2014 Lighting Trends

It’s a new year, and with the new year brings new lighting trends. The lighting trends for 2014 have fresh options for any décor style. Whether your home has a traditional, contemporary, modern or transitional feel, you’ll be able to find lighting options that are on-trend and that complement the rest of your home.

Here are some trendy lighting options to look for in 2014:

Lighting Fixtures with Copper Finishes
Copper light fixtures are going to be very popular this year. Copper finishes can give a light fixture a more historical look, or even look sleek and modern.

Industrial Lighting Fixtures
Light fixtures with a vintage “industrial” look are extremely hot this year. Vintage looking light bulbs and machinery fixtures that look like they belong in a factory from the early 1900s look great in kitchens, bathrooms and even dining rooms.

Color Trend – Grey
Beige used to be the standard for a neutral in homes, now you’ll see more shades of grey. Grey goes well with a lot of the newer colors used on light fixture finishes like charcoal and distressed black.

Harold’s Lighting in Bellevue and Seattle has all of the latest lighting trends you’ll need to update your space. Call, shop online, or stop on by today!

Bellevue Location Shade Manufacturing Tour

At Harold’s Lighting in Bellevue and Seattle we have our very own shade manufacturing department in our stores where we can build completely custom shades for our customers.

Here is a video tour of our Bellevue location’s shade department:

Our shade department is one of the largest in Washington state and has tons of shade sizes and shapes in-stock as well as made-to-order shades. Our qualified shade professionals can help you find or make the right shade for your lamp.

If you want a custom shade built, you can choose from our in-stock materials and fabric or bring in your own. We can make a lamp shade out of just about anything (even wallpaper!), so stop on by or give us a call today!

Custom Large Shades

We’ve got large showroom with hundreds of lighting options to choose from, but did you know we do custom work too? Our custom lighting department can build and design just about anything for your home or office.  Here’s some photos from a recent large custom shade project we did for the new Mars Hill in Everett:

Large Custom Light Shade
Building the base and foundation for the shade.
Large Custom Light Shade
Large enough to fit our team inside!

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Large Custom Light Shade
It’s so big!
The finished custom shade.
The finished custom shade.
Happy New Year From Harold's Lighting!
Happy New Year From Harold’s Lighting!

 

Lighting in Children’s Bedrooms

Planning out decor and lighting for a child’s room can be really fun.  There are many styles and options of light fixtures to choose from and a variety of different color schemes to work for any child’s preference. Lighting is one of the most overlooked design and function element in every room  but it is one of the most important.  This is especially true in a child’s room where many activities are conducted.

As with any other bedroom, having many layers of different lighting types is important. Ambient lighting is the foundation, creating an overall glow and illuminating a large area (typically overhead fixtures, recessed cans, etc). Task lighting is added to illuminate specific areas where activities that need extra light. Accent lighting is the third layer, and can be used to highlight certain design elements in the room such as a painting, column or archway.

These light layers can be achieved by using different types of light fixtures in strategic areas of the room.  Lamps can be used for task lighting in areas where a child might stop to read a book or draw a picture. Sconces on the wall can be used to frame a picture or light up a hallway to a bathroom. Using the rooms floor plan in conjunction with the lighting styles you’ll need will help you find the right balance.

The most important thing to keep in mind when planning lighting for a child’s room is safety.  When choosing light fixtures, remember that they are to be installed in a room where balls might be thrown around or small hands may reach.  Find fixtures that aren’t easily breakable (wood fixtures instead of glass), and that won’t get too hot if in reach of a child. Young children can easily knock over a floor lamp or table lamp, so if possible, secure them to a table or wall.

Many people pick out fixtures that end up being too small for their child’s room.  Don’t be afraid to pick out a fixture that is large and commands attention. Also, find fixtures that provide the most function.  Reading lamps that are adjustable can be a life saver when trying to get a child to sleep.

Harold’s Lighting in Seattle and Bellevue offers many different fixtures that would be perfect for any child’s room, at any age. Stop on by our showrooms and ask a lighting specialist to find a lighting solutions for your home.

Incandescent Bulb Facts

Consumers seem to get lost in the confusion surrounding regulations regarding incandescent light bulbs.  Incandescents were the standard just a few short years ago, but with energy regulations and the growth of environmental impact awareness, they seem to be on their way out.

According to the American Lighting Association, incandescent light bulbs must now meet stricter requirements for lumens and wattage (as of January 1, 2012).  The regulations require incandescent bulbs to produce the same amount of lumens (see more about lumens here) for less wattage (energy output).  So this means that, for example, the standard 100 watt incandescent bulb will now use no more than 72 watts and produce the same amount of light.

Also, during these changes, there were new packaging requirements enforeced throughout the U.S. for light bulbs.  Instead of listing a bulb as a 72 watt, it is listed in lumens, “1500 lumens”.

The American Lighting Association has provided an excellent article going into more depth about the incandescent bulb changes, and can be found here.

As always, if you have a question about light bulbs or fixtures, give Harold’s Lighting in Bellevue or Seattle a call and one of our expert lighting representatives will gladly help you out!

Incandescent Comparison
Incandescent Light Bulb Comparison
Image Source – American Lighting Association