Lighting up the home is one of the most important steps in creating the perfect ambiance, and one of the best ways to accomplish this is with crystal chandeliers.
What Should I Think About When I Am Considering Installing Chandeliers In My Home?
In general, a chandelier is a considered to be a hanging fixture that holds either bulbs or candles. It is usually suspended from the ceiling and can come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors and styles. It is important to know what to consider before buying any type of chandelier, including crystal. Here are nine tips to help with your decision.
Installing a Crystal Chandeliers should be done by a licensed electrician who is a professional and has experience.
Tip #1: Ceiling Height
Be sure you know what the height of the ceiling space is where the crystal chandelier will be placed. If the ceiling is too low, the chandelier will look awkward but if it is too high, the chandelier may look too small. Measure the height of the ceiling and plan accordingly. If your ceiling is 9 feet or higher, you might want to install a chandelier that has two tiers–after all, once it is in place, it will become the focal point of the room.
Tip #2: Decide On Space
After the ceiling height has been determined, next decide if the chandelier will be hanging over a dining room table, kitchen table or in a foyer. Remember, larger rooms tend to need larger and more intricate styles of chandeliers. Designers and electricians advise choosing a chandelier with a diameter of 12 inches less than the width of the dining table. The bottom of the chandelier should be placed 30 inches above table.
Tip #4: Color
Chandeliers can be found in various metals and finishes ranging from bronze to gold to copper so you need to make sure the chandelier you purchse blends in with the rest of the décor of the room.
Tip #5: Crystals
Crystal chandeliers tend to take more effort in terms of keeping them looking up to par. For example, the hanging crystals themselves can become cloudy, dusty and discolored after time due to sunlight, dust and smoke. Maintenance can be difficult in terms of cleaning, especially if the chandelier is in a room that has high ceilings.
Tip #6 Not Just for Foyers
Crystal chandeliers were once only hung in foyers and powder rooms, but not anymore. Current home trends find crystal chandeliers taking center stage in master bedroom suites, kitchens, outdoor gazebos, cabanas and sun rooms.
Tip #7 Add Pizazz
A crystal chandelier can not only add warmth to a room, it can exude sophistication and elegance to just about any room of the household. Depending on its design, a chandelier can also serve as a selling point for a home.
Tip #8 Lighting
Many homeowners enjoy crystal chandeliers because they can illuminate a large or small room spectacularly. Chandeliers in general should be accompanied by smaller types of lighting such as wall sconces or other accent lighting because a chandelier, on its own, may not throw enough needed light into a room.
Tip #9 Weight
Keep in mind the overall weight of the chandelier. Those heavier than 50 pounds may need to be mounted with additional hardware to make them securely attached to the ceiling.
To get started on choosing a chandelier and getting one installed call your electric service company for an electrician‘s advice.