Happy Thanksgiving!

giveThanksOur Harold’s Lighting family wants to wish you a very happy Thanksgiving! We hope you’re able to enjoy time with family and friends and take time to think about what you’re grateful for.

If you’re hosting the party this year, don’t forget about your dining room lighting options! Now is the time to use your dimmer, and if you’re feeling extra festive, add a few candles for a really cozy atmosphere!

Depending on how large the space is, the use of layers of lighting styles may be effective, however, now is not the time to blast your guests with tons of light! Set your fixtures to provide enough light for you to safely serve and eat food, but not much more.

Lower levels of light are typically more flattering and create a warmer and cozy feel.

turkeyCookedRemember that Thanksgiving is one of the most dangerous holidays for a variety of different reasons. Not only is it dangerous to be traveling on the roads during this time, but accidents in the home peak during this holiday. Keep an eye on your kitchen! Fires, injuries and kitchen accidents easily happen when too many people are involved or when the space isn’t conducive to the activities performed. Prepare food ahead of time if you can, and keep a schedule and an extra eye on anything cooking.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving! We’re thankful for the opportunity to provide the Greater Seattle area with the best lighting options and services.

Eat up!

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Pre Holiday Home Checklist – Declutter Challenge

The holidays are just around the corner. Our homes are about to get a lot busier. Now is the time to prepare for the whirlwind to come! We’ve put together a quick checklist of things you can do over the next few weeks to prepare your home for busier times, more people, and more new stuff coming in the door!

Check_markCLEAR OUT THE GARBAGE

Now is the time to get rid of the useless items laying around your house. Go through every room and empty all of your garbage cans, and while you’re in there, look in every nook and cranny for any items that can be thrown out. Be realistic here… are you really ever going to get around to fixing that broken item? Toss it out!

Throw that mismatched sock that’s been waiting for it’s mate for 3 months in the laundry room. Go through your fridge and freezer and check leftovers and expiration dates. Check your bathroom and bedroom for any expired medicine and toiletries (shampoo, lotion, sunscreen, etc). Throw out / recycle any old magazines or mail.

Check_markPREPARE THE KITCHEN

The kitchen is oftentimes the most used room in the house during the holidays. It’s time to get this fan favorite room in tip top shape!

Remove the clutter from your kitchen counters. Find a place for items and appliances that aren’t used daily. A clean and clear countertop is what dream kitchens are made of.

Go through your cabinets and check expiration dates and usefulness of the items inside. Make a list of things you’re low on, and restock them. Throw out old spices, oils or anything else that hasn’t been used in over a year. Donate any food that you know will go to waste or that your family won’t eat.

Go over your kitchen’s workflow and see if there’s a better layout or place things could go. Make your Thanksgiving day feast go as smoothly as possible with a well laid out and efficient kitchen. Check your lighting sources. Are you constantly squinting to try and read your recipes? It may be time to rethink the lighting layout of your kitchen. Could you benefit from some under cabinet light fixtures? They’re easy to install and can be a great addition.

Under cabinet lighting can greatly increase your kitchen's efficiency!
Under cabinet lighting can greatly increase your kitchen’s efficiency!

Check_markLIVING ROOM COMFORT

The living room is another high traffic room during the winter holidays. Make this room feel warm and cozy by removing clutter, and adding space.

Does everything that is in this room actually belong here? Oftentimes we get used to seeing an item in the living room, because it’s been there for so long. The skateboard, magazine pile, or basket of craft items should be stored elsewhere. Remove unnecessary items and make some space.

Clean your couch. Depending on the type of couch you have, you many need to vacuum, shampoo or wipe it down. Take off the cushions and clear it out. You’ll be amazed at what items may be lurking in there!

Check_markBATHROOM DEEP CLEAN

Before you experience the revolving door of guests, get your bathroom sparkling clean. Then maintenance will be a breeze and you’ll feel more at ease.

Wipe down the inside of drawers and cabinets. Remove old and rarely used items. Do you use all of the items in this room? Remove anything that is unnecessary. A cluttered bathroom, even if it is spotless will look dirty.


We suggest taking a week and focusing on one section. Clear out the garbage in the entire home in week 1, focus on your kitchen in week 2, prepare your living room in week 3, then deep clean your bathroom during week 4. If you do these simple tasks you’ll be able to feel relaxed and ready to welcome whatever the holidays throws at your home!

Another Custom Light Fixture Project!

One of the many things that sets Harold’s Lighting apart from other lighting stores is our custom lighting work. Our lighting experts know the ins and out of lighting and make just about any object come to “light”!

Here’s a video from a few weeks back of Tiffany, at our Seattle lighting store, working on a new custom project:

Tiffany is making some natural wood finials. She’s attaching the wood to bases of antique brass, silver and more!

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Custom wood natural Finial at Harold’s Lighting

Finials are the pieces that go at the top of a lamp to fasten the shade and the base together. Changing up your finial can be a great way to freshen up your fixture! Traditional finials are just caps that match the finish of the fixture but you can get them in crystal, seashell, wood, or just about any shape, symbol or finish!

Here some images of our finial case at our Seattle lighting store:

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Who knew there were so many ways to customize a light fixture?!