A chandelier is defined as "a branched, decorative lighting fixture that holds a number of bulbs or candles and is suspended from a ceiling." This definition is right on the money, since chandeliers truly add a dramatic decorative element to a room. In fact, chandeliers are known for enhancing the beauty of a dining area, and when the light is dimmed, a soft, glowing atmosphere similar to candlelight is created. Some chandeliers even come with the option of candles instead of lights. The chandelier you choose will depend on the decor of your room and on the electrical outlets available. You may need to hire an electrician to do some wiring to accommodate the needs of the chandelier you want.
Popular Chandelier Types:
- Wrought iron
- Candle chandeliers
- Art Deco
Things to Consider
- Chandeliers are not for bathrooms, as they are not waterproof and would require waterproof wiring; that's not one of the safest options around. It's better to refrain from installing chandeliers in bathrooms.
- Chandelier cleaning tip: Always remember to turn off the electricity before cleaning a chandelier. If dusting won't suffice, put down some old newspaper and spray the chandelier with a weak mixture of washing-up liquid and warm water. Allow it to run off along with the dirt.
- Consider dressing up your chandelier chain. Dress up the hanging wire by covering it in a narrow sleeve of fabric. The sleeve should be three times the length of the wire for a gathered look.
- Use low-wattage bulbs in a chandelier over a dining room table, as higher-wattage bulbs can create too much heat and make you and your guests feel too warm.
- Try adding shades to chandelier candelabra bulbs or a wall dimmer to help you control the light and set a more flattering mood.
Chandelier Hanging Tips:
- A chandelier hung in the dining room must be placed above the middle of the dining table, in the center of the room.
- It is best to buy a chandelier that is about a foot narrower than your dining table.
- Chandeliers hung in the lobby can be broad and longer than ones used in dining rooms.
- Hang a chandelier approximately 30 to 34 inches over a table with an 8-foot ceiling height. If your ceiling is higher than 8 feet, mount the chandelier an additional 3 inches higher for each foot of ceiling.