Outdoor Lighting Issues

exteriorThe issues you face with lighting problems indoors are different than the problems you’ll face with exterior lighting. While you may have reflection and glare issues indoors, that may not be your problem outdoors. Outdoor lighting can be used to highlight architecture, plant life, and provide illumination in areas that need it at night.

Exterior lights can be placed just about anywhere, but there are areas where you shouldn’t overlook. Placing these lights in these areas is important for safety and convenience:

  • Pathways – Well lit pathways leading up to and around your entryway and home can create an inviting atmosphere as well as let people know where to go. 
  • Steps – Illuminating the area around steps outdoors is very important for safety. There are many different methods that can be used. Stairs, especially outdoors, are one of the most common places where injuries happen.
  • Entryways – People need to know where to go when they get to your home at night, so place foutsideixtures on both sides of your door or overhead lights to illuminate your front door, side doors and back door.
  • Driveways – Not much light is needed here, but if you have a tricky driveway or a hazardous area or post in the way, it may be wise to use low lights to show drivers where they can and cannot drive.

Placing lights in these areas will not only make your home look more inviting and cozy, it can help keep your company safe and injury free. Our Harold’s Lighting showrooms in Seattle and Bellevue, WA have tons of amazing exterior light fixtures to choose from. Stop on by today!


Interior Lighting Tips for Each Room

lightSpecial attention should be given to each room in your home when it comes to lighting. Using a mix of light sources, creating a layering effect, and using appropriate task lighting in certain areas can help you achieve the right balance.

Living Room

The living room is a place where we spend a lot of time and want to relax. Many interior designers suggest lighting three of the four corners of the room, and one of these three should focus on a special object (could be a plant, art or a nice chair). You can use table lamps and floor lamps to help direct the light upwards or downwards creating depth.


Again, we spend a ton of time in this area of the home. Task lighting is especially important in the kitchen as many dangerous tasks are performed here. Bright localized lights layered with over head sources are a good way to shed layers of light where you need it most.

Dining Room

The table should be the focus of this room and a light should be used to draw people in. Placing a light directly above the table will help bring the focus to the center and using a dimmer can help create a mood.


Like the kitchen, task lighting is important here as many intricate grooming tasks are performed. Using lights around and above the mirror will help cast a shadowless glow, and a main light source should also be used above the shower or tub.


Obviously, your bedroom is a place where you want to relax. You should try and choose lighting options that can help create that comfortable atmosphere that you’re shooting for. Reading lamps or sconces can be placed beside the bed for extra light, and a chandelier or recessed cans can be used above the bed, bringing the focus in.

So wether you’re building a new home, remodeling, or just looking to update your home room by room, keep your lighting options in mind. Our showrooms in Bellevue and Seattle will have plenty of options to choose from and we can even make custom shades and fixtures in shop.  Let us know if you have any special requests or if you need help with any lighting design questions.

Harold’s Lighting on Apartment Therapy!

Check out this article on Apartment Therapy — interviewing our very own, Lara Proctor!

Our lighting associate, Lara Proctor, was interviewed by Apartment Therapy and featured in the article “Expert Advice: Professional tips for Lighting Your Home“. This great article give tips about using layers of light, recycling pieces, using dimmers, and much more!

Check it out:

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Lara Proctor from Harold’s Lighting in Apartment Therapy!

Bathroom Lighting

Good lighting in your bathroom is very important. It can be a little tricky to get right, however.  The bathroom is the place where effective task lighting is very important as many detailed oriented and even sometimes dangerous activities are performed. Many people don’t give enough thought for lighting in the bathroom and this room sadly rarely lives up to it’s potential.

bathroomWe call the bathroom “restroom” because it should be a place where one can actually rest and feel comfortable. Correct lighting can help achieve a feeling of peace in this room while still being functional. A series of layers should be used to achieve maximum benefit and if possible, the use of dimming devices can also help out.

Broadway style lights are classic and very effective over a mirror.

Personal grooming activities such as shaving, plucking, makeup application and so on, require good task lighting with minimal shadows.  This can be achieved by using vertical sconces along side the mirror (depending on how wide the area is), or by using the ever popular “broadway” light bar. These types of light fixtures can help cast an even layer of maximum light across the face and upper body.

Great Sconces for any Bathroom Style at Harold’s Lighting

Good lighting in the shower/tub area is also very important. These areas can be dangerous with razors, slippery floors and sharp edges and proper illumination of these areas is a must for safety. Adequate overhead light is important, and if possible, lights from other sources, such as sconces, may be used.

Harold’s Lighting in Bellevue and Seattle has many different bathroom lighting fixtures to choose from in our huge showrooms. We can custom order and make a light fixture to work specifically with your bathroom or any other room in your home.  Call or stop on by today!