What should I look for when looking for an ideal chandelier?
In addition to style, the three main factors in choosing a chandelier are: size/ratio, direction of light output (glare and flash), and control (dimming).
Use the "rule of thumb" method below to set the size of the chandelier to the focus of the room (whether it is not installed anywhere on the table or counter).
Measure the length and width of the room in feet.
Add these two numbers together.
The sum of these two numbers should be the diameter (in inches) of your chandelier.
This is just a guide, but it does provide a starting point. Try our chandelier sizing tool to easily find the chandelier that fits your space.
You also want to make sure that the light emitted from the luminaire is not disturbed. Nothing is worse than sitting at the table and sitting with a bright light bulb directly on your face. In which direction does the light go? Is the bulb hidden or exposed? If the bulb is exposed, consider adding a dimmer to the chandelier to control the light output.
If I am looking for a modern or modern look, which lighting trends should I focus on?
For a more modern look and design, focus on satin nickel or chrome finishes. Bronze finishes are more common in transitional installations, combining traditional and modern design elements. Modern designs tend to be chrome and satin nickel. Also look for clean lines and use the least amount of ornate decorations. Remember that your chandelier finishes and materials should also complement other finishes in your space.
How big should the chandelier in my restaurant be?
The size of the chandelier depends on the diameter and height. The number of bulbs may also affect the size. I recommend setting the diameter of the chandelier to 1/2 to 2/3 of the width of the table. Today, ordinary restaurant chandeliers are 4 to 6 inch light fixtures with a diameter of 26 to 30 inches.
Ceiling height and chandelier height should also be considered before purchase. The chandelier should hang about 30" -36" from the top of the table to the bottom of the unit itself. Too high a chandelier may end up on the table! However, if the ceiling is high, the two or three layer design may be good.
Will my chandelier be bright enough to illuminate the entire room? How much light does my chandelier really need?
Chandeliers are decorative fixtures designed to convey style and atmosphere, so don't expect your chandelier to be the main source of light in your room. This is one of the biggest mistakes you can make with a chandelier. Place a single fixture in the center of the room and expect it to fully illuminate the room, which is the cause of poor lighting. This becomes more complicated if the chandelier's light bulb is exposed, which is common to many chandeliers.
Chandeliers work best as auxiliary light sources and are even better when combined with layered lighting solutions. For example, adding embedded cans to a room, bay lighting or wall sconce is a great way to emphasize space, highlight walls, paintings, plants, countertops and cabinets.
Is there a chandelier that uses modern technology such as LEDs?
absolute. Contemporary lighting designers and manufacturers are launching incredible new LED chandeliers every day. LED technology has made great progress, so that you often can't tell the difference between LED lights and traditional incandescent lights.
Even better - some lighting designers now prefer to design with LEDs simply because they allow for some truly unique design opportunities! The LEDs are so small that the designer doesn't have to worry about hiding the light source. This means there is more freedom to experiment with forms, functions and materials.
In addition to design flexibility, other advantages of LED lighting include increased efficiency and reliability, which translates into considerable energy and cost savings. LEDs operate five times cooler than halogen bulbs and consume up to one-fifth the energy. LEDs also have a longer life than other light sources and are expected to last approximately 50,000 hours - 25 years per day for 25 years.
If I buy an LED chandelier, can I dim it to create a romantic atmosphere?
Many LED chandeliers are fully dimmable when used with compatible low voltage dimmers, but not every LED chandelier is dimmable, so you need to ask this question before you buy. Check the specifications of each fixture and refer to the manufacturer's recommendations for a compatible dimmer. Not all dimmers are suitable for all luminaires.
Is it possible to upgrade an existing chandelier to an LED or CFL (Compact Fluorescent light) without replacing the luminaire?
Upgrading chandeliers to use LEDs or CFLs is called retrofitting, which is usually but not always possible. It depends on the fixture. You can purchase many LED and CFL retrofit bulbs in a variety of shapes and mounts, but you need to keep in mind the dimming. If you connect a chandelier to a dimmer, you may need to purchase a new dimmer that is compatible with CFL or LED bulbs. Keep in mind that the dimmer will darken the bulb, not the fixture.
Keep in mind that if your chandelier bulb is exposed, there may be working LEDs and CFL bulbs, but it looks terrible. If you want to switch to CFL or LED, please only buy one bulb and see if you like it. Then, if necessary, replace the rest.
Can I use a chandelier in a room other than the dining room?
of course! Chandeliers are usually found in the lounge and formal entrance, kitchen, living room, bedroom, or even bathroom or dressing room. Similarly, choosing where to install the chandelier depends on the size of the room, the height of the ceiling, the size of the fixture and the surrounding decoration. They can go anywhere!
Can I hang a chandelier on the table even if the box is not centered on the table?
Yes. You can usually use one of the following two solutions. If you have a drywall ceiling, the electrician can move the junction box to the center of the table. This is not a simple process because it also requires plastering on the old holes in the ceiling.
If you have a concrete ceiling, the chandelier may hang in the center of the table. This means that the hook is fixed over the table to suspend the wire from the junction box to the boot hook. You can also use hidden lines on the ceiling to hide the appearance of the power cord.
What height should I hang the chandelier?
In the dining room, the goal is to hang it low enough so that you don't see glare from the light source, but high enough to avoid obstructing your view. A good rule of thumb is to hang the chandelier so that the bottom of the luminaire is 30-36 inches from the top of the table. Adjust this height to suit your personal preferences or room needs.
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