Choosing the right color LED

Incandescents are known for giving off a pleasant, warm (yellowish) light. LEDs, however, come in a variety of different colors. Getting to know your different LED lighting options for your home or office is important for setting the right mood.

LEDs come in a wide range of color options. From purple to red, and a whole range of whites and yellows, it’s important to find the right colored bulb for your light fixture depending on your space’s needs.

The most popular LED colors are “soft white” and “warm white”. These both produce a more yellowish hue than other popular LED options (“bright white”), and are the most similar to the classic incandescent bulb’s effect.

“Bright White” gives off more of a whiter hue, which can be compared to natural daylight and is typically used in larger retail stores and modern offices.

While shopping for the right LED color for you, pay attention to the Kelvins on the box. Kelvins are the unit of measurement for color in light bulbs. Typically, the lower the number, the more yellow the color will be.

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Types of Lampshades

Lampshades come in a variety of shapes and sizes. We found this cool infographic that breaks down the most popular shapes and also shows you how they’re measured:

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If you need help selecting the right shade for your light fixture, come in or call us today. We have a huge selection of lamp shades in stock, and can even custom make any lamp shade with a fabric of your choice or in an odd size or shape!

What is a lumen?

Most people think that a watt is what measures the brightness of a bulb. This actually isn’t the case. Watts measure how much energy the bulb consumes. A lumen is what is actually used to measure theĀ brightness of a bulb.

The more lumens a bulb has, the brighter it will be. Typically this coincides with the amount of energy (watts). See the chart below:

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Now that there are so many different types of bulbs to choose from (incandescent, LED, CFL, etc), using watts as a measurement of brightness isn’t always a smart method. Bulbs these days consume energy (watts) in different ways, so using lumens to determine the brightness is a sure way to make sure you’re getting the level of light intensity that you need.

Harold’s Lighting stays on top of all of the new lighting regulations and can help you figure out which type of light bulbs your fixture needs!

Lighting Size and Placement Cheat Sheet

Typically, the hardest part of light fixture shopping is figuring out what size fixture you need. First you need to figure out where it’s going to go, then determine the size needed.

We found this awesome infographic that can help you figure out what size light fixture you’ll need in each room as well as where to put it.

Source: Freshome.com
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If you still have questions, don’t hesitate to ask one of our expert lighting specialists at Harold’s Lighting in Seattle and Bellevue, Washington.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from the Harold’s Lighting family!

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We are proud to have been serving the Seattle area and beyond with the best lighting products and services for almostĀ 60 years!

If you have questions about lighting products, or need help restoring your favorite light fixture, stop by our lighting store in Seattle (Wallingford) or our newer lighting store and restoration center in Downtown Bellevue, Washington. Our expert lighting staff is ready and willing to help you with all of your lighting needs!

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