Wolfers’ own ALA certified lighting designer, Susan Arnold, will be featured on episode #3115 of WGBH’s This Old House, airing January 12th. As part of the Bedford Project – a restoration of the historical Nathaniel Page Homestead in Bedford, MA – Susan reveals her strategy for lighting both the high-ceilinged family room and the low-ceilinged kitchen.
This was no easy task for a 1720 Georgian home – a home that was once lived in by a Revolutionary War participant and is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places. But, while controlling everything with a new system that can be operated via a smartphone app, Susan found the right lighting solutions for one of the oldest and most historical homes in the show’s 32-year history.
- For kitchen lighting, the low ceilings acted as the above floor, creating a challenge for fixture installation. Susan overcame this obstacle by using flush mounts, installing Philips eW Downlight Powercore, a surface-mounted LED light, and energy efficient fixtures.
- For the family room addition, Susan did not want to lose insulation by penetrating the high-sloped ceilings. Instead, a large Arcadia chandelier was installed for general lighting, as well as Kendo fireplace sconces and a Toledo barn light sconce for perimeter lighting, with floor lamps for task lighting.
- A final lighting challenge was found when the kitchen and the family room became one open space, leaving little wall space for lighting controls. Susan used Lutron Radio Ra 2 keypads, placed at each entry, all controllable from an iPad app.
This past fall, the This Old House crew began The Bedford Project. Susan, along with a great team of renovation professionals, continue to work together and meet the owners’ wishes of retaining their home’s historical character while adding modern touches and amenities. With the LED cabinet lights, compact fluorescent lamps, and Radio Ra 2 controllers, Susan, together with Wolfers Lighting, created energy efficient, green lighting solutions for the Bedford Project.