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!

SEPTEMBER HOME STYLE CHALLENGE

We challenge you to take some time out every month to try and make your home a better living space. These challenges are just small suggestions that can anyone can do to help make their space feel more inviting or comfortable.

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This month, we’re challenging our friends to take time out to make their bathroom feel more relaxing. The bathroom is typically the first we use in the morning and the last before we retire, so it should help set the mood for a great day and a great sleep!

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Changing up the entire room can be quite the task, but we’re just asking you to style a pocket of this room. First, choose your area. It can be the vanity counter, a wall, or the bath or shower.

Next, curate a collection of comfort items. These can be beautiful or nice smelling soaps, room sprays, photo collages, flowers, cute jars or tins, or even a nicely folded stack of towels. The key to this is to pick items that compliment each other and can be neatly arranged.

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Lighting can also be used to change up your bathroom. A nice lamp on the vanity or lovely sconces along side of a mirror can can create an inviting mood and also help with functionality. Choose fixtures that will be safe to use in a humid environment and that will cast the right amount of light for the space you have.

We’d love to see your new and improved styled bathroom pockets! Tag us on Instagram or Facebook!

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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How low should I hang my chandelier?

This is one of the most common questions we get. Getting the right size chandelier is one thing, then how to hang it is another!

You’ll need to consider the size of the room, size of table, and size of fixture to figure out the right height for hanging. You’ll want to pick the right location for the hanging first, in the middle of the table length and width wise. If you’re hanging multiple light fixtures, make sure you measure out the distance properly so that they’re evenly spaced.

It’s also wise to stay away from chandeliers that are larger than the width of the table. Overly large fixtures can pose a safety hazard as people may bump into them when standing. Many designers suggest purchasing a chandelier that is around a foot narrower than the table, and is also at least 48 inches away from any wall. While there are exceptions to these rules, it’s good to use them as a guideline while planning out dining room features.

For a room with a ceiling height of 8 feet (most common), hang your chandelier around 30 – 36 inches over the table. If your ceiling height is taller, add 3 inches to the length for each additional foot.

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Avoid using high wattage bulbs for dining room chandeliers as they can be harsh to the eyes and can be too hot for sitting underneath. Also consider the shadows and color the bulbs will cast on people sitting underneath and try and find the most flattering bulb for the area.

If you’re considering hanging a chandelier in a foyer or lobby, they are typically sized larger, so they can fill the space and not appear too small. When hanging fixtures in these spaces, make sure there is at least 6 1/2 feet of clearance from the ground.

Harold’s Lighting has tons of chandeliers to choose from, whether you’re looking for a modern chandelier or vintage, we’ve got you covered!

Bathroom Interior Design Dimensions

Installing or placing appropriate light fixtures isn’t easy if the room is poorly laid out in the first place. The best interior designers can identify these problems quickly and help homeowners either fix the problem or show them how to “trick” the space with lighting techniques.

The bathroom packs the most task related activities in a small space. For this reason, it’s important to optimize the space in this room wisely. Proper layout of the important features is important, and so is the small stuff!

Here are a couple of the most commonly used dimension rules used by experienced interior designers:

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Lighting is your best tool for fixing areas that don’t quite follow the rules. If your home wasn’t properly thought out before hand, see if installing the right light fixtures can help solve your problem before bringing out the sledge hammer!

Check out other commonly used interior design dimension rules in our post here »

Live Video – Hubbardton Forge Products

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – we love Hubbardton Forge products! We also love sharing things with our friends on social media!

Check out this Facebook Live video we did a few weeks ago spotlighting the new Hubbardton Forge fixtures we have in our showroom:

Hubbardton Forge makes some of the highest quality light fixtures in the industry. Their innovative and inspiring products have been a great addition to many homes of clients of ours in the Greater Seattle area. Stop by our lighting store showroom in Seattle today to see these amazing light fixtures in person!

Follow Us on Pinterest!

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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!