Where: Available in every decorative style, chandeliers add both presence and weight to a room. Whether hung above a dining room or kitchen table, or used as general lighting in foyers, powder rooms, bedrooms, etc., they bring the glow of candlelight to any setting. We offer many ways to customize your chandelier…decorative painting and coordinating shades to name a few.
Size: The size of the chandelier depends on both the size of the room and the size of the table. To determine the size of a chandelier for a dining room based on the room size, add the length and width of the room in feet and substitute inches for feet, giving you the width of an appropriately-sized chandelier for the room. (A 10′x13′ dining room, for example, would take approximately a 23″ wide fixture.) For determining the size of a chandelier based on your table size, the chandelier should be at least 12″ smaller in width than the width of the dining table. The perfect chandelier will be a happy medium between these two measurements. Hanging fixtures can be smaller in scale when used in hallways and other rooms for general lighting.
Placement: Below a diagram for placement of chandeliers. In dining rooms with 8′ ceilings, hang chandeliers about 30″ above the table. (Add 3″ for each foot of ceiling height over 8′.) Remember to order extra chain for higher ceilings.
- Ceiling Height ____ in feet x 12 = _______ inches
- Table Height (normally 30 in.) = _______ inches
- Height from table top to bottom of chandelier:
Ceiling height in feet less 8 = ___ x 3 = ____ inches plus 30 = _______
- Height of chandelier body:
Bottom of chandelier to chain loop at top = _____ inches
- Chain length (incl. ceiling cap & loop) = A-B-C-D=E…………….._______
Wattage: Most people don’t realize that the wattage maximum of a chandelier is determined by the lampshades used on it! Smaller shades limit maximum wattage. The mood and intensity of a chandelier is best controlled by a dimmer.
Shades: Shades add 2″ to 4″ to the total width of the chandelier. Chandelier shades reduce glare and help to direct light down where needed.