Our Favorite Outdoor Wall Sconces from Hubbardton Forge

Posted on Apr 21, 2017 by Andrea

Last month we discussed Hinkley outdoor lanterns as well as several landscape lighting basics. To further your education, here are a few more tips to keep in mind when selecting outdoor wall sconces:


1. Proportion, proportion, proportion. When installing lights, you need to keep proportions in mind, using doors and windows as your guide. Here are some rules of thumbs:

  • Front porch lights: 1/4th to 1/3rd the height of your front door
  • Garage sconces: 1/4th the height of the garage door
  • Hanging lanterns: Choose a fixture that is approximately 1/5th the height of your door. As a guide, center your hanging lantern and hang it 6” above the door. Adjust the height based on the look and feel of your entryway.


2. Get the correct UL Listing. Make sure you carefully read the labels.
  • UL Damp means the fixture is suited for humid locations with no direct exposure to water—this fixture is good for partially covered porches, canopies, etc.

  • UL Wet Listed means the fixture is suited to come in contact with rain, snow, and other wet elements—this fixture works well for uncovered porches, walkways, and gazebos. 


Staff Picks: Sleek and Modern Light Fixtures

Posted on Apr 14, 2017 by Andrea

The beauty of modern and contemporary decorative lighting is that you can use it effectively in a wide variety of spaces. The right contemporary fixture has the ability to balance more traditional décor, and the sleek lines of modern lighting can work perfectly in transitional spaces.

Below are some of our current staff favorites.

1. Foscarini’s Caboche Suspension. Foscarini recently redesigned this piece with LEDs, so you'll enjoy energy efficiency, not mention the cool crystal vibe, thanks to the clear acrylic beads. See it in action in our Allston Showroom.


2. LZF’s “Swirl” Wood Lamp. A wood veneer shade swirling around a single bulb gives this fixture grace and movement. See it in Ivory White in our Allston showroom.


Topics: Decorative

NEW: The Belfer Lighting Wedge Gets an LED Upgrade

Posted on Apr 08, 2017 by Andrea

We've long been fans of Belfer Lighting's wedge uplight, and now there's even more to love, thanks to this product's recent LED update.


Making Your Home Smarter with Motorized Shades

Posted on Apr 01, 2017 by Andrea

Last month, we sat down with Gerard Lynch, the president of System 7 and The Boston Shade Company. Wolfers Lighting announced its merger with both companies earlier this year.

We invited Gerard back to discuss a popular product in smart homes today: motorized shades (also known as motorized blinds).

For people who might not be familiar with this technology, can you tell us about it? Why should they consider it? What's cool about it?

GERARD LYNCH: I think there's a lot that's cool about it. There are motorized shades that are almost silent. You can connect motorized shades to a lighting control system. You can connect them to an app or a smart home system. It's just like anything else that benefits from motorization or automation. You can walk into a room with five or ten windows and hit one button and those shades can go up or go down. Or they can go up or down on a schedule. They can even be set to come up or go down depending if the sun is out. It offers real convenience, not to mention the wow factor.