Before You Buy a Chandelier
A chandelier can be hung in the traditional places: above your dining table, foyer or entryway. It is worth looking at any location where you can hang a chandelier. If your bedroom has a higher ceiling, it might be able to accommodate a chandelier. There are many styles of chandeliers that can be matched to any style of decorating, from medieval to modern.
How big should it be?
The size of a chandelier should be proportional to the space. An 18″ to 24 inches in size chandelier might be suitable for a 12 foot by the 12-foot dining room. A 2 to 3-foot chandelier might be appropriate for an entry hall with a high ceiling and minimal furniture. Keep in mind that the room’s diameter will determine the height of your chandelier. Although the proportions of each style will vary, larger chandeliers will typically hang lower than smaller ones.
Is it going to need special support?
Chandeliers with crystals and other fixtures are typically heavier than most others. You will need to install an electrical box if the chandelier weighs more than 15 lbs.
It’s the same box. It will be made of metal and include a message like “Rated for fan support” in the center. These boxes can hold light fixtures up to 150 pounds. You will need special mounting hardware if your chandelier is heavier than 150 pounds.
One exception is the case. One exception is when you have gas lighting pipes that are not being used anymore. You can use an ordinary electrical box to protect the electrical connections and to support your chandelier. The electrical box is placed over the gas pipe and secured with locknuts. The hickey is then threaded onto the pins. The threaded electrical nibble, a hollow piece made of “all-thread”, is screwed to the top and bottom of the chandelier. Finally, nuts are used to secure the bulbs in place. This mounting method is recommended for chandeliers that weigh less than 150 pounds.
How far down should it hang?
Your chandelier should be low enough to provide good lighting but high enough not to block the view. If you plan to hang your chandelier where people can walk under it, its lowest point should not be lower than 7 feet above the floor. It might be as high as 10 feet overhead in a foyer. Most people find that hanging the chandelier over a dining table is a good idea. The bottom should be between 30 and 36 inches above the table.
What’s the Deal with Crystals on Chandeliers
Crystals were not invented for chandeliers, which have been around for hundreds of years. Clear glass was first invented in the 15th century. Lead crystal glass was created in 1675. They were too expensive to use in chandeliers. Glassmakers began to make lead crystal less costly in the eighteenth century. The “crystal chandelier”, as it was known, emerged.
Crystal chandeliers were popularized for two reasons once they became cheaper. The first is that crystal chandeliers are attractive because of the way they look. A second, more practical reason is that lead crystal sparkles. It scatters light. The light was produced at the time by candles. The chandelier became a more efficient light fixture by adding crystals to scatter and catch the light.
Neither lead nor glass is particularly light. True lead crystal chandeliers are heavier than those without crystals and will need more support than ordinary hanging fixtures.