Functional Outdoor Lighting Benefits

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Beautiful Outdoor Lighting Fixtures at Harold’s Lighting in Seattle.

Whether you’re having an outdoor party, just hanging out with the family, or walking around the outside of your home, it’s important to have proper outdoor lighting to illuminate your landscape areas.  There are many different kinds of outdoor lighting fixtures, and they can serve multiple purposes.

It’s important to think about what outdoor lighting you need before you start buying fixtures. Think about where you will be placing the outdoor light fixtures, and what purpose they will serve.  Outdoor lighting can help provide functional lighting, they can add beauty, and even help make your outdoor space safer.

Increasing the safety of the exterior of your home and outdoor space should come first.  Take time to walk around the property and assess possible danger zones.  Make sure to write these areas down and figure out what type of lighting you’ll use to illuminate these areas.  Many people use zone lighting to illuminate large areas where safety may be a concern.  Another way to do it is to use smaller directional lighting along smaller areas, such as a sidewalk, pathway or stair case.

Outdoor LanternIf your home is lit up from the outside, it will be less tempting for intruders as getting into the home undetected is much harder when there it is illuminated. Some homeowner’s install motion detector lights so that they will turn on if someone is to walk by them.  This also can deter theft and trespassers.

Outdoor lighting can create a whole new landscape when the sun goes down. Different angles of light and shadows can create a beautiful effect if placed correctly. Light fixtures can be positioned to shed light on great landscape fixtures as well as architectural elements of your home.

As you can see, the need for outdoor lighting for every home is essential.  Stop by or call one of our expert lighting specialist today with any of your outdoor lighting questions.

Floor Lamps

Amazing Floor Lamps to Choose From at Harold’s Lighting in Bellevue and Seattle!

If you live in an older home, it’s likely that your living room wasn’t designed to accommodate a ceiling light fixture. So your room may feel dark and dreary, but don’t fret, you’ve got options.  Floor lamps are a great option for rooms that need extra light, but don’t have a lot of space.

Not only do floor lamps provide a great light source to a room, they also can bring a beautiful, decorative touch. They come in many different styles and sizes, and can easily match the decor of your home or space.

Floor lamps are typically 60-72 inches tall and can come in a variety of styles.  Most have a straight slender post with a shade, but others can have multiple arms that can stretch the light out and provide a more interesting fixture.

Torchiere floor lamps are very common.  They usually have lamp shades that look like a flower, fluted up and and direct the light upwards. These types of floor lamps are typically placed in corners of rooms to create depth and help reflect light around the room on the ceiling and walls.

There are many different styles of floor lamps that have multiple functions.  Some even have a built in reading lamp that can be extended and directed as task lighting. A floor lamp with a post with an arching arm that can be adjusted is sometimes called a “pharmacy lamp” because they are what pharmacists used to use.

Floor lamps can be modern, contemporary, traditional and even abstract. They can have chromed finishes, brushed finishes or even be solid colors. It’s always wise to consult a lighting specialist for the correct type of bulb that should be used with the floor lamp that you choose to make sure your light works properly and is safe.

Consult with a expert lighting specialist today to find a floor lamp that works for your home or office. Stop by our Seattle or Bellevue store or give us a call!

Flush Mount Lighting

Flush Mounted LightsFlush mount light fixtures are one of the most common types of lighting fixtures available on the market.  Their low profile look stays out of the way, and there are many styles, shapes and sizes to choose from.

Flush mount ceiling lights are just what they sound like: they blend in with ceiling without being recessed, and their bases are even with the surface they are mounted on. They create a smooth, even look that can work in virtually any room.  Flush mounted lights are typically used in kitchens, bathrooms, and especially in rooms where the ceiling height is low.

Flush mounted lights come in a variety of styles ranging from contemporary, modern to very traditional and ornate. Some flush mounted lights hang down, suspended a little bit below the ceiling while other drum styles are more compact and flush.  Depending on the style and size of your room, choosing a flushmount light fixture can be difficult because there are so many styles, finishes and sizes to choose from.  If you want advice, our lighting professionals in Bellevue and Seattle can help you choose the right flush mounted fixture for you.

Vanity Lighting

Excellent Option for Bathroom Lighting at our Seattle Store
Excellent Option for Bathroom Lighting at our Seattle Store

We spend more time in the powder room than we ever did before.  Personal grooming standards have shot up and our bodies and images are under a microscope. Having proper lighting in your bathroom vanity area is essential to make sure you get the job done right and get it done quickly!

Today’s more luxurious bathrooms require different styles and sizes of vanity lighting. It is important to find vanity lighting that provides enough “task lighting” illumination but also it must go with the rest of the decor and feel of the room.

It’s important to keep in mind the vanity lighting fixtures size, shape, style and location when looking for the right fit for your bathroom.  Here are some basic tips on how to choose a vanity lighting fixture that will work for you:


Choosing the right size and amount of light that you need is crucial.  Think about how many lights you will need.  If you are using the traditional “light bars”, they usually come with 2 – 4 lights on them. Keep in mind the width of your vanity and make sure that your light fixture(s) that you choose do not expand wider than that.  If you have a long, spread out vanity, consider using multiple vanity lights scattered above sinks to achieve the appropriate look and illumination.


Think about the rest of the room when choosing the “finish” of the vanity lighting you are choosing.  What do your existing sink faucets look like? Do you have any other hardware that should be considered when picking out the finish? The vanity lights you choose should coordinate with the rest of the fixtures in the room.  If your faucets are chrome and shiny, you should look for fixtures that reflect the same style.  There are many different types of finishes that vanity light fixtures can come in and finding the right kind can tie the whole room together.


Choosing the style for your vanity lighting can be challenging because there are so many different styles to choose from. Choose a fixture that fits your personality but also goes with the overall look and feel of the bathroom and run with it.  If your room is modern or contemporary, go for a more minimal design, but if your room is luxurious and detailed a more traditional style might fit better.

If you’re having a hard time finding what vanity lighting would work best in your home, bring a picture or two in to one of our stores in Bellevue or Seattle today to let our expert lighting specialists help you out. Our vast inventory and custom shop will give you plenty of quality options at a great price.