Stately Home Chandeliers

National Trust parks and houses are a treasure to all who live in the UK; the opportunity to be able to step back in time, see and walk the grounds that used to be owned and how the interior of houses used to be decorated is fascinating and refreshing. Chandeliers can come in all shapes and sizes, but authentic, classical chandeliers are the most popular; and after seeing so many in all of these stately homes can you blame anyone!?

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We have recently had the pleasure of doing work in Hinwick House, click here to read in more detail about the different work that we did within the house. The chandeliers were grand and there were multiple lights to change and fix! It was a challenge but equally as exciting. We loved being a part of helping restore the lighting to its former glory.

It is undeniable that clip_image004lighting has definitely come a long way, but also undeniable that we still want it go back the other way due to the design’s that are constantly recreating lighting from the past. The authentic look of a chandelier is definitely a desired one! So many people strive to have authentic looking lighting in their homes.

From the 15th century onwards, chandeliers used to symbolize status and power when hung and shown in stately homes; it was the symbol of money and lives of luxury. While this isn’t necessarily the connotations that chandeliers have nowadays, they still emulate a feeling of grandeur. This, it can be argued, is because of their timeless designs. Their designs have been carried over through the centuries to continue fanning our desire to ultimately make our homes more luxurious.

The increasing popularity of the use of candle bulbs in chandeliers
is even more evidence, which points towards the striving desire to have chandeliers looking the way they used to. There hasn’t always been electricity, and before the times of gas and electricity, chandeliers used to be lit with candles. The mid 19th to 20th century is when this all started to change and the revolution of gas and electricity was seen on the horizon. At this time, a lot of lights were converted so that they could bend with the times and be used with gas or electricity. This is seen in a lot of the National Trust houses today where original fixtures have been adapted so that they will work with electricity.

However having chandeliers which work with electricity isn’t always easy which has been proved in a recent news article. There has been a story about a chandelier work job that went wrong! Ever seen the sketch Only Fools and Horses? If you have, you’ll understand why this has made the news!

Workmen recently went into a stately home to take down
and work on an expensive and antique chandelier worth hundreds of thousands of pounds, and they sadly ended up dropping it causing thousands of pounds damage. This situation is reminiscent of the Only Fools and Horses episode where Del and Rodney werclip_image008e hired to clean a chandelier but they too ended up accidentally breaking it! This whole situation just
emphasizes the importance of being how fragile chandeliers are and how essential is it that they are well looked after.

To read more on the story follow this link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2583281/You-plonkers-Bungling-workmen-accidentally-recreate-scene-Only-Fools-And-Horses-dropping-stately-homes-historic-CHANDELIER.html.

Chandeliers are fragile and priceless. This is shown through their copious adaptations they have endured throughout history, but also through their timeless designs. It is very important to ensure they are cleaned and maintained regularly to ensure they can go on being priceless. We at Classical Chandeliers offer a cleaning service for chandeliers which might be in a bad position to clean, or are just of a tricky design to clean, or just in need of a good clean and you might not know where to even begin! We will have your chandelier looking as good as new and sparkling like you’ve never before seen! As well as a cleaning service, alongside that we offer a restoration service; maybe you’ve read this article and are feeling inspired and want to restore and clean an old chandelier that you inherited but wouldn’t know how to get it working again, we can help! As seen on our website, we have a section dedication to discussing the different restorations we have previously done. So, if you are looking for a restoration or cleaning, please do get in touch!

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Pendant Lighting

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Pendant lighting is the most common light fitting, and has been historically for a while! It can be said that it originated from before electricity existed when groups of candles were being carried. Even nowadays, in chandeliers there are many designs that try to reproduce the design of how candles were being carried.
The category of pendant lighting is so wide; it covers from a cheap paper globe to a costly crystal chandelier. With all the different variations of pendant lights, the style and light omission are reliant upon each other – the light a pendant can give off changes depending on the style of it. There are limitless designs of pendant lighting, but the material a fixture is made from, the size of any openings in the fixture and the way the openings have been designed in the light will all also affect how much light is given out.

Industrial-Pendant-Light-Fixtures3More importantly than any of that, the size of your room will affect your light. This isn’t something anyone immediately thinks of when they are looking to buy a pendant light fixture, but this is arguably the most important thing and the information you need first before you start looking at lights. The bigger the room you have, the bigger the light fixture you need to best light that room. On another of our websites, we have a blog article which goes into detail about how you’d work out the size light for the size room. Click here to read more.

As well as room size, ceiling height is also a factor which would change the style and design of the light fitting you would need to look at. There is the rise and fall fitting which allows lights to be changed so that they will accommodate to the space – they can be high slung or low slung as required. This fitting is most often used above dining tables. The elderly or those who struggle with mobility will also like this fitting because the light will move to them as opposed to them having to move to it. A similar fitting to this that is currently rising on the market is the winch. To see our full range of winches available click here.

The most common bulbs used in lighting nowadays are compact florescent or halogen (for our full range of halogen bulbs head to our sister website Saving-Light-Bulbs) and because pendant lights can often be the only light source in a room, they are usually of quite high wattage, but because this uses a lot of energy. LED’s are being used increasingly more frequently because they are cost effective when it comes to using electricity.

Some pendants only produce a downward light, this can usually only be used for decorative purposes or to light a certain area. The best pendants are the ones that give off light in more than one way, for an example of one of the pendants we sell that lights in more than one way click here. However because they are have become seen as the norm, and the norm being that you hang a single pendant from the centre of a room, this doesn’t necessarily mean this is how best to light up a room. This is because it doesn’t light up a room to match a mood, irrelevant if it has a dimmer or not, and it would cause there to be shadows across the room because of the way it hangs.

All is not lost though because sometimes this can be changed with just having additional light in the room where there might be glare, or shadow or where you need the extra lighting for a specific area. Even thinking about putting the pendant off centre can make a huge different to how a room is lit up. Where to position your lighting is another factor to take into consideration when deciding what style of fixture to have and what aspects of a room you want illuminated.

Crystal-White-Pendant-Lights-Kitchen-Above-Island-Counter-In-White-Modern-KitchenRooms or areas with high and large ceilings are where pendant lighting could be used to your advantage and can be made into a feature. They can lengthen so as to make them into a feature and fill up any space. Along these lines, you can also hang a pendant above a dining room table to fill the space above a table but also make sure the table is illuminated below. The only thing to bear in mind when thinking about doing this, if the light is going to be in an area where people are going to be walking underneath it, the light has to be a minimum of 198cm from the floor.

Overall it is important to make sure your style stays consistent through your lighting. If your central hanging pendant isn’t giving off enough light, you need to make sure you are matching up your schemes and styles. And don’t forget to head over to our guide for finding out what would be the best pendant size for the size of your room.

We have a few pendant lights on our website – more will be coming, but please have a look and if you have any queries or questions do get in touch. Click here to see our pendant lights.