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Sample Sale, Plus Tax Free Shopping

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Save 20% to 50% on select display samples during our Sample Sale!

Summer is a great time for bargain hunters. At Wolfers Lighting, we have incredible markdowns on select displays in both our Waltham and Allston showrooms. Preview a few of the sale items below, and get as much as 20% to 50% off!

 


 

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Dury Collection
4-Light Chandelier in Century Silver Leaf Finish with criss-cross bands.
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Mia Mini Pendant
1-Light Pendant in Satin Nickel Finish with wide selection of shade colors, including Amber, Blue Cloud, Carrera, Ceylon, Copper Foil, Garnet, Gold Foil, Habanero, Halva, Honey, Magma, Marble Grigio, Opal Matte or Silver Foil.
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Wall Sconce
1-Light Wall Sconce in Satin Brass Finish with fabric shade.

 


Swing Arm Floor Lamp
1- Light Pharmacy Floor Lamp with Swing Arm in Satin Brass Finish.
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Serenity Collection
4-Light Chandelier in Italian Fresco Finish with swirling arms.
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Cosmo Collection
2-Light Wall Sconce in Bronze Finish with Brass Accent and Doeskin Suede Shade.

 


Cylinder Glass Wall Sconce
1-Light Wall Sconce in Satin Nickel Finish with white glass shade and direct wire incandescent bulb.
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Domi Collection
1-Light pendant in Bronze or Satin Nickel Finish with a wide selection of shade colors, including Blue Matte, Chalk, Cherry, Marble, Mocha, Oak, Bicolor Orange/Pina, Red Matte, Solare, Titan, White or Pearl.

 

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New Arrivals – Outdoor Lighting

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We’re busy unpacking new product arrivals and can’t wait to show them to you.

Exploring a fresh lighting look for your home? New designs are arriving daily in our showroom. From nostalgic chic to cutting-edge contemporary, you will find the inspiration for your decorating vision at Wolfers. Our lighting experts are trained to help you create the perfect lighting plan for your home. (more…)

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New Arrivals – Indoor Lighting

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We’re busy unpacking new product arrivals and can’t wait to show them to you.

Exploring a fresh lighting look for your home? New designs are arriving daily in our showroom. From nostalgic chic to cutting-edge contemporary, you will find the inspiration for your decorating vision at Wolfers. Our lighting experts are trained to help you create the perfect lighting plan for your home. (more…)

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Summer Living – Your Attitude
Just Got A Lot Cooler

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Modern Fans – “Cool By Design”

Any company that uses a tagline “Cool By Design” better have some great products to back them up. For years, The Modern Fan Company has done just that – producing sleek, contemporary fans that fit well in any décor.

This company has an uncanny sense of style. The new Torsion family hits all the marks for an Arts & Crafts style while remaining firmly entrenched in the contemporary tradition. The Solus fan has a futuristic, almost Jetson-like quality, yet the design is immediately classic and contemporary. (more…)

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The Magic of Outdoor and Landscape Lighting

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Now You See It; Now You Don’t

Warm, Kitchen Lighting Design: Switch to LED?You’ve seen some fabulous lighting applications in home design magazines and now you’d like to create that same magic around the exterior of your own home. With a little technical knowledge and some experimentation, you can create an inviting outdoor environment that will increase safety and security, provide easy driveway access, and enhance the beauty of your home both from the inside looking out and from the outside looking in. Wolfers lighting designer Susan Arnold took some time out to talk about the magic of outdoor and landscape lighting.

How do these designer homes achieve such great lighting effects?

The first thing to understand is the difference between “outdoor lanterns” and “landscape lighting.” Outdoor lanterns are highly decorative visual elements designed to coordinate with the architectural style of your home. They are made to be seen. As a result, outdoor lantern designs run the gamut from traditional wrought-iron to highly polished contemporary styles. Outdoor lanterns can be hung from porch ceilings, installed on posts or columns, and are most often installed near entryways and garage doors. Outdoor lanterns are the jewelry that provides a first impression about your home.

On the other hand, landscape lighting is designed to disappear. These fixtures are hung in trees, camouflaged as rocks, submerged in water or installed close to the ground to minimize them from view – leaving lighting designers free to create magical lighting effects that illuminate driveways and walking paths, accent architectural features, and highlight landscape. When properly specified and installed, outdoor and landscape lighting should work together to create a spectacular effect on the outside of your home.

What wattage bulbs should I use for Outdoor Lanterns?
It’s best to use low wattage (15 watt) bulbs in outdoor lanterns so you do not blind visitors arriving at your home. A light that is too bright is harsh and blinding at entranceways – it’s not a pretty sight.

Are LED bulbs useful for Outdoor and Landscape Lighting?
LED is perfect for Outdoor and Landscape Lighting applications. Incandescent bulbs tend to have a shortened life when exposed to rigorous weather and they are time consuming to replace. LED bulbs now come in just about any configuration and once you install them, chances are you will never have to replace them. If you already have landscape lighting installed, it is possible you can change out most incandescent bulbs with LED replacement bulbs.

How many Landscape Fixtures will I need?
That depends on the areas that need to be addressed and the lighting effects you want to create. I like to hang fixtures in trees to create the feeling of moonlight and then add path lights wherever needed to illuminate steps or directional changes. Depending on your taste, you may want also want to try techniques like “up lighting” trees, “wall grazing” an interesting texture such as stone walls, or “silhouetting” intriguing landscape features.

Wolfers is offering a FREE ONE HOUR LIGHTING CONSULTION
to answer all your questions – and help you to make informed
lighting decisions.

Please click here to schedule your appointment today!

 

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Warm, Kitchen Lighting Design: Switch to LED?

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PROJECT: Kitchen Lighting

Warm, Kitchen Lighting Design: Switch to LED?The kitchen is the primary living space in the home. When designing lighting for the kitchen, it’s important to take into account many different activities. Bright overall light is necessary for food preparation; intense light is best for specialized task areas, while ambient light is pleasurable for entertaining. We also address any needs for lighting controls and whether or not a decorative light fixture is required to carry through a design theme.

A client of mine came to me with a typical LED challenge. She had pendants over her sink, recessed lights in the ceiling, under cabinet lights and a chandelier over her table. When she had all of these fixtures on at the same time, she noticed that the quality of light varied from each fixture. She noticed that when she dimmed the recessed lights, there was no shift in color, while the new LED lamp (bulb) did not provide the warm glow she was used to.

I explained to her that not all LED lamps (bulbs) have the same characteristics. The bulbs may have had the same Kelvin temperature on the box, but Kelvin temperature can vary a +/- from one manufacturer to another. There is also the factor of the Color Rendering Index (CRI), which is so very important and often is overlooked by the consumer.

As for the issues my client experienced with dimming, I recommended a Warm Dim LED bulb, which actually has built-in technology so that, when you dim it, the color shifts to a more amber spectrum, creating the warm fuzzy feeling that we know and expect when the lights are dimmed.

LED technology is changing every day so beware! Not all LED bulbs perform in the same way. They do not all dim in the traditional way we expect. They are not suitable for enclosed fixtures and damp locations. You can buy any LED bulb and think it will be perfect – but will discover otherwise.

Wolfers is offering a FREE ONE HOUR LIGHTING
CONSULTION to answer all your questions – and
help you to make informed lighting decisions.

Please click here to schedule your appointment today!

 

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Warm, Dimmable LED Lighting: The Perfect Solution for Homeowners

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Warm, Dimmable LED Lighting: The Perfect Solution for Homeowners

Lighting is important. It can set a mood, illuminate a task area, and create a welcoming environment for entertaining friends and family.

Did you know that most LED bulbs currently on the market cannot be dimmed in the same way as incandescent bulbs? The light output is harsh and doesn’t look anything like the warm glow we’re used to from incandescents. (more…)

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Wolfers Wins ARTS Award Honoring
Home Industry Excellence

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25th Annual Arts Award Winner in lighting showroom

Wolfers is the 2014 winner of the 25th Annual ARTS Award for lighting showrooms in the East/Atlantic region. The 25th annual ARTS Awards are sponsored by EnLIGHTenment, Gifts & Decorative Accessories, Giftware News, HFN, Home Accents Today, Home Fashion Forecast, Residential Lighting and Sustainable Furnishings Council. The ARTS Awards is the premier international awards program dedicated to home industry excellence and achievement in retailing, manufacturing, design, and representation. (more…)

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Lighting Strategy for Home Entertaining

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In the midst of one of the biggest holiday weeks of the year, are you looking around your home and thinking that there’s still some room for improvement? Make your next gathering better than the last by revamping your lighting strategy!

Here are a few tips to make the most out of your lighting scheme while hosting company:

The Grand Entrance

The saying “you only get one chance to make a first impression” can certainly be applied to your home’s entrance. Test out your fixtures to make sure it’s safe for guests on a walkway, and check if lighting is sufficient by steps or stones. Adding a strong, but not overpowering, feature light at your front door acts as a beacon to guests welcoming them to your home.

The Dining Room

Chances are, you will be entertaining and serving a meal in the dining room. A chandelier, often the focal point, can also enhance the mood. You can alter the feel of an existing chandelier by swapping out the shades or switching to decorative specialty bulbs. Lower wattage can help set the mood. If a change is in order, selecting the proper size chandelier for your room is essential and don’t forget the matching sconces for the perimeter.

Bottom line: A nice, soft light adds warmth and intimacy to the dining experience.

The Kitchen

Make areas where the majority of guests congregate well-lit. Since most of the action happens in the kitchen, you want to be able to see what you’re doing! Bright and efficient task lights will not only help you, but also any guests helping themselves or lending a hand.

Around the House

For a festive party-like atmosphere, use accent lighting for areas of interest. Focus attention on a side table with appetizers, a board game table or bar area.

Keep it simple: If you are looking to highlight something for guests or show off seasonal items (like a Christmas tree or menorah), concentrate on lighting these focal points with a spot light or mantle light.

Layering light, using ambient (general), task and accent light sources, will offer greater flexibility. And don’t forget, with a dimmer, you can adjust the intensity of the light to match the changing tone and mood of your gathering.

Remember: The best lighting strategy is having good company to enjoy it with!

If you would like to update your home’s lighting strategy, contact us to speak with a Wolfers lighting expert.

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COTTAGE COUNTRY

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