Reasons to Install a Dimmer

Do you have dimmer switches installed for your light fixtures? Do they seem like a waste to you? You’d be surprised how useful dimmers can be. We’ve listed out a few benefits to installing dimmer switches in your home:

  1. Dimmers can help save energy

    Yes, when you dim the output of light of your fixture, you are using less energy. Less energy usage = lower energy bills!

  2. Dimmers help extend bulb life

    The less energy you use (see #1) the longer your bulb will also last. The less stress applied (less energy) to a filament in a bulb, the longer it will last. This is even true with energy efficient bulbs, which helps offset the cost of these more expensive options. Energy efficient bulbs already last a long time, but when you combine them with a dimmer, they’ll last even longer!

  3. Dimmer switches are good to the environment

    Less energy spent AND longer living consumables is always better for the environment!

  4. Dimmers have been proven to help with health issues.

    Artifical light has been known to effect our sleep cycles and disrupt Circadian rhythms. Dimming the light you’re exposed to decreases these effects and can mimic what’s happening outside. If you dim your lights at night, after the sun goes down, your body will have an easier time adjusting.

  5. Dimmers can help a room look more inviting and cozy!

    Rooms that have dimmer light often look more cozy, inviting and even more romantic. Dimmers can help you prepare the meal with bright light and serve it in an inviting atmosphere with dim light!

  6. Dimmers can help people look better

    Dim warm light can make you look good! There’s a reason the most romantic and high end restaurants pay attention to lighting. Think candlelight – there’s nothing more flattering than warm dim light!

  7. Dimmers are inexpensive and easy to install

    Many people think they need a degree in electrical engineering to instal a dimmer. Dimmers sold today are as easy to install as a standard toggle switch. Instructions are easy to follow and they’re inexpensive!

What are you waiting for? Any room can be transformed into a versatile space with the installation of a dimmer switch. Our expert lighting staff in Bellevue and Seattle can help you pick out the right dimmer switches for your home, so call or stop by today!

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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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?!

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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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!

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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