Chandelier Winches

A chandelier winch is often viewed as an extravagant gadget when considering the installation on chandelier! However, this is not normally the case. Chandelier winches can actually be an important necessity. If for example you are fitting a chandelier in a high position over a stairway then a simple scaffold tower could not be used and bespoke scaffolding would be needed. In this case the chandelier winch would pay for itself  the first time access was needed for maintenance. Now maintenance is not just for major faults and cleaning it is also for simple bulb changes. Ordinarily,  aesthetically designed halogen candle bulbs would be used and although they do have a rated life of 1000 or 2000 hours they do suffer from intermittent failures unlike the far more reliable modern LED bulbs. For this reason with a chandelier having a large number of bulbs then the probability of an individual bulb failure is quite high. So all in all you are going to need access so a chandelier winch is the obvious solution.

Chandelier Winch Choices.

There are many chandelier winches on the market. Traditionally they used to be a big motor connected to a pulley system which is then used to raise and lower the chandelier. These worked fine for large buildings where there is sufficient space to position the winch but if you need to hide the winch in the floor void between the ceiling and upper floor then these are less than practical. Now there are compact winches available that can be fitted into a floor void. As an example you can now purchase a winch which will take loads of up to 150kg and has an 11 metre cable which is just 33cm by 33cm and just 11cm deep. This makes installation easy and they can even be installed on the ceiling and hidden by a decorative purpose built cover.
The other important aspect to cover is the sospistication of the winch. A traditional winch would need a separate electrical circuit and switch together with a connector which needs to be manually separated to disconnect the lamp wiring when the winch is lowered. Alternatively a long cable would be used which is coiled in the attic space and dropped down when the winch is lowered. All of this complexity is now solved with modern systems. Look for a winch that has a remote control operation and has an connection plate for the lamps wiring which automatically disconnects when the chandelier is lowered.
The final consideration is safety. A chandelier can be very heavy and it is most important that the winch is reliable both from a personal safety perspective and to avoid an expensive catastrophe if the chandelier crashes to the ground, For this reason pick a chandelier winch that has safety overrides fitted, stop limits on lowering and ensure that it is used within the rated loads.

Go for the easy life with a Chandelier Winch

So the chandelier winch has moved from being an item of technical interest which was historically restricted to use in large government buildings, palaces and museums to a practical and commercially viable choice for peoples homes. So if you want the easy life style and not to be forever looking up at that chandelier with a failed bulb thinking, “shall I get the builders in to change the bulb” then move with the times and have a winch installed.