Types of Chandeliers

Chandeliers come in many shapes, sizes, colors and designs.  They are available in many different materials and can really add elegance or drama to a room or space.  From a colorful and classic Tiffany chandelier to a modern geometric or industrialized design, choosing a chandelier can be really fun.

When many people think of the word “chandelier” they think of the classic crystal type chandeliers that are seen in many buildings and homes around the world today.  They can be as simple as a few crystals hung around a simple light fixture to huge expensive fixtures with many layers.  Crystal chandeliers give off an attractive array of light because of the way light bounces off of the glass pieces and gets reflected onto the surrounding room.

Drum chandeliers are another common type of chandelier used in homes and offices around the world today.  They aren’t as ornate as crystal chandeliers and are usually used in areas where focused light is needed.  The drum acts as a diffuser to get rid of the harshness of direct light while still providing ample illumination and decoration.

Tiffany chandeliers are classic pieces designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany and his design studio.  These types of chandeliers are made of glass and are handmade with beautiful designs almost resembling stain glass windows.  There are many companies that have copied this style of chandelier and many replicas are available at lower costs.

How to Choose a Lamp Shade

Lamp Shades In our Seattle Store

Choosing the right lamp shade for your lamp can seem impossible with the thousands of choices of lamp shade size, shape and fabric available. Our expert lighting staff at our Bellevue and Seattle lighting stores are ready and available to help you pick out the best shade for your lamp or we can even customize one with any fabric and shape you choose.

Large Selection Of Lamp Shades

One of the most important things to consider when choosing a shade is size.  If your lamp currently has a shade, and you like the size of it, you can measure the existing shade as a reference.  If you don’t already have a shade, typically we suggest finding a shade that is approximately 65% -80% of the height of the base (measuring base of lamp to the socket).  The width, or diameter of the shade typically shouldn’t exceed the height of the base, and with floor lamps, the shade should be at least three and 1/2 inches from each side of the bulb.

Custom In-Shop Lamp Shades

If you’re going for drama, it’s okay to break the rules to add some excitement to the lamp.  Pair odd shapes together or even colors, but remember to edit yourself and think about the room the lamp will reside in.

At Harold’s Lighting, we have a large selection of lamp shades to choose from and can even custom make shades to specific dimensions and with custom fabric.  Come stop by and see our selection or get advice from our lamp shade experts!

Lighting Techniques for Exteriors

Beautiful Exterior Lights at Harold’s Lighting

Using the right techniques for lighting the exterior of your home or building can be really important.  Correct lighting techniques can help highlight important features as well as create depth and character to a home and yard.

Here are some common techniques many designers use to balance the exterior of a structure:

  • Highlighting: This is one of the most common techniques used in outdoor lighting. Many people highlight an object or feature by placing a spotlight at the base of the feature.  Different effects can be achieved by playing with the distance or angle of the spotlight and sometimes 2 or more lights can be used for larger areas. Some common items people like to highlight are trees, posts, and architectural features.
  • Silhouetting: This technique provides a great backdrop and can add depth. A silhouette is achieved by placing a spotlight behind an object casting light around it and producing an outline.  This effect is commonly used with smaller plants, like bushes or small trees.
  • Path Lighting:  This is another very common techniques.  It is one of the most practical and useful ways to feature an outdoor path.  This is when smaller lights are placed along a pathway to illuminate the area.  Small lights are often put along walkways, driveways, patio edges or dangerous areas to make sure that people can see where they’re going.  It’s important to find lights that are out of the way and will not be kicked or driven over.

Harold’s Lighting in Bellevue and Seattle has many different outdoor lighting styles to choose from.  Their expert staff can help you find the right lights to help illuminate and bring your yard and home to life.

Define a Room Using Light

There are many ways you can define a space or room. Sometimes people use furniture or room dividers to separate a space and “zone” it off. Many people use area rugs, accent walls, or goupings of furniture to separate one area from another.  One of the most effective (yet often forgotten about) ways to separate an area is using light.

Using different lighting techniques to define a room can be done in many ways, including:

Using pendants is the most common way many homeowners and designers separate an area of a room or space.  For example, hanging a pendant or ceiling light above a table or in the middle of the room will draw the eye and separate it from the rest of the areas.  It shows people indirectly that something happens in that area.

Floor Lamps – Arching
If you don’t have the capability of installing a pendant or ceiling light, or if you’re looking for a more portable option, an arching floor lamp is a great option.  It gives the same effect as a pendant or ceiling lamp but can look more modern and sometimes be more cost effective.

Wall sconces can be a great option to highlight certain areas of a room.  Wall mounted lights are a great option for small areas or zoned areas close to a wall or corner.  Common places to install this type of lighting is on either side of a bed, over a side table in a hallway, and over small dining tables or in breakfast nooks.

As you can see, using light to define a space and set it apart can be pretty easy.  Keep in mind the area you are trying to draw attention to or set apart and make sure you choose the best pendant, sconce or floor lamp to do so.