CHECK OUT OUR PINS!

We are on Pinterest! We love how many cool ideas we find on there. Check out our latest pins to our Harold’s Lighting board… it’s full of stuff from our blog, website and online store!

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While we love traditional light fixtures, we’ve found Pinterest to be a great source of ideas for new and modern fixtures. We’ve also seen a few DIY projects on there that have sparked some custom projects we’ve produced. While some of the DIY projects on there seem a little troublesome for the average homeowner, it can be a good source of ideas for creating custom light fixtures for your home. Get on there, check out what people are doing, then let the experts (us) help you out! We have a full service repair and custom lighting shops in our stores in Bellevue and Seattle and we’re prepared to help your lighting dreams come to life!

We’ve been busy over here at Harold’s Lighting! Our lighting stores in Seattle and Bellevue are constantly receiving new light fixtures for our showrooms and we love seeing the coolest fixtures come through our doors. We also update our online store with all of our products. Be sure to follow us on social media (including Pinterest) to stay up to date with the latest deals and products coming from our lighting store in Seattle and Bellevue.

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!

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!

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:

Types of Lampshades

Lampshades come in a variety of shapes and sizes. We found this cool infographic that breaks down the most popular shapes and also shows you how they’re measured:

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If you need help selecting the right shade for your light fixture, come in or call us today. We have a huge selection of lamp shades in stock, and can even custom make any lamp shade with a fabric of your choice or in an odd size or shape!

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!

Video Archives – Watch: Custom Lamp Base

We’ve been talking about our custom work a lot lately, and there’s a reason why – we love doing custom lighting work! As much as we love providing our customers with the best lighting fixtures and products around, creating custom lighting fixtures and shades is a bit more exciting!

We dug up this video in our archives. Watch below how we took an seemingly normal ostrich egg and turned it into an amazing custom ostrich egg lamp base!

Do you have something you’d like to turn into a unique piece of lighting art? Chat with our lighting technicians at our lighting store in Seattle or Bellevue today!

Another Custom Creation!

Harold’s Lighting has a huge selection of in-stock lamp shades and fixtures, but have you checked out our custom work? We specialize in creating one-of-a-kind light fixtures out of just about any material!

Check out the latest custom lamp we created here:

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Original Custom Lamp Created by Harold’s Lighting

If you’re looking to create a custom lamp shade, custom ceiling shade, custom lamp base, or custom light fixture, we’re ready to help make it happen! Or, if you’re looking for an already made one-of-a-kind creation, stop by one of our lighting stores in the Seattle area to see what we’ve come up with!

Video Archives – Watch: Selecting Lamp Shades

Are you having trouble selecting the right lamp shade for your lamp base? You’d be surprised to know that this issue is one of the most common things we help people with everyday!

Our experts at our stores in Bellevue and Seattle have helped thousands of people find the perfect shade for their light fixture.

Check out the video we made a few years ago about selecting the right lamp shade: