Wolfers Lighting Blog

Our Allston Showroom Is Moving to Waltham—And It’s a Good Thing!

Posted on Apr 29, 2018 by Andrea

 

We're moving to our Waltham showroom on June 30th.

The Allston lighting consultants you’ve grown to love will be transitioning with us to Waltham. You can still expect the same great service and wide variety of products that you've come to count on from us over the years.

In fact, this move will provide you with even more benefits:

  • Increased access to lighting consultants both in store and on location.
  • Increased resources with updated lighting labs and new automated shades display.
  • Increased delivery options/capabilities available to you.
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Outdoor Lighting: 2 Important Tips + Staff Favorites

Posted on Apr 21, 2018 by Andrea

Spring has (finally) sprung. There’s no turning back now: it’s time to pay attention to your outdoor lighting. We recently did a roundup of outdoor lighting tips, but we wanted to share two more questions to ask yourself along with some great manufacturers to consider.

1. What’s the fixture rating? You should always pay attention to whether your light fixtures are listed as appropriate for wet locations, but did you know that there is a costal outdoor rating as well? Sure, rain and snow bring moisture, but salt air can corrode light fixtures and cause water damage to boot. A coastal outdoor rating will usually come with a lifetime warranty and extra protection for your light fixtures from all elements. This can be a smart investment for landscape fixtures and other fixtures exposed to salty sea air.

2. What’s the fixture source? Landscape and outdoor lighting come in many flavors: incandescent, fluorescent, and LED. 

  • Incandescent is the old standby, and we love the warm glow and effortless dimming. The size of a lamp, however, dictates the size of the light fixture, which means that discrete or low profile light sources can be difficult to find (depending on the application).

  • Fluorescent fixtures carry a longer life than incandescent fixtures, but often carry low CRI (meaning they don’t show color well). Fluorescent fixtures are energy efficient too, making them practical when you need light for long stretches of time. The size of fluorescent lamps can also affect the availability of fixtures, since they are often found in tube configurations, or with similar sizing to incandescent lamps in the case of CFLs.

  • LEDs can also be effective in landscape and outdoor fixtures, since they can withstand vibration as well as hot and cold temperatures.
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Should You Make the Switch to LED Lamps?

Posted on Apr 14, 2018 by Andrea

Are you thinking about retrofitting your home with LED bulbs, but wondering if making the switch is worth it? The benefits below are sure to convince you that making the switch makes a whole lot of sense…

1. Energy efficiency. LEDs continue to raise the bar in terms of energy efficiency. Previously, a 60-watt incandescent lamp would emit about 800 lumens. Today’s 9-watt LED lamp emits the same number of lumens. In other words, same brightness, but a lot less energy. Score!

2. Energy savings. Energy efficiency is great, but it’s even better when the efficiency results in real savings. LEDs do exactly that. Here’s a good example: many cities and towns are saving millions of dollars switching over their streetlights to LED (although, as the article points out, the switch isn’t without controversy). Even on a household scale, swapping out regular incandescent lamps in key areas can lead to additional energy savings

  • Pro Tip: Audit your highest traffic spaces (for example, your kitchen, hallways, living room, etc.). If there are portions of your home that have the lights on most of the day, LED lamps can mean a large reduction in energy consumption.

3. Low maintenance. The LED’s longer lifespan means less time replacing bulbs (and the less time spent fussing around on a stepstool or ladder, the better). Where an incandescent lamp lasts 1,000 – 2,000 hours, LED lamps have projected lifespans of 25,000 to as many as 50,000 hours.

Not only that, but LEDs are a solid state lighting source, meaning that, unlike incandescent lamps with a filament, LEDs are low profile and can be composed of non-glass materials. They can also withstand hot and cold temperatures. As such, LEDs can be used in many locations that incandescent or florescent lights might be a nuisance, such as outdoor lighting, areas that experience lots of vibrations (think ceiling fans), or uninsulated areas (like cold garages).

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Staff Favorites from Hubbardton Forge

Posted on Apr 06, 2018 by Andrea

Vermont-based lighting manufacturer Hubbardton Forge is one of our favorites, for good reason. As “modern American blacksmiths,” Hubbardton has taken traditional forging into the 21st century. Think revolutionary designs combined with impeccable quality and customer service, not to mention that Hubbardton unveiled two new brands in the last year: Vermont Modern and Synchronicity.

Vermont Modern embodies stylish, inspired, well-made lighting—their contemporary take on handmade fixtures are playful and gorgeous.

Synchronicity plays with crystal, specifically only the finest Swarovski crystal, and combines it with gorgeous forms of metal and light. Part sculpture, part art, these pieces are destined to become family heirlooms.

While you can’t go wrong with anything from Hubbardton Forge, here are some of our current staff favorites:

1. Synchronicity’s Artemis Pendant. Described as “elegance with an edge,” this pendant’s soft gold arms hold boomerang shaped Swarovski crystals, creating a showstopper piece. See it in both showrooms.

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