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.

Brass Fixtures

Looking for a way to update your space? Brass fixtures are in, and we’ve got ’em!

Brass fixtures go with just about any decor and can update your space easily. We have a large selection of brass light fixtures in our Seattle showroom as well as online. Our expert lighting staff can help you find a brass sconce, brass chandelier, brass lamp, or brass lighting accessories to compliment your space.

Check out some of our brass light fixture options here:

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Stop by our light fixture showroom in Wallingford Seattle, WA today or shop online for brass light fixtures here »

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!

Pre Holiday Home Checklist – Declutter Challenge

The holidays are just around the corner. Our homes are about to get a lot busier. Now is the time to prepare for the whirlwind to come! We’ve put together a quick checklist of things you can do over the next few weeks to prepare your home for busier times, more people, and more new stuff coming in the door!

Check_markCLEAR OUT THE GARBAGE

Now is the time to get rid of the useless items laying around your house. Go through every room and empty all of your garbage cans, and while you’re in there, look in every nook and cranny for any items that can be thrown out. Be realistic here… are you really ever going to get around to fixing that broken item? Toss it out!

Throw that mismatched sock that’s been waiting for it’s mate for 3 months in the laundry room. Go through your fridge and freezer and check leftovers and expiration dates. Check your bathroom and bedroom for any expired medicine and toiletries (shampoo, lotion, sunscreen, etc). Throw out / recycle any old magazines or mail.

Check_markPREPARE THE KITCHEN

The kitchen is oftentimes the most used room in the house during the holidays. It’s time to get this fan favorite room in tip top shape!

Remove the clutter from your kitchen counters. Find a place for items and appliances that aren’t used daily. A clean and clear countertop is what dream kitchens are made of.

Go through your cabinets and check expiration dates and usefulness of the items inside. Make a list of things you’re low on, and restock them. Throw out old spices, oils or anything else that hasn’t been used in over a year. Donate any food that you know will go to waste or that your family won’t eat.

Go over your kitchen’s workflow and see if there’s a better layout or place things could go. Make your Thanksgiving day feast go as smoothly as possible with a well laid out and efficient kitchen. Check your lighting sources. Are you constantly squinting to try and read your recipes? It may be time to rethink the lighting layout of your kitchen. Could you benefit from some under cabinet light fixtures? They’re easy to install and can be a great addition.

Under cabinet lighting can greatly increase your kitchen's efficiency!
Under cabinet lighting can greatly increase your kitchen’s efficiency!

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The living room is another high traffic room during the winter holidays. Make this room feel warm and cozy by removing clutter, and adding space.

Does everything that is in this room actually belong here? Oftentimes we get used to seeing an item in the living room, because it’s been there for so long. The skateboard, magazine pile, or basket of craft items should be stored elsewhere. Remove unnecessary items and make some space.

Clean your couch. Depending on the type of couch you have, you many need to vacuum, shampoo or wipe it down. Take off the cushions and clear it out. You’ll be amazed at what items may be lurking in there!

Check_markBATHROOM DEEP CLEAN

Before you experience the revolving door of guests, get your bathroom sparkling clean. Then maintenance will be a breeze and you’ll feel more at ease.

Wipe down the inside of drawers and cabinets. Remove old and rarely used items. Do you use all of the items in this room? Remove anything that is unnecessary. A cluttered bathroom, even if it is spotless will look dirty.


We suggest taking a week and focusing on one section. Clear out the garbage in the entire home in week 1, focus on your kitchen in week 2, prepare your living room in week 3, then deep clean your bathroom during week 4. If you do these simple tasks you’ll be able to feel relaxed and ready to welcome whatever the holidays throws at your home!