Alisanne Mariette Chandelier May 17, 2018 09:07:47
Chandelier lighting has been around for centuries even before the middle ages people used them. Back in those days chandeliers were a simple cross of wood with spikes that candles could be stuck to. In fact the name chandelier is French for candlestick. The chandeliers were attached to a pulley by rope so that they could be raised and lowered for lighting the candles. Chandeliers in public buildings sometimes have this same feature so that they can be lowered for cleaning and replacing burnt out bulbs. When metalwork became affordable for the merchant middle class chandeliers became made of brass or bronze. These multi armed chandeliers with candles (and later gaslights) are still in use today although we use electric lights today. Let s take a look at some of the chandeliers you have to choose from.
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.
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.
A room with a chandelier it s always more impressive than not. The chandelier always stands out and makes the person walking into the room where it is hung stand up and take notice. It brings the eye to the ceiling and allows a person to take in the whole room rather than just what they see at eye level. A chandelier gives off an air of affluence and grace. A chandelier comes in a wide array of styles looks and even sizes. The most beautiful part of any room that is graced with a chandelier is the way that the chandelier lighting has created the feel and warmth that it has.
The main factor that determines the price of a chandelier are the various materials that are used in its crafting. Good examples are wrought iron chandeliers. Because iron is a common metal these chandeliers are definitely more affordable. Other pluses for iron chandeliers include their easy maintenance and the number of styles to choose from. In contrast glass and brass chandeliers are more meticulous to craft and require frequent cleaning and maintenance thus causing the prices to shoot up. Special types of glass can also double or triple the price tag of chandeliers. These include Tiffany glass and Murano glass. The use of Swarovski crystals over imitation gems can also drive up the chandelier s price.
In the modern era chandeliers have been made in a collection of styles from large decorative chandeliers used in high-class restaurants to small colourful ones especially for children. They are far more popular and available to the public and are less associated with royalty and riches. Art deco chandeliers began to be produced in 1970 and have continued to be very popular for a modern buyer looking for a contemporary piece for their home. Throughout the ages chandeliers have developed massively as they have been made by a variety of materials in a variety of shapes to suit constantly changing fashions. Despite their widespread popularity in modern day they still breathe an air of sophistication into any room.