Our Online Store!

Harold’s Lighting has been the Pacific Northwest’s best resource for lighting options for commercial and residential use for decades. Did you know we have an online store?

Our showrooms have a huge selection of the latest styles and selections as well as some one-of-a-kind vintage fixtures. If you don’t have time to stop or call one of our locations, check out our online selection here. We’ve got a pretty large selection of all types of fixtures and bulbs for any space.

Wether you need a contemporary light fixture, modern, traditional or vintage, check out our online store for a quick look at what we have to offer! Click here to go to the online store.

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Custom Lighting Work

Custom Shades and Fixtures at Harold's LightingHarold’s Lighting has one of the largest shade departments in the state of Washington. We offer new in-stock shades as well as custom made-to-order lamp and light fixture shades.

Our team can help you create a one-of-a-kind light fixture for your home or space. We’ll help you find exactly what you want and make it come to life. You can bring the material yourself, too. If you have some fabric from other furniture in the home we can use it to create a custom shade. The sky is the limit for shade materials. We can use silk, cotton and even wallpaper to create your dream shade.

Our shade department specializes in making specialty light fixtures. Lampshade design and manufacturing for hotels, department stores, yachts and homes is our specialty. From hard back styles to fully sewn and fabric lined shades, Harold’s Lighting custom workshop can help you out.

 

Task Lighting Basics

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After Ambient Lighting, Task Lighting (also known as direct lighting) would be the next layer to think about when choosing lighting options for your space.

Task lighting is designed to help you preform certain activities (hence the name “task”). It brightens up a certain area. Task lighting is great for areas of your home where activities are done that require more light (examples – reading, cooking, grooming or studying).

This type of lighting is designed to help provide clarity and aid in task performance. The direct light it sheds on an area helps a person see more clearly what they are doing and can help increase productivity. Proper task lighting also doesn’t cast a glare or distracting shadows.

Track lighting, undercabinet lighting, recessed bulbs, and pendant lighting are common light sources for task lighting. Offices and living rooms can use lamps or floor lamps and vanity lights to achieve a good balance of ambient and task lighting.

Our lighting stores in Seattle and Bellevue, WA have large showrooms with a ton of task lighting options. We have lamps, floor lamps, vanity lights, pendants, chandeliers, undercabinet lights, and much more! Stop by or call us today and let us help you light your home right!

Ambient Lighting

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Photo Courtesy of : Kichler.com

Ambient lighting, also known as general lighting, is the most basic type of lighting. It is typically a designers first step to establish a good base of ambient lighting before they continue with designing or decorating the rest of a room or space.

Ambient lighting provides general illumination to a room. It fills the room with a glow, a comforting level of brightness without pulling your eye to a certain area or space. Ambient lighting doesn’t cause a glare and basically creates a “glow” in the space.

Many different lighting fixture types can be used to produce ambient light. The most common types are ceiling fixtures, recessed lighting, wall fixtures, and track lighting. Chandeliers and floor and table lamps are also sometimes used to establish the baseline ambient light level.

Ambient light helps create a comfortable and inviting feeling in almost any space.  After you have your ambient light figured out, you can start layering other lighting types for different effects.

Harold’s Lighting in Bellevue and Seattle has great range of fixtures that can help you create your lighting baseline in your home.