Wolfers Lighting Blog

Staff Spotlight: Meet Dan Vassallo from System 7

Posted on Dec 11, 2018 by Marty

We often say we have the best team members. And that's true across our three brands: Wolfers Lighting, System 7, and The Boston Shade Company.

Today, we shine the spotlight on Dan Vassallo, who works as a field manager on the project finish team for System 7.


How did you first learn about System 7? What drew you to the company?

Dan: Todd Gaito, our director of sales, used to work with my wife at a previous company. I had only met him a few times, but he remembered that I was in the A/V industry and reached out when System 7 was growing and looking for field technicians.

At the time, I was on the commercial side of the region's A/V industry. For five years, I'd been working on big commercial build-outs as a field technician. Then, I spent about a year as an outside salesperson for a smaller commercial A/V integrator.

So Todd called, and we talked at length about System 7, the culture, and the caliber of work. That led to a call with the president of the company, Gerry Lynch. This conversation completely shattered my preconceived assumptions about the "dreaded" residential A/V industry.


Tips for Choosing Kitchen Island Pendants (Plus Showroom Favorites)

Posted on Dec 05, 2018 by Marty


Every day in the showroom, we get tons of questions regarding kitchen lighting—specifically kitchen island pendants.

Questions abound for good reason, since there are literally thousands of pendants to choose from—all in various sizes, shapes, colors, and styles.

Because narrowing down the search can prove incredibly challenging, we've compiled some tips straight from our showroom experts along with their current favorite pendants.

As always, if you have questions about your kitchen lighting, please contact us! Schedule a free one-hour consultation with one of our lighting experts in Waltham to review your kitchen lighting plan.


Pro Tip #1: Keep various lighting needs top of mind.  

Are you relying on the pendants for task lighting at the kitchen island? And do you envision using the island as a primary food prep or work space?

If so, a pendant with a downward-pointing shade tends to give the best task lighting by directing light onto the work surface. 

Further, a pendant whose shade diffuses or blocks the light source from view ensures a brighter bulb can be used to give you more light without causing glare.


Staff Spotlight: Meet Jessica Abramson from The Boston Shade Company

Posted on Nov 20, 2018 by Marty

The best team on the planet deserves the spotlight! Today, we shine it on Jessica Abramson, who is the director of shading operations at The Boston Shade Company.


When and how did you come to work for The Boston Shade Company?  

Jessica: The Northeast had always been intriguing to me. Good people, good sports teams. I ended up meeting a fella from Massachusetts. We both had lived in California for some time and decided to give Boston a go.

As for my business background, I'd grown up in the shade industry—working in retail and as a vendor. When I moved to Boston, my timing was perfect: The Boston Shade Company was looking for some help. I've been with the company since 2010.


What is the most unusual (and interesting) shade job you've come across in your career? 


Holiday Lighting Tips for the Foyer, Guest Bath, and More

Posted on Nov 14, 2018 by Marty


With Thanksgiving next week and December just around the corner, we're in full holiday preparation mode here at Wolfers. We imagine you are too!

As you get ready to welcome family and friends, check out our top lighting tips and favorite fixtures to help make your guests feel at home from the moment they arrive.


Crystal Chandeliers to Add Sparkle to Your Holidays

Posted on Nov 09, 2018 by Marty

Happy November! Here at Wolfers in Waltham, we're still celebrating the Red Sox victory and savoring the last bits of Halloween candy. But we're also helping our customers gear up for the holiday season. Because, after all, nothing makes a home more warm and welcoming than the right lights.


You'll find our recommendations below, including crystal chandeliers that are sure to turn your home into a winter wonderland. Important note: all of these are on display in our Waltham showroom, so stop by soon and see them shine in person.



Coastal Living: Our Picks for Beautiful, Long-Lasting Exterior Lights

Posted on Oct 25, 2018 by Marty

In typical New England fashion, we've had wild weather in 2018: bombogenesis, tornado watches, and flash flooding, just to name a few of the events from the last year.

While everyone can feel the effects of wild weather, people who own homes near the ocean have many more worries than those of us in the 'burbs—even when the weather is "normal."

For example, the salty, seaside air can quickly turn an outdoor fixture's finish from shiny and new to dull, peeling, or – worse – rusting.

While we can't solve every issue affecting ocean homes, we can tackle that one.

Below, we discuss the best materials to consider for beautiful, long-lasting exterior lights as well as our favorite picks from lighting manufacturers specializing in those materials.

Pro tip: Live by the shore? Always choose outdoor fixtures specifically rated for coastal environments. Even if you don't live on the coast, these fixtures make a great choice because they will last you for years to come.



Staff Spotlight: Meet Ashley Jacobson from System 7

Posted on Oct 17, 2018 by Marty

Today, we're shining the spotlight on Ashley Jacobson who is the director of operations for our three brands: System 7, Wolfers Lighting, and The Boston Shade Company.


Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from? Where did you go to school and what did you study?  

Ashley: I was raised in New Hampshire, and I attended Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston for architectural design.


What drew you to study architecture? How does architecture relate to technology design?

Ashley: My family is very hands on when it comes to the built environment, so I have always had an appreciation for how things were constructed. Still, I never expected it to lead me here. But I’m glad it did.

Integrating technology control systems into a new home requires planning at the earliest stages of home design, so we start with the architectural drawings. Knowledge of building and architecture is essential if you want to design a system that is simple and beautiful. Placement of lighting, shades, technology components, and the modules that control them needs to be done in the most unobtrusive way in order to complement and enhance the home's design.


Circadian Rhythms and Tunable White: What You Need to Know

Posted on Oct 12, 2018 by Marty


What's all the fuss about "tunable white"?

The lighting industry is abuzz with tunable white technology, and it's turning up in everything from recessed lights to table lamps

Not only is it a cool new technology, research shows that tunable white fixtures might actually be beneficial for health and well-being if they're used the right way in the right applications.



Let's take a look at some recent research about the connection between lighting and circadian rhythms.

Mariana Figueiro is Director of the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Throughout her career, she has explored how light affects human health.[1]

She recently authored a study focused on nursing home residents with Alzheimer's disease. In this study, she found that certain kinds of lighting improve sleep patterns, reduce agitation, and alleviate depression.

Here's a brief (and rudimentary) recap of the study's methodology:


Ask the Lighting Expert: How to Clean and Care for Light Fixtures

Posted on Sep 24, 2018 by Marty

So, you've found the perfect light fixture and you've installed it in your home.

Now what?

Here's a roundup of our best care and cleaning tips to keep your fixture looking its best year after year. (Note: if your fixture came with cleaning instructions from the manufacturer, follow those instead. These are general tips in case your fixture didn't come with any care and maintenance instructions.)

In general, the "secret" to keeping your lights shining bright is regular cleaning. By "regular," we mean at least a couple times a year, if you can manage it.


Why should you regularly clean your light fixtures?

Regular cleaning keeps dust and debris from building up, ensuring you can clean with a gentle hand (and it can make the chore go a little more quickly as well). Regular cleaning is also especially important in rooms like kitchens (think cooking grease and steam in the air) and bathrooms (think high humidity).



Staff Spotlight:  Meet Todd Gaito from System 7

Posted on Sep 18, 2018 by Marty

We've been sharing a bunch of staff "spotlights" in recent months, and for good reason! Since our merger with The Boston Shade Company and System 7, our staff has grown quite a bit.

So today, we'd like you to meet Todd Gaito who works as the director of sales for our technology division, System 7. 

How long have you been in the technology design field? What led you to it?  

Todd: I've been in the field for four years now. Prior to this, I spent 13 years in the security industry. I like to think that my transition to the technology-design space was a natural h progression for my career since technology and security have many similarities.  I'm also a big fan of gadgets and technology as a whole, so making the move made a lot of sense.

How and when did you come to work at System 7?      

Todd: A few years ago, the security company I worked for was featured in an article of CE Pro, which is a popular trade magazine. In the article, the owner of the company and I were discussing how technology companies can attain recurring revenue on their projects.