Lighting & Technology Design: 2018 Project Highlights

Posted on Dec 19, 2018 by Marty

It's hard to believe December is more than halfway over and 2019 is lurking in the wings. As we wrap up the year, we thought we'd share highlights from a couple projects we recently completed.

Both projects were in private residences and featured lighting design by our very own Susan Arnold. They also included technology design and motorized shading that Susan coordinated with her colleagues at System 7 and The Boston Shade Company.

We love projects like these that draw upon the strengths of all three of our brands, involving lighting and shading plus a sleek and sophisticated control system to operate it all!



Staff Spotlight: Meet Dan Vassallo from System 7

Posted on Dec 11, 2018 by Marty

We often say we have the best team members. And that's true across our three brands: Wolfers Lighting, System 7, and The Boston Shade Company.

Today, we shine the spotlight on Dan Vassallo, who works as a field manager on the project finish team for System 7.


How did you first learn about System 7? What drew you to the company?

Dan: Todd Gaito, our director of sales, used to work with my wife at a previous company. I had only met him a few times, but he remembered that I was in the A/V industry and reached out when System 7 was growing and looking for field technicians.

At the time, I was on the commercial side of the region's A/V industry. For five years, I'd been working on big commercial build-outs as a field technician. Then, I spent about a year as an outside salesperson for a smaller commercial A/V integrator.

So Todd called, and we talked at length about System 7, the culture, and the caliber of work. That led to a call with the president of the company, Gerry Lynch. This conversation completely shattered my preconceived assumptions about the "dreaded" residential A/V industry.


Tips for Choosing Kitchen Island Pendants (Plus Showroom Favorites)

Posted on Dec 05, 2018 by Marty


Every day in the showroom, we get tons of questions regarding kitchen lighting—specifically kitchen island pendants.

Questions abound for good reason, since there are literally thousands of pendants to choose from—all in various sizes, shapes, colors, and styles.

Because narrowing down the search can prove incredibly challenging, we've compiled some tips straight from our showroom experts along with their current favorite pendants.

As always, if you have questions about your kitchen lighting, please contact us! Schedule a free one-hour consultation with one of our lighting experts in Waltham to review your kitchen lighting plan.


Pro Tip #1: Keep various lighting needs top of mind.  

Are you relying on the pendants for task lighting at the kitchen island? And do you envision using the island as a primary food prep or work space?

If so, a pendant with a downward-pointing shade tends to give the best task lighting by directing light onto the work surface. 

Further, a pendant whose shade diffuses or blocks the light source from view ensures a brighter bulb can be used to give you more light without causing glare.