A chandelier is the quintessential example of ornamental lighting. A chandelier is a jewel in a room's crown, highlighting the architecture, furnishings, and décor. Choosing a chandelier can be tricky since so many options and many different applications within the home—in dining rooms, dens, and even bedrooms and bathrooms. However, you'll be well on your way to outfitting your space correctly—and in the most delicate decorative light—if you follow a few design rules and installation tips. They are the classic choice for making a huge impression, whether you're looking for something to grace your entrance, set the tone in your dining room, or give flair to another room in your home. The modern chandeliers, contemporary chandeliers, and transitional styles today have an ever-growing number of fixture options. When choosing your ideal chandelier for your living room, consider size, light output, type of light source, dimmer capabilities, and more, in addition to style and materials. Here are answers to some of the most often asked questions about purchasing a chandelier to assist you in narrowing down your options.
Here are some essential factors you should keep in mind before choosing a chandelier for your living room-
- Size/scale, Direction of light output (glare versus glitter), & Control
The three main factors to consider when finalizing a chandelier are size/scale, the direction of light output (glare versus glitter), and control.
A disproportionate look in your space can be caused by having something too big or too small. For example, in a room with 8' ceilings, a 30'' tall chandelier hanging in the middle will feel very low and strange. On the other hand, if you purchase something too small, it may appear to be dwarfed by the space. Because chandeliers are statement pieces, it's best to go for the bigger size if in doubt.
To measure your chandelier to be the center point of a room, you can use the following rules, where the chandelier is not to be installed above a table-
- In feet, calculate the room's length and width.
- Combine the two figures.
- The diameter of your chandelier in inches should equal the total of the two values.
This is only a starting point; yet, it is helpful.
- The Finish of your Chandelier
Concentrate on nickel or chrome finishes for a more modern appearance. Transitional fixtures, which incorporate aspects from both traditional and contemporary styles, are more likely to have bronze finishes. Chrome and nickel are prevalent in today's designs. Clean lines with minimum elaborate embellishment are also desirable. Keep in mind that the finish and materials of your chandelier should blend nicely with the rest of your room's decor. Chandeliers are available in a variety of styles and sets. Traditional chandeliers have their lights pointing upward; the most formal fixtures have bare bulbs installed. The addition of glass or chandelier shades lowers the formality, resulting in a more relaxed atmosphere. Choose a chandelier with downward-facing lights for a more relaxed atmosphere. Another advantage of this more informal style is that your decorative chandelier may also be used as task lighting, which can help with cooking or studying. Metal finishes are more formal than painted finishes in general.
Purpose of a Chandeliers
Chandeliers are designed to add flair and ambience to a room, so don't expect them to be the primary source of light. One of the most common chandelier blunders is to hang a chandelier upside down. It's a recipe for lousy lighting to put a single lamp in the middle of a room and expect it to light the entire space. This is exacerbated if the chandelier's lights are exposed, as many chandeliers are. If your chandelier is solely decorative, it can be the room's focal point, drawing attention to the beauty of your furnishings and decor. If you need task lighting, though, look for a fixture that also has a downlight to illuminate the area beneath it. Installing a dimmer switch will provide you with the versatility you need for either use. Dimming the lights creates a pleasant glow that mimics candlelight, which is ideal for nighttime entertaining. Chandeliers are best used as a secondary light source, and they look much better when used in conjunction with tiered lighting.
Recessed cans, cove lighting, and wall sconces, for example, are excellent ways to enhance a room and emphasize walls, paintings, plants, counters, and cabinets.
Modern LED Lighting Technology
Go with chandeliers that use modern technology. LED technology has advanced to the point that it is often difficult to distinguish between an LED fixture and a typical incandescent one. Even better, some lighting manufacturers like Jaquar increasingly prefer to work with LEDs because they provide some truly unique design possibilities! For example, designers don't have to worry about hiding the light source with LEDs because they are so small. This means there's a lot more room for shape, function, and material experimentation. Other advantages of LED lighting and design flexibility are enhanced efficiency and dependability, resulting in significant energy and cost savings. For example, LED lamps are five times cooler than halogen bulbs and use only a fifth of the energy. LEDs also outlive other light sources, with a predicted lifespan of 50,000 hours—roughly 25 years of operation at 5 12 hours per day.
When combined with an appropriate low voltage dimmer, many LED chandeliers are fully dimmable, but this is something you should inquire about before purchasing. Check the specifications of each fixture before consulting the manufacturer's dimmer suggestions. Not all dimmers are compatible with all light fixtures.
While the above steps will help you select the right chandelier for your living room, Jaquar lighting’s online orientation centers will guide you in having a clear vision of how your selected chandelier will exemplify your living room in real-time. Having a wide variety of chandeliers online, choose the one that fits your taste and visit the nearest Jaquar orientation center for a gist of how it will look in your space.