Selecting Your Chandelier or Pendant:
Chandelier styles continue to evolve as lifestyles change. Today we see much greater attention to authentic details in fixture construction and finishes. Current buyers have a greater appreciation for authenticity and attention to detail.
Matte finishes such as brushed nickel, brushed steel or aged and weathered patinas provide a chandelier with more depth and one that blends smoothly with a variety of decors. The move toward a more informal home décor style has increased the popularity of painted and textured finishes.
• Begin with function. What space do you need to illuminate?
Chandeliers are used for general lighting. Pendants may be used for general or task lighting.
Either chandeliers or pendants may have coordinating wall sconces, table and floor lamps or ceiling fixtures.
• Where will the chandelier be used?
Today, there are no limits in chandelier usage. Chandeliers and pendants are right at home in the breakfast room, patio, home office and den, as well as the formal dining room
• How large should the chandelier be?
For a chandelier installed over a dining table, choose a chandelier with a diameter equal to one-half the width of the table. The chandelier should hang approximately 30 inches from the tabletop to the lowest part of the chandelier. For a chandelier installed in an entry foyer, add the width and length dimensions of the foyer together. The total width plus length equals the chandelier diameter. Example: For a 14’ x 18’ foyer, add 14 +18 = 32, for a 32” diameter chandelier.
• What style are you using throughout your home? What style is the room?
Chandelier or pendants can blend with your decor or serve as a distinctive focal point in the room.
• What colors are used in the room?
Collect paint sample and fabric swatches for each room to facilitate matching and coordinating chandelier or pendant fixtures.
• What is your lighting budget?
Chandelier prices vary widely, from gem cut crystal to simple globes. Fortunately, in the thousands of style choices you will find a suitable chandelier within your budget.
• Have you seen chandeliers that you like?
Collect pictures of chandeliers from the internet or in magazines that appeal to you.
• Insist on quality - quality in the chandelier or pendant product, quality in service and quality in the lighting center and installation personnel.
A chandelier is not just for a formal dining room. The ever-expanding choices of chandelier styles, finishes and design options have increased chandelier popularity. Whatever your décor, whatever your lifestyle, a chandelier can add comfort and distinction to any room, including the living room, den, great room, media room, kitchen, bath and home office. Specially designed chandeliers or pendants for use in damp or wet areas are ideal for the patio, bath, swimming pool cabana, workshop, garage and gazebo.
How to Recognize Quality in Chandeliers and Pendants:
It’s All In The Details:
From the design concept to the final quality control inspection, quality resides in the many details of chandelier construction. Quality in chandeliers means authenticity in design details and fine craftsmanship that starts with the highest quality raw materials. Quality in function and design is in the attention to details from start to finish.
Crystal Chandelier: Crystals used in chandeliers may be hand cut, gem cut or molded. Lead content may or may not be representative of high quality as lead is added as a softener to facilitate cutting and polishing. Many top quality crystal chandeliers may contain no lead.
Chandelier Finishes: Finishes should be both durable and handsome. A wide variety of high quality chandelier finishes increase durability, resisting tarnish, corrosion and flaking. Brushed metal finishes and painted finishes have gained popularity and are top sellers today. Look for any imperfections, bubbles, chips or scratches that may indicate lesser attention to detail.
Chandelier Lights: Chandelier lights add a distinctive appearance that enhances the look and feel of an entire room. Lights complement the chandelier design and create an ambiance of comfort. High quality chandelier lights are crafted with utmost care to blend with the other chandelier elements for a total design look. Whether they are candlestick lights or hand molded crystal shades or carefully crafted Tiffany style pendant shades, chandelier lights should be well constructed and durable. Since chandeliers are a dominant focal point of any room, the style and quality of individual lights is crucial.
Chandelier Quality Control: Manufacturers of high quality chandeliers maintain rigorous quality control inspections and testing as part of the fabrication process. The importance of a final quality control inspection and testing prior to shipping cannot be emphasized enough.