects?

The first thing to understand is the difference between "outdoor lanterns" and "landscape lighting." Outdoor lanterns are highly decorative visual elements designed to coordinate with the architectural style of your home. They are made to be seen. As a result, outdoor lantern designs run the gamut from traditional wrought-iron to highly polished contemporary styles. Outdoor lanterns can be hung from porch ceilings, installed on posts or columns, and are most often installed near entryways and garage doors. Outdoor lanterns are the jewelry that provides a first impression about your home.

On the other hand, landscape lighting is designed to disappear. These fixtures are hung in trees, camouflaged as rocks, submerged in water or installed close to the ground to minimize them from view – leaving lighting designers free to create magical lighting effects that illuminate driveways and walking paths, accent architectural features, and highlight landscape. When properly specified and installed, outdoor and landscape lighting should work together to create a spectacular effect on the outside of your home.

What wattage bulbs should I use for Outdoor Lanterns? 
It’s best to use low wattage (15 watt) bulbs in outdoor lanterns so you do not blind visitors arriving at your home. A light that is too bright is harsh and blinding at entranceways – it’s not a pretty sight.

Are LED bulbs useful for Outdoor and Landscape Lighting?
LED is perfect for Outdoor and Landscape Lighting applications. Incandescent bulbs tend to have a shortened life when exposed to rigorous weather and they are time consuming to replace. LED bulbs now come in just about any configuration and once you install them, chances are you will never have to replace them. If you already have landscape lighting installed, it is possible you can change out most incandescent bulbs with LED replacement bulbs.

How many Landscape Fixtures will I need?
That depends on the areas that need to be addressed and the lighting effects you want to create. I like to hang fixtures in trees to create the feeling of mo
You’ve seen some fabulous lighting applications in home design magazines and now you’d like to create that same magic around the exterior of your own home. With a little technical knowledge and some experimentation, you can create an inviting outdoor environment that will increase safety and security, provide easy driveway access, and enhance the beauty of your home both from the inside looking out and from the outside looking in. Wolfers lighting designer Susan Arnold took some time out to talk about the magic of outdoor and landscape lighting.

 

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Warm, Kitchen Lighting Design: Switch to LED?

Posted on Mar 17, 2014 by admin

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PROJECT: Kitchen Lighting

 

photo-4The kitchen is the primary living space in the home. When designing lighting for the kitchen, it’s important to take into account many different activities. Bright overall light is necessary for food preparation; intense light is best for specialized task areas, while ambient light is pleasurable for entertaining. We also address any needs for lighting controls and whether or not a decorative light fixture is required to carry through a design theme.

A client of mine came to me with a typical LED challenge. She had pendants over her sink, recessed lights in the ceiling, under cabinet lights and a chandelier over her table. When she had all of these fixtures on at the same time, she noticed that the quality of light varied from each fixture. She noticed that when she dimmed the recessed lights, there was no shift in color, while the new LED lamp (bulb) did n

ot provide the warm glow she was used to.

I explained to her that not all LED lamps (bulbs) have the same characteristics. The bulbs may

 have had the same Kelvin temperature on the box, but Kelvin temperature can vary a +/- from one manufacturer to another. There is also the factor of the Color Rendering Index (CRI), which is so very important and often is overlooked by the consumer.

As for the issues my client experienced with dimming, I recommended a Warm Dim LED bulb, which actually has built-in technology so that, when you dim it, the color shifts to a more amber spectrum, creating the warm fuzzy feeling that we know and expect when the lights are dimmed.

LED technology is changing every day so beware! Not all LED bulbs perform in the same way. They do not all dim in the traditional way we expect. They are not suitable for enclosed fixtures and damp locations. You can buy any LED bulb and think it

 will be perfect – but will discover otherwise.

Wolfers is offering a FREE ONE HOUR LIGHTING
CONSULTION to answer all your questions – and
help you to make informed lighting decisions.

Please click here to schedule your appointment today!

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Warm, Dimmable LED Lighting: The Perfect Solution for Homeowners

Posted on Mar 05, 2014 by admin

Warm, Dimmable LED Lighting: The Perfect Solution for Homeowners

Lighting is important. It can set a mood, illuminate a task area, and create a welcoming environment for entertaining friends and family.

Did you know that most LED bulbs currently on the market cannot be dimmed in the same way as incandescent bulbs? The light output is harsh and doesn't look anything like the warm glow we're used to from incandescents.

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Wolfers Wins ARTS Award Honoring Home Industry Excellence

Posted on Jan 29, 2014 by admin

Wolfers is the 2014 winner of the 25th Annual ARTS Award for lighting showrooms in the East/Atlantic region. The 25th annual ARTS Awards are sponsored by EnLIGHTenment, Gifts & Decorative Accessories, Giftware News, HFN, Home Accents Today, Home Fashion Forecast, Residential Lighting and Sustainable Furnishings Council. The ARTS Awards is the premier international awards program dedicated to home industry excellence and achievement in retailing, manufacturing, design, and representation.

“This year’s 25th annual ARTS Awards was a milestone event celebrating the past, present and future of the home furnishings industry,” said Bill Winsor, president and CEO, Dallas Market Center. “Congratulations to all of the winners. It was an honor to recognize your achievements and celebrate with you.”

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Lighting Strategy for Home Entertaining

Posted on Dec 27, 2012 by admin

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In the midst of one of the biggest holiday weeks of the year, are you looking around your home and thinking that there’s still some room for improvement? Make your next gathering better than the last by revamping your lighting strategy!

Here are a few tips to make the most out of your lighting scheme while hosting company:

 

The Grand Entrance

The saying “you only get one chance to make a first impression” can certainly be applied to your home’s entrance. Test out your fixtures to make sure it’s safe for guests on a walkway, and check if lighting is sufficient by steps or stones. Adding a strong, but not overpowering, feature light at your front door acts as a beacon to guests welcoming them to your home.

 

The Dining Room

Chances are, you will be entertaining and serving a meal in the dining room. A chandelier, often the focal point, can also enhance the mood. You can alter the feel of an existing chandelier by swapping out the shades or switching to decorative specialty bulbs. Lower wattage can help set the mood. If a change is in order, selecting the proper size chandelier for your room is essential and don’t forget the matching sconces for the perimeter.

 

Bottom line: A nice, soft light adds warmth and intimacy to the dining experience.

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How to Read the New Lighting Facts LED Labels

Posted on Oct 30, 2012 by admin

Facts about new LED Bulb Packaging

Are you standing in the store with a light bulb package in your hand, wondering how am I supposed to know how bright this will be? Will it be white light? Will it be efficient? What is this nutrition-label looking thing on the back of the packaging? What does all this mean?

Relax, Wolfers is here to help break it down for you.

The new Lighting Facts Label, shown here, provides a summary of a light’s performance data. Sponsored by the Department of Energy, it is formatted in the style of a “nutrition facts label” and protects consumers from exaggerated claims, ensuring a satisfactory buying experience.

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Spotlight on Under-Cabinet Lighting

Posted on Oct 03, 2012 by admin

How is your cooking? Your skills might be even better once you brighten up your kitchen with under-cabinet lighting!

At Wolfers, we’ve seen more homeowners come to our showrooms in search of under-cabinet lighting than ever before. While you may think purchasing lights online will suffice, we recommend viewing under-cabinets in person, allowing you to see the lights up close and focus on how the different sources will look against various surfaces and countertops.

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