Recessed Downlighting Housing Info

Once you’ve figured out where you want your recessed downlights to be (if you need help with that, check out this post» ), now you’ve got to figure out what you need in order to install these fixtures.

Most recessed lighting fixtures require you to purchase a few different pieces.  Depending on what type of recessed lighting you choose to go with, most come with a few basic components. The most important, being the housing.


The housing of the light fixture includes the main housing (sometimes called “Can” or “Rough-In”, a mounting frame (attaches everything to the ceiling),  mounting bars, lighting trim (or sometimes called finishing), the trim and a trim ring, optics, and the actual bulb (aka lamp).

This image illustrates these main recessed light fixture components:

diagram of recessed lights
image source: Delfarmans

Harold’s Lighting in Seattle and Bellevue has a ton of recessed lighting options to choose from, both online and in our showrooms. Our expert staff is ready to help you with all of your recessed lighting questions!

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!

Our Online Store!

Harold’s Lighting has been the Pacific Northwest’s best resource for lighting options for commercial and residential use for decades. Did you know we have an online store?

Our showrooms have a huge selection of the latest styles and selections as well as some one-of-a-kind vintage fixtures. If you don’t have time to stop or call one of our locations, check out our online selection here. We’ve got a pretty large selection of all types of fixtures and bulbs for any space.

Wether you need a contemporary light fixture, modern, traditional or vintage, check out our online store for a quick look at what we have to offer! Click here to go to the online store.

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Shop Lighting Options Online!

In our last post we talked about our Seattle area store locations. Our showrooms are some of the largest in the state, and we offer a greater variety of lighting options than our competitors. Did you know we have an online store too?

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Our online store has thousands of lighting options ready to purchase just a few clicks away! Finding what you want is easy with our “Categories”, “Shop By Room” and “Search” features. When you find what you like you can easily purchase and get it shipped to you all from the comfort of your own home!

Click here to check it out!

Lighting Tips for your Whole Home

pendant2Good lighting in a home is hard to notice because it was done right. Bad lighting, however, can almost always be spotted, especially if you’re trying to perform a task. Lighting can help you accomplish tasks, improve the overall ambiance of your home, and bring the whole “look” together. Each room’s lighting should be thought about when designing your home, and we’ve put together some tips to help you cover all the bases.

What are you lighting goals for each room? Each room in the home should have a general mood that you’re trying to convey, and using different types of lighting sources can help you achieve these goals. Direct and task lighting fixtures can help you focus light on areas where tasks are performed while other types of lighting can help you create ambient lighting to help soften and relax a space.

Safe Lighting. When planning the exterior lighting of your home, safety should be your priority. Walkways, sidewalks, stairs and decks should be properly lit so visitors can navigate easily. Any hazards (rocks, dips, etc) should be illuminated to minimize injuries. Exterior lighting can be inviting (see our post on that), when done correctly, but safety should be your #1 priority in this area.

Utilize recessed lighting. Recessed cans are great for high ceilings and modern decor. They provide an overall glow without distracting the eye. Recessed cans can be directional and can even be attached to a dimmer to give you the option to change the level of brightness in the space.

Be strategic in children’s rooms. Children’s rooms can be really fun to design lighting work for. Many people forget, however, that they should have a plan for night lighting. Night lights can help small children sleep better and be safer when late night trips to the bathroom spring up. A wall sconce with a dimmer near a changing table or rocking chair can help mothers move about the room without disrupting the baby’s sleep.

Choose your fixtures wisely. Choose chandeliers and pendants wisely. When picking them ask yourself, will this look good in this space in 5 years? Oftentimes chandeliers can date a space, especially if the decor around it changes over time. Keep it classic and simple to avoid having to replace it often.

Don’t be shy when planning out the lighting in your home, our expert lighting specialists at our Bellevue, WA and Seattle, WA lighting stores are ready to help you find the right pieces for any space.

Choosing a Ceiling Fan

ceilingfanEnergy and fuel costs are on the rise again making ceiling fans a great option for those who want an easy way to cut down their home’s energy consumption. Ceiling fans not only help circulate cool air in the summertime, they can help move warmer air around in the winter making them a great asset to any room year round.

It is said that ceiling fans can help a room feel as much as 8 degrees cooler when run on a normal setting. This can be a true life saver in the hot summer months. Not only do they cool the room down, they also can help the room feel fresher and more open.  In the Northwest, most homes don’t have air conditioning units, and if they do, they only run for a few months out of the year. Installing a ceiling fan can help you reduce your air conditioning bill easily, and if you don’t have an air conditioning system it can act as one.

ceilingfan3When selecting a ceiling fan you should consider a few things to make sure you get the right one for your room. Fan size is very important.  The larger the room the larger the fan will need to be. If the room is very large, multiple fans may be a good option. Rooms that are up to 75 square feet will do fine with any fan up to 36 inches. Bedrooms and family rooms up to 144 square feet typically use fans ranging from 36 inches to 42 inches, and larger areas can go with fans from 50 to 54 inches.

It’s also important to think about the ceiling height of the room when selecting the right fan. The fan should be at least 7 feet above the floor for safety reasons. Anything below 7 feet could be unsafe, look awkward and not provide the circulation benefits that a properly installed fan would.

ceilingfan2There are also many different types of blades for ceiling fans. For optimal circulation, experts suggest hat the blades are to be installed at a 12 to 15 degree angle. It’s also important that the blades are balanced so that when the fan spins it doesn’t wobble or make noise.

Other things to look at when purchasing a ceiling fan are the motor, lights, warranty, installation requirements and of course style. Our expert lighting specialists can help you find the right ceiling fan for your room and your budget. Stop on by our stores in Bellevue and Seattle today or check out our selection online.

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.

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.

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!

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!

Vanity Lighting

Excellent Option for Bathroom Lighting at our Seattle Store
Excellent Option for Bathroom Lighting at our Seattle Store

We spend more time in the powder room than we ever did before.  Personal grooming standards have shot up and our bodies and images are under a microscope. Having proper lighting in your bathroom vanity area is essential to make sure you get the job done right and get it done quickly!

Today’s more luxurious bathrooms require different styles and sizes of vanity lighting. It is important to find vanity lighting that provides enough “task lighting” illumination but also it must go with the rest of the decor and feel of the room.

It’s important to keep in mind the vanity lighting fixtures size, shape, style and location when looking for the right fit for your bathroom.  Here are some basic tips on how to choose a vanity lighting fixture that will work for you:


Choosing the right size and amount of light that you need is crucial.  Think about how many lights you will need.  If you are using the traditional “light bars”, they usually come with 2 – 4 lights on them. Keep in mind the width of your vanity and make sure that your light fixture(s) that you choose do not expand wider than that.  If you have a long, spread out vanity, consider using multiple vanity lights scattered above sinks to achieve the appropriate look and illumination.


Think about the rest of the room when choosing the “finish” of the vanity lighting you are choosing.  What do your existing sink faucets look like? Do you have any other hardware that should be considered when picking out the finish? The vanity lights you choose should coordinate with the rest of the fixtures in the room.  If your faucets are chrome and shiny, you should look for fixtures that reflect the same style.  There are many different types of finishes that vanity light fixtures can come in and finding the right kind can tie the whole room together.


Choosing the style for your vanity lighting can be challenging because there are so many different styles to choose from. Choose a fixture that fits your personality but also goes with the overall look and feel of the bathroom and run with it.  If your room is modern or contemporary, go for a more minimal design, but if your room is luxurious and detailed a more traditional style might fit better.

If you’re having a hard time finding what vanity lighting would work best in your home, bring a picture or two in to one of our stores in Bellevue or Seattle today to let our expert lighting specialists help you out. Our vast inventory and custom shop will give you plenty of quality options at a great price.

Benefits of a Ceiling Fan

ceilingfanCeiling fans with lights can be a huge lifesaver in these hot summer months as well as provide multiple benefits year round.  They can provide cooling, aid with air circulation, and provide ambient lighting while looking great with the rest of your room or space.

Ceiling fans can be used in almost any room in the home.  The most common spaces for ceiling fans with lights are in the bedroom, living room, family room and kitchens.  They come in many different styles and sizes and can completely fit in with the decor in any space.

Benefits of Ceiling Fans:

  • Cooling. This one is the most obvious.  A ceiling fan can be a lifesaver on hot summer nights in a bedroom when you’re trying to sleep.  They are quiet and gently circulate the air around them creating a calming cool breeze, which can reduce or eliminate the need for air conditioning.
  • Heating Aid. When most people think of ceiling fans with lights they do not think of heating.  These fans can help circulate the hot air at the top of the room and distribute it evenly in open spaces. These fixtures are great for saving money on your heating bill because it makes your system more efficient.
  • Illumination. Ceiling fans can also be a great light source for a room or space.  Most ceiling fans come with lights that can be customized for any room.  They can be turned on by a switch or manually and provide ambient lighting to set the mood and provide a great source of a light layer.

Choosing the right ceiling fan with a light can be challenging because there are so many different styles and sizes to choose from.  Typically only one fan is needed per room, but that depends on how large the space is.  The size of the fan should correlate with the size of the room and the ability of the fan to cool and heat the room efficiently.

Ask a lighting specialist today about what type of ceiling fan would work well in your room or space.