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.

Lighting Basics Broken Down!

When you break down the most important rules and basics for lighting design, and stick to them, your home lighting job will become a lot easier. The overwhelming task of making sure your space is appropriate illuminated can be a breeze if you just follow the easy guide laid out below.

Planning out the lighting in your home is crucial to setting the right mood. You want your home to feel warm and inviting – and lighting should be your first step to achieve this goal. Lighting should come first, then color scheme (paint, furniture, floor coverings and artwork), and then textiles and textures. Lighting isn’t a permanent decision, and oftentimes can be changed up to freshen up a space. This can be done seasonally, yearly, or just whenever you feel the need for change!

As always, layered lighting sources can help you switch up and create different moods for a space. Ambient, task and accent lighting should be used together to achieve a good balance for any activity needed to be performed in the room.

Every room or space should be considered separately. Think about what the main function of the space will most likely be and go from there. For example, the lighting needs in a hallway are much different than in the kitchen or bathroom. Keep a mental (or physical) list of individual tasks that will be routinely performed in the space and plan accordingly.

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Ask a professional! Lighting design experts are your best resource! Our staff at the Harold’s Lighting store in Seattle loves to help out homeowners and business owners figure out the best lighting options for any space, no matter how challenging it may seem! We have the ability to create custom lighting options for any space and can even match materials or refurbish vintage fixtures to create a one-of-a-kind piece.

Harold’s Lighting History – A video!

Harold’s Lighting has been providing quality lighting services for the people of the Greater Seattle area for 60 years! Our dedication to customer satisfaction and customer service is what sets us apart from other lighting stores and lighting repair shops.

Amidst the Great Depression, Harvey Hansen began selling and manufacturing lamp shades. He went up and down the West Coast selling his products and eventually learned he could make a living by opening up a shop in Seattle. Check out the video below for more details about how this family owned lighting shop has stuck around for so long:

Harold’s is celebrating 60 years in business by offering 20-50% off of everything in the store!

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Stop on by to check out the discounts. Hurry, the sale ends on April 1st!

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!

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!

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:

Lighting Your Home Office

Many people these days are starting to work from home part time, if not full time. We love the idea of being able to roll out of bed and get some work done, all while wearing your pajamas! Many times people have a hard time adjusting to working from home and good time management skills are a must-have. Having a proper home office space can help you stay focused and be as productive as possible while still being pants optional!

Depending on the size of the home office, different types of lighting layers should be used to be able to adjust accordingly to each occasion. We recommend having at least two different types of lighting, the most popular (and important) being ambient and task lighting.

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Ambient lighting in a home office is important. If done correctly it can help illuminate the entire room without causing any glares or without pulling your eye to a certain area. Common types of ambient lighting options in a home office would be recessed light cans in the ceiling or a flush mounted fixture. If the room is small enough, a large pendant or drum may give off sufficient ambient light as well.

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Task lighting is equally as important as ambient. Proper illumination of the tasks you are planning to perform in this area is key to working productively. If you’re unable to easily see what you’re doing you’ll waste time in the long run. Common types of task lighting in home offices are typically desk lamps, table lamps, and pendants. Desk lamps come in many different styles and can easily be adjusted to provide the proper amount of light needed. A pendant is commonly installed above a desk or reading space to provide a convenient light source where high activity traffic may occur.

Once you’ve got both ambient and task lighting down in your home office you can consider adding in other types if the space allows for it. Keep your proportions in mind and remember where your high traffic activity locations are and focus there. Ask a Harold’s lighting expert if you need help choosing the right fixture for your space today!

Harold’s Repair Department

Our repair department at Harold’s Lighting in Bellevue and Seattle is a full service manufacturing, restoration and repair facility. We can take your broken or heirloom light fixtures and bring new life to them.  Our repair guys are lighting experts and have been in the business for years. If it can be fixed, our repair guys are the ones to do it!

If you need to rewire a European light fixture to American standards, we can do it. We also specialize in custom work and can turn just about anything into a lamp (wine bottle, vases, urns, figurines, you name it we can do it!).

UL listing services are even available for antique fixtures, imported and newly manufactured pieces. Harold’s Lighting in Seattle and Bellevue has a standard fixture listing and can UL list many types of fixtures as required by the customer, or their electrical contractors. This includes ceiling mounts, pendants, chandeliers and sconces.

If you have a favorite broken lamp or light fixture, bring it in to Harold Lighting today to get it fixed. You can trust our experts to find the best and safest way to fix it. We have a 2 repair offices in the Pacific Northwest, one in Seattle (1912 N 45th ST | Seattle, WA 98103) and one in Bellevue (223 106th AVE NE | Bellevue, WA 98004). Stop on by today!

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Shade Manufacturing Tour in Bellevue

If you’re looking for custom lamp shades, Harold’s lighting has got you covered! We have our own in-store shade manufacturing departments in our Seattle and Bellevue stores where we can build beautiful custom shades from scratch.

Here is a video tour of our Bellevue location’s shade department:

Harold’s Lighting shade department is one of the largest in the entire state of Washington and we have almost every size and shape in-stock as well as made-to-order options. Our expert lighting staff can help you find the right shade for your lamp or light fixture and your budget.

We have a ton of in-stock materials to help you create a custom shade of your own, or you can even bring in your own. We are able to make a shade out almost any material (yes, even wallpaper). Give us a call or stop on by one of our lighting stores in Bellevue or Seattle today!

Stained Glass Lighting

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Stained glass light fixtures can brighten up an entire room with a unique and custom piece of art.  The warm light cast from the colorful shades can help set a comfortable mood. Stained glass is not just for aesthetics, it’s an actual art form. Adding a Tiffany stained glass fixture to your home is like purchasing a new piece of art for your walls, it can add a touch of class and interest.

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If your room is feeling dull or boring, adding a stained glass lamp, floor lamp or pendant can make the world of difference.

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Come in and check out our extensive selection of stained glass fixtures today!

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