Lighting Your Home Office

Many people these days are starting to work from home part time, if not full time. We love the idea of being able to roll out of bed and get some work done, all while wearing your pajamas! Many times people have a hard time adjusting to working from home and good time management skills are a must-have. Having a proper home office space can help you stay focused and be as productive as possible while still being pants optional!

Depending on the size of the home office, different types of lighting layers should be used to be able to adjust accordingly to each occasion. We recommend having at least two different types of lighting, the most popular (and important) being ambient and task lighting.

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Ambient lighting in a home office is important. If done correctly it can help illuminate the entire room without causing any glares or without pulling your eye to a certain area. Common types of ambient lighting options in a home office would be recessed light cans in the ceiling or a flush mounted fixture. If the room is small enough, a large pendant or drum may give off sufficient ambient light as well.

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Task lighting is equally as important as ambient. Proper illumination of the tasks you are planning to perform in this area is key to working productively. If you’re unable to easily see what you’re doing you’ll waste time in the long run. Common types of task lighting in home offices are typically desk lamps, table lamps, and pendants. Desk lamps come in many different styles and can easily be adjusted to provide the proper amount of light needed. A pendant is commonly installed above a desk or reading space to provide a convenient light source where high activity traffic may occur.

Once you’ve got both ambient and task lighting down in your home office you can consider adding in other types if the space allows for it. Keep your proportions in mind and remember where your high traffic activity locations are and focus there. Ask a Harold’s lighting expert if you need help choosing the right fixture for your space today!

Capture Fall with Stained Glass

As the leaves are starting to change and fall, we are reminded of the classic elegance that stained glass can bring to any room. As the sun starts to set a little earlier think about brightening up your space with a beautiful stained glass lamp or stained glass pendant!

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Stained glass is truly an art form. Each individual piece is hand selected and soldered into place carefully by the artist. Stained glass lamp shades have been a classic staple in many homes and they can help set a comfortable and cozy atmosphere. These are not a one-size-fits-all option, but can be appropriately installed in just about any room in a home.

Stained Glass Lamp
Beautiful Stained Glass Lamp at Harold’s Lighting

Stained glass light fixtures give off a warm glow, and can be as much of a focal point in a room as a piece of art or sculpture would be. These fixtures are made with care, and are made to last both physically and aesthetically.

Though typically thought of as fixtures in a home office, billiard room, or living room, many people have been able to incorporate stained glass lighting in bedrooms, kitchens and even bathrooms!

Harold’s Lighting stores in Seattle and Bellevue carry one of the largest selections of stained glass lighting in Washington state! We have classic Tiffany lamps, Tiffany pendants, Tiffany chandeliers and more! Come on by and pick up a piece of art to add to one of your rooms today!

Our Lighting Repair Shop

Most people in Seattle know Harold’s Lighting to be the best place to go for amazing light fixtures and lamps. Did you know we do repairs on existing light fixtures too? Don’t throw away that family heirloom! Bring it by our lighting and lamp repair store in Seattle or Bellevue today and we’ll get it back in working condition!

Our repair department is a full service manufacturing, restoration and repair facility. Our expert lighting technicians have seen it all and can fix just about any light fixture brought through our doors!

Many homeowners do not know that lamps and light fixtures need regular maintenance. Bring your old lamp or pendant in and our lighting guys will rewire it to today’s electrical standards or polish it up and make it look good as new. Old wiring can be a safety hazard as the old configurations may not integrate well with the way today’s homes are electrically wired. Don’t risk it, just bring it by and we’ll let you know if you’re good to go!

Custom Lamp Base
A beautiful custom lamp base we built out of a vintage vase!

Aside from lighting and lamp maintenance and repairs, we are experts in creating custom lighting fixtures. We’ve created custom drum shades for large businesses, such as restaurant chains that required custom measurements and fabrics. We’ve also been able to take a family heirloom, such as an urn or vase, and turn it into a beautiful base for a lamp! If you have a lighting idea, run it by us, we’d love to help create a unique fixture perfect for your business or home.

Billiard Light Fixtures

Billiard light fixtures come in all shapes and sizes. They typically hang low and help set the mood of your game room. Whether your style is classic or contemporary, there is a billiard fixture for you!

Oftentimes called pool table pendants or pool table chandeliers, these fixtures can be the centerpiece to your space. Billiard rooms (or game rooms) typically are a little darker than other spaces with pendants or accent lighting highlighting the important areas. We think the perfect game room would have an amazing, eye-catching billiard chandelier as well as incorporate other layers of lighting styles to customize the illumination level based on the occasion.

Billiard chandeliers are designed to shed enough light onto your pool table so there aren’t any shadows. These light fixtures typically have shades or a filter that prevents glare or a blinding bright spot. It is important to select the right fixture for your space based on the size of the room, other lighting in the room, and preferred style.

The quintessential billiard pendant would hands down be the Tiffany chandelier. Harold’s Lighting store in Seattle and Bellevue has a huge selection of these classic Tiffany light fixtures and lamps as well as other styles. They’re the perfect option to add a touch of timeless class to your game room.

tiffany light fixtures

Vanity Lighting

We’ve touched on the importance of proper bathroom lighting in some of our other posts, but today we want shed some light specifically on vanity lighting. Sometimes called vanity bars, this type of lighting is very common in homes across America for a reason – it typically is the best option for these small spaces!

Vanity lights come in many different styles. The most common type of vanity lighting is the classic “vanity bar” (see photo). Typically vanity bars are a row of lights framing an area, most commonly a mirror. The row of bulbs sometimes frames both sides of a mirror (as seen in many classic backstage movie sets), but almost always is above it.

Proper lighting in the bathroom is extremely important because of the tasks preformed here. Many grooming activities could turn out to be quite dangerous if there wasn’t adequate lighting. Out of the many different types of lighting layers you can add to a bathroom, you should start with vanity lighting as it covers the area where most of these potentially dangerous situations could occur.

Vanity light fixtures can be made out of a variety of different materials to compliment any interior style. Sconces (see photo) along side of the mirror are another common option.

Bathroom Vanity Lighting

Harold’s Lighting store in Seattle and Bellevue has got bathroom vanity lighting fixtures for any sized vanity and any style. Stop by and view our showroom or give us a call today!