Lighting Controls 101

Posted on May 26, 2017 by admin


The idea behind "smarter" homes is that you streamline and automate processes, which provide many benefits. Lighting controls are just one aspect of smart home technology.

When you implement lighting controls in your home, you can count on…

  • Efficiency. Turn multiple fixtures on and off from multiple locations. Set "trims." For example, you can dictate how bright your fixtures get or limit how far a fixture can dim down. Connect your lighting controls with other home technologies. For example, program your motorized shades in your south-facing windows to let light and warmth in during the winter and then have your lights slowly come on when the sun goes down.

Vintage Bathroom Lighting that WOWs

Posted on May 20, 2017 by admin

A couple of years ago, we wrote about the vintage lighting trend—a trend that shows no signs of stopping. Think Edison-style bulbs, classic glass shapes, and metallic details.

Today, we're going to look at vintage bathroom lighting fixtures. But first, a couple of quick positioning tips:

  • Place single sconces on either side of a mirror for flattering, even illumination of the face.
  • Mount and center 2-, 3-, or 4-light vanity lights above your mirror. Most can face up or down depending on your preference. (But it's always good to check first.)

Now onto some of our current favorites. These vintage bathroom vanity lights from Quoizel and Hinkley pack a lot of personality and character into one fixture, so swapping them into your bathroom (along with some new paint or wallpaper) can be a quick and easy way to spruce up your space.

1. Quoizel "Trilogy" 2-Light Vanity. This bathroom vanity light pays homage to Thomas Edison with a vintage inspired filament bulb that is not only nostalgic but also very chic. With the classic Brushed Nickel finish and the clear seedy glass shade, Trilogy brings old world style into the 21st century. See it on display in our Allston showroom.


Wolfers Lighting News: Feature Article in Licensed Architect Magazine

Posted on May 12, 2017 by Andrea

We wanted to give a quick shout-out to our very own Jennette Kollmann, who is the assistant manager in our Waltham lighting showroom.


Stylish Ceiling Fans: A Must-Have for Summer

Posted on May 06, 2017 by Andrea

Are you ready for the summer heat? You will be if you add a ceiling fan to your home.

At Wolfers, we have a wide selection of stylish ceiling fans that will keep your home and screened-in porch super comfortable, day and night. The best part? You can use your ceiling fan year-round (they're great at moving the air in winter, too!).

But before we get to our current favorites, let's discuss two important ceiling fan basics.


1. Consider the size of your room. Most household ceiling fans come in 42" and 52", although they can range from 26" all the way up to 72". Obviously, for a smaller room, you'll want to go with a smaller fan so that you don't overwhelm the space. On the flip side, a small fan would look out of place in a bigger room. The image below provides a good guideline.


Ask the Lighting Expert: Swapping in LEDs

Posted on May 02, 2017 by Andrea

QUESTION: I live in a studio apartment with track lighting. The setup uses four 20-watt bulbs, like the one pictured below. One of my neighbors (who has the same track lighting setup) is moving. He's offered to give me the LED lamps he bought and uses.


ANSWER: Great question! First off, let's identify the bulb. This picture shows a MR16 lamp (the industry term for bulb). MR16s are traditionally a type of Halogen lamp (which is what is pictured). "MR" stands for multifaceted reflector, and the "16" refers to the diameter of the bulb. MR16s are great to use in track lighting, because the reflector reflects that bright halogen source in the direction that you aim it.