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Free Kitchen and Bath Lighting Worksheets Now Available!

Posted on Apr 19, 2016 by admin

Earlier this month we hosted three  lighting seminars to celebrate Boston Design Week, and we created a kitchen lighting worksheet and a bathroom lighting worksheet to guide our clients on what information can be helpful to have at hand before beginning the lighting portion of your project.

Whether you're doing a major renovation or simply sprucing up an existing kitchen or bath, you need to keep lighting in mind. Because let's face it: how you light up your space will have a huge effect on the overall look and feel.

We've pulled together the basic information to help jump start your project and appointment with Wolfers Lighting. Remember, a little preparation goes a long way. The worksheets encourage you to record important details, including the following:

  • How big is the room?
  • What finishes are you considering?
  • Who's purchasing the lighting? You? A contractor?
  • What's your budget?
  • What does the current space look like? (Color scheme, layout, architectural oddities, etc.)

Kitchen Pendant Lighting: What You Need to Know

Posted on Feb 19, 2016 by admin

There's no denying that pendant lights can beautifully accent your kitchen, but they're also highly functional since they can provide much needed task lighting.

Below are tips for choosing kitchen pendant lighting along with some of our current favorites.


How to Place Kitchen Pendants

Remember, the ideal position involves having the light point directly down on your kitchen islands and bars (remember, it's hard to run wires in these areas).

Hang pendants 30” to 36” above your countertop. To cast more ambient light, choose pendants that are open on top or have lighter colored glass.

LED kitchen pendants make a great choice, but halogen lamps are still popular, thanks to their small bulb size and long life. Here's a selection of kitchen pendants to consider.


Mini Pendants

Are you worried about overwhelming your countertop, island, or breakfast nook with a bulky fixture? A mini pendant offers a great solution: it illuminates the area without overwhelming it. Install multiple mini pendants (most are low-voltage) or place one in just the right spot so it casts the perfect amount of light.


Wolfers Lighting and This Old House

Posted on Feb 12, 2016 by admin

Last fall, we discussed how our very own Susan Arnold would be making an appearance on an upcoming episode of This Old House. The episode, which features a stately Victorian in Belmont, recently aired (it's fabulous—you can watch it here).

We thought we'd discuss in more detail the products that the homeowners chose for their gorgeous home. 

Wolfers Lighting Helps This Old House

One of the challenges the homeowner (Katherine) faced was trying to match the look and feel of an existing fixture in the master bathroom. Katherine and her interior designer, Amanda, turned to Susan Arnold and Wolfers Lighting for help, and they fell in love with this lovely fixture from Visual Comfort (read more about Visual Comfort here).

Moving onto Kitchen Lighting Design… 

For the kitchen, Susan explained that with LEDs, color temperature is flexible and can be selected for your room. This is a good thing, since color affects the feel of the space, including how other objects (such as countertops) appear.

Susan demonstrated a Wolfers favorite: the AFX Noble Pro undercabinet fixture, which boasts various color temperatures and multiple lengths and finishes. (We recommend you bring in your countertop sample so you can see and select the perfect color temperature in Waltham and Allston.)

The beauty of this fixture is that the homeowners can "tune" it to the ideal color for their particular kitchen. In this case, after observing how different color options worked with their countertop and tile selections, the homeowner opted for the coolest color temperature (4000K) because the blues in the light emphasized the blues in the tile and counters.


Say Hello to KODAK LED Bulbs

Posted on Jan 04, 2016 by admin

If you're not familiar with KODAK LED Lighting products, then step right up and allow us to introduce you.

As its website explains, "KODAK LED Luminaires are designed to provide the best looking light possible. Our experience working with leading architectural and interior designers provides a knowledge base and understanding of lighting that goes beyond engineering."

You can use KODAK products in a wide variety of settings, including hospitality, commercial, and residential. They also work great in retrofit projects. In particular, KODAK specializes in LED bulbs that more authentically look like incandescent.


Exterior Lighting Fixtures that Wow! Just Ask Wyndham Boston…

Posted on Dec 07, 2015 by admin

We recently completed a project with The Wyndham Boston Hotel, where they changed up the exterior lighting fixtures on its façade. See the before-and-after photos below for comparison.

Before and After Installing LED Wall Washers at the Wyndham Boston

The new LED replacements (as seen on the right) throw much more light and add more visual interest to the building in general. Below, you'll find details regarding the lighting product Wyndham chose.


Wondering if You Should Retrofit with LED Lights?

Posted on Nov 13, 2015 by admin

There are many Retrofit LED Lights available now.

More and more people are making the move to LEDs, and for good reason. After all, LED technology offers numerous benefits:

  • LEDs last longer than incandescent, halogen, and CFL light bulbs.
  • LEDs produce much less heat than the standard light sources in the marketplace.
  • LEDs offer much more versatility in design, thanks to their small size and color temperature options.
  • LEDs are far more efficient, saving on energy costs.
  • Gas and electric utilities in Massachusetts offer rebates and incentives on certain LED bulbs and fixtures, offsetting the higher price in comparison to incandescent.

In fact, according to Energy.gov, "Today’s LED bulbs can be six to seven times more energy efficient than conventional incandescent lights and cut energy use by more than 80 percent." And this: "Switching entirely to LED lights over the next two decades could save the U.S. $250 billion in energy costs, reduce electricity consumption for lighting by nearly 50 percent, and avoid 1,800 million metric tons of carbon emissions."

But what happens if you want to take advantage of all this LED goodness, but you can’t afford to replace all your fixtures? What should you do?”

Good news! You can often retrofit LED lights into many existing fixtures. Here are the pros and cons to keep in mind…


Topics: LED

Our Lighting Showrooms Let You See It, Touch It, Take it Home

Posted on Oct 23, 2015 by admin

It's easy to think you don't need to see a lighting fixture before you buy it, but that couldn't be further from the truth.

Like everything else in your home, you need to make sure your lighting selections not only reflect the space's unique aesthetics, but also provide the right functionality.

That's why visiting one of our Wolfers lighting showrooms can make all the difference in the world. At Wolfers, you can actually SEE the products in action and get a sense of how the fixture will work in your home.

This fall, we've created several galleries in each of our showrooms filled with gorgeous statement pieces that are sure to inspire. We invite you to stop in so that you can see these items, touch them, and take them home. (Want an overview? Download our fall lighting brochure here.)

Below are just a few of the lighting products you can expect to find in these wonderful galleries.

Schonbek Crystal Chandeliers. We talked about Schonbek last month. Here are a couple pieces that are sure to WOW your space.

  1. Refrax Chandelier. Can't you just imagine this unusual chandelier in your dining room, living room, entryway, or some other space? Equal parts decorative and functional, this gorgeous light is sure to get people talking.


Visual Comfort Lighting: New Gallery in Wolfers Allston

Posted on Oct 09, 2015 by admin

Our regular blog readers know we're huge fans of Visual Comfort lights, and for good reason. The lighting products are high quality and diverse, thanks in part to the company's huge stable of talented lighting designers (over fifteen, at last check).

This fall, we recently unveiled a Visual Comfort gallery in our Allston lighting showroom. This gallery displays stunning lighting products from several different Visual Comfort designers.

Here's a sampling of what to expect when you stop in for a visit.

  1. Lighting Designer E. F. "Sandy" Chapman. Mr. Chapman has been Visual Comfort's chief designer since 1996. As the website states, "His classically influenced style defines our core of traditional silhouettes."

Below is the Moravian Medium Star, a piece that's sure to wow, thanks to its burnished silver leaf finish and antique mirrored glass. Other finishes include gilded iron and aged iron.


  1. Lighting designer AERIN. With the AERIN Collection, you'll find pieces that celebrate old world glamour with a modern point of view, like the Jacqueline Chandelier with its hand-rubbed antique brass finish and white glass beads. What's not to love? (Also available with clear glass beads and a burnished silver leaf finish.)

Celebrate Mass Tax Free Weekend 2015 at Wolfers!

Posted on Jul 31, 2015 by admin

It's almost time for the Massachusetts tax free weekend. This annual two-day event sends throngs of people to various stores throughout the Commonwealth, thanks to the tax "holiday" that allows people to get 6.25% off selected items.

As awesome as this weekend is, we also know how overwhelming and exhausting it can be, which is why we offered a double tax promotion for the month of July 2015. Depending on when you're reading this article, you might still qualify! The offer expires on August 1, 2015.

But if you missed out, don't worry! In fact, recessed, track, Lutron, exhaust fans, and special orders were not part of our double-tax discount offer, but they ARE available for the tax free weekend on August 15 and August 16.

We want to help you make the most of the tax-free holiday! If you visit one of our lighting showrooms prior to the end. You get the savings, but without all the crowds!

Here's what you need to do:

  • Stop by our Waltham or Allston lighting showroom sometime between now and August 15.

Topics: tax free

New Arrivals in Elegant Outdoor Lighting

Posted on Jun 01, 2015 by admin

'Tis the season for delicious BBQs, lazy Sunday mornings sipping coffee on the porch, conversations (and s'mores!) around the fire pit, and so many other fun backyard activities we take part in with family and friends.

Of course, nothing can ruin backyard adventures like poor lighting, which is why having a sound exterior lighting plan is important (think safety and security), while landscape lighting allows you to carry your personal aesthetic to the great outdoors. If you need help choosing fixtures or creating a plan, our lighting consultants are always happy to help answer your questions.

In the meantime, we're unpacking new lighting products—products that celebrate the best in functional and elegant outdoor lighting. Below is a sampling, but we're getting new products in every day, so consider stopping by our Waltham or Allston showroom on the way home from work or on the weekend (yes, we have air conditioning!) to see these gorgeous products in person.


Topics: Decorative

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