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!

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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!