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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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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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Make Your Living Room Complete With Chandelier Lighting Fixtures

Image 4 ChandelierNo living space is ever complete without chandelier lighting fixtures. These decorative ignitions add splendor and elegance to your room. Whether it’s a house, hotel, restaurant or office, chandeliers can bring more glamor and serenity to your room décor.
Chandeliers are highly efficient and enhance the appearance of your space without adding much to your energy bill. Contemporary display lightings not only boost existing décor but also acme your favorite objects. They can be mounted on ceiling walls or floors to complement your indoor ornamentation.

Track lighting creates a sleek and modern ambiance that can be utilized in both residential and commercial sceneries. The lighting fixture boasts of minimal voltage with numerous mounting options. It’s available in bronze, satin nickel, wrought iron, brass, and crystal finishes.

The magic of ornament pendant lamps

Lighting is an essential component for any well-designed space. How you light your room relates directly to your personality and style; it has a huge impact on its appearance, so choosing the best design can be helpful. Overhead pendant lights, stylish standing lights, and trendy table lamps are sure to transform your home into a gathering place.
The right lighting fixture gives your space the perfect finishing touch, from rustic to ultra-modern styles. But for a fashionable and timeless look, you just can’t beat like the flawless chandeliers. This type of decorative lighting is a typically an incredible addition to any room. In addition to creating the best place, they can add an extra layer to an elegantly designed space.

Track lighting has a dramatic effect that can be customized to illuminate your living room or specific artwork and redefine its appearance. Besides, you can also access a wide range of outdoor lightings that serve different purposes. From wall sconces, floor lamps, pool lamps, to chandeliers, courtyard lighting, pool lamps, and pendant light, you get readily get them all. Make a wise decision today and get yourself the best chandeliers on the market. With the numerous colors and designs available, there’s always something for everyone.

These popular lighting fixtures are also perfect for illuminating outside ambiance that makes you feel as if you’re indoors. It entails a moveable or still stone base that offers a reassuring and comfortable lighting for porticos, green areas, and terrace tables.

Your living room needs a powerful lighting fixture

Image 5 ChandelierIf you want something more modern and innovative, then ornament pendant lamps can be the perfect solution for you. The decorative technique features unique elements that perfectly complement the charm of your space. It’s also composed of UV protective elements that make it suitable for use in outdoor sceneries. By switching to energy saving chandeliers, you’ll save considerable amount money as well as turn your ordinary home into one that’s worth appreciating.

Find something that matches your sense of style and customize it to meet your personal desires. That way, you will love it your entire life. Nothing makes your day better than an elegant, inviting home.

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The Power Of Chandeliers

Image 1 ChandelierAre you looking for a contemporary take on a top-notch style or an antique design with bronze arms? The numerous selections offered by chandeliers can be the perfect solution for you! With this form of decorative lighting, you can choose from several light fixtures including, dangling crystals, fabric or glass lampshades, and multiple pendants. Regardless of what your living room needs, you’ll be sure to find something that finely matches your existing décor. Chandeliers are an incredible choice for homeowners who want a timeless light fixture.

For a stylish and streamlined space, a sophisticated chandelier in polished chrome or brushed nickel will create a silk and fashionable décor scheme. If you want something classic, install ornate hanging lightings (copper or black) in your foyer where it can easily be seen by your friends and family. Dive into a tropical paradise by hanging a brass-based chandelier in your bathroom.

Chandeliers let you express your personality
Image 2 ChandelierOver the past decade, light fixtures have transmuted from wrought iron candleholders to electric candelabras, luminous glass, dazzling crystals, and elegant options with shades. Nevertheless, the best style for your living room is one that directly represents your personal fashion and taste. Chandeliers are an excellent way to decorate your home and let your personality shine through an exclusive design.

With dependable manufacturers designing both large and small chandeliers in many different shapes, sizes, finishes, and styles than ever before, these decorative lightings have constantly evolved over the years. And this ensures that you’ll always find something that perfectly suits your home. Your selection is not just about getting a beautiful light fixture; it’s also about expressing your personality to friends and family members.

Style options for your home
• Modern- these chandeliers feature clean designs, subtle patterns, and clean designs that finely complement various home decors.
• Glass- encompass sleek designs, clean lines, and smooth finishes that provide exceptional transitional home decors.
• Antique- incorporates timeless designs, decorative patterns, and cultured textures that work together to generate old-school charm.

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There are also several finishes you can choose from; crystal, bronze, wrought iron, satin nickel, and brass. Chandeliers add elegance and style to your living space, but choosing the right hanging light fixture can be tricky. The appropriate size is proportional to the surface area of the space; be certain to find a design that perfectly fits your home to get the best decorative lighting.

Do you want a contemporary or antique hanging light fixture with sparkling ornaments and elegant brass arms? Then the vast array of beautifully designed, high-quality chandeliers offered by trusted manufacturers can be the perfect solution for you.

Chandeliers work like magic
While most people think of decorative lighting as an additional layer, it’s actually an essential element that can bring more life into your rooms. They can add a touch of intricacy and appeal to your home, office, hotels, restaurants, and other venues. Whether you need indoor or outdoor light fixtures, they can greatly help in enhancing style and sophistication of the décor. From impressive balloons with chandeliers to cozy outdoor lights strung through branches, you’ll be able to set the perfect mood for your space.

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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How to choose the correct size Chandelier

There are many decisions involved in choosing your perfect chandelier! A chandelier is the visual focal point of any room. This article is aimed to help make some of those decisions easier but initially focusing on the fundamental question “How to choose the correct size Chandelier”.

Firstly, you need to know the size of the room. This is because the size of the chandelier depends on the size of the room.

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If the chandelier is too small:

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If the chandelier is too big:

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Once you know the size of the room, to calculate the diameter of a light fixture you add the length and the width of the room together in ft in order to get the diameter in inches.

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e.g 4ft + 5ft = 9” in diameter.

And what about the ceiling height? The ceiling height is also taken into consideration to ensure you get the perfect sized chandelier.

A standard ceiling height is 8ft. For this, the chandelier will ideally need to have a height of 20-24 inches.

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One general rule for ceilings is that you multiply the ceiling height (ft) by 2.5-3 inches to get the perfect height of the chandelier.

Using this rule as a guideline, for a ceiling height of 9ft, the height of the chandlier should be between 22.5 and 27 inches.

More than 1 Light Fixture:

Some rooms can already have more than one light fixture, this isn’t a problem! You should probably go for 2 similar chandeliers. To calculate the diameter for a room that has 2 light fixtures, you simply half the length of the room and then use the same process.

E.g. for a room of 18ft by 20ft, you would half that to 2 rooms of 18ft by 10ft.
So the diameter for 2 chandeliers would be 28”.

For Dining Rooms:

A table is the focal point of a Dining Room, so the desired effect of a light fixture would be to compliment the table. To do this, a chandelier is usually expected to be ½ or 2/3 of the size of the table.

For an average dining table (80 cm high), the height of the light fixture should be between 3-4 ft above the table. It is obviously important for you to be able to see the other person across the table from you!

For Staircases/Hallways:

In staircases and hallways the guidelines aren’t as relevant because in both of these two situations the chandelier will be the main focus.

For calculating the diameter however, the guidelines could be helpful but aren’t as strict.

The chandelier can set the tone for the rest of the house so the aesthetics of the chandelier are important when in these two places. You should make sure the colour scheme matches the rest of the house as well as the style of the chandelier (for example shouldn’t have a classical chandelier in a contemporary house).

When it comes to staircases, if there is a walkway under the staircase the chandelier should be 7ft from the ground. In any other case, the chandelier can be as close to the ground as you want.

As a room, the hallway doesn’t have much of a purpose, so the light fixture in this room has the potential to be as extravagant as you might like. The lighting in the hallway would be an introduction to the house and would ultimately set the tone.

Some of the variety of Stairwell Chandeliers we sell can be available to view if you follow the link.

We hope this helps you with your Chandelier choosing!

Black Chandelier

There are many applications for a black chandeliers, however one must be careful as some interiors are more suitable than others.

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All designs are governed by your personal preference and the art is finding a designer on your wave length.  Lighting and chandeliers in particular are neglected within the interior design industry and it is the one aspect of design that even the top designers get wrong.

Now I have a question, which picture do you prefer, a) or b)?

Picture a)

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Picture b)

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Design a) is what I would call top light bottom heavy and due to the strong black and white design, borders on clinical.  This is due to several lighting design errors.  I shall start with the table corner.  As this corner is not a prominent rectangle you should not use two lights in a row, ironically you can use any number of lights but two.  Also the size is wrong and the light fitting simply disappears and doesn’t do anything to support the design.  The high ceiling in this room is a great feature and all this table corner needs is a waterfall

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with perhaps a few black trimmings splashed in

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to blend in with the design.

The main area needs quite a large chandelier to dress the ceiling, preferably black to lift the focus up and therefore balance the strength.

It is also the case in the picture below where the ceiling fixtures are way too obscure.

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A little black chandelier simply lines the ceiling and blends in the design.

Now the image below.  The bar area can not be faulted, however why would anyone put the little grey ball in is beyond me.  The light must be much larger, black and if possible above the table.

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The ceiling light in this room is too small, short, insignificant, wrong design …. in fact you couldn’t go any worse.  Chandelier for this room should be of a traditional design, black with a modern twist as per the adjusted image.

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Please take great care when choosing your chandeliers as it is way too easy to get it wrong.

If you are not sure ask a specialist to advice you.