Alisanne Mariette Chandelier July 09, 2018 08:59:50
Chandeliers have always been associated with power and wealth and subsequently through the ages many monarchs have owned chandeliers both because of the immense glamour they bring to their surroundings but also because they were seen as a symbol of high class status and demonstrated their wealth. Although a genuine chandelier was not to be created until the 12th century during the 8th century hanging lamps became more decorative and artistic a shadow of the extravagance and beauty that would one day be associated with chandeliers. Between the 11th and the 15th century the Flemish town of Dimant became famous for its chandelier brass works and in the 16th century the Dutch brass ball chandelier became popular. Over the next couple of centuries chandeliers became popular particularly for the very wealthy and royals. The chandeliers changed in many ways shapes and sizes as technology and fashion modernised and transformed.
Although the first hand forged iron chandeliers were simple in design they played a vital role in the making of the most stylish chandeliers of the future. The initial design was simple. Heavy iron chandeliers were fitted with a few candles and heaved up to the ceiling with metallic chains. Once people started using these chandeliers that only provided light many designers began to enhance the design of the chandeliers. Luxurious people and royalties demanded beautiful handcrafted chandeliers that could brighten up their homes. The simple candle chandeliers were effectively transformed into striking and gorgeous iron chandeliers. Numerous different designs began to surface as the society advanced. With time castles and luxurious forts started sporting hand forged iron chandeliers. These chandeliers were made from the finest materials to give a classy look.
No other lighting fixture can provide class and glamor to a home than crystal chandeliers. What makes these chandeliers breathtaking in their beauty are the faceted adornments that dangle from the chandelier s frame tiers and arms. The number of ornaments on the chandelier will largely depend upon your personal tastes. You may want a large multi-tiered and multi-branched chandelier with a wide variety of crystals or a small fixture with a few well-placed drops. These adornments come in the form of crystal drops spears and prisms. Chandelier prisms especially have an impact on the quality of light that your lighting fixture will produce.
Many contemporary chandeliers don t have the branched arms we think of in a classic lighting chandelier. Instead they have a central support holding up a central lighted area. This is typical of an art deco or craftsman style chandelier. Modern chandelier lighting with a central support are typically called pendant chandeliers. They can come in all sizes and shapes from mini chandeliers to streamlined steel.
In case of large chandeliers their weight plays an important part. It is important to find out where and to what ceiling construction the chandelier will be installed or otherwise attached. You should take into consideration that an 18-arm chandelier for example can weigh up to 17kilos and such a weight will be attached to one point on your ceiling. In the case of some especially large chandeliers the construction of the ceiling should be assessed by a structural engineer.
The vintage and traditional type of chandeliers use candle lights or incandescent lights for illuminations and have yellow-tinted illumination while modern chandeliers have fluorescent or LED light bulbs and give bright white luminescence. Lighting chandeliers with candle lights is not practically possible on an everyday basis hence modern chandeliers have electric bulbs that are designed to look like candle lights.