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Visiting the Forge: Our trip to Hubbardton Forge

Posted on Apr 25, 2016 by Andrea

Hello, this is Andrea out of our Allston lighting showroom. I'm in customer service, so if you've called into the Allston showroom, you've probably heard my voice!

A couple weeks ago, I got the opportunity to venture up to Vermont to see the Hubbardton Forge factory with Christine, one of our Allston lighting consultants, and Augie, who is on the hang team in our Waltham showroom. We made the three-hour scenic drive to see what goes into creating the gorgeous lighting fixtures from Hubbardton Forge that we have on display in our showrooms.

Here's a picture of us in the Hubbardton Forge factory!

Hubbardton Forge: Made in America

Hubbardton Forge is one of our favorite lines, and not just because they make such beautiful fixtures. Hubbardton Forge's dedication to great customer service and its made-in-America approach are other reasons we're such big fans.

At Wolfers Lighting, we display many Hubbardton Forgefixtures. You'll be happy to know Hubbardton sources these LEDs from fellow Vermont manufacturers as well.

Lighting Products Designed Specifically for You

Our first stop? The Hubbardton Forge design room. We couldn't take any pictures (top-secret stuff!), but we did get to look around and talk to the designers.

One thing that struck me in particular is Hubbardton's "design first" philosophy. Because Hubbardton Forge does almost everything in-house, the company's designers can sketch a design on paper (or even create it using foam)and walk down the hall to have the engineers look at it—all within the same day!

Turning Lighting Designs into Reality

Here's a picture of the head of prototyping. He explained that once he receives a concept from the designers, he and his team will work on executing the design. Some concepts are easier to achieve than others. But the in-house nature of Hubbardton's prototyping allows the designers to quickly go back to the drawing board to refine a design, if needed.

One of my favorite things I learned on the tour is that Hubbardton Forge does not keep finished fixtures "in stock" because the company hand makes each fixture to order. In other words, when you order a pendant, chandelier, sconce, or some other fixture, Hubbardton makes the product just for you. No two pieces look exactly alike, so you're truly getting a one-of-a-kind product.

As for timing, Hubbardton Forge needs three to four weeks to turn around an order. This covers every step in the process: forging, welding, powder coating, and assembly.

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Free Kitchen and Bath Lighting Worksheets Now Available!

Posted on Apr 19, 2016 by admin

Earlier this month we hosted three  lighting seminars to celebrate Boston Design Week, and we created a kitchen lighting worksheet and a bathroom lighting worksheet to guide our clients on what information can be helpful to have at hand before beginning the lighting portion of your project.

Whether you're doing a major renovation or simply sprucing up an existing kitchen or bath, you need to keep lighting in mind. Because let's face it: how you light up your space will have a huge effect on the overall look and feel.

We've pulled together the basic information to help jump start your project and appointment with Wolfers Lighting. Remember, a little preparation goes a long way. The worksheets encourage you to record important details, including the following:

  • How big is the room?
  • What finishes are you considering?
  • Who's purchasing the lighting? You? A contractor?
  • What's your budget?
  • What does the current space look like? (Color scheme, layout, architectural oddities, etc.)
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Elegant Outdoor Lighting: Think Sconces

Posted on Apr 11, 2016 by Andrea

Mother Nature has been playing tricks on us lately, but one thing is still certain: spring is here. And that means it's the perfect time to take a stroll outside around your home, make note of broken lights, and determine where to add new fixtures.

What sort of fixtures should you add? Allow us to make a suggestion: sconces. Sconces can provide an extra layer of security while giving your home's exterior a much-needed aesthetic boost after a long winter. 

Installing Sconces: Quick Tips

  • As a rule of thumb, select wall sconces 1/5th the height of your door (though larger fixtures can add drama—it all depends on the look you're trying to achieve).
  • Outdoor sconces or lanterns should be mounted with the center of the light source about 5' 6" to 6' from the ground.

Consider LEDs, which are a great choice for elegant outdoor lighting. LEDs are durable and can withstand the elements, and LED bulbs last longer than other light sources.

Our Favorite Sconces This Season
We have so many gorgeous sconces available. Below, you'll find some of our current favorites, all of which are LED.

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Simple Lighting Makeover: Consider a Stylish Ceiling Fan

Posted on Apr 02, 2016 by Andrea

A stylish ceiling fan can add personality and utility to almost any room, making it an ideal item to focus on when planning a simple lighting makeover. AND they offer benefits!

The American Lighting Association reports, "During the summer months, a fan operating in the normal mode can reduce how cool you feel in a room by as much as eight degrees, allowing you to raise the air conditioner's thermostat and reduce energy costs."

Not only that, but you can use ceiling fans year round since they can help circulate warm air in the winter as well. Plus, today's ceiling fans are visually interesting. You're bound to find one that perfectly complements your space.

Speaking of space, when selecting a stylish ceiling fan, always keep the ceiling's height in mind. Building codes mandate that fans must be at least seven feet above the floor. Optimal height is somewhere between 8 and 9 feet, depending on the space. Fan retailers sell downrods in various lengths to help you achieve the ideal height. And for rooms with low ceilings, hugger fans are great options.

Now, let's look at some of our favorite ceiling fans.

 

1. Torsion from Modern Fan Co. This well-designed fan gives off a hip industrial vibe. See it on display in Dark Bronze with mahogany blades in our Waltham and Allston showrooms.

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