Wolfers’ own ALA certified lighting designer, Susan Arnold, will be featured on episode #3115 of WGBH’s This Old House, airing January 12th. As part of the Bedford Project – a restoration of the historical Nathaniel Page Homestead in Bedford, MA – Susan reveals her strategy for lighting both the high-ceilinged family room and the low-ceilinged kitchen.
This was no easy task for a 1720 Georgian home – a home that was once lived in by a Revolutionary War participant and is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places. But, while controlling everything with a new system that can be operated via a smartphone app, Susan found the right lighting solutions for one of the oldest and most historical homes in the show’s 32-year history.
- For kitchen lighting, the low ceilings acted as the above floor, creating a challenge for fixture installation. Susan overcame this obstacle by using flush mounts, installing Philips eW Downlight Powercore, a surface-mounted LED light, and energy efficient fixtures.
- For the family room addition, Susan did not want to lose insulation by penetrating the high-sloped ceilings. Instead, a large Arcadia chandelier was installed for general lighting, as well as Kendo fireplace sconces and a Toledo barn light sconce for perimeter lighting, with floor lamps for task lighting.