Basic Lamp Shade Shapes

Lamp shades come in all shapes and sizes. No one knows that more than Harold’s Lighting in Seattle. Our extensive lamp shade showroom houses thousands of different lamp shades in almost any imaginable size or shape. If we don’t have the right shade in stock for your lamp or light fixture, our experts can make you a custom shade in our in-house lamp shade manufacturing center.

When looking for a lamp shade, here are the most basic styles to choose from:

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Depending on the style and size of your lamp base, one of these basic shapes should work for you. If you need help figuring out which style would look best, ask one of our experts.

Our light fixture experts have been creating custom lamp shades for decades and we can help you match your lamp base or fixture to the right shade. Whether your fixture is a large commercial drum fixture or a small custom antique lamp base, we’ve got you covered! Call or stop by our Seattle lighting store today.

Common Interior Design Dimmensions

We love all things interior design!

While we are experts in the lighting world, we also love watching and participating in helping our clients plan out the space in their new homes or in remodeling existing spaces.

Even in the design world, there are some rules that should be followed, if not considered. Planning out spaces needs careful consideration and knowing the sizing of certain common items or spaces isn’t something most of us have memorized.

These cheat sheets can be helpful for common spaces, furniture items and activity areas:

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Infographics courtesy of: Decoratour

Bring your latest project in to our lighting store in Seattle. Our staff loves a good blueprint, even if it’s written on a napkin ūüėČ

Bulb Bright Ideas

There’s always something new to learn about light bulbs. There’s a whole aisle dedicated to light bulbs at the store, giving you¬†more choices for you home’s lighting than what type of toilet paper to buy! We got to thinking, and have broken down a few things to keep in mind the next time¬†you go shopping for light bulbs.

The three things most people are looking for when they’re buying light bulbs for the light fixtures in their homes are:

  1. Cost – they want a bulb that will give them the most bang for their buck. Some people want the cheapest option now, while others will look for a bulb that may cost more up front but will last a very long time, saving money in the long run.
  2. Brightness –¬†they’re looking for a bulb that will do it’s job. The desired level of brightness may depend on the room or area the light fixture is in, or could depend on the shade that will diffuse the light.
  3. Color –¬†they want a the color of the bulb to match the rest of the mood of a room or the decor.
photo cred: Buzzfeed
photo cred: Buzzfeed

The recent changes in the lighting world have upset a lot of consumers. Many people are angry at the rapidly rising costs of light bulbs. What these consumers aren’t seeing is that the actual long term costs to not only their wallet, but the environment are in their favor. Many newer light bulbs (LEDs, CFLs) can actually save homeowners money.

Pay attention to the performance indicators (lifespan) of the bulbs you’re looking to purchase.¬†This will help you get over the initial sticker shock.

Brightness and color used to go hand in hand with traditional incandescent bulbs. The color changed based on brightness. Now, that simply isn’t the case. New technologies have made LED bulbs and CFL bulbs more residential friendly. They can closely mimic the look of our old time incandescent favorites.

The higher the lumens on a package, the brighter the bulb will be. The lower the kelvin (temperature) rating, the warmer the color will be.

Keep these tips in mind when you walk through the bulb section at the store, and feel free to give us a shout if you have any questions!

Custom Gonzaga BBall Signed Lamp!

We had a customer recently bring in one of our favorite custom lamp projects! She brought in a Gonzaga basketball signed by the 2017 Gonzaga Men’s Basketball players, and wanted us to create a custom lamp base to display the piece¬†of memorabilia. She’s planning on giving it to her grandson as a gift. That’s one lucky grandson! We’re sure he’ll cherish this gift and pass it along to his kids someday.

Check out a Facebook Live Video we did featuring the project here:

Social Media Spotlight – Hubbardton Forge

HubbardtonForge_HeaderLogoWe are proud to partner up with Hubbardton Forge, modern American blacksmiths. They continue to push the lighting world in the right direction with their handcrafted luxury pieces. Our customers have been more than satisfied with their products and we love seeing their beautiful fixtures in homes and businesses across the Northwest and the nation.

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Recently, Vertical Arts Architecture featured some of Hubbardton Forge products on their Houzz page. Check out this amazing project here ¬Ľ

 

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Featured in this project were these Hubbardton Forge fixtures:

Stop on by our showroom in Seattle today to view the Hubbardton Forge products we have in stock or can order for you!