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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Source: Buzzfeed.com

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!

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!

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!

Capture Fall with Stained Glass

As the leaves are starting to change and fall, we are reminded of the classic elegance that stained glass can bring to any room. As the sun starts to set a little earlier think about brightening up your space with a beautiful stained glass lamp or stained glass pendant!

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Stained glass is truly an art form. Each individual piece is hand selected and soldered into place carefully by the artist. Stained glass lamp shades have been a classic staple in many homes and they can help set a comfortable and cozy atmosphere. These are not a one-size-fits-all option, but can be appropriately installed in just about any room in a home.

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Beautiful Stained Glass Lamp at Harold’s Lighting

Stained glass light fixtures give off a warm glow, and can be as much of a focal point in a room as a piece of art or sculpture would be. These fixtures are made with care, and are made to last both physically and aesthetically.

Though typically thought of as fixtures in a home office, billiard room, or living room, many people have been able to incorporate stained glass lighting in bedrooms, kitchens and even bathrooms!

Harold’s Lighting stores in Seattle and Bellevue carry one of the largest selections of stained glass lighting in Washington state! We have classic Tiffany lamps, Tiffany pendants, Tiffany chandeliers and more! Come on by and pick up a piece of art to add to one of your rooms 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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Task Lighting Basics

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After Ambient Lighting, Task Lighting (also known as direct lighting) would be the next layer to think about when choosing lighting options for your space.

Task lighting is designed to help you preform certain activities (hence the name “task”). It brightens up a certain area. Task lighting is great for areas of your home where activities are done that require more light (examples – reading, cooking, grooming or studying).

This type of lighting is designed to help provide clarity and aid in task performance. The direct light it sheds on an area helps a person see more clearly what they are doing and can help increase productivity. Proper task lighting also doesn’t cast a glare or distracting shadows.

Track lighting, undercabinet lighting, recessed bulbs, and pendant lighting are common light sources for task lighting. Offices and living rooms can use lamps or floor lamps and vanity lights to achieve a good balance of ambient and task lighting.

Our lighting stores in Seattle and Bellevue, WA have large showrooms with a ton of task lighting options. We have lamps, floor lamps, vanity lights, pendants, chandeliers, undercabinet lights, and much more! Stop by or call us today and let us help you light your home right!

November Tiffany Sale 2014

November is almost here! That means that it’s almost time for our amazing annual Tiffany Sale!

What a great way to celebrate the changing of the seasons by purchasing a beautiful and colorful Tiffany lamp or pendant.

Check out the video for the Tiffany sale here –

 

20% – 60% off Tiffany Products November 8th – 15th!