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!

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!

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.

 

Foyer / Hall Lanterns in our Online Store!

Selecting the right light fixture for your entryway or foyer can seem challenging, but we’ve got an extensive selection of styles and sizes to help you find the perfect fixture!

Good entryway lighting is your chance to make a great first impression. The right lighting in your foyer can help your guests feel welcome and comfortable.

Our Wallingford Seattle lighting showroom has a ton of light fixtures of all shapes, sizes and styles to choose from. Our expert lighting staff can help you determine which one would be best for your space. If you don’t have time to come on down or call, if you already know what you like, or if you’d rather browse to get a good idea of what we have, checkout our online store!

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Here is a small selection of what we have in our online store:

Check out all of our foyer pendants and lanterns online here »

Our Wallingford – Seattle lighting showroom is located here:
1912 N 45th ST Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 633-2557

We love lighting, but maybe not as much as this lady!

A friend of ours sent us this amazing video of an Englishwoman and her love for lighting, specifically chandeliers. Take a look at it here:

Now, we have a deep love for amazing light fixtures and chandeliers, and have been Seattle lighting specialists for over 50 years, but we’re not sure even we’d take it this far!

Harolds Lighting has vintage chandeliers, new chandeliers, and even custom chandeliers of all shapes, sizes and styles – Amanda Liberty would be in heaven. And we can ship internationally!

Check out the full article here on Inside Edition »

Holiday Lighting

The holidays are here, time for parties and more time spent cozied up at home with bad weather.

Proper lighting can help your home feel more warm and inviting. The right fixtures and light configuration can help your room or space become more cozy. Getting the room lit up properly, without feeling like a doctor’s office or cubicle, can help you feel more comfortable at home.

Here are some tips to make your space extra cozy this holiday season:

Lamp shades can be your best friend! Lamp shades are the easiest way to shield eyes from bright bulbs, and they can even warm up a cool light bulb. Choosing the right light bulb can even make a huge difference in the feel of a space. Choose bulbs that say “warm, soft light” on them instead of “cool” ones.

homePendant2Installing dimmers in your living room and bedroom can help set the mood. They are easy to install and are a great tool to easily change the feeling in a room. If you have too much natural light during the daytime, you can consider hanging window sheers to filter it better. These are also a great option for a dining room, to set a more relaxing vibe during a dinner party.

A beautiful chandelier or pendant can help create a conversation piece during holiday parties as well. Some chandeliers can even be decorated for specific holidays with different shades or colored crystals. Pendants hanging over garlands can highlight a festive table. Get creative and remember to keep the lighting level low.

Have fun this holiday season and get creative with your decor and lighting. Happy Holidays from Harold’s Lighting in Seattle, WA!

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!

Fixture Restoration

Do you have a lighting fixture that needs a little love? We specialize in light fixture restoration! Our lighting repair shop in Seattle and Bellevue can help put that sparkle back on your chandelier, pendant, lamp or any other lighting product!

We posted on Facebook about this amazing chandelier transformation a few months ago, and can’t get over how awesome it looks!

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BEFORE – Chandelier Restoration
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AFTER – Chandelier Restoration

 

We can help get that antique chandelier or lamp back in working condition. You’ll love it so much it’ll become a focal point in your house! Contact us for any light fixture repairs today!

Our Online Lighting Options

We’ve hit the busiest time of the year. Stress levels run a little high in December, and the last thing we want to do is run another errand. That’s why many of us turn to one of the best inventions of our time – online shopping!

Shopping online, especially this time of year, can help simplify your life. Why not shop for your lighting fixtures, bulbs and parts online?

Harold’s Lighting is a traditional lighting store in Seattle, but we’re not scared of changing with the times. Use our online store to shop for light fixtures (all types), a variety of light bulbs (including those hard-to-find bulbs), and lighting controls and parts. Check out our lighting fixtures on sale, our current lighting specials, and our clearance section for the best deals.

Our online lighting store is easy to use. You can search by light fixture type, brand, height, width and even by price. The checkout process is quick and before you know it, your new lighting product will be on its way to you!

We’d love to see your face in our store, but if you’d rather stay in your PJs today, check out our online lighting store here!