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Chandeliers

Types of Chandeliers

A chandelier, like a pendant, is suspended from a ceiling. The line between pendant and chandelier can sometimes be a bit blurry, but typically a chandelier contains multiple arms, also called branches, each with its own bulb and its own shade. Chandeliers tend to function as both a good source of general lighting and decorative appeal. Chandeliers have traditionally been rather ornate, but as general design styles have evolved, the available styles of chandeliers has grown. The use of a dimmer control can allow the light output to be set to an appropriate level for a given task or desired atmosphere.

Chandeliers are often divided into three subgroups:

  • Single-Tier Chandeliers have all of its branches on one single plane.
  • Multi-Tier Chandeliers have separate groups of branches on several different planes.
  • Mini-Chandeliers have a smaller size, typically around 25 inches in diameter, and usually have only 3 or 4 branches.

Selection & Placement

Foyer & Entry Chandeliers

Chandeliers have become a popular choice for multi-story or high-ceiling entry rooms.

Sizing a Chandelier for a Foyer or Entry
To size a chandelier for your foyer or entry, measure the length and width of the room and add those figures together. The sum, converted to inches will equal the proper diameter of chandelier to use in the space.

Example:
The room size is 14’ + 20’ = 34’
Converted to inches = 34”
Correct Size Chandelier = 34” Diameter

The optimal hanging height of a foyer or entry chandelier will depend upon the height of the ceiling. The bottom of the fixture should be at least 7’ from the floor. Given a lower ceiling, a chandelier may not be ideal, and may require a close-to-ceiling fixture.

For two-story foyers, the lowest a chandelier should hang is 10’-11’ above the floor and given the higher ceiling, a multi-tier chandelier may be best. If there is a window above the door, center the chandelier so it can be seen from outside.

For an extra large foyer, add sconces to provide additional lighting. Sconces should be installed on the wall about 60” from the floor and about 6’-8’ apart.

Dining Chandeliers

Chandeliers are often the go-to choice for dining rooms, as they can add sparkle and style to the dining room while providing the general lighting needed for dining and entertaining.

The best size for a chandelier suspended over a dining room table can be determined by the room size, as well as the table size.

Sizing a Chandelier by Room Size
To size a chandelier for your dining room, the same formula for sizing a foyer chandelier can be applied. Measure the length and width of the room and add those figures together. The sum, converted to inches will equal the proper diameter of chandelier to use in the space.

Example:
The room size is 14’ + 20’ = 34’
Converted to inches = 34”
Correct Size Chandelier = 34” Diameter

Sizing a Chandelier by Table Size
To size a chandelier according to table size, measure the width of the table and divide by 2. This is the maximum diameter of chandelier to use in the space.

Dining Table seats:
4-6 people - chandelier diameter is 20”-24”
6-8 people - chandelier diameter is 25”-29”
8-10 people - chandelier diameter is 30”-36”

In most cases, optimal hanging height of a chandelier over a table is 30”-32” from the bottom of the chandelier to the top of the table.

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