Your home deserves the special look and feel that only a chandelier can provide. It's like having the sky and stars on your ceiling. Chandeliers have been around almost as long as candles. In fact, the first chandeliers were simply two wooden cross beams hanging from the ceiling with candles mounted to them.
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Fifty years ago, chandeliers were only for the very rich or used in fancy ballrooms. These days chandeliers are available for every room and every budget. There are, however, some things you must know before you choose a chandelier for your home. To learn more, read on.
The first thing for you to do is pick the room. Or rooms. Chandeliers are used in foyers, dining rooms, dens, kitchens, living rooms and hallways. Anywhere, really, that you have enough clearance from the ceiling. If space is a problem, there is also a whole selection of mini chandeliers.
When deciding where to put your chandelier, keep in mind that chandeliers are as much decorative as they are a light source. Of course, you can always put in brighter bulbs, but it'll never be as energy efficient as a direct lighting source. But, it'll look a lot better. Speaking of bulbs, it's a really good idea to when you choose a chandeliers to e sure it uses standard bulbs. Some require specialized bulbs that can be quite difficult, and expensive, to find when you need them.
Generally speaking, mini chandeliers measure 20 inches or less in diameter. These mostly go in bathrooms, over kitchen islands, or over small dining areas.
Any chandelier measuring up to 36 inches is considered medium. This is the size you will most likely wind up using in your home. It's perfect for dining rooms, bedrooms and foyers.
And then there are the big guys – usually called foyer chandeliers. These are anything bigger than 36 inches. And they get much, much larger. This is what you'd use if you have a grand entrance central hallway with a raised ceiling, or any other really large space.
Size is not the only thing to consider, however. If you're putting a chandelier over a table, a good rule of thumb is that it should be at least 30 inches above the table surface. The height of the chandelier itself is usually about 3 inches for each foot of room height. So if the ceiling is 12 feet high, the chandelier itself might be around 36 inches from the surface.
When the chandelier is being hung in an open space, not over a table, it's lowest point should be at least 9 feet above the ground. If you have a room with a high ceiling, consider a multi-tiered chandelier design to fill the space. It will look grand.
Choosing the style of your new chandelier, is of course, a personal decision. The looks range from antique crystal to sleek modern metal, with everything in between.
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You get to pick the material from which the chandelier is made. This is an important decision, because the required maintenance will vary greatly depending on which you choose. Let's face it, no chandelier is going to be easy to keep clean and dust free. But some metals, brass in particular, require regular polishing to maintain their luster.