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Chandeliers for Dining Room, Living Room, Bedroom, and More: A chandelier is the center piece of any room be it a foyer, dining room, living room or even a kitchen. Chandeliers can even increase the value of your home. The choice of one of these beautiful lighting fixtures should be well thought out. Today, chandeliers come in many styles and materials. FineHomeLamps.com offers a selection of chandeliers in all styles, colors and materials and at discount prices. We also offer our useful visualization service that allows you to see your selection in your room before you buy. Please Call for Best Price – we may be able to provide an additional discount. And we always stand behind our lighting and home decor products.
Chandelier lighting is one of the oldest types of lighting.
The word ‘’chandelier’’ comes from the French ‘chandelle’’ and it means ‘’candle holder.’’ And that it was for many centuries. Only the higher class could afford one and it came to be a status symbol. Today chandelier lighting is still one of the most respected and sought after forms of lighting. And not only the upper crust can afford them. There’s a chandelier in most price ranges.
CHANDELIER DIAMETER – Here is an easy rule of thumb to determine the diameter needed for a chandelier for a room that is 8 feet in height. Add the length and width of the room together in feet and use inches: For example, you have a room that is 14 foot wide + 18 foot deep = 32. The approximate chandelier size diameter should be around 32 inches.
Another way to determine dining table chandelier size diameter: The width of the chandelier should be 1/2 to 3/4 the width of the table. Therefore, a 48 inch wide dining table should have a fixture that is 24 – 36 inches in diameter.
CHANDELIER HEIGHT – Determine height of ceiling. Assume here that ceiling is 8 feet in height. Multiply height by 2.5 and 3. This indicates a chandelier height range between 20 – 24 inches. This rule of thumb applies to 8 foot ceilings. Taller ceilings can take a taller height.
For a room with an 8 foot tall ceiling, a chandelier located over a dining table or kitchen island should have 30 – 32 inches between the table top and the bottom of the fixture. For high ceilings, add 3″ for every foot of additional height. Where there is no table beneath the fixture, such as in foyers or living rooms, provide at least 7 feet of clearance below the chandelier lighting fixture.
A good rule of thumb when planning your lighting for a room with an 8 foot ceiling height is to multiply the square footage of the room by 1.5 to determine the minimum amount of ambient (general) lighting needed for the space in watts. When you need task lighting or strong lighting intensity – multiply the square footage by 2.5.
If your dining room is 14 x 18 feet, then 252 SF x 1.5 = 378 Watts. If each bulb is 40 watts, then 378 / 40 = a chandelier with approximately 9 to 10 bulbs would be needed. But, there are typically other lighting sources in play such as table lamps or recessed lights, so a chandelier with a lower number of bulbs may be suitable.
Also, keep in mind that this is an approximation. Another factor to consider is whether the room colors are dark or light. Dark spaces would need more light. Also, there will be times when a higher intensity of lighting is desired, so a chandelier with more bulbs may be desired. For maximum flexibility, install a dimmer with the dining room chandelier.
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When buying a large chandelier pay attention to the diameter size. A chandelier should have at least 4 feet of space between it and nearby walls or cabinets. If your ceiling is rather low don’t buy a chandelier that will come down too far. A chandelier that hangs too low takes up a great deal of visual space especially if it’s over a table.
When we hear the word “chandelier” we usually think of large glittery lighting fixtures dripping with crystal. While many still are very formal crystal affairs, chandeliers can be contemporary, rustic, modern – you name it! There’s a chandelier style for every home, room, style, and owner personality. They are often made of iron or wood. We think of these are being new, but the first chandeliers were usually made of iron or wood.
Although elegant chandeliers used to be most often gold or brass, they can now be found in bronze, Old World silver, iron, and black to name just a few. One of the most popular is wrought iron which is very versatile and can take the form of a contemporary fixture or a very rustic French country or colonial chandelier. The epitome of grace and charm, the crystal chandelier, shimmers as the light reflects off the crystal and for this reason they are still the preferred style many people.
Once upon a time an ornate formal chandelier in the kitchen would have looked very odd to most of us. But even the most ornate chandelier looks right at home in the beautiful kitchens of today. If your kitchen is not of the elegant gender don’t despair, there are chandeliers in a style, size, and finish that will look tailor made for your kitchen. Today’s bathrooms are just as elegant and opulent as any other room. Chandeliers in the bath are the natural choice.
While traditional chandeliers are rather large for small areas, the mini chandeliers answer the need for the beauty and ambient lighting of a chandelier in compact places. There are mini chandelier lighting for small kitchens, baths, dressing rooms, tub alcoves, small dining areas, and bedrooms – anywhere you want a little glamour.
A pendant chandelier is a fixture that usually has one bulb per globe. The globes are attached to one ceiling outlet – rather than individual outlets for each globe.
If you want something a little different than the usual chandelier, consider a pendant chandelier. These beautiful small hanging chandeliers can provide a very exciting look in virtually any room, including over a kitchen island for both task and ambient lighting.
Chandeliers on Sale at Fine Home Lamps: Featuring top names brands such as Wildwood Lamps, Chelsea House, Frederick Cooper, Uttermost, and Decorative Crafts. We offer a wide spectrum of prices, from affordable to high end chandeliers.
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