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New Appliances, Sinks and Lighting for 2016

by Steve Sheinkopf

Yale Home Show 2016
19 chef demos to see in both locations – February 6-7 + 13-15

  • Free 5 Year Warranties on Jenn-Air and Miele Purchases. Some exlusions apply, ask for details
  • 10% Back in Lighting and Plumbing in Gift Cards with 4-piece Kitchen Package Purchase from Frigidaire Gallery, Frigidaire Pro, Electrolux and Bosch (Benchmark not included).
  • 12 Month, 0% Financing Available with Approved Credit
  • 10% Off All Decorative Lighting. Recessed and GM Lighting products excluded.
  • 10% Off All Outlet Prices

Call us at 617-825-9253 for more information
Click here for Home Show details

We used to display new products at The Bayside Expo Center when they had a Home Show, then we remodeled our showroom to show functional, working kitchens. We then hired some chefs to demonstrate the products capabilities, and The Yale Home Show was born. 

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Topics: Wolf, Thermador, Jenn-Air, Visual Comfort, New Products, Bosch, Frigidaire, Hubbardton Forge, Sub-Zero, Lynx, KitchenAid, Samsung, La Cornue Ranges

Best Wrought Iron Chandeliers For Traditional Dining Rooms

by Henriette Rieu

Wrought iron used to be heavy cast pieces for really formal areas. Visualize a European castle. That was wrought iron.

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Topics: Hubbardton Forge, Wrought Iron Lighting, Traditional, Dining Room

Hubbardton Forge vs Quoizel Wrought Iron Lighting (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Roger Pontes

Hubbardton Forge vs. Quoizel Wrought Iron Lighting

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Topics: Hubbardton Forge, Quoizel

Hubbardton Forge Wrought Iron Chandeliers (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Roger Pontes

I have been blogging about appliances and lighting since 2007, and the two industries are so different. Wolf, Sub-Zero and Thermador are all good and somewhat similar in their operation. In lighting, however, there is bad, decent and better. It's hard to determine as a consumer, because there are no noticeable brand names. For wrought iron, Hubbardton Forge is the high quality manufacturer.

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Topics: Hubbardton Forge, Wrought Iron Lighting

New Incorrect Kitchen Application

by Steve Sheinkopf

We have 11 kitchen displays at Yale. 8 out of the 11 are functional and working. Using basic math 3 are not working. This is one of said displays and is not what should be done for 2 reasons:

1 Placing a television behind a 90,000 BTU professional range is somewhat irresponsible to say the least.

2. I like the lighting. Tech bronze track with matching heads is well coordinated with the Hubbardton Forge trditional pendants. There is, however, something wrong.
If you read the decorative lighting post from 2 weeks ago, you will know that decorative lighting is not task lighting. The surface is somewhat dark.


The solution: Add a few recessed lights...


What do you think?



New Thermador Kitchen



New Thermador Kitchen 2



New Thermador Kitchen 3
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Topics: Hubbardton Forge, Lighting, Recessed Lighting, Ranges, Tech Lighting, Track Lighting

My Favorite Lighting

by Steve Sheinkopf

This yet another totally biased blog entry. What further complicates matters is that I have contemporary tastes. The important idea behind this blog is understanding the importance of lighting. Well designed lighting does not have to cost a fortune and is integral to the environment.

Undercounter lighting: CSL, Seagull Ambience

Think about it. Meals are prepared on counters. Placing lights on the cabinets above is a good idea.

CSL is a strip of halogen lights that is available in varying lengths.


Seagull Ambience is a low voltage cable that allows for greater flexibility. Ambience is also low voltage, so it emits a whiter light.
Seagull Ambiance

Pendants: Techlighting, Hudson Valley

The demand for pendants increased dramatically with larger kitchens. As previously discussed, the kitchen and formal dining area have combined to form one "great" room in most new homes. Usually, there is a type of island in the plan. Pendants(essentially small fixtures) have become the light for these areas.

Techlighting is the premier contemporary pendant company with a profusion of color and styles.
Tech Pendants

Hudson Valley is a very decent transitional to traditional line of pendants and fixtures. Hudson also manufactures some great period pieces and most of the products are under $120.
Hudson Valley

Wrought Iron: Hubbardton Forge.

Wrought iron has become increasingly popular in transitional and traditional adaptations. Hubbardton stull forges lighting by hand.
Hubbardton Forge

Crystal: Schonbek

I say crystal, and the image that immediately runs through brains is your grandmas house(not that it is a bad thing) Crystal is incredibly interesting. Look at Geometrix from Schonbek.
Schonbek Geometrix

Monorail: Techlighting

Think of it is very updated track that is bendable and with the ability to light track heads and/or fixtures.
Tech Track

Bulbs: Compact Fluorescent, Krypton bulbs

The equation is simple 13 watts fluorescent equals over 50 watts incandescent.
Compact Fluorescent

Krypton bulbs are beautiful bulbs for chandeliers. They also use much less energy.
Krypton Bulb

Traditional: Visual Comfort

VC has some great heavier traditional pieces that even I appreciate.
Visual Comfort
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Topics: Hudson Valley, Hubbardton Forge, Lighting, Compact Fluorescent, Tech Lighting, Track Lighting, Schonbek, Low Voltage Lighting

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