While online shopping can be great for many home purchases, lighting is not one of them. Seeing really is believing when it comes to lighting products. This is why we encourage people to visit our lighting design labs in our Allston showroom and newly renovated Waltham showroom.
When discussing lighting products for your home, it's easy to focus on the interior only. After all, that's where you spend the bulk of your time, right? But that doesn't mean you should overlook your home's exterior.
OK, backing up a second, let's make sure we clarify some terms. Exterior lighting includes the lights at your front door/entryway, post lights, back door lights, and the lights at your garage. While you might think of exterior lighting as being purely functional, it also influences the look and feel of your home, which is why you need to spend time thinking through an exterior lighting plan, just as you do for your home's interior.
Proper exterior lighting offers several important benefits:
- It enhances safety measures. Lighting up walkways, steps, and so forth makes it easier for guests and residents alike to see where they're going and to get in and out of the house safely.
- It enhances security measures. A front door lantern that lights up when someone approaches and timers that turn on various lights around your home, both inside and out, can help deter intruders. Not to mention security cameras will capture much better footage from areas that are well lit.
- It adds curb appeal. Remember the saying "you only have one chance to make a first impression"? Thoughtful placement of lanterns and other lights gives your home an inviting feel. Taking it a few steps further, you can even devise a landscape lighting strategy, which can highlight things like garden beds, tress/shrubs, stone walls, and architectural details. Check out the landscape lighting Q&A we recently conducted with Jeff Livingston, one of our lighting experts.
- It can add extra living space. For example, a well-lit porch can serve as an extra "room" where people congregate, especially during warmer months.
Here are a few examples of some gorgeous exterior lighting products to consider.
Topics: landscape lighting
Wolfers' own Susan Arnold demonstrates new trends in LED at our Home Lighting Seminar.
Because LED is an emerging technology, there is a lot of information—and misinformation—out there. Our seminar helped bust some of the LED myths, highlight the benefits of LEDs, and provide helpful insights when shopping for LED bulbs and fixtures. We answered a wide variety of questions, including the following:
How does LED differ from incandescent and halogen light sources?
Answer: Incandescent and halogen bulbs have delicate filaments that are sensitive to vibration and contact, making these lamps less durable than LEDs. Incandescent/halogen sources typically have shorter lifespans (1-3 years) than LED. LED life spans range from 25,000+ hours.
Why is it important to understand color temperature and dimming of LEDs?
Answer: Color temperature can create the palette for your room. A lower color temperature on the Kelvin scale produces a softer feel, ideal for environments with a warmer palette. Moving higher on the Kelvin scale (3000 Kelvin lamps and fixtures) can impart a more halogen-like color. Retail and commercial spaces often utilize 3500+ Kelvin temperatures.
In 1986, the ceiling fan world went through a major shake-up, thanks to an industrious and talented designer named Ron Rezek.
Before 1986, ceiling fans resembled those from the Victorian era. They had a traditional, ornate look—a look that had lasted well over a century. Rezek, however, was a master of contemporary design, leading him to create a new ceiling fan aesthetic, the first one being the Stratos, which is still available today.
Regarding his design sensibilities, The Sun Sentinel reports, "Rezek's philosophy has been to subtract as many of the details as possible and allow the fan to rely on what he calls 'pure geometry.' His designs eliminate the blade irons and metal brackets that attach the wooden blades to the rotor. Instead, the blades are inserted into the rotor. Pull chains have been replaced with a wall-mounted control or hand-held remote."
In 1997, Rezek founded The Modern Fan Co. in Ashland, Oregon. Its website says, "Our products celebrate the modern idiom through mechanical simplification, geometric forms, and contemporary finishes, and are intended to meet the needs of the professional specifier and the design-minded homeowner alike.
At Wolfers, we're big "fans" of The Modern Fan Co. and Ron Rezek. We appreciate the fans' clean, sleek designs as well as their quiet and efficient motors. These ceiling fans fit in beautifully in a wide variety of contemporary spaces, both commercial and residential alike.
Topics: Staff Picks