Chandelier Buying Guide: Everything You Need To Know

7 December 2015
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A chandelier is a light fixture that hangs from the ceiling and has branches (or arms) from the center appearing to be crystals. These dangling jewels can be purchased in a large variety of designs and finishes. If you are thinking about getting one of these fixtures installed in your home, it helps to learn more about them first.

Size of the Room Matters

The size of the room must be considered because you do not want one too large or small. Some decorators use as many as three in one area depending upon the room, such as a ranch-style all on one level where the dinette is adjacent to the living room.

Exploring Types of Chandeliers

There are four major types of chandeliers including crystal, glass, candle, and with shades. When choosing a chandelier for your home, it helps to know more about each type.

Crystal Chandeliers: Crystal chandeliers are perfect if you are looking to add a little glamour or style to your room. This style of chandelier is extremely popular in an entryway, foyer, or dining room. A glass chandelier with dripping crystals dangling from it can have a very dramatic effect on a room. This fixture is a great option if you want to impress your family and friends.

Glass Chandeliers: Glass chandeliers complement just about any home décor. This makes it a perfect option if you want a chandelier, but do not want to change the current style or theme of the room.

Candle Chandeliers: Candle chandeliers are perfect if you want a rustic theme. Some candle chandeliers offer fun features such as flickering bulbs which make the fixture look and feel like an actual burning candle.

Chandeliers with Shades: As the name suggests, this is just a chandelier with shades over the light bulbs. This type of chandelier is ideal for someone who wants a chandelier, but is somewhat sensitive to light, as the shades are going to make the lighting less intense. Technically, you can get crystal or glass chandeliers which also have shades.

There is Nothing Wrong with Choosing a Smaller Fixture

The downside to larger chandeliers is that they are significantly more expensive. Fortunately, a smaller fixture is ideal for both budget and functionality. You are far less likely to run into size and space issues when installing a smaller fixture.

Last-Minute Tips to Keep in Mind

Before you make your purchase and get your chandelier installed, there are a few last-minute tips you should know:

  • Remember to be careful of the weight before you install the chandelier.
  • You need to make sure you have a brace on the ceiling to support the new fixture.
  • Remember to clean the fixture frequently with a duster.
  • If you have high ceilings, hire a professional for the installation and cleaning.

For more information, contact an electrical contractor in your area.