When it comes to lighting fixtures that exude beauty, elegance, and sophistication, there’s nothing that comes close to a chandelier.
Our Top Rated® Local lighting experts are here to provide expert advice and help you choose the chandelier that’s perfect for the illumination needs of any particular space.
What Chandeliers Are
Chandeliers are, simply put, a light fixture that suspends from the ceiling that contains multiple light sources. This is often set in contrast with pendant lighting, which is typically has a single bulb.
Chandeliers provide ambient lighting for the entire room. They also catch your attention and help make a statement.
Chandeliers come in all sorts of designs to meet your unique lighting needs. For example, if you’re lighting a dining room which has a more traditional style, you may want to opt for one that has beads and crystals and a more ornate feel.
However, if you’re using them to light an office building with modern interior design features, a chandelier that has an updated design and a cool, metallic finish may be a better fit.
Where You Place Your Chandelier
When it comes to chandeliers the best place to put them in your room is dead center — or at least as close as possible.
When you have a lighting fixture as classy and as beautiful as a chandelier, you want to make sure it’s in a place where everyone can see it. Chandeliers are made to be admired, so make sure you give it a chance to shine.
Second, and perhaps even more importantly, it’s always best to put ambient light sources in places where the light can be distributed more evenly.
As an aside, when you choose task or ambient lighting fixtures, make sure they work well with your chandelier. Every other type of lighting should be used in support of your ambient light, not the other way around.
Picking The Right Size For Your Chandelier
Getting the right size of chandelier can be tricky. If you find a chandelier that’s too big, you’ll end up making the rest of the room feel small by comparison, creating a wonky and congested feeling.
However, if you get a chandelier that’s too small, you’ll like fail to have an adequate amount of lighting.
After you’ve determined which room and where in the room you’re going to hang your chandelier, here are some “rules” that can be helpful:
Take a measurement of the room’s height from ceiling to floor. If there’s nothing under your chandelier (like a table or other surface) you want your chandelier to hang 2.5”-3” for every foot of ceiling. That means a 10’ ceiling would have a chandelier that hangs about 30”.
Take a measurement of table surfaces to the ceiling. When you are hanging your chandelier over a specific surface, you need to take that into consideration as well. Chandeliers should never be wider than the surface underneath it.
Take a measurement of the room’s width and length. Generally speaking, your should have at least four feet of distance from the walls of the room. Another way to help you determine the diameter of your chandelier (in inches) is to add up the room’s width and length. For example, a room that’s 12’ by 16’ feet would allow you to have a chandelier that’s around 28”.
Chandelier Lighting Strategies
Chandeliers are not only beautiful light fixtures in and of themselves, they also offer immense amounts of versatility when it comes to your lighting strategy.
Here are some things to consider when setting up your chandelier’s lighting strategy:
Using an uplight strategy is about reflecting lighting off your ceiling and creating ambience around a space.
Using an uplight strategy for your chandelier is great if your fixture surfaces are highly reflective. Glossy granite, shiny glass, or chrome can create a harsh glare when an extremely bright light is shining directly on the surface.
Not only is this hard on the eyes, it also detracts from the furniture itself. When you employ uplighting, the light is better diffused, giving you more control over your lighting.
This type of strategy is also great if you prefer a darker spectrum of home decor. You can even add a dimmer to your chandelier to add another degree of customization to your room’s lighting strategy.
If your room is in need of direct and focused light, then a downlight chandelier will be the better option.
For example, if you want to hang a chandelier over your dining room table to provide adequate light for those who are eating or you want to use a mini chandelier in your kitchen to provide task lighting over your prep area.
Overall, chandeliers make far better ambient lighting sources rather than task lighting — with the exception of downlight fixtures.
The design of most chandeliers focus on diffused, non-direct light.
When it comes to picking out a chandelier, you can never go wrong with something that matches your personal preference and the overall decor of your home.
There can also be a benefit to picking out a chandelier that is a stark contrast to the surrounding decor. For example, you may find that a traditional crystal chandelier works well with a room that contains an abundance of modern design elements.
Browse an Incredible Selection of Chandeliers at Butler Lighting
At Butler Lighting, we have a chandelier for every occasion. In fact, our inventory is stocked with over 45,000 different types of chandeliers.
While the sheer amount of lights in our store may seem overwhelming, our lighting experts are standing by to help you navigate the waters and choose the right one for your lighting needs.
So whether you need a chandelier to hang over your dining room table to give light to your evening meal or a grand showpiece to hang in the entryway, Butler Lighting has you covered
Stop by one of our lighting showrooms in Greensboro, High Point, or Winston-Salem — or schedule an appointment — to make sure we are readily available for your arrival.