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We’re always looking for interesting and new products to bring in the store and have found Pinterest to be a great resource for lighting products! Connect with us! We love looking at our customer’s boards and finding new and exciting ideas.

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Pinterest is a great source for homeowners, or future homeowners, to use for inspiration for planning their next project. While many people use the site for clothing and recipes, search around for home decor, furniture and lighting – you may be surprised at what is out there!

If you need help with lighting fixture planning on your next home project, call or stop by our lighting store in Seattle, WA today!

Light Switch Plates

Most homeowners don’t put light switch plates in their design plans. While they aren’t the most important decision to consider while designing your lighting options in your home or office, it’s important to know that you’ve got options!

Switch plates may be small, but we use them every day and they’re all over our homes. Installing the right switches for your space can increase functionality and create a cohesive style.

Light switch plates come in a variety of configurations, colors, finishes and styles. Figuring out what you need as far as configuration is your first step in choosing the right light fixture switch plate. Will this switch just control one light? Is there an option for other outlets in the same place? Do you want a dimmer and can it be installed in this location? These are all questions you should ask yourself first.

Here are some very basic examples of different switches that are commonly used:

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Next, you can look into your styling options. Light switch plates can come in different styles, ranging from modern to classic to contemporary. The actual switch itself is another option to consider. Do you like the classic toggle or do you prefer the flat switches? Do you want it to match the rest of your home or is now a good time to switch them all out?

Check out what we have online for sale here, and stop by our store to see even more options!

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.

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 »

 

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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!

Lighting Basics Broken Down!

When you break down the most important rules and basics for lighting design, and stick to them, your home lighting job will become a lot easier. The overwhelming task of making sure your space is appropriate illuminated can be a breeze if you just follow the easy guide laid out below.

Planning out the lighting in your home is crucial to setting the right mood. You want your home to feel warm and inviting – and lighting should be your first step to achieve this goal. Lighting should come first, then color scheme (paint, furniture, floor coverings and artwork), and then textiles and textures. Lighting isn’t a permanent decision, and oftentimes can be changed up to freshen up a space. This can be done seasonally, yearly, or just whenever you feel the need for change!

As always, layered lighting sources can help you switch up and create different moods for a space. Ambient, task and accent lighting should be used together to achieve a good balance for any activity needed to be performed in the room.

Every room or space should be considered separately. Think about what the main function of the space will most likely be and go from there. For example, the lighting needs in a hallway are much different than in the kitchen or bathroom. Keep a mental (or physical) list of individual tasks that will be routinely performed in the space and plan accordingly.

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Ask a professional! Lighting design experts are your best resource! Our staff at the Harold’s Lighting store in Seattle loves to help out homeowners and business owners figure out the best lighting options for any space, no matter how challenging it may seem! We have the ability to create custom lighting options for any space and can even match materials or refurbish vintage fixtures to create a one-of-a-kind piece.

Do you know your symbols?

How well do you know your electrical symbols? Most homeowners aren’t very familiar with even the most basic electrical symbols that are commonly seen on blueprints and electrical product packaging. That’s okay – We don’t expect you to memorize these things!

We’ve found a few electrical symbol cheat sheets that you may find helpful when planning any lighting or constructional changes in your home! Check them out below:

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When planning any improvements on your home, especially anything to do with lighting, you may come across some symbols you’ve never seen before. If you have any questions about these or any other symbols, ask a lighting expert at Harold’s Lighting by stopping by our showroom in Seattle (Wallingford) or call us today!

Just another Saturday in the shop!

Have you ever wondered what goes on at a lighting store on a typical Saturday? Check out this unedited video of our Seattle store on a Saturday just last month!

Our store constantly is bringing in new lighting products, and rearranging our showroom to showcase our best lamps, sconces, pendants, shades and more. Watch Cheryl working in receiving on a busy, rainy Seattle day!

Press play to see our showroom as well as the new room we’re building out. Watch Kim explain what we’re excited about! We’ve demolished some warehouses to build out a new shade room. We are excited to show friends of Harold’s Lighting our hard work. Check it out:

Harold’s Lighting History – A video!

Harold’s Lighting has been providing quality lighting services for the people of the Greater Seattle area for 60 years! Our dedication to customer satisfaction and customer service is what sets us apart from other lighting stores and lighting repair shops.

Amidst the Great Depression, Harvey Hansen began selling and manufacturing lamp shades. He went up and down the West Coast selling his products and eventually learned he could make a living by opening up a shop in Seattle. Check out the video below for more details about how this family owned lighting shop has stuck around for so long:

Harold’s is celebrating 60 years in business by offering 20-50% off of everything in the store!

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Stop on by to check out the discounts. Hurry, the sale ends on April 1st!

General, Task and Accent Lighting

General, task and accent are the staple lighting types for lighting design. We talk a lot about them on our blog (like here, here and here), but that’s because they’re very important!

General, task and accent lighting should be used in just about every room and everywhere in your home! Using different layers of these types of light sources will help you create a good balance and can help you set the mood for just about any occasion.

Check out these easy to follow tips for the entryway, stairway, landings, kitchen, living room, office, and bathroom in this awesome infographic. If you follow these simple guidelines you can rest assure that you’ve covered your lighting basics for the specific area!

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Let a pro lighting expert help you out! If you have questions about what light fixtures to use in a space in your home or office, call or stop by Harold’s Lighting in Seattle today!