Chandelier Lights- Major Points

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. Our website provides info about chandeliers.

Crystal Chandelier Lighting

Crystal chandeliers became popular when a 17th century glassmaker discovered how to make easily cut glass crystal.  Until that time only rock crystal or fragile crystillo could be used for chandeliers.  With the cheaper glass crystal, the popularity of crystal chandeliers exploded.  They could fill a room with all the glittering colors of the rainbow, and effect that still makes them a very popular option today.

Black Chandelier Lighting

Many of the old chandeliers were made of iron but could be very heavy, which wasn’t so much of a problem since houses were built with large central beams that could support the weight.  The black iron look can also be imitated with bronze or brass that is weathered chemically, although it doesn’t look exactly the same.  A chandelier made of iron can be very contemporary looking, even though it has it’s roots in antiquity.  Another option is a chandelier made from black glass crystal.  It won’t refract the light like a typical crystal chandelier but it can add a sleek modern look to a room.

Contemporary Chandelier Lighting.

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.

If you’re looking for a chandelier lighting today you have many options from antique looking to contemporary pendant chandeliers. You can even find chandelier shades to change the look of your already existing chandelier. Many people prefer this type as the light is not as harsh as the typical chandelier that has exposed bulbs. If you have an already existing light fixture, installing a new chandelier can be as easy as turning off the power, removing the old fixture and connecting the color coded wire to your new fixture. If you don’t feel comfortable doing it, it’s an easy and quick job for an electrician. Take a look at what’s out there, there’s sure to be something that suits your style.