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!

Happy Valentine’s Day From Harold’s Lighting!

It can be argued that Valentine’s Day is just a dumb holiday made up by corporations in order to make an extra buck. That may be true, but what good does it do dwelling on it? We like think of this fun holiday as a good time to think about the people we love in our lives and to show appreciation for them. Whether or not you have a special someone right now, we bet you can think of someone in your life that is special to you. Today is the day to let them know how grateful you are they are in your life!

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Now, while we’re on the subject, we’d be missing a big opportunity to talk about romance. Romance and lighting that is! Surprisingly, proper lighting can go a long way in setting the mood! Here are a few tips on how you can set the mood with lighting:

Dimmers

Installing dimmers can be the easiest way to help set the mood. The most popular rooms to have these install are the kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. These rooms need lots of light to perform tasks (kitchen, and bathroom especially), so having the ability to dim after the tasks have been performed is key. Read our post about the reasons to install a dimmer here »

Dim lighting is important not only in the home. Notice the lighting in your favorite restaurants next time you’re out and about… we bet they aren’t lit up like a cafeteria!

Colored Lights

Different colored lights, when done correctly, can look amazing. They can create a warm and inviting atmosphere. Look for colored bulbs or lamp shades that give off warm and flattering light. Please be careful in this realm! Colored lights can go tacky if not done correctly. Ask a lighting professional at Harold’s Lighting in Seattle for help if in doubt!

Wall Sconces

Wall sconces are a great way to add a layer of light that adds warmth to a space. Wall sconces can bounce light off walls and create flattering shadows. Using just the sconces as a lighting layer can create a romantic feel as the perimeter of a room is lit while the center is darker, which makes things feel more cozy.

While trying to create an overall warmer and romantic atmosphere remember these things:

  • COLOR TEMPERATURE: Keep the temperature of your bulbs warm. Stay away from “cool” lighting and look for more yellow undertones instead of blue.
  • BRIGHTNESS: You want to keep the brightness down, but still be able to see. Think “candlelight” when trying to achieve the right level of illumination.
  • CONTRAST: Contrast can also be used to set the mood. There shouldn’t be harsh transitions from room to room from bright to dim. The eyes should feel comfortable, and this can be done with smooth transitions. Keep the light sources in places where people are, like the dining table, while the rest of the room is kept just a little darker.

If you’re looking to set the mood, or just to make your home feel more relaxing, keep the above mentioned tips in mind. Ask a professional at our Seattle lighting store if you have any questions about what fixtures to get, how to install anything, or if you have a custom lighting idea you’d like to run by us!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from Harold’s Lighting store in Seattle!

This year has been a big one for us. Full of changes, growth and love! We are thankful for all of our customers and supporters over the years. We wish you happy and safe holiday.

When setting your New Years Resolutions, keep your home improvements in mind, and don’t forget your lighting. Updating the lighting in your home can drastically change the mood and feel of the space. It’s one of the easiest and cheapest changes you can do yourself, and if you’re feeling ambitious, you can create a seasonal plan and get lighting options together for a few different seasons. Changing your lighting in the summer and winter can help you achieve your decor and mood goals for your home.

If you need help with setting new goals for lighting goals in your home, stop by our lighting store in Seattle and our expert lighting staff can help you get started!

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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!

Reasons to Install a Dimmer

Do you have dimmer switches installed for your light fixtures? Do they seem like a waste to you? You’d be surprised how useful dimmers can be. We’ve listed out a few benefits to installing dimmer switches in your home:

  1. Dimmers can help save energy

    Yes, when you dim the output of light of your fixture, you are using less energy. Less energy usage = lower energy bills!

  2. Dimmers help extend bulb life

    The less energy you use (see #1) the longer your bulb will also last. The less stress applied (less energy) to a filament in a bulb, the longer it will last. This is even true with energy efficient bulbs, which helps offset the cost of these more expensive options. Energy efficient bulbs already last a long time, but when you combine them with a dimmer, they’ll last even longer!

  3. Dimmer switches are good to the environment

    Less energy spent AND longer living consumables is always better for the environment!

  4. Dimmers have been proven to help with health issues.

    Artifical light has been known to effect our sleep cycles and disrupt Circadian rhythms. Dimming the light you’re exposed to decreases these effects and can mimic what’s happening outside. If you dim your lights at night, after the sun goes down, your body will have an easier time adjusting.

  5. Dimmers can help a room look more inviting and cozy!

    Rooms that have dimmer light often look more cozy, inviting and even more romantic. Dimmers can help you prepare the meal with bright light and serve it in an inviting atmosphere with dim light!

  6. Dimmers can help people look better

    Dim warm light can make you look good! There’s a reason the most romantic and high end restaurants pay attention to lighting. Think candlelight – there’s nothing more flattering than warm dim light!

  7. Dimmers are inexpensive and easy to install

    Many people think they need a degree in electrical engineering to instal a dimmer. Dimmers sold today are as easy to install as a standard toggle switch. Instructions are easy to follow and they’re inexpensive!

What are you waiting for? Any room can be transformed into a versatile space with the installation of a dimmer switch. Our expert lighting staff in Bellevue and Seattle can help you pick out the right dimmer switches for your home, so call or stop by today!

Another Custom Light Fixture Project!

One of the many things that sets Harold’s Lighting apart from other lighting stores is our custom lighting work. Our lighting experts know the ins and out of lighting and make just about any object come to “light”!

Here’s a video from a few weeks back of Tiffany, at our Seattle lighting store, working on a new custom project:

Tiffany is making some natural wood finials. She’s attaching the wood to bases of antique brass, silver and more!

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Custom wood natural Finial at Harold’s Lighting

Finials are the pieces that go at the top of a lamp to fasten the shade and the base together. Changing up your finial can be a great way to freshen up your fixture! Traditional finials are just caps that match the finish of the fixture but you can get them in crystal, seashell, wood, or just about any shape, symbol or finish!

Here some images of our finial case at our Seattle lighting store:

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Who knew there were so many ways to customize a light fixture?!

What is Exterior Security Lighting?

What is Exterior Security Lighting and why is it important?

We’ve talked before how exterior lighting can ad beauty and dimension to your home and even ad to it’s curb appeal, but did you know exterior lighting can be a part of your security system as well?

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Exterior lighting options at HaroldsLighting.com

It’s starting to get dark earlier, and now is the time to reassess your exterior lighting needs.

Exterior security lighting can be your first line of defense from intruders. It increases the risk of being caught, and immediately thwarts most threats. The more lit the entry points of your home are, the more likely an intruder could be recognized or physically detected.

This doesn’t mean you’ll have to illuminate every inch of your home’s exterior. We don’t want your home to be visible from space! Here are the most important types of outdoor security lighting and places to make sure are illuminated properly:

  • Roadway Luminaries: Driveways, Parking areas and streets
  • Floodlights (motion sensored): Driveways, backyards, entryway, corners, patios and outdoor pool areas.
  • Mounted to structure fixtures: Entryways and high traffic perimeter areas.
  • Landscape fixtures: Ground, large trees or bushes, paths/trails and walkways.

When you’re designing your outdoor lighting plan, keep in mind potential safety and security risks. Take a look around your home and consider the impact adding a light, even if it’s motion activated, will add.

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Keep areas around high value items lit. These could be your vehicles, landscape features or statues, or even entryways to your toolshed or garage.

These outdoor light fixtures can be put on a time switcher to make sure they’re turned off and on at the right times, or you can have them be motion sensor activated or on regular switches. Keep in mind which lights you’ll want on all night and which ones you’d rather only have turn on when someone or something is in the area. Flood lights are typically motion activated while entryway lighting, post lighting and landscape path lights are typically on an all night timer.

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Exterior Entryway Light

We love talking about outdoor lighting! There are many more details to go over, such as the degree of cutoff, lighting controls, light color, and more, but we don’t want to fully nerd out! Come on in or call our lighting stores in Seattle and Bellevue today. Our expert lighting staff is here to answer all of your outdoor lighting needs!

Track Lighting Basics

Many people think track lighting had it’s time, or is only meant for galleries and hanging art. Advancement in technology and design has brought new life to track lighting and we’re excited to be seeing it show up in some of the most beautiful homes in the area.

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Track lighting systems and parts on our store here»

When selecting track lighting for your home, you first want to determine what lighting type you’re looking for. Are you looking to illuminate a larger space with ambient light? Are you installing the fixture over a task area like the kitchen island or sink? Are you looking to spotlight a certain object, like artwork, sculptures or an architectural feature? Track lighting can help you with any of these objectives.

There are different types of track lighting fixtures. The actual track itself can be modern or traditional, and the lights come in a variety of sizes, styles and shapes. After you’ve determined the use for the lighting source, you’ll need to consider style too, and then find a fixture that will work for both. You’ll want a track lighting system that accomplishes the lighting goals, and looks good.

Track lighting systems are great, because they’re typically adjustable. Decor and layouts of rooms change for many homeowners every few years. You shouldn’t have to install a completely new lighting system this often! That’s where track lighting comes in. Easily adjust the light bulbs on the track to move with the flow of the new configuration.

If you’re looking for track lighting in Seattle, call us or stop by! Our experts can help you pick out a track light solution that will suit your style and function goals.