Landscape Lighting Ideas: Fabulous Fixtures for Summer

Posted on May 27, 2016 by Steve

We've talked about landscape lighting's many benefits, including curb appeal, safety for people going in and out of your home, and overall security. Not to mention that landscape lighting allows you to add your own personal aesthetic to your front and backyards.

But what do you need to know if you haven't selected or installed any landscape lighting before? Below you'll find some tips and other landscape lighting ideas that will get your home's exterior and yard in tip-top shape in no time.

How to determine where to place outdoor fixtures:

  • Use a flashlight at night to help determine which areas need illumination. Walk around your property and note "danger zones," such as darkened pathways, ramps, stairs, and so forth (leaving these areas in the dark could be dangerous—think of people tripping or falling).
  • Note architectural details and other special features (such as water fountains) that get lost in shadows. Also, note areas where people like to congregate after the sun goes down, like a backyard porch.
  • Test any existing outdoor lamps (such as the one by the front door) to make sure everything is working properly.
  • Take a step back when considering existing outdoor fixtures. Do you need to replace any bulbs? Do the fixtures match the look and feel of your home's overall aesthetic? Do they light everything properly? Too often, we see homes where people have installed an outside light based solely on how it looks, rather than how well it works at lighting up that particular area.

Types of landscape lighting to consider:

We're seeing more and more LED fixtures for landscaping applications. This is good news, since LEDs offer long lifetimes, durable modules (no filaments to break), and high light output with lower wattage.


Wolfers Lighting: Hello, New Arrivals!

Posted on May 20, 2016 by Andrea

We're so excited about the new lighting products coming into our Wolfers Lighting showrooms. So many gorgeous pieces!

Here are few of the highlights (pun intended!) from one of our favorite manufacturers, Hubbardton Forge.

  1. Triptic Pendant in the NEW Gloss White Finish. We teased this new finish from Hubbardton Forge when we did our roundup from the Dallas light show in January. Let's just say this: it's been worth the wait.

Hubbardton Forge is known for its innovative designs, and its Triptic Pendant is no exception. The Gloss White finish adds just the right amount of sophistication. One of the best features? You can adjust the length of each individual pendant thanks to adjustable rods.

The picture doesn't do it justice—you really need to see this one in person. We have it on display in both showrooms. And if the Gloss White isn't your thing, you can opt for one of six other standard finishes. (Note: only available for indoor use).


2. Pental Mini Pendant. With this piece, Hubbardton reimagines the classic petal shape and turns it into something new and fresh. The beautifully curved steel wraps like a flower around the light source, which produces a warm glow and excellent task lighting. Perfect for kitchen islands!


Lighting Glossary: What is Layered Lighting?

Posted on May 13, 2016 by Andrea

A phrase you might encounter in the lighting design world is "layered lighting."

Simply put, layered lighting involves the use of multiple lighting types to create a well-lit and balanced space. Think ambient lighting for overall illumination, task lighting for work areas (e.g. countertops or desks), and accent lighting for areas of interest and/or a particular object of interest (such as a piece of artwork).

Below are some of the hottest trends we're seeing in layered lighting.

LED accent lighting is emerging as a preferred method. We've written about LEDs' many benefits, including longer lifespans and increased energy savings. Plus, when you use LEDs, you no longer need to get into crevices or struggle with tiny bulbs.

LED tape lighting is the perfect multi-purpose tool. Use it for…

  • Cove Lighting. Cove lighting is an indirect form of accent lighting, where lighting is added behind ledges, coves, and so forth in order to hide the fixture. The light is then directed across a wall or towards a ceiling to cast a diffused glow. It can create a powerful, dramatic effect.

  • Toe Kick Lighting. Adding lighting to the bottoms of your cabinets, closets, etc. (the "toe kick") adds a fantastic glow that not only looks good, but also helps with safety. Think about trips to the bathroom in the middle of the night: the toe kick lighting can safely point the way without having to turn on an overhead light.

  • Under Sink/Counter Lighting. More and more people are using this application in bathrooms to create the illusion of a floating sink (as seen in our Waltham bathroom installation). Under counter lighting can also add a fun stretch of lighting under a bar.
  • Above cabinet lighting. Above-cabinet lighting adds ambiance. Try it with RGB (color changing) LEDs to add some fun pops of color and to cast a beautiful overall glow.

Some types of LED tape can be wet-listed, making it appropriate for use in bathrooms and outdoors (e.g. porch railings).


Topics: LED

Our Bestselling Kitchen Pendants from Besa Lighting

Posted on May 06, 2016 by Andrea

Back in February, we published our kitchen lighting guide to help you understand your options for this important room. While many options exist, one of the most popular—by far—is the kitchen pendant.

That's why today we'd like to talk about Besa Lighting, one of our favorite manufacturers of kitchen pendants. What makes Besa Lighting so special is its glass artisanship. As its website notes, "Through exceptional collaboration of American designers and European craftsmen, Besa Lighting merges traditional techniques with avant-garde sensibility, resulting in handcrafted glass of unprecedented quality."

Check out the video below, which shows how Besa makes its glass products. Besa sources glass from around the world, and it uses recycled glass whenever possible, which is good for the environment (the video explains why).

The folks at Besa Lighting inspect each piece before delivering the product to customers and retailers like us. We appreciate the company's commitment to quality and its gorgeous take on glassmaking. We also love the products' contemporary styling.

Below are some of our bestselling kitchen pendants from Besa Lighting.


  1. Besa Domi. This one-light pendant (below) boasts the classic bell shape. The Cherrywood-styled glass adds subtle style, while the white glass on the inside helps to direct the light downward, making it an ideal option to hang over a kitchen nook or bar. We keep the Cherrywood in stock and on display in both stores, but you can choose from a wide variety of glass styles to match your kitchen's aesthetic.

Our Bestselling Recessed LED Light Fixtures

Posted on May 02, 2016 by Steve

Even though they're a little more expensive up front, recessed LED light fixtures are a smart choice for several reasons:

1. They provide energy efficiency (and plenty of savings!) in areas of the home where you keep the lights on for longer periods.
2. They're easier to maintain (you won't be changing bulbs).
3. They offer plenty of great looks and colors. In fact, we're seeing more and more recessed LEDs that mimic incandescent "warm dimming" (meaning as the light dims, the glow is more of a warm amber hue).

Here are a few of our favorite recessed LED light fixtures in three different sizes. You can see all of these in action in our LED lighting labs in Waltham and Allston-- and a Wolfers Lighting Consultant can help determine the right size and type of fixture to use in your space.

1. Halo H4. The Halo H4 LED lighting system offers a wide range of color temperatures, dimming capabilities, applications (shower, insulated, non-insulated), and trims, with a 4" opening. 

The Halo's three separate components provide plenty of flexibility and ultimate control:

  • Housing. Your contractor will love the flexibility the Halo's separate housing offers them as they plan and place the housings in your ceiling. From there, your contractor can come back and add trims and engines.
  • Engine (LED). Available in regular downlights with adjustable gimbals that let you put light where you want it to go.
  • Trims. Choose from a variety of finishes (including "designer" finishes, such as bronze and satin nickel) as well as lensed and non-lensed versions.

2. Lightolier 3" LyteCaster LED Downlight. This general-purpose downlight has shallow housing,