In days gone by, chandeliers were only seen in grand buildings. Made from crystal, they were very expensive and usually very large. In the days before electricity, chandeliers were lit by candles. With the advent of electric light, some of the very grand chandeliers held large numbers of bulbs and consumed a great deal of electricity.
Today, chandeliers are not only affordable, they can also be eco-friendly and inexpensive to run if LED bulbs are used instead of incandescents. Traditional style chandeliers are still popular and come in a range of sizes. Many contemporary chandeliers are also available and make a remarkable design statement in the modern home.
With the range available, you can now have chandeliers throughout your house. While they look stunning in a hallway and add a touch of class to your reception rooms, chandeliers can transform your bedrooms too. Some come with a matching range of wall lights, which are ideal for larger rooms or if you want some feature lighting.
Before buying a chandelier, it’s a good idea to take into account the room size and its use. You must also consider your ceiling height. A small cottage with low ceilings might not be suitable for hanging a chandelier if you don’t have enough headroom. It’s important the chandelier is in proportion to the room. Too large and the room will be dominated, too small and it will appear insignificant. If you’re not sure what size you need, take a look at this article for advice on chandelier sizes.
You will also have to take into account the amount of light you’ll need. If you want a more subtle light, check if your intended chandelier is suitable for use with a dimmer switch. Dimmable LEDs are now available, so you won’t have to rely on incandescent bulbs.
Once your chandelier is in place, don’t forget to keep it clean. If allowed to get dusty, the light won’t reflect from the crystal and much of its effect will be lost. You can expect to have to clean your chandelier once a year to keep it looking as good as new.