Accent Lighting – Highlight Your Room’s Features

Accent Lighting (also called directional lighting) is used on top of other layers of lighting techniques to highlight features in a room.  It can be used to illuminate and spotlight certain objects or even special architectural areas of a room or space.

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Many people use accent lighting to “accentuate” their favorite things in a room: a painting, plant, sculpture, custom woodwork, architectural features or decorative adornments.  Accent lighting illuminates the area without standing out too much.  Typically, it is meant to be 3 times brighter than the rest of the illuminated room, but shouldn’t be glaring or distracting to the eye.

Accent lighting is generally achieved with using track lighting, dim-able chandeliers, recessed ceiling lights, and sconces.  The key to using accent lighting is to subtly draw the eye to the showcase area to spark interest.  Accent lights shouldn’t be obvious or over powering and should be used sparingly.

Harold’s Lighting stores in Bellevue and Seattle, WA are your Accent Lighting specialists.  We’ve been helping residents in the Northwest create amazing living spaces with light since 1957.

Task Lighting – Shed Light on Your Daily Activities

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Continuing with our Finding Your Lighting Solutions spotlight on our blog, Task Lighting would be your next layer to add to a space or room.  Task lighting illuminates areas where daily activities are done.  This type of lighting brightens up certain areas for activities that require brighter lights, like reading, cooking, personal grooming, and studying.

Task lighting is designed to provide clarity and aid in performing a task.  It provides direct light to an area so that a person can see what they’re doing more effectively.  Properly applied task lighting is free of glares and shadows.

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There are many different lighting sources that can be used for task lighting.  Recessed bulbs, track lighting, pendant lighting are common task lighting sources.  Many kitchens use undercabinet lights, while most offices and reading areas use desk lamps, floor lamps and vanity lights.

Our Harold’s Lighting stores in Seattle and Bellevue have huge showrooms with many different examples of task lighting.  Our expert lighting staff are ready to help you find the right fixtures and lighting techniques to illuminate and balance your home.

Ambient Lighting – Your First Step

When finding the right lighting solutions for your room or entire house, thinking about ambient lighting is typically the first place to start.  Ambient Lighting is our first post in our Finding Your Lighting Solutions spotlight on our blog.

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Ambient Lighting, also known as general lighting, is the most basic type of lighting.  It provides a room or area with general illumination.  It provides a comforting level of brightness without pulling your eye anywhere specific.  There’s no glare, and there’s a sense of a “glow” throughout the room or area.

Many designers use chandeliers, ceiling fixtures, track lights, recessed lights, wall fixtures, and floor and table lamps to achieve a good balance of ambient lighting.  They use these light sources as a base for which they add layers of other types of lighting to achieve the perfect balance to a room or space.

Stay tuned to learn about other types of lighting right here on our blog!

Lighting Delivery at Our Seattle Location

Check out this video our “Alley Cam” captured of a delivery at our Seattle location.  All of these boxes are full of lighting equipment and lighting fixtures for our showroom.  The video has over 500,000 views on YouTube!  Believe it or not, this really did happen!  Let us know what you think.