Island Light Fixtures

Island light fixtures are great for above a kitchen island, a kitchen bar, or even above a pool table! Like other light fixtures, there are many standard island light fixtures home builders use when they build the home–that doesn’t mean you have to keep them!

Island light fixtures give you the opportunity to get a little creative. These light fixtures are suspended from the ceiling (like pendants) to illuminate the are below. Because the fixtures are suspended, they’re more likely to be seen than traditional ceiling flush mounts. That’s why it’s important that you not only use island light fixtures that fit the space, but ones that will compliment the rest of the room’s decor as well as your personal taste.

From traditional Tiffany’s style billiard pendants to branch like modern island fixtures, you’re going to have a lot to choose from. Below is just a sampling of a few of our island light pendant fixtures that we sell online and in our Seattle lighting store:

Our Seattle lighting experts are ready to help you find the style, size and finish that you really want and your space actually needs. Check out our island lighting section online or stop by our Seattle light fixture store today!

Replace your boring flush ceiling mounts!

We think it’s time to say “No!” to boring, standard ceiling flush mount light fixtures! Flush mount ceiling light fixtures are the most commonly used fixture across homes in the United States–yours don’t have to be just like everyone else’s!

When someone needs a ceiling fixture they typically turn to flush mounts and semi-flush mounts from their local hardware store. While this may be an okay option for some, why live with ordinary? Change out your standard, dated, boring flush mount light fixtures for one with personality.

You may think that the ceiling light fixture options at the hardware store are your most affordable option. Have you even looked at other styles at other places to see how much they cost? You’d be surprised! There are THOUSANDS of different flush mount and semi flush mount ceiling light fixtures in different styles to choose from, all at the same price (or cheaper) than the familiar standbys at your home improvement stores.

As we’ve stated before in previous posts, refreshing your home’s decor could be as easy as just replacing a light fixture or two. You’d be amazed at what a difference it can make. This is especially true for ceiling flush fixtures. If yours are even slightly different than the standard flush mounts you see everywhere people will notice! You’ve got so many options to choose from–sizes, colors, finishes, styles, get what you really want.

Here are just a few of our semi-flush and flush mount fixtures we have available at our Seattle Light Fixture Store.

Have something else in mind? We also specialize in creating custom ceiling light fixtures! Our lighting technicians can help you build a custom fixture that compliments the rest or your space. We can customize it all! The materials, fabrics and finishes are all up to you! Contact our custom light fixture department in Seattle for any custom lighting projects.

Harold’s Lighting store in Seattle has a huge selection of ceiling flush mounts and semi flush mounts in our showroom and online. Shop flush mounts online here or stop by our store to see your possibilities in person.

Harold’s Lighting in Apartment Therapy!

apartment-therapyThis week we’re throwing it back to just over 4 years ago, when Harold’s Lighting store in Seattle was in Apartment Therapy! Our very own Lara Proctor, an expert in lighting at our Wallingford, Seattle location gives tips on lighting spaces in an March 2014 article on their site.

The article, Expert Advice: Professional Tips for Lighting Your Home, outlines some tips for lighting and goes over common mistakes. The Apartment Therapy article talks about using different types of lighting, using dimmers, switching out bulbs, and picking the right sized fixtures. Lara is an expert in lighting and we’re so happy to have her on our Harold’s Lighting store team.

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We’re so proud to have such knowledgeable staff and amazing clients. Our Seattle lighting store has been around for over 50 years and we hope to provide the best lighting services for many more!

Repair & Reuse Your Light Fixtures!

Don’t throw away that light fixture that you’ve loved forever but doesn’t work anymore–bring it in! Our lighting repair shop in Seattle is here to help! Our Seattle lighting store is also a full service manufacturing, restoration and repair facility.

Need to rewire a European light fixture to American standards? We can do it! We also specialize in building custom light fixtures in Seattle. We’ve turned just about everything into a lamp–wine bottle, vases, urns, figurines, you name it!

Check your storage room, we bet you have a lamp base or shade you’re just waiting to get refurbished! Do you have an heirloom or urn that could look amazing as a lamp base? Bring in your broken lamp, lamp shade, or light fixture!

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One of our favorite things to do is take something old and make it new again. Let us help you pick out the right shade for your antique lamp base or antique chandelier. We’ve got a huge selection of shades in stock and can also custom make a lamp shade out of any fabric.

Harold Lighting’s expert lighting technicians will get your precious fixture fixed or built in a jiffy! You can trust our experts to find the best and safest way to fix it.

OUR LIGHTING SHOWROOM AND REPAIR SHOP ADDRESS:
1912 N 45th ST | Seattle, WA 98103

Lighting Tips – Room by Room

Not all rooms are treated equally in the eyes of an interior designer. Especially when lighting is being considered. Special attention needs to be given to each space. Layers of light sources are typically used in every room, but the overall goals may be different. Below is a few tips to keep in mind when thinking about the lighting in each room.

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DINING ROOM

The dining room table should be the focus. Light should be used to draw people in. Placing a light directly above the table will help bring the focus to the center and using a dimmer can help create a mood.

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KITCHEN

As Americans, we spend a ton of time in room. Preparing food, eating food, and cleaning up food. Task lighting is especially important in the kitchen as many dangerous tasks are performed here. Bright localized lights layered with over head sources are a good way to shed layers of light where you need it most in the kitchen. We have a ton of kitchen pendants and recessed lighting options in our online store, you can check them out here »

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BATHROOM

Like the kitchen, task lighting is just as important here as many personal grooming tasks are performed with sharp tools. Lights around and above the mirror will help cast a shadowless glow on the subject, and a main light source should also be used above the shower or tub to properly illuminate the entire area.

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BEDROOM

The bedroom is a place where you want to relax and let the rest of the day melt away. In this room, choose light fixtures that can create that comfortable atmosphere that you’re shooting for.  Don’t overdo it here. Reading lamps and/or wall sconces can be placed beside the bed for extra light, and an understated chandelier or recessed cans can be used above the bed, bringing the focus to the center of the room.

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LIVING ROOM

Many families spend a lot of time in the living room. Most interior designers counsel their clients to illuminate three of the four corners of the room with some sort of light source. One of the three of the corners should focus on a focal point object (example- a plant or a nice chair). Table lamps and floor lamps are a great option for this room.

If you’re building a new home, or just looking to update your home, keep these lighting tips in mind while reviewing each room in your house.

Our lighting store in Seattle has plenty of modern lighting options to choose from and we can even make custom shades and fixtures in shop. If coming in isn’t your style, shop online for light fixtures here.

Modern Chandeliers

We wrote a couple of weeks ago about modern branch chandeliers, and while we love the look of a branched out chandelier, they’re not for everyone. Modern chandeliers and pendants come in so many different shapes and sizes, finishes and styles. Our modern lighting showroom in Seattle carries a wide variety of modern chandeliers, and we sell an even bigger selection of modern chandeliers online!

It’s amazing what a difference adding a new modern chandelier can make in a space. Switching up the lighting in a room can change the tone and add interest. Turning a blah room into a room that feels like the owner took some time into thinking about the design and feel is as easy as installing a great modern chandelier, pendant or desk lamp.

Modern chandeliers are versatile and can go with just about any decor, even traditional! Check out this small sample of the modern chandeliers and pendants we sell online:


All of these modern lighting fixtures can be found here »

Interior designers have told us changing the lighting in a space is one of the first things they consider when their clients are looking to revamp up a room. Modern light fixtures are easy to install and their clean lines and bright light freshen up a space and help it feel more open and light. Harold’s Lighting in Seattle works with designers to find the best modern chandeliers and modern pendants for their projects. We work with the best manufacturers and can even help make custom modern light fixtures with just about any material!

Check out our modern lighting selection online, call or stop by our Seattle lighting showroom today!

Exterior light fixtures online

Proper lighting for your home’s exterior is important. We’ve written about that before here and here. Did you know our online store sells a huge variety of outdoor post lighting, outdoor pendants and outdoor wall lanterns?

Here’s just a small sample of the exterior light fixtures we sell online here:

 

Whether you’re looking for outdoor pendants, outdoor post lights, outdoor motion lights, exterior flush mounts or outdoor walkway lights, our online lighting store has thousands of options for you.

Exterior lighting is extremely important for safety and can also help make your home look inviting and appealing from the curb. Proper illumination of walkways, driveways and entryways is very important, and you have thousands of options to choose from. Don’t just go with the standard options from your local hardware store when you can pick affordable exterior light fixtures that will compliment your home’s style and add to the ambience you are trying to create.

Call or stop by our Seattle lighting showroom today for any more information about exterior light options.

Harold’s Time Machine

Ever wonder what you were doing last year at this time? We do! And lucky for us, we’ve got Facebook to help us out!

This is what we were doing last year, yesterday:

Harold’s was LIVE on Facebook! Just another rainy Saturday in the Seattle lighting shop! Watch Cheryl in receiving while Kim takes us on a tour of our lighting store! This year doesn’t look much different, aside from a ton of new shades, modern pendants, chandeliers, lamps and sconces in our showroom! You gotta come check out the new light fixtures, shades and accessories we have in stock.

Oh the memories!

While we were traveling down memory lane, we found another Facebook LIVE video from early 2017. This time, a full tour of our Seattle Lighting Showroom!

Stop by our Wallingford lighting store for your own personal tour today!

Happy Valentine’s Day From Harold’s Lighting!

It can be argued that Valentine’s Day is just a dumb holiday made up by corporations in order to make an extra buck. That may be true, but what good does it do dwelling on it? We like think of this fun holiday as a good time to think about the people we love in our lives and to show appreciation for them. Whether or not you have a special someone right now, we bet you can think of someone in your life that is special to you. Today is the day to let them know how grateful you are they are in your life!

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Now, while we’re on the subject, we’d be missing a big opportunity to talk about romance. Romance and lighting that is! Surprisingly, proper lighting can go a long way in setting the mood! Here are a few tips on how you can set the mood with lighting:

Dimmers

Installing dimmers can be the easiest way to help set the mood. The most popular rooms to have these install are the kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. These rooms need lots of light to perform tasks (kitchen, and bathroom especially), so having the ability to dim after the tasks have been performed is key. Read our post about the reasons to install a dimmer here »

Dim lighting is important not only in the home. Notice the lighting in your favorite restaurants next time you’re out and about… we bet they aren’t lit up like a cafeteria!

Colored Lights

Different colored lights, when done correctly, can look amazing. They can create a warm and inviting atmosphere. Look for colored bulbs or lamp shades that give off warm and flattering light. Please be careful in this realm! Colored lights can go tacky if not done correctly. Ask a lighting professional at Harold’s Lighting in Seattle for help if in doubt!

Wall Sconces

Wall sconces are a great way to add a layer of light that adds warmth to a space. Wall sconces can bounce light off walls and create flattering shadows. Using just the sconces as a lighting layer can create a romantic feel as the perimeter of a room is lit while the center is darker, which makes things feel more cozy.

While trying to create an overall warmer and romantic atmosphere remember these things:

  • COLOR TEMPERATURE: Keep the temperature of your bulbs warm. Stay away from “cool” lighting and look for more yellow undertones instead of blue.
  • BRIGHTNESS: You want to keep the brightness down, but still be able to see. Think “candlelight” when trying to achieve the right level of illumination.
  • CONTRAST: Contrast can also be used to set the mood. There shouldn’t be harsh transitions from room to room from bright to dim. The eyes should feel comfortable, and this can be done with smooth transitions. Keep the light sources in places where people are, like the dining table, while the rest of the room is kept just a little darker.

If you’re looking to set the mood, or just to make your home feel more relaxing, keep the above mentioned tips in mind. Ask a professional at our Seattle lighting store if you have any questions about what fixtures to get, how to install anything, or if you have a custom lighting idea you’d like to run by us!

Modern Branch Chandeliers

Chandeliers or pendants with “branches” are popping up in every modern home around the country, and we can see why! These beautiful, modern light fixtures add depth and interest to any space. Interior designers are loving the versatility of these fixtures, and are putting them in just about every room of the house. Our lighting showroom in Seattle has tons of these modern light fixtures in person, and we also have an extensive selection of branch chandeliers online.

Restaurants, hotels, and homeowners are mixing these modern chandeliers and pendants with industrial touches to create a cozy space with a retro feel. We love the mid century modern throwback feel these chandeliers and pendants give off.

Here are just a few of the branch style modern chandeliers and pendants we have online right now:

All of these modern chandeliers with “arms” can be found here »

Adding one of these amazing fixtures to your home can be a cheap and extremely easy way to update your space and change the overall feel. These modern chandeliers add a touch of class without feeling stuffy or gaudy. They can help you achieve a good balance between sophistication and comfort!

Check out our selection of these modern chandeliers and pendants online here.