Hot Lighting Trends: Lightovation Recap

Posted on Jul 27, 2018 by Andrea

Last month, we were down in Dallas for Lightovation, the international lighting show where manufacturers sharer their latest designs and innovations.

Joyce Gravel, our Waltham showroom manager, provides a recap below, including lighting trends that are still going strong—and other ones picking up steam.

Soft gold shows no signs of stopping. We've written about this elegant finish quite a bit in the last few years as manufacturers tried (and ultimately embraced) a warm finish alternative to oil rubbed bronze. Who can blame them? Check out this soft gold finish from Hubbardton Forge.



Wolfers Lighting Staff Spotlight: Meet Joyce Gravel

Posted on Jul 19, 2018 by Andrea

We love shining the spotlight on our team members so you can get to know more about the people who make Wolfers Lighting so special.

Today, we shine the spotlight on Joyce Gravel, the manager of our lighting showroom in Waltham. Every day, Joyce exemplifies creativity and diligence. Our customers love Joyce!

We recently caught up with her for a Q&A session.

Q: How many years have you been in the lighting industry, and what drew you to this field?

Joyce: Thirty-four years ago, the restaurant I'd been running was selling out and I was going to be unemployed. Unsure of what I would do, a friend put in a good word for me with a small lighting showroom/electrical supply business. They took a chance on me, despite the fact that the only lighting knowledge I had was of a 60-watt lightbulb!

Fortunately, I fell in love with the field. The more I learned, the more I realized what I didn’t know. Lighting became a passion and a lifetime of education.

Q: How did you come to be with Wolfers?

Joyce: A friend of mine was working for what was Standard Electric at the time, and she recruited me. I had been working in lighting for nine years by that point, and I thought I knew everything there was to know… until I walked in the door here! It opened up a whole new world, because there was still so much to learn.


Ceiling Fans for the Win! Tips, Tricks, & Favorites

Posted on Jul 14, 2018 by Andrea


Steamy days and sweltering nights—that's what summer is all about, right?

While we're grateful for the invention of air conditioning, let's face it: closed windows and recycled air aren't necessarily the look-and-feel we're going for in July and August.

Luckily, there's a better option to get us through the dog days of summer: the ceiling fan.

Ceiling fans offer many benefits beyond the obvious:

  • Energy savings: It takes less energy to operate a ceiling fan than an AC unit. Ceiling fans use a tad more energy than your typical 100-watt lightbulb. And energy-saver fans use even less than that.
  • Comfortable cool-downs: A ceiling fan can lower the feel of a room by eight
  • Cozy warm-ups: Winter might be a distant memory, but those harsh, cold days will be here before we know it. While it might seem counterintuitive, running ceiling fans during the winter months can keep your home toasty warm (and save on your heating bill to boot).
  • Multi-functions: Ceiling fans with lights can offer additional ambient lighting to your room.
  • Gorgeous options galore: Who says you have to sacrifice beauty for function? Certainly not the manufacturers of today's ceiling fans.
  • Cool automation features: More and more of today's fans offer smart options that allow you to program them through an app on your phone or tablet.

Wolfers Lighting: News and Nuggets

Posted on Jul 07, 2018 by Andrea

We've had many exciting things going on and wanted to share some of the news and nuggets.

Lightovation Inspires

We were down in Dallas at the end of June for Lightovation, the international lighting show that's always a huge source of inspiration! We'll be sharing more details about exciting lighting trends later this month.