A chandelier is defined as “a branched, decorative lighting fixture that holds a number of light bulbs or candles and is suspended from a ceiling.” This description is right on the money, since chandeliers really add a dramatic style element to a room. 

In fact, chandeliers are best known for enhancing the beauty of a dining room or space, and when the light is dimmed, a soft, glowing atmosphere similar to candlelight is made. Some fixtures even come with the option of candles. 

The chandelier you choose will depend on the decor style of your room and on the electrical outlets available. You may need to hire an electrician to install some wiring to accommodate the needs of the chandelier you want.

Popular Chandelier Types:

  • Crystal
  • Iron
  • Tiffany
  • Classical
  • Alabaster
  • Candle chandeliers
  • Brass
  • Art Decor

Chandelier Considerations:

  • Chandeliers are not for bathrooms because they are not waterproof and would require waterproof wiring; that’s not one of the safest options around. It’s better to refrain from using chandeliers in bathrooms.
  • Chandelier cleaning tip: Always remember to turn off the chandelier before cleaning it. If dusting won’t work, put down some old newspaper and spray the chandelier with a weak mixture of washing liquid and water. Allow it to run off along with all the dirt.
  • Consider dressing up your chandelier chain. Dress up the hanging wire by covering it in a thin sleeve of fabric. The sleeve should be three times the length of the hanging wire for a gathered look.
  • Use low-wattage light bulbs in a chandelier over a dining room table, as high-wattage bulbs can create too much heat and make you and your guests feel too hot.
  • Try adding shades to chandelier candelabra bulbs or a dimmer to help you control the light and set a more flattering mood.

Chandelier Hanging Tips:

  • A chandelier hung in the dining room must be placed above the center of the dining table, in the middle of the room.
  • It is best to buy a chandelier that is about a foot thinner than your dining table.
  • Chandeliers hung in the lobby can be broader and longer than ones used in dining rooms.
  • Hang a chandelier approximately 30 to 35 inches over a table with an 8-foot ceiling height. If your ceiling is taller than 8 feet, mount the chandelier an additional 4 inches higher for each foot of ceiling.

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