HALLOWEEN HAROLDS

Can you believe it’s Halloween already? We’ve been so busy this year with new lighting ideas that the time has just flown by. We love Halloween and wish everyone safe and fun holiday!

As you know, we LOVE everything that involves lighting! Here are a few fun and funny halloween costumes we found that incorporate lighting in some sort of way:

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What is Exterior Security Lighting?

What is Exterior Security Lighting and why is it important?

We’ve talked before how exterior lighting can ad beauty and dimension to your home and even ad to it’s curb appeal, but did you know exterior lighting can be a part of your security system as well?

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Exterior lighting options at HaroldsLighting.com

It’s starting to get dark earlier, and now is the time to reassess your exterior lighting needs.

Exterior security lighting can be your first line of defense from intruders. It increases the risk of being caught, and immediately thwarts most threats. The more lit the entry points of your home are, the more likely an intruder could be recognized or physically detected.

This doesn’t mean you’ll have to illuminate every inch of your home’s exterior. We don’t want your home to be visible from space! Here are the most important types of outdoor security lighting and places to make sure are illuminated properly:

  • Roadway Luminaries: Driveways, Parking areas and streets
  • Floodlights (motion sensored): Driveways, backyards, entryway, corners, patios and outdoor pool areas.
  • Mounted to structure fixtures: Entryways and high traffic perimeter areas.
  • Landscape fixtures: Ground, large trees or bushes, paths/trails and walkways.

When you’re designing your outdoor lighting plan, keep in mind potential safety and security risks. Take a look around your home and consider the impact adding a light, even if it’s motion activated, will add.

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Exterior Pendant

Keep areas around high value items lit. These could be your vehicles, landscape features or statues, or even entryways to your toolshed or garage.

These outdoor light fixtures can be put on a time switcher to make sure they’re turned off and on at the right times, or you can have them be motion sensor activated or on regular switches. Keep in mind which lights you’ll want on all night and which ones you’d rather only have turn on when someone or something is in the area. Flood lights are typically motion activated while entryway lighting, post lighting and landscape path lights are typically on an all night timer.

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Exterior Entryway Light

We love talking about outdoor lighting! There are many more details to go over, such as the degree of cutoff, lighting controls, light color, and more, but we don’t want to fully nerd out! Come on in or call our lighting stores in Seattle and Bellevue today. Our expert lighting staff is here to answer all of your outdoor lighting needs!

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Did you know that about 1 out of 8 women in the United States (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime? It seems that everyone is effected by this widespread cancer in some way or another. Wether you someone in your immediate family is suffering from it or a neighbor, it seems to touch us all.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. The more attention is brought to the disease, the more likely people are to catch the disease in the early stages. It also helps raise money for the development of any cures or treatments for those diagnosed.

As we said before, everyone has heard of the disease “breast cancer”, but many can’t explain what it is when asked.

What is breast cancer?

Breast cancer is an uncontrolled growth of breast cells. To better understand breast cancer, it helps to understand how any cancer can develop. The disease can be caught along many different stages from 0 to IV. “Cancer occurs as a result of mutations, or abnormal changes, in the genes responsible for regulating the growth of cells and keeping them healthy. The genes are in each cell’s nucleus, which acts as the “control room” of each cell. Normally, the cells in our bodies replace themselves through an orderly process of cell growth: healthy new cells take over as old ones die out. But over time, mutations can “turn on” certain genes and “turn off” others in a cell. That changed cell gains the ability to keep dividing without control or order, producing more cells just like it and forming a tumor. “(source breastcancer.org)

Breast cancer doesn’t just target women, according to Breastcancer.org, about 2,470 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in men in 2017. A man’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000. This disease really does reach just about every person in every state.

We stand with women, men and families that have been victims of the destruction this disease can bring. Please visit nationalbreastcancer.orgbreastcancer.org and komen.org for more information about how you can get involved with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Harold’s Lighting Live – Seahawks Custom Pendant!

GOOOOO SEAHAWKS!

Did you see this Facebook Live video of Kim organizing our shade selection, and Tiffany working on a custom Seahawks pendant? Check it out here:

Our stores in Seattle and Bellevue have a huge selection of lamp shades in stock, and in just about any size or shape you could possibly need. If you have something else, or a little different in mind, talk to us!

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We can customize your lighting to your exact specifications, right down to the fabric and finish! Our expert custom light fixture specialist will help you create the lamp shade or fixture of your dreams!

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Go Hawks!

CHECK OUT OUR PINS!

We are on Pinterest! We love how many cool ideas we find on there. Check out our latest pins to our Harold’s Lighting board… it’s full of stuff from our blog, website and online store!

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While we love traditional light fixtures, we’ve found Pinterest to be a great source of ideas for new and modern fixtures. We’ve also seen a few DIY projects on there that have sparked some custom projects we’ve produced. While some of the DIY projects on there seem a little troublesome for the average homeowner, it can be a good source of ideas for creating custom light fixtures for your home. Get on there, check out what people are doing, then let the experts (us) help you out! We have a full service repair and custom lighting shops in our stores in Bellevue and Seattle and we’re prepared to help your lighting dreams come to life!

We’ve been busy over here at Harold’s Lighting! Our lighting stores in Seattle and Bellevue are constantly receiving new light fixtures for our showrooms and we love seeing the coolest fixtures come through our doors. We also update our online store with all of our products. Be sure to follow us on social media (including Pinterest) to stay up to date with the latest deals and products coming from our lighting store in Seattle and Bellevue.