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Buyers Guide to Light Bulbs for Chandeliers

Light Bulbs for Chandeliers 1Chandeliers can greatly influence your living room’s atmosphere. Through well-chosen chandeliers, you have the power of creating the mood of your choice and redefining your living room. However, selecting the right lighting system for your chandeliers can be tricky because there are several factors you should take into consideration.

Here’re some guidelines that can help you navigate shopping as far as the lighting system, for chandeliers are concerned.

So, when shopping around for lights for your chandeliers, be sure to take the following factors into consideration:

Determine size of your living room

Ensure you know the dimensions of your living room. This information will help you determine whether you require small chandeliers or big ones. Small chandeliers are not likely to stand-out in big rooms while large ones might end up overwhelming a small living space. First, you need to add up the length and the width of the living room in question. Then convert the sum into inches to give you the diameter of the lighting system for your chandeliers that can perfectly fit that room.

The dining table’s size is paramount

After measuring the size of your living room, proceed to measure the size of your table. In particular, take the width the table in question. Ensure that your chandeliers are never wider than your table. As a rule, make your chandelier about 12 inches narrower than the table.

Measure the distance between your ceiling and the table surface

If your ceiling is eight-feet, ensure that your chandeliers are able to hang about 30 to 34 inches above your tabletop. For higher ceilings, hang your chandeliers an extra 3 inches for each additional foot. But for 9-feet or higher ceilings, purchase a 2-tier chandelier so that the left space doesn’t look too empty.

The Light Bulb Moments

As with common lighting systems, chandeliers provide for options like energy efficiency as well as bulb variations. Here is a breakdown on what you should know as far as the light bulb moments are concerned.

Incandescent Halogen: These are the latest version (lighting) of the traditional old incandescent bulb. These lighting systems are around 30 % more efficient in terms of energy consumption and they can last for up to 3 times longer as compared to traditional incandescent bulbs. They work well with dimmers plus other lighting controls.

 CFLs

CFLs, also referred to as compact fluorescent lamps, are somehow a smaller version of long-tubed fluorescent lights. They are about 3-4 times more efficient. Moreover, they can last 6-10 times longer than their traditional incandescent bulb counterparts.

 LED

LEDs are the most energy-efficient type of lighting system on the market today. These lighting systems work well with chandeliers and use an advanced technology to optimize performance.

They are about 5 times more energy efficient. Moreover, they can last for up to 25 times longer than traditional ones, making them a perfect choice for your chandeliers.

 Light Bulbs for Chandeliers 2Word of advice

Not all light bulbs are compatible with all the chandeliers available on the market. So, ensure to double check all details, including the manufacturer’s specifications.

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Have you considered hiring chandeliers?

W1Lighting is an important aspect to consider if you want a decorated wedding marquee. So, whether you’re seeking to inspire an ambient atmosphere or light the reception with striking chandelier lights, you’ll probably have to research before hiring your preferred wedding marquee.

The good thing with marquees is that you can sculpt them to your liking.You can embankment them to your preferred decorative theme at a reasonable price.

There’s a myriad of options available on the market to suit your individual taste as well as wedding requirements. And one of them is the mighty chandeliers, which can take your wedding day to the next level. With that in mind, here is all you need to know about hiring chandeliers instead of buying them.

Understanding chandeliers

Chandeliers are a truly sparkling lighting option, which can suit a range of wedding themes-from a classy to whitewashed look-they are just perfect for any type of wedding. One large, twinkling chandelier will instantaneously brighten the whole marquee. Moreover, smaller chandeliers that have been dotted around the marquee’s roof will generate a dimmer but lovely effect.

Explore Event Hire
Rent your chandeliers, decors, tables, chairs, lanterns and even crockery from a dependable event hire company. This will ensure that everything befits something of premium quality. When you use hired chandeliers, you won’t have to worry about setting up and packing away – when the big day rolls around!

Cheaper

Hiring is cheaper than buying. With hiring, you’ll be required to only pay a small amount as a service fee. However, with purchasing, you will have to cater for everything.

Expertise

A hiring company understands various wedding themes. So, they will help you come up with the best chandelier to suit your custom theme.

Chandeliers and Lighting

w3Hang small, medium, or large chandeliers in the reception room or tent of your wedding to make the big day a success. Great chandelier lighting systems can be of great importance to your photographs. Thus, be sure to up-light & hang radiating chandeliers as your wedding decorations.

Types of chandeliers

1. Blondie Chandeliers

The blondie chandeliers are available in 4 dissimilar sizes.They are modern, sculptural and are made out of the blonde bent wood. They are smaller, thus, you can hang them in concentrated clusters or/and along a ladder. They are perfect for a nautical and beachside wedding. So, be sure to hire them instead of buying them if you want something sparkling

2. Birdcage Chandeliers

Birdcage chandeliers are a blend of an elegant birdcage frame (which is golden of course) and a suspended pendant lampshade (which is black in color).Hire these chandeliers and dress them up or down. You can also hang them on their own /in clusters. These chandeliers are very versatile and can suit any wedding theme.

The bottom line

Your wedding should be your most memorable day. Do away with the hassle of having to purchase the chandeliers from your side. Instead, contact a dependable company and hire unique chandeliers. This way, you’ll be sure that everything will work out as expected. It is cheaper and more convenient to hire than purchase.

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Designs Live 2017: All Design Solutions Under One Roof

Grand Designs Live 2017 is the hub where renowned designers showcase their artistic interior décor work. The show features some of the best interior design trends in the world. Hosted by one of the smartest design gurus on the planet, the Designs Live 2017 was all about class, innovation, and style. Sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements, the show offered visitors a lifetime opportunity to view some of the finest trends that have continued to rock across homes. Our presence and contribution Classical Chandeliers was at it again at this year’s Grand Designs Live event that lasted for 9 days with preeminent lighting innovations. We presented exquisite lighting products that featured contemporary engineering technologies. Most customers were very excited and enthusiastic about the services we offer. Most of them sought to know how we conduct our design, installation, cleaning, as well as restoration services. We ensured that all homeowners explored the latest innovation trends we have managed to achieve.Over the nine days, all the visitors were able to preview unseen products that were presented through informative, exciting, as well as engaging sessions. Luxury lighting to redefine your living space An array of classic lighting choices was showcased at the Grand Design Live 2017. As an essential element towards creating a beautiful fashionable interior, lighting choices are becoming extremely critical. It can transform any home into a desirable space. They exude class and natural beauty. When well blended with contemporary design techniques along with great colors, it can create a perfect ambiance for any living room. So, it is vital that you go for a wonderful lighting system that compliments the fixtures in place if you want an artistically designed home that creates a sustainable outlook and wonderful botanical schemes. The best styles The best styles were: The nautical search light GD 2017 stand This Nautical search light by classical chandeliers sent shockwaves in terms of sales during the entire event period: thanks to the unique design.The search light is classically mounted on an adjustable tripod, which makes it a flexible addition to any living room. So, the power to transform your living room is in your hands! There were numerous lighting options for transforming any space into a seemingly beautiful interior. Crystal Chandeliers GD-2017-Crystal The magnificence of these crystal chandelier lighting option is perhaps unmatched by mediums of the same category. They are artistically designed to meet emerging needs. Included in the frames are the crystal chandeliers which are supplied in bronze, gold leaf, iron, black, and silver. These innovative products are available in modern as well as well as traditional styles. So whether you’re in need of a large three tier crystal chandelier or mini crystal chandeliers or classical pendant chandelier, we got you covered.Get in touch with us today! Elegance Crystal Swag -The Infinity GD 2017 infinity Inspired by the ancient but innovative Art Deco era, this classy elegant crystal chandelier swag combines sparkling lines with sparkle. The finish features oxidized gold leaf, which creates warm light that can catch the attention of any eye. Sparkling Crystal Chandelier -heart GD 2017 heart If you fancy bling, then you’re in the right place. This beautiful fixture is sure to redefine your home and give it that flawless look you’ve been yearning for. Featuring a classic flush mount, this chandelier is extremely simple to use and install. If you think its appearance is attractive in the picture, then be informed it’s even more pretty in person. Flush mount lighting-LED GD 2017 prec LED Flush mount fixtures are an incredible choice for your bedrooms, kitchen spaces, and bedrooms. They’re powerful and provide a unique decorative touch for any living room. With a limitless selection of ceiling light designs, you’re sure to find the perfect style to match the interior décor of your home.

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Give your Living Space a Whimsical Look with Chandelier Lightings

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An incredible way to add style and personality to your room is by hanging an elegant chandelier. These light fixtures were previously reserved for official purposes, but designers are now utilizing them in kitchens, bedrooms, entrances, and even bathrooms. Whether you want an abiding crystal chandelier or Chihuly-inspired creations, you’ll readily find your preferred lighting fixture in the market.

Designers, inspired by the attractiveness and splendor of nature, design lighting fixtures that imitate natural shapes and flora. History repeats itself, and this is evident in the resurgent popularity of chandeliers over the last decade. Nevertheless, one can redefine their interior by installing digital lighting systems. Made from prestigious glass materials (containing lead, quartz, and barium), this kind of chandeliers provide timeless and sufficient lighting.

Everything You Need to Know

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When shopping around for the best chandeliers, check out the different shapes, sizes, designs, and colors. First, you should decide on the exact positioning, be it your bedroom or your kitchen. You’ll want to choose one that will perfectly compliment your space. While it is always good to find a chandelier that entirely matches your décor, sometimes the best piece is the one that moves the boundaries. Look for a design that’s unique and original. Crystal ones will always give your room a sense of stylishness unmatched by other lighting fixtures. They are stylistic fittings that are popularly known for their lightness, beauty, and grace. They have a pot-light construction and are designed for general interior lighting.

Colored-glass items that contain chemical elements such as gold, silicon, manganese, copper, and cobalt, are highly valued. Chandeliers are produced through the following processes:

• The foundry molds are made by hand
• The produced glass former is carefully blown

One metal surface is coated with another using electrolysis, iron-plasma deposition, or plating. This phenomenon creates additional splash lighting in your room. Light multicolor flecks bring a calming and positive mood to your living space, providing an element of comfort and tranquility. At daytime, the sun rays penetrate the crystals, thus creating an atmosphere of brilliant ambiance.

Different Types of Materials, Shapes, and Designs

Crystal chandeliers are fabricated using durable materials that are formed by molten rocks. And this necessitates the use of forced cutting methods to create unique patterns on this material. That’s why these chandeliers will remain gorgeous even in the most hazardous conditions. When they fall, their balls often remain unbroken, so you won’t have to worry about chips or cracks. If there is something you should appreciate about chandeliers, it should be its safety; nothing is as important as your health.

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The prettiest thing you can do is to make a wreath chandelier for the holidays. Candles, flowers, ornaments, flowers, and lights will give you a superbly blended chandelier. You can even make a whimsical two or three-tiered one to create a statement. Such decors look amazing everywhere, from your kitchen to your living room.

10 things to consider when buying a light fixture

  1. The first and most important thing to consider is the size of the fixture. It is essential that the size of the light works well in the size of the room.
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  2. If you have a large room and a chandelier or fixture that is too small for it, it can be swallowed by the room and become almost unnoticeable and ineffective, however, you can also have a chandelier that is too big for a room which means it would overpower a room and would be too much – making it basically the only thing you can see in the room!

    We have a guide on our website which is dedicated to helping you find the correct size chandelier for you room. Please follow the link by clicking here.

  3. When choosing a chandelier or lighting fixture, it is important to consider that a lot of fixtures can be altered to suit interior design. The fixtures at Classical Chandeliers can be practically redesigned to suit each individual’s purpose. There are so many varying factors, for example, the finish, size, number of arms, length of chain, candle dish colour and size, crystals etc. The list is practically endless. This is especially helpful if maybe you have seen a style that you like but there are some aspects that aren’t specifically what you had in mind. We are keen and willing to help you find your perfect fixture!

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  4. Being able to change the different aspects of the chandelier is an important factor to consider, but there are also different types of crystals that are on available. This would be beneficial to those who might want to save money as the price of a fixture can change depending on what crystal is used on the chandelier. chandelier crystals
    This by no means means that the crystal is of lesser quality, they are still high quality crystal, just different types. The different crystal types will have a different sparkle – some will be more sparkly than others depending on the crystal type and clarity. There isn’t a huge noticeable difference, but on the highest crystal you can see the colour of the rainbow through the crystal when light is shined on it.
  5. There is no limit to what bulb type you can use in a fixture. 9 times out of 10, you will be able to use both halogens and LED light bulbs in a fixture. To ensure whether or not the fixture can be used with halogens or LED’s you’d need to check whether or not they are a mains voltage or not. If the fixture is a mains voltage it is fine to use with both halogens and LED’s, however if it is low voltage you may need to change the driver to an LED driver so that it can be compatible with LED’s.

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  6. Can your fixture be dimmed? Unfortunately not all fixtures can be dimmed but with the assistance of a dimmable driver this should be possible. You’d also need to make sure you have the correct bulbs so that they are able to be dimmed.
  7. Fixture placement is so important, especially if you are wanting to hang a fixture in a stairwell or you have high ceilings. In these situations, we always, always recommend a winch installation.

    Winches are becoming increasingly popular because they make fixture maintenance so much easier. Especially in the examples of situations previously given, in stairwells or in high ceilings means the reliance on a ladder is necessary and it can be difficult to reach a fixture if it high and out of the way.

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    Fixtures hung on a winch can be easily lowered down to put a manageable height where light bulbs can be changed and the fixture itself has been cleaned. For more information on winches, please read our blog about winches which you can find by clicking here, and for all of our winch products please click here.

  8. Chandeliers and fixtures are available in different styles and designs, which can be intimidating and daunting for those that have no idea what they are after. There can be different fixtures for different purposes and different placement. For more information on different fixture types, please go to our blog article by clicking here.
  9. A lot of the time when buying ceiling lights, that will be what is the main focus. However with many light fixtures, there is also the option of having wall lights and floor lights which match the design so that the whole interior would be consistent. You may be in need of wall lights or a floor light for extra light specifically in one area of a room. So have a look out for the matching items that are available in the same design.

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  10. Installing fixtures can be a big ask; especially if they are large lights and are in a place that isn’t particularly accessible. You may be working with electricians or be working on your own but just make sure you are aware of what it takes to install a fixture and if it is possible. chandelier installations

    At Classical Chandeliers we do offer an installation service where we can come to your home to install the fixture for you, but we are also happy to give advice over the phone or emails. So please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any queries or questions.

  11. Finally, there can be many options and choices available to purchase, and as with anything there is fashions. Fashions as to what is popular and on trend for a certain amount of time, we recommend wherever possible to avoid going with the trends. This is because a lot of these trends aren’t long lasting and if you buy a quality fixture they can be expensive, so you don’t want to purchase something that won’t be fashionable or popular for a long time. Aim for longevity when considering which fixture to purchase.

We hope these 10 tips will help you on your way to choosing which fixture you are going to purchase, but if not we are always more than happy to chat to you to further help you wherever we can.

How to choose your perfect Chandelier

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We realise that choosing a chandelier or fixture for your home is rarely an easy task; there are so many different variations and options to choose from – things that you may never have even considered before you began your search for the perfect fixture to complete a room.

The purpose of this article is to help identify some of the variations you can get when looking at purchasing a fixture, what they mean and what they will mean for you. And if this article isn’t enough and doesn’t make it crystal clear for you, we are always more than happy to listen and answer any other questions you may have – either via the phone or email! Please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Before ANYTHING else, you need to know the size of your room/landing/stairwell/wherever you are planning on having a fixture hung. This is so essential in ensuring the chandelier is the right size for the room, too small and it will be swallowed up, too big and it will take over the room! For more information, please click here to see a previous article all about instructions on how to find out and more!

Once you know the size of the fixture you will need, the fun then starts! A lot of fixtures are available in different finishes. The finish is the colour and shine that the fixture can have. Depending on its availability, our chandeliers are available in antique gold, antique nickel, brushed gold, gold and nickel. As well as being able to change the finish of the chandelier, you can also change the finish of the candle tubes to either match or contrast the chandelier finish, however these are only available in antique gold, glass, gold finish or nickel.

To clarify the different colour finishes please see the table below:

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Crystal types can be confusing too; many chandeliers come with the added option of choosing which crystals you would like on your chandelier.

This doesn’t mean the shape or size of them will change (although even that can sometimes be altered) but it means that the clarity and quality of the crystal can be. All the chandeliers that Classical Chandeliers sell have a high quality crystal – ranging from 24% Pbo to Swarovski elements, but there are different attributes which make the quality of them differ. In order to establish what these are, we need to go back to distinguishing what crystals actually are.

200Crystals are formed when lead is added to glass. The lead in the crystals is what refracts the light to create rainbows. With this in mind, 24% Pbo and 30% Pbo are the percentage of how much lead is in the crystal; the higher the percentage of lead in the crystal, the higher the refraction properties the crystal has.

902_4inchSwarovski crystals are the other type of crystals that are frequently seen in fixtures. These are the highest quality you can get due to the production and processes that are involved in making them; they are made in Austria and are machine cut. Swarovski spectra is lowest on Swarovski’s scale of crystals but is by no means of bad quality! Swarovski spectra in non-leaded which means it isn’t as brilliant but still looks just as pure. The highest quality is called Swarovski elements or Swarovski strass. These are precision cut and have the highest percent of lead content available on the market at 32% Pbo. Swarovski strass is no longer available on the market, but the term may still be used so don’t get confused between the difference of Swarovski elements or strass – they are the same! However it important to note that while there may not be much difference in the crystals, except the rainbows and the way the light refracts, there will be a noticeable difference in the price.

The main variations to choose are the finish or the crystal type, however you can always change how many arms a fixture has (we offer sizes from 4 arms to 42!), the different types of glass arms, if the fixture can be dimmable or not, how long the drop length is and so many more! Our chandeliers are basically custom-made, so you can make ultimately design the chandelier you dream of yourself! If you’ve seen a picture you like but aren’t sure what the chandelier is made from of the design of it, feel free to send us a picture and we can work with you to give you a fixture that is identical or better! We look forward to hearing from you and helping you complete your space with a beautiful fixture.

 

Grand Designs Live 2016

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It has been a busy week here at Classical Chandeliers as we have been exhibiting at the annual Grand Designs Live at the ExCel exhibition centre in London! For those of you who are unaware, Grand Designs is a 9-day long exhibition where visitors can see all of the latest fashions, trends and get ideas for their own designs. It is a time where inspiration strikes and gives many people ideas that wouldn’t have even been considered previously. The exhibition is a place of endless possibilities and infinite ideas!

Full of innovative products and ideas for the kitchen, garden and even in technology, all your bases are covered at Grand Designs. Over the duration of the exhibition, we met some great people, heard about many exciting plans which we are looking forward to being a part of and had a great 9 days! You are given the opportunity to listen to talks from Kevin McCloud (the presenter of Channel 4’s Grand Designs), hear design ideas and receive great advice from designers and professionals in their fields. If you missed out don’t worry, it is an annual event!

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We enjoyed hearing about your current and future plans of what you are going to do in your homes. Just to remind you of one very important piece of advice though; you need to make sure the diameter of the fixture is fitting with the size of your room. If you have a fixture that is too small, it will be swallowed up by the room and won’t be effective at all, on the other hand, if you have a fixture that is too big, the fixture will become too overbearing and will take over the room. For more information, please follow the link to a previous blog article (http://www.classicalchandeliers.co.uk/blog/how-to-choose-the-correct-size-chandelier/) or get in touch so we can help you further.

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We had our lamp lady at the stand again this year, and she, again, attracted a lot of attention! Kevin McCloud smiled at seeing her and there were even people who took photos with her! The mosaic design with the lights in her hat that gently reflect off of the mirrors adds extra glimmer and makes her even more fantastic! This year we were actually selling her as we have 2 in stock, so if you were interested and fancied adding glamour to a space in your house, what are you waiting for?!

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The Rings of Saturn pendant fixture was a favourite and was our most bought light over the course of the show! The rings are on pivots which means that they can basically be designed by the owner – being made wider or thinner depending on design preference. The pendant can also be hung from a height as it has a 150cm maximum drop. Purchases have been made of more than one so that the light can be made into a feature and hung in a row – for example, above an island. The Rings of Saturn has been described as a modern chandelier. With a price of £97.15 (exc vat) how can you resist?!

All of the chandeliers seen at the show on our stand were available in different sizes and different finishes; we can basically custom make a chandelier for you and work with you to get exactly what you are looking for. If you have seen a chandelier somewhere that you would like, feel free to email us a picture and we can work to get you a similar fixture to the one you have previously seen.

To everyone wchandelier winche spoke to looking for stairway chandeliers or fixtures to be hung from a height, we recommended winches. A winch is such a great idea and we cannot stress the importance of having them. It is good for
ease of maintenance, cleaning and to make the fixture easily accessible should it be needed. For more information on winches, please follow the link to our blog article, (http://www.classicalchandeliers.co.uk/blog/chandelier-winches-2/) and if you would still like more information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

All of the products seen at the show are available to purchase from our website and can be seen again at our showroom. We also have about 40 other fixtures in our showroom for you to view and help you get a better idea of what you might want.

We are always available to answer any questions, help or advice you might need. We look forward to hearing from you.

Chandelier Winches

Winches are becoming more and more popular in ceiling lights and chandeliers, but a lot of the time information regarding winches is limited and potentially more confusing! This article answers some frequently asked questions to help you decide whether or not you need a winch, and to give you more information about winches.

Do I really need a chandelier winch?

To put it simply, the answer to that question is usually always yes! Winches are incredibly useful when it comes to cleaning, changing light bulbs or for the general maintenance of a ceiling light. Without a winch, depending on where the fixture is installed, specialized equipment might be needed in order to get access to it.

Which winch will I need?

There are a variety of different winches available on the market, this is to ensure they are suited for all the different types of chandeliers and light fixtures. To have a winch installed, you need to take into account various factors, for example, how much the fixture weighs, where it is going to hang and how long the drop is.

Where can I install a winch?

winch_250-12_01Winches can be installed above any fixture but they are typically installed in hallways and stairways. This is usually where access to chandeliers and fixtures are limited because of their height or position over stairs.

Obviously winches are so useful that even if the access isn’t limited, it is still helpful to have them installed for changing light bulbs or cleaning the fixtures. There generally isn’t a place where you can’t have a winch installed.

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We sell a variety of winches for such a purpose, to enswinch_150-11_03ure fixtures of all weights, sizes and heights are catered for. All winches come with a remote control unit so you can lower the winch safely and from a distance away to see how far you actually need to bring it down. There are two winches we sell that have the option of a smart lift controller keypad; this is a pad that can be put into a convenient position for you to lower the winch.

Will the winch be visible?

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Winches are expensive, are they really worth it?

Admittedly, the one off price of a winch can seem really expensive but they pay off themselves before long! Without a winch, in order to access it, the hire of scaffolding might be needed, hiring of extra people to assist is also likely in order to reach the chandelier. There are certain situations where even with the extra help, you can’t reach it properly to get good access. It is a long and expensive process to service a chandelier without a winch. However with a winch, it makes everything much easier, safer and in the long run it is cheaper without giving you limited access.

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fixture, they enhance it! If the light is dimmable, there is no cause for concern because there are winches which will support this and allow the chandelier to be dimmed. They are easy to install and can usually be wired straight to the existing wiring. So what are you waiting for? We can’t sing the praises of winches enough! They are so useful and, when we have a cleaning job, it is always a much pleasanter job if there are winches involved! For the range of winches we have available please go to our website and for more information or to talk to someone about winches more, please get in touch.

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Different Chandelier Types

Choosing a chandelier can be difficult and confusing, especially when there are so many different types and choices with a variety of different names. We are here to help you become more knowledgeable in anything and everything you might need to know to help you make a perfect choice!

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The most common lighting fixture is the pendant. Pendant’s are the most common and are universal in the sense that they can be hung in every room. They are available in a variety of differentpendant 2 colours and sizes. The length of the pendant can also be adjusted so that they suit the ceiling height of any room perfectly. They are versatile and give off good light. It has become popular recently to use pendants in kitchens especially, mainly because they give good light and hang over islands perfectly. Bottom line is, you can’t go wrong with a pendant!

A drum chandelidrumer has a similar design as a pendant but is combined with a chandelier to add extra glamour. The fixture usually features 1 or more shades where it either surrounds the entire light or just one. A drum fixture gives off a warm light because the lamp shade prevents it from being harsh, it is also easy to install or remove which gives an added advantage. Drum lights tend to be used in small spaces or where focused light might be needed. The combination of the extra sparkle makes them desirable and the simplicity of the pendant gives them a practicality that not many other fixtures can offer which is why drum chandeliers are often very popular.

Chandeliers themselves are available with three different types of arms; glass arms, decorated glass arms and metal arms. Glass arms are the most common arm used in chandeliers because they complement the crystals and sparkle at the same as not detracting from their overall glamour. Decorated glass arms are much more exquisite and elegant (also expensive) because the way they are decorated matches the design of the chandelier perfectly. The items available on our website which have decorated glass arms are breath-taking in their design and style. The decorated glass arms add aspects to the chandelier that you didn’t even kn
ow were missing until you see it! Finally metal arms give a c
onventional feel; they have a flowing design and are very versatile as they suit both residential and conventional properties. Crystals are hung from the metal arms which add sparkle and the arms are available in different finishes which adds even more versatility and differentiates them from plain normal lighting.

As just discussed, chandeliers have a variety of different arm options, but crystal chandeliers have an even large variety of styles! Basket and bag chandeliers are quite similar in their designs but are at the same time quite different (just to confuse you! But when you see pictures you’ll understand!). Bag chandeliers are circular fixtures which tend to be either flush or semi flush. They have a traditional style and are also available in different finishes making them slightly more versatile. Crystals are hung off the bag chandeliers to emphasise the shape of them as well as give more sparkle. Basket chandeliers have a very similar design but they are much longer in length and can have 2 different aspects to them. Designs of basket chandeliers can also escalate so that they are exquisite and basketvery varied, these tend to be more elaborate and obviously expensive! Overall though, both basket and bag chandeliers have a classical and grand look to them.

Chaton chandeliers have a similar design to many other chandeliers, except the crystal type that is used on them; chaton chandeliers are, funnily enough, covered in chaton crystals! These crystals are a type of Swarovski crystal and can literally be wrapped around the arms of chandeliers to add glamour and elegance.

Spider’s Web chandeliers have a similar element in the sense that they are very sparkly and glamorous because of their design; the design is often described as a spiders web, or in some people’s opinions it has been said that the fixture looks like a upside down umbrella! This fixture is ideal for use in rooms where ceiling height may be restricted but glamour and sparkle is still wanted within the room.  The addition of coloured grapes can even be used to add extra colour and complement colour schemes.
A waterfall fixture basically says it in the name; the waterfall fixture is a ceiling light which has crystals
draping off it in the design and style of a waterfall. Twaterfall 2his gives it an elegant feel. The great thing about the waterfall is that it varies so much in size and design that this style light could literally go anywhere! There are really long fixtures which look stunning in stairwells or much smaller ones which are semi-flush to ceilings and add glamour to any room.

There is nothing larger or more glamourous than palatial chandeliers though. These are extravagant light fixtures that are, as they are so rightly named, fit for palaces! They are enormous with many outstanding features. Due to their size, palatial chandeliers are more often used in commercial properties, large foyers or stairwells – spaces that would optimise and complement the chandelier.

Maria Theresa chandeliers might not be as large in size, but they have a very classic design. Maria Theresa chandeliers were named to commemorate the coronation of the Czech queen Maria Theresa in 1743. It has a rigid frame which is curved into a variety of designs and creates the illusion that it is made entirely of glass. Longevity and beauty are inherent throughout this style.

The cage chancagedelier is another fixture that has a rigid frame; the cage is so called because it doesn’t actually have a central rod, instead the arms spread out evenly in a way that resembles a bird cage. Crystals are then hung decoratively over these arms to create different patterns, designs and shapes. This is a unique style chandelier that is different but just as effective; crystals of different shapes and sizes arguably give the sense that each fixture is different.

Another chandelier which is very historical is the corona, just by looking at it can you see where the influence comes from! Corona chandeliers date back from the 9th century and have a very medieval style. They tend to be fairly simplistic and plain in colour – usually black. The simplistic design mirrors the original chandeliers which had a circular ring and candles off of that and he chains similarly reflect and emphasise this whole theme and design.antler

Antler chandeliers are unique in design and taste, and tend to be made from either deer, elk or moose antlers. The size of antler chandeliers can increase with the introduction of more tiers. They are rustic and would match the interiors of similar themed homes or cabins. It is typical that you would find these chandeliers in mountain or hunting lodges.

tiffanyFinally, at a complete contrast Tiffany fixtures resemble stained glass windows, they are beautiful designs and were originally part of the Art Nouveau movement. Created in 1895, their designs use a combination of flowers and shapes to create colourful, bright and beautiful patterns. It isn’t often that you will find Tiffany designs in ceiling lights, they are usually in lamps however we have a variety of different shaped Tiffany style ceiling lights which would brighten up a room.tiffany 2

We hope these descriptions shed some light on the different types of chandeliers and what they all look like, where they would best be used and that in some way, they help you decide which style you’d like to have. If you have any other questions or would like more information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch – we are always happy to help as we know it can be a daunting task!

Tanzania 2015

It’s that time again! An annual visit to Tanzania with the charity The Grassroots Trust!
Unfortunately Renata wasn’t able to go this year due to other commitments, but I went instead. And I must say, it was nice to get away from the cold frosty weather and be in the sun for 2 weeks!

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It wasn’t all fun and games however, there is an increased number of children that are on the scheme, and all of these needed to be interviewed in the same amount of time as in previous trips; an agenda and schedule was put together, and it was almost unbelievable that on paper we seemed to be able to fit it in.. Now it was time to see if this schedule would work.

The Grassroots Trust has been working in Tanzania for many years, building relationships and getting a reputation within the community for doing what they say they’ll do. Education in Tanzania isn’t free, and with a lot of disease and lack of jobs, many families don’t have much income. Many children don’t actually have both parents, if any and are looked after by their grandparents. So you can imagine how difficult it is for families to pay for a child’s education alongside already struggling to pay for everything else.

12250098_10156053708540538_5757886153592313404_nHealthcare also isn’t free in Tanzania so a lot of family’s have illness which goes untreated and can lead to death – especially in new-borns where they are prone to malnutrition. When I was there actually, we found out about a 4 year old that had sadly died within the last couple of months. Grassroots works to prevent situations like this from occurring, but sadly they still happen, however thankfully they are becoming less common.

There are 12 locations which Grassroots works in to help families and children with their education and health. These locations are all very spread out, and are very different in appearance. From rich green areas, to small locations where the buildings are falling down but in each location it is the children who are the most memorable. The children have such a love of life and a joy despite their circumstances that it is infectious. It is evident as well how thankful and appreciative the family is of the help and support that Grassroots are giving them.

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This year there was a team of 16 people who went on the trip; the ages ranged from 20’s into 60’s. The other aspect of a trip is that you spend time with people you wouldn’t normally mix with or even meet. The time in Tanzania is intense and hard work but you learn more about yourself and you come home with lifelong memories and a desire in your heart to continue returning to Tanzania and volunteering on these trips to help the children and their families.  It is genuinely a life changing experience.