Chandeliers have been around for centuries and originally were multiple armed fixtures that held candles. Today, these light fixtures have evolved greatly and don’t necessarily have multiple arms, though they do almost always have multiple sources of light. Despite their antiquity in age, these particular ceiling fixtures are set to be one of the most trendiest light fixtures in recent years, being used in every room from the bathroom to the bedroom and into the living room.
Despite popular misconception, chandeliers were more about wealth than about actual function. In fact, although their design was quite clever, it was difficult to keep the candles lit and these light fixtures could prove to be quite dangerous if anything around them (including the fixture itself) were to catch fire.
Today’s chandeliers are significantly safer, with many options using LEDs and other energy efficient light bulbs that produce less heat, as well as other factors that make these light fixtures safe all-around.
When using a chandelier in any room, including the traditional dining room setting, it is important to take note of the room’s overall scale. You do not want to choose a chandelier, or any light fixture for that matter, that is too large to fit the space.
What Size Chandelier Do I Need?
With scale, comes wondering what size chandelier you actually need. These light fixtures are surprisingly easy to work with, especially when trying to determine the overall size needed for any given space.
To determine the proper size for a chandelier, you’ll need to add the length and the width of the room. The number you get after adding these two figures is the diameter of your chandelier.
For example, let’s say the bedroom is twelve by twelve feet in size. Twelve plus twelve equals twenty-four and therefore, the light fixture should be twenty-four inches in diameter. Another example, the bathroom is six by eight, which is a total of fourteen. Therefore, a bathroom of that size could handle a chandelier up to fourteen inches.
When buying chandeliers after you’ve determined what size you need, you’ll need to keep in mind a few key factors: the difference between chandeliers and chandelettes. For comparison’s sake, chandelettes may also go by the name of pendalette, in which the pendant light features multiple articles similar to the chandelier. These light fixtures are generally the same, despite the different names.
That being said, a chandelier is any multiple armed or multiple light source hanging ceiling fixture that is at least twelve inches in diameter. Chandelettes are smaller in size at anywhere from nine to twelve inches. Light fixtures that are smaller than nine inches are pendant lights. So always take note of the dimensions on the box before you purchase!
Finally, don’t forget to choose a chandelier that suits the overall style of the room that it resides in. While the term ‘chandelier’ often brings to mind a grand, glittering crystal-accented piece, this particular style isn’t suited for every room.
Fortunately, there are a number of different styles for this light fixture from modern to contemporary, traditional to elegant, chandeliers that feature European details and everything in between. There is a chandelier to suit every style of decor, so don’t give up just because you don’t find something on the first try at your local home improvement store! Images 1| 2| 3
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