Table Lamp Rules

Finding the right table lamp can be almost as difficult as choosing what color to paint your walls. When you bring home the one you picked one out it just seems a little too small or somewhat out of place. Knowing what to look for before you shop is the key to making this process go smoothly.

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Beautiful Stained Glass Lamp at Harold’s Lighting

Typically, most interior designers say to find a table lamp that is around 30 inches tall. This is from the bottom of the base to the top of the actual shade. If you really want to get an accurate measurement, you’ll want to pick a lamp that is around 58-64 inches from the ground in the room you’re looking to place it in. So you’ll want to measure the distance between the height of the table and the ground, then use the difference to find the height of lamp to look for.

Once you get the measurements down, the lamp shade should sit at about eye level for the average person. This will help diffuse direct light to the eye by still shedding enough light on items below the shade.

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The width of the lamp can vary quite a bit, and typically just comes down to your preferred style. A skinnier lamp is a bit more delicate while a wide base can look modern and sturdy. Typically the wider the better, but you don’t want to overwhelm the table space with too much lamp. Most designers stick to shades no larger than half the table width.

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Harold’s Lighting showrooms in Seattle and in Bellevue have tons of lamp bases and shades to choose from. If you’re unable to find the right size lamp we can custom make one for you from scratch, or out of just about anything you bring in. Stop on by and check us out today!

Harold’s Lighting 60th Annual Summer Sale is ON!

Did you hear what time it is?

It’s Harold’s Lighting 60th Annual Summer Sale time!!

Don’t miss out on the biggest and best sale of the year. Come in to our showroom and get 20 – 50% off storewide! It doesn’t get any better than this.

Summer Light Fixture Sale in Seattle

Harold’s Lighting has been providing residents of the Seattle area and beyond with the best light fixtures and lighting options for over 60 years! Come celebrate with us.

SALE ENDS SEPTEMBER 2nd 2017

Happy 4th of July!!

Happy 4th of July from all of us at Harold’s Lighting

Summer is officially here!

There’s nothing like 4th of July in Seattle. The weather may not be reliable, but rain or shine, we’re having a good time! We’re proud to be American and appreciate the freedoms this country provides. Today we celebrate with family and friends with barbecues, parties and fireworks!

We’re proud to have been Seattle’s Lighting store for over 50 years! If you haven’t visited our Wallingford lighting showroom recently, stop by! We’d love to show you the new and custom light fixtures we have in stock.

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Have a safe and happy 4th of July!

Live Video – Hubbardton Forge Products

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – we love Hubbardton Forge products! We also love sharing things with our friends on social media!

Check out this Facebook Live video we did a few weeks ago spotlighting the new Hubbardton Forge fixtures we have in our showroom:

Hubbardton Forge makes some of the highest quality light fixtures in the industry. Their innovative and inspiring products have been a great addition to many homes of clients of ours in the Greater Seattle area. Stop by our lighting store showroom in Seattle today to see these amazing light fixtures in person!

Follow Us on Pinterest!

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We’re always looking for interesting and new products to bring in the store and have found Pinterest to be a great resource for lighting products! Connect with us! We love looking at our customer’s boards and finding new and exciting ideas.

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Pinterest is a great source for homeowners, or future homeowners, to use for inspiration for planning their next project. While many people use the site for clothing and recipes, search around for home decor, furniture and lighting – you may be surprised at what is out there!

If you need help with lighting fixture planning on your next home project, call or stop by our lighting store in Seattle, WA today!

Custom Gonzaga BBall Signed Lamp!

We had a customer recently bring in one of our favorite custom lamp projects! She brought in a Gonzaga basketball signed by the 2017 Gonzaga Men’s Basketball players, and wanted us to create a custom lamp base to display the piece of memorabilia. She’s planning on giving it to her grandson as a gift. That’s one lucky grandson! We’re sure he’ll cherish this gift and pass it along to his kids someday.

Check out a Facebook Live Video we did featuring the project here:

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.

Just another Saturday in the shop!

Have you ever wondered what goes on at a lighting store on a typical Saturday? Check out this unedited video of our Seattle store on a Saturday just last month!

Our store constantly is bringing in new lighting products, and rearranging our showroom to showcase our best lamps, sconces, pendants, shades and more. Watch Cheryl working in receiving on a busy, rainy Seattle day!

Press play to see our showroom as well as the new room we’re building out. Watch Kim explain what we’re excited about! We’ve demolished some warehouses to build out a new shade room. We are excited to show friends of Harold’s Lighting our hard work. Check it out:

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!