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!


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:


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!

Foyer / Hall Lanterns in our Online Store!

Selecting the right light fixture for your entryway or foyer can seem challenging, but we’ve got an extensive selection of styles and sizes to help you find the perfect fixture!

Good entryway lighting is your chance to make a great first impression. The right lighting in your foyer can help your guests feel welcome and comfortable.

Our Wallingford Seattle lighting showroom has a ton of light fixtures of all shapes, sizes and styles to choose from. Our expert lighting staff can help you determine which one would be best for your space. If you don’t have time to come on down or call, if you already know what you like, or if you’d rather browse to get a good idea of what we have, checkout our online store!

Foyer / hall lanterns

Here is a small selection of what we have in our online store:

Check out all of our foyer pendants and lanterns online here »

Our Wallingford – Seattle lighting showroom is located here:
1912 N 45th ST Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 633-2557

We love lighting, but maybe not as much as this lady!

A friend of ours sent us this amazing video of an Englishwoman and her love for lighting, specifically chandeliers. Take a look at it here:

Now, we have a deep love for amazing light fixtures and chandeliers, and have been Seattle lighting specialists for over 50 years, but we’re not sure even we’d take it this far!

Harolds Lighting has vintage chandeliers, new chandeliers, and even custom chandeliers of all shapes, sizes and styles – Amanda Liberty would be in heaven. And we can ship internationally!

Check out the full article here on Inside Edition »

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!

Harold’s Custom Lighting

Our Seattle custom lighting shop loves helping our customers create the light fixtures they’ve always dreamed of! Whether we’re just fixing a fixture you’ve been in love with forever, or if you need us to create something from scratch, we’re here to make it happen!

Have some fabric you’d love to see used as a beautiful lamp shade?
We’ll make it happen.

Have a vintage lamp or chandelier you’d like to bring to life again?
We’ll make it happen.

Want us to match the color scheme of a particular fabric of a piece of furniture in your home?
We’ll make it happen.

Want to turn an old chandelier into a sconce?
We’ll make it happen.
Watch the video below and see it happen!

Do you have a light fixture idea you think is too far fetched?
Ask us about it! We’ll do our best to make it happen!

Our lighting technicians in our Seattle lighting store and our Bellevue lighting store are experts in creating custom works of art. We’ve been servicing the Greater Seattle area with their custom lighting needs for over 60 years!

Bring your idea in to one of our shops, we’d love to hear about it!

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:



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.

exterior pendant light fixture
Exterior Pendant

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.

exterior entryway light
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!

Fall is here! Easy tips to make your home feel more like Autumn!

The end of September marks the birth of Fall for 2017. A new season is a new opportunity to switch things up around your home. Below are a few tips to make your home feel more warm and ready for winter.

Change up the lighting.

Fall weather, especially in the Pacific North West, is naturally darker. You may need to consider adding more light to rooms that you frequently use. The easiest way to do this by adding a table lamp or floor lamp. Harold’s Lighting has lamps of all sizes, shapes, colors and styles to suit any décor.


Memories of fall comes with many delicious smells. Create an autumn wonderland in your home simply by making your home smell like fall. Pumpkin Spice, Cinnamon, Clove, Orange Spice, and Gingerbread are all classic smelling fall flavors. You can permeate your space with these amazingly warm and inviting smells by using essential oils, candles, sprays or with baking.

Pillows and Blankets

Adding new throw blankets to your living room couches or pillows help create a more inviting and comfortable atmosphere. Makes me want to settle in with a book just thinking about it!

Fall is fun! It’s the birth of the holiday season for the year and celebrating the changing of the seasons is easy to do around your home.