Enhance your curb appeal with exterior lighting!

Looking for ways to enhance your house’s curb appeal? There’s only so much yard work one can handle! The right exterior lighting choices can help create an inviting and open feel. Here are a few tips to keep in mind while choosing exterior lighting options for your home:

Choose a finish on your fixtures that will work with your home’s look AND the local weather. Keep in mind the beating these fixtures will take, they need to be much sturdier than your indoor fixtures. This is not the time to choose just any bargain brand light fixture, you’ll need fixtures that will be able to withstand mother nature’s fury! Our exterior lighting options are made of quality materials and we have fixtures for every budget.

The most popular placement of exterior lighting fixtures is beside the front door. The most common type of fixture in this place is the lantern. If you’re looking to place lanterns on each side of your front door, make sure the height of each lantern is no shorter than one fourth the height of the door itself.  You don’t want the lights to be too low.

If your home’s layout allows for just one light on one side of the door, choose the side with the doorknob. Help people find their way in, and make sure the light isn’t blinding or directed harshly at someone’s face. This single light should be installed no shorter than one third the height of the door.

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Enjoy the rest of your summer with inviting and warm exterior lanterns or sconces!

Track Lighting Basics

Many people think track lighting had it’s time, or is only meant for galleries and hanging art. Advancement in technology and design has brought new life to track lighting and we’re excited to be seeing it show up in some of the most beautiful homes in the area.

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Track lighting systems and parts on our store here»

When selecting track lighting for your home, you first want to determine what lighting type you’re looking for. Are you looking to illuminate a larger space with ambient light? Are you installing the fixture over a task area like the kitchen island or sink? Are you looking to spotlight a certain object, like artwork, sculptures or an architectural feature? Track lighting can help you with any of these objectives.

There are different types of track lighting fixtures. The actual track itself can be modern or traditional, and the lights come in a variety of sizes, styles and shapes. After you’ve determined the use for the lighting source, you’ll need to consider style too, and then find a fixture that will work for both. You’ll want a track lighting system that accomplishes the lighting goals, and looks good.

Track lighting systems are great, because they’re typically adjustable. Decor and layouts of rooms change for many homeowners every few years. You shouldn’t have to install a completely new lighting system this often! That’s where track lighting comes in. Easily adjust the light bulbs on the track to move with the flow of the new configuration.

If you’re looking for track lighting in Seattle, call us or stop by! Our experts can help you pick out a track light solution that will suit your style and function goals.

Table Lamp Rules

Finding the right table lamp can be almost as difficult as choosing what color to paint your walls. When you bring home the one you picked one out it just seems a little too small or somewhat out of place. Knowing what to look for before you shop is the key to making this process go smoothly.

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Beautiful Stained Glass Lamp at Harold’s Lighting

Typically, most interior designers say to find a table lamp that is around 30 inches tall. This is from the bottom of the base to the top of the actual shade. If you really want to get an accurate measurement, you’ll want to pick a lamp that is around 58-64 inches from the ground in the room you’re looking to place it in. So you’ll want to measure the distance between the height of the table and the ground, then use the difference to find the height of lamp to look for.

Once you get the measurements down, the lamp shade should sit at about eye level for the average person. This will help diffuse direct light to the eye by still shedding enough light on items below the shade.

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The width of the lamp can vary quite a bit, and typically just comes down to your preferred style. A skinnier lamp is a bit more delicate while a wide base can look modern and sturdy. Typically the wider the better, but you don’t want to overwhelm the table space with too much lamp. Most designers stick to shades no larger than half the table width.

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Harold’s Lighting showrooms in Seattle and in Bellevue have tons of lamp bases and shades to choose from. If you’re unable to find the right size lamp we can custom make one for you from scratch, or out of just about anything you bring in. Stop on by and check us out today!

Types of recessed lighting fixtures

Recessed lighting can be an excellent solution to provide ambient lighting to a room in your home. Do you know there are different types of recessed light fixtures?

Choosing the right recessed fixture for your room shouldn’t be rocket science, but each style should be considered for it’s light giving benefits as well as it’s esthetics.

Recessed cans come in these main styles: baffle (most common), open recessed cans, reflector recessed cans, eyeball fixtures (adjustable), and shower lenses.

Here is what each recessed light can type looks like along with a brief description:

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Harold’s Lighting 60th Annual Summer Sale is ON!

Did you hear what time it is?

It’s Harold’s Lighting 60th Annual Summer Sale time!!

Don’t miss out on the biggest and best sale of the year. Come in to our showroom and get 20 – 50% off storewide! It doesn’t get any better than this.

Summer Light Fixture Sale in Seattle

Harold’s Lighting has been providing residents of the Seattle area and beyond with the best light fixtures and lighting options for over 60 years! Come celebrate with us.

SALE ENDS SEPTEMBER 2nd 2017