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!

Vanity Lighting

We’ve touched on the importance of proper bathroom lighting in some of our other posts, but today we want shed some light specifically on vanity lighting. Sometimes called vanity bars, this type of lighting is very common in homes across America for a reason – it typically is the best option for these small spaces!

Vanity lights come in many different styles. The most common type of vanity lighting is the classic “vanity bar” (see photo). Typically vanity bars are a row of lights framing an area, most commonly a mirror. The row of bulbs sometimes frames both sides of a mirror (as seen in many classic backstage movie sets), but almost always is above it.

Proper lighting in the bathroom is extremely important because of the tasks preformed here. Many grooming activities could turn out to be quite dangerous if there wasn’t adequate lighting. Out of the many different types of lighting layers you can add to a bathroom, you should start with vanity lighting as it covers the area where most of these potentially dangerous situations could occur.

Vanity light fixtures can be made out of a variety of different materials to compliment any interior style. Sconces (see photo) along side of the mirror are another common option.

Bathroom Vanity Lighting

Harold’s Lighting store in Seattle and Bellevue has got bathroom vanity lighting fixtures for any sized vanity and any style. Stop by and view our showroom or give us a call today!

Types of Lighting Fixtures 2

We’re continuing our Types of Light Fixtures post from last week with a few more light fixture types. Today we’ll talk about Ceiling light fixtures, and Wall Sconces.

Ceiling Light Fixtures

Ceiling light fixtures also also called ceiling mounts. These are typically flush mounted fixtures used for ambient lighting. Ceiling light fixtures are the most common type of light fixture purchased. There are a ton of styles and sizes to choose from.

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Wall Sconces

Wall sconces are mounted directly onto a wall. They can be used to direct light upwards or down, depending on the style and preference. Sconces are most commonly used in hallways, used to frame a mirror, or in a bedroom.

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Stay tuned for next week when we talk about Lamps!

Accent Lighting

Accent lighting is sometimes called directional lighting. It is used (in combination with other lighting styles) to highlight features of a room. Many designers use it to illuminate and spotlight areas of interest or special objects.

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If you have a favorite object or area of a room using accent lighting can be a great way to showcase it. Wether it is a painting, plant, sculpture or architectural feature, accent lighting can help bring out the best qualities in a room.

Accent lighting should never be 3 times brighter than the rest of the room and should not be distracting or cause any glares. Track lighting, dim-able chandeliers, recessed lighting and sconces are the most common fixtures used to achieve proper accent lighting. They should be used sparingly and never over power the room.

Our stores in Bellevue, WA and Seattle, WA have many options for accent lighting. If you’re looking for the right sconce, flush mount, chandelier, track lighting, or more , we’ve got it!

 

Bathroom Lighting

Good lighting in your bathroom is very important. It can be a little tricky to get right, however.  The bathroom is the place where effective task lighting is very important as many detailed oriented and even sometimes dangerous activities are performed. Many people don’t give enough thought for lighting in the bathroom and this room sadly rarely lives up to it’s potential.

bathroomWe call the bathroom “restroom” because it should be a place where one can actually rest and feel comfortable. Correct lighting can help achieve a feeling of peace in this room while still being functional. A series of layers should be used to achieve maximum benefit and if possible, the use of dimming devices can also help out.

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Broadway style lights are classic and very effective over a mirror.

Personal grooming activities such as shaving, plucking, makeup application and so on, require good task lighting with minimal shadows.  This can be achieved by using vertical sconces along side the mirror (depending on how wide the area is), or by using the ever popular “broadway” light bar. These types of light fixtures can help cast an even layer of maximum light across the face and upper body.

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Great Sconces for any Bathroom Style at Harold’s Lighting

Good lighting in the shower/tub area is also very important. These areas can be dangerous with razors, slippery floors and sharp edges and proper illumination of these areas is a must for safety. Adequate overhead light is important, and if possible, lights from other sources, such as sconces, may be used.

Harold’s Lighting in Bellevue and Seattle has many different bathroom lighting fixtures to choose from in our huge showrooms. We can custom order and make a light fixture to work specifically with your bathroom or any other room in your home.  Call or stop on by today!

Tips For Lighting Artwork

track-1A good piece of art can bring life and interest to a room. Shedding light on this piece of art can get a little tricky. The temperature of the bulb or the proximity of the fixture can damage the artwork or alter the look of the colors. Whether you want to use in-frame lighting, track lighting on the ceiling, or wall sconces to accent the area around the art, keep some of the following tips in mind.

Oil paintings can be especially difficult to light up because of the way the oil reflects direct lighting. Spectral highlights are created when intense light is directed towards the painting. Using a fully broad based light fixture is best for illuminating oil paintings.

IN FRAME LIGHTING

If your painting is larger in scale, in-frame lighting may be a good option. There are many different options for in-frame lighting, some just light up the top of the frame, or the sides, and others light up all the way around it. This type of artwork lighting is a good option for encased paintings that have a glass barrier. It minimizes the glare caused by lights shining on the glass.

TRACK LIGHTING

Track lighting is the most common type of lighting used in galleries across the nation for illuminating artwork. Track lighting is nice because it typically is adjustable and you can switch the angle the light is pointed to create different moods. Track lighting fixtures are great for photos and other pieces of art. The adjustable units allow you to illuminate one or more pieces of art at a time.

Overhead Light Fixtures

Overhead Light Fixtures are lights that are very common and are directly above the painting or photo on the ceiling. These fixtures can be recessed or a mounted fixture suspended or flush mounted to the ceiling. This type of artwork lighting is best used on frames that don’t have a glass covering because they can cause a glare. Some of these types of fixtures are adjustable and the bulbs can be tilted to angle correctly towards the art.

sconce1If you need help finding the right light fixture for your next art piece in your home, give Harold’s Lighting a call today or stop on by our stores in Bellevue and Seattle. We have tons of artwork light fixtures to choose from and can help you find the right fixture for your home or gallery.

Wall Sconce – What is it?

sconce1A wall sconce is a light fixture that is attached in a way that only uses a wall for support.  There are no wires dangling to a socket and they are not suspended from anything. They can be very lovely to look at and also provide a great source of light. Wall sconces are typically used in bedrooms, hallways, bathrooms, living room and patios, but they can be placed in practically any room. Sconces come in many shapes, sizes and varieties and can go with any style of decor.

Some wall sconces look like a small lampshade, have arms coming out of the wall, while others are more flush against the wall. Some sconces point light upwards to the ceiling while others cast downward light.  Choosing the right wall sconce for your space depends on what purpose it is to be used for and what style you are trying to achieve.

wall sconceWall sconces typically are used in hallways because they take up very little space and can be wired to a switch.  Multiple sconces can be placed a few feet apart shedding light on a pathway. Sconces can also be used to frame in a mirror, by placing one on each side, as oftentimes seen in a bathroom around the vanity area.  They also are used a lot in bedrooms, by placing one on each side of the bed as a reading light source.

wall sconce upwardThere are many different styles of sconces from modern and contemporary to very traditional.  They can be made out of thousands of different materials and can even be made custom to match your existing decor. Ask an expert lighting technician what type would suit your room best, and if your room has the correct wiring for the fixture.

Wall sconces can be a great choice for many different spaces.  Come in to our Seattle or Bellevue showroom today to check out our extensive selection of wall sconces for any room!

About Sconces

Wall sconces (sometimes called wall lights) are very versatile and there is a wide variety of styles, sizes and shapes to choose from. They can be used in many different rooms and spaces and can be that last touch of decoration that you need.

The most common places for sconces to be used are in the hallway or entry way. Sconces are also typically placed above or to the sides of a bed or sofa.  There are many different types of sconces including: armed candle sconces, flush to the wall sconces, half moon sconces, and specialty sconces.

When used in the hallway, sconces should typically be placed at least 6 feet apart from one another.  This will allow for plenty of space for the light to spread while not looking cluttered.

If you’re looking to place sconces in a large room it is a good idea to use them only as a secondary light source.  These rooms should have a primary light source (such as recessed ceiling lights, a pendant or chandelier) and use the sconces as a way to provide another layer of light and highlight a feature in the room, such as a painting, piano or special architectural detail.

As you can see, there are many different ways you can use sconces to put the finishing details on a room’s overall look and feel.  Our expert lighting professionals at Harold’s Lighting in Seattle and Bellevue can help you find the right size, shape and textured sconce for your specific room or space.

Lighting Tips The Pros Use

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Hundreds of Pendants to Choose from

Even if your home is expertly decorated by an interior designer, if you’ve got bad lighting, it can make the space look inexpensive and uncomfortable.  If you’re a renter or just don’t want to deal with the hassel of re-wiring your house for new lighting, there are still things you can do to “lighten” up the place!

Use a variety of lighting sources.  Create depth and interest by using lighting sources that vary in height and are in different locations around the room.  Highlight your favorite objects in your room  by placing a light source next to it.

Use different brightness levels around the room or space so that you don’t get “lighting fatigue”  (when a room is at a consistent light level throughout, with no shadows or interes), the same feeling you’d get in an office building or laboratory.

Utilize the space underneath countertops with undercabinet lighting.  It alleviates the need to have a large middle-of-the-kitchen pendant while providing a balanced atmosphere and allows you to see what you’re doing while cooking and cleaning.  Undercabinet lights are fairly cheap to install and can make the world a difference.

Our cheapest and easiest tip for creating a good lighting atmosphere for your home is to change all of your light switches to dimmers.  This way you can adjust your lighting according to the event or mood, and you’ll be able to layer light fixtures in many different ways with this affordable and easy to install option.

So if you’re not in the market to hire a lighting designer, consider the tips above.  As always, our expert lighting staff in Bellevue and Seattle, WA can help you find the pendant, chandelier, undercabinet lighting, lamps and task lights that will work with your home or space.

Update Your Space

Many people don’t realize that the easiest and many times most cost efficient ways to update a space is by installing new light fixtures.  A lot of homeowner’s think they’re stuck with what was there when they bought the home or that new light fixtures are too expensive or do not make that much of a difference on the overall style and mood of a room.  Well, we think they’re wrong!  A change up of a lighting source can make the world of difference in a room and can completely transform a space.

Many people do not change the lighting in their homes because: 1.They think new lighting is too expensive, and 2. They don’t know how to change the fixture or are worried they’d mess something up.  Well, we’re here to tell you that you can find affordable lighting fixtures to suit the style and lighting needs of your room AND that installing light fixtures shouldn’t be as intimidating as it seems.

Whether you need a pendant, chandelier, lamp, sconce or undercabinet lighting, you’ll have thousands of styles and brands to choose from.  Your best bet is to go to a qualified and trusted lighting store near you, and ask for help.  Expert lighting staff can help you pick out the right size, shape and style for your space, and can help explain how to install it.  Many places even have installers that can come to your home and help you put your new light fixture in.

A common mistake many people make when choosing new light fixtures is that they go to a regular department store or discounted manufacturer and just pick out something they think will work.  Unfortunately, many times this is where people run in to issues.  The instructions on the box can be confusing, and many times these mass made fixtures don’t complement the lighting needs of your space.

Picking out and installing a new lighting fixture in a home or office is something that everyone can do. If you need help, ask!  Bring photos of your current space and expert staff, like ours at Harold’s Lighting in Bellevue and Seattle, can help you reach your lighting goals.  New fixtures can brighten up a space and add character and style while still staying in a budget that is reasonable for your personal needs.