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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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How to Read the New Lighting Facts Label

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Are you standing in the store with a light bulb package in your hand, wondering how am I supposed to know how bright this will be? Will it be white light? Will it be efficient? What is this nutrition-label looking thing on the back of the packaging? What does all this mean?

Relax, Wolfers is here to help break it down for you.

The new Lighting Facts Label, shown here, provides a summary of a light’s performance data. Sponsored by the Department of Energy, it is formatted in the style of a “nutrition facts label” and protects consumers from exaggerated claims, ensuring a satisfactory buying experience.

According to Wolfers lighting expert, Janice Park, “The label helps consumers navigate their choices in the wake of confusion brought on by recent legislation regarding lamps and LEDs. Though the new labels were designed for LED comparisons, we are now seeing this information on other lamps as well.”

Park says, “The major point is to get people to recognize that Lumens are the new Watts.”

Let’s break down the elements, as shown on the label above.

LUMENS measures LIGHT OUTPUT. The higher the number, the more light is emitted, therefore the brighter the light.

Watts measures ENERGY required to light the product. The lower the wattage, the less energy used.

Lumens per Watt measures EFFICIENCY. The higher the number, the more efficient the product.

This chart compares an incandescent, fluorescent, and LED light source.
Image Source: Lightology

Color Rendering Index (CRI) measures COLOR ACCURACY, or, in other words, how well a light source renders the colors of objects, materials, and skin tones. CRI is based on a scale from 1-100 (100 being the best). Therefore, a low CRI will make colors look duller, whereas a higher CRI (80 or above) makes colors appear more vibrant and is more preferable for residential applications.

Correlated Color Temperature (CCT) measures LIGHT COLOR. Colors with lower Kelvin temperatures (around 2700-3500K) are warmer tones, usually in red/yellow spectrum, whereas colors with higher Kelvin temperatures (3600-5500K) are cooler tones, usually in the blue/purple spectrum. When designing a space, it’s important to keep the CCT the same in all light sources.

For more information on the Lighting Facts Label, click here or contact us to speak with a Wolfers lighting expert.

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Spotlight on Under-Cabinet Lighting

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How is your cooking? Your skills might be even better once you brighten up your kitchen with under-cabinet lighting!

At Wolfers, we’ve seen more homeowners come to our showrooms in search of under-cabinet lighting than ever before. While you may think purchasing lights online will suffice, we recommend viewing under-cabinets in person, allowing you to see the lights up close and focus on how the different sources will look against various surfaces and countertops.

Halogen Lighting Tip:
If you choose to install halogen bulbs, do not keep perishables in the cabinets above, as these lights generate a bit of heat and may cause perishable food, like chocolate, to melt.

Generally, homeowners utilize under-cabinet lights for task lighting. About 70% of under-cabinets are installed in kitchens, typically above countertops, to improve visibility for tasks like cooking and reading recipes. But they also can be used in laundry rooms, above desks, or even in bookcases – any surface that requires bright and focused light.

LED Lighting Tip: If a product has a warm color temperature of 3000 but a CRI (Color Rendering Index) of 65, this light will appear as a blue color, due to the low CRI. Typically, homeowners look for a light source that has a high CRI and a warm color temperature.

Many homeowners choose under-cabinets based on color tone, efficiency, and overall appearance. Nowadays, LED under-cabinet lights are more popular than ever. Not only are LEDs more efficient (lasting roughly 15-20 years, compared to halogen or fluorescent bulbs lasting only six months), but they also offer the bright white light required for task lighting. Changing under-cabinet bulbs is not always easy – bending underneath tight spaces and between countertops can be exhausting. Homeowners often find not having to change bulbs frequently as a huge advantage to choosing LED lights.

New Tech Lighting Product: Homeowners often find certain under-cabinet light sources, such as LEDs and halogens, mirror their image on their polished countertops. To avoid this, Tech Lighting found an innovative solution: the Unilume. The Unilume is a LED light source but uniquely uses yellow phosphors. This new product offers the long linear light you can get from a fluorescent but in a warm color tone. The bulb has a lifetime of 50,000 hours, which equates to about 30 or 40 years.

The Unilume is now available for purchase at Wolfers. Visit one of our showrooms today for the latest in under-cabinet and LED lighting.

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