Chandelier Buying Guide

What Are Chandeliers? Chandeliers , also known as Jhoomar in Hindi, are types of lights that hang from your ceiling and are used for ambient lighting or general lighting for any room. A chandelier is not just one light, but is an arrangement of many small and big lights, all put together to form the entire piece.

Chandeliers have been used for dining rooms. However kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, foyer or any room can be decorated with a wide assortment of chandeliers to add a sense of style and design to your home. Your choice of chandelier will depend on what you need it to do, and in what setting. This will determine many of the chandelier’s characteristics.


Crystal Chandelier

There are many varieties of these captivating luminaries. Crystal chandeliers are perhaps the most emblematic type, often employing cut glass, dangling from the arms and sometimes suspended in swags between the mounting area and the arms to reflect light and create a shimmering effect. Elaborate crystal fixtures on the grand scale were considered very chic in Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries. Since then, the crystal chandelier has become an accessory in opulent hotels and residences worldwide. Classic and romantic, a crystal chandelier is ideal for those who seek elegance and old-world charm.

Beaded and Shell Chandelier

Beaded and shell chandeliers are similar in spirit to their crystal counterparts, but use beads or shells instead of crystals. The capiz shell, with its mother of pearl finish, is a favorite element in contemporary designs. A beaded or shell chandelier evokes a similar glistening femininity to the crystal variety, but tones down its formality and reduces its weight which is a significant feature, considering the laborious and risky installation that can accompany a heavy crystal chandelier.

Metal Chandelier

Metal chandeliers are simple and stately with several streamlined arms leading to lights that are often either left unadorned, placed under lampshades or inside glass cups. The arms are often s-shaped or otherwise curved, though modern designs favor more geometric lines. Popular finishes include brass, brushed nickel and wrought iron. These classic light fixtures are a staple of decorating and there are styles to cater to any home’s décor.

Murani Chandelier

Murano glass chandeliers were originally created only in the glass-blowing mecca of Murano, Italy but nowadays the name Murano is used more to denote a style than a place of origin. These chandeliers have curvy, tubular forms made entirely of blown glass; floral motifs are frequently incorporated into the designs. Murano glass can be found in many colors–the bright transparency allows a fixture’s light and hue to play off of each other and add interest to a room.

Mission Chandelier

Mission chandeliers are an offshoot of the Arts and Crafts style. These chandeliers are characterized by a certain boxiness: often, a central metal ceiling mount branches out to several short, angular arms that hold squared, downward facing milk-glass lampshades. The lampshades are frequently embellished with metal detailing or stained glass segments.

Antler Chandelier

Antler chandeliers are made from the antlers of a deer, an elk or, on occasion, a moose. Large-scale versions are popular fixtures in hunting and mountain lodges but the more modest varieties make an equally impressive statement in rustic residences.

Candle Chandelier

Candle chandeliers were, of course, the first type of chandelier and have existed since the middle ages in various forms. Presently, most all chandeliers are fitted or have been retrofitted with electric lights, but candle chandeliers most often found in metal, crystal and glass designs can add a peaceful, antique ambiance to a room, whether the candles are lit or left unlit.


It depends on your room size.

Dining Room

A chandelier is a centerpiece for your dining room, so make a statement and go for size. However, it should not be too big. A massive chandelier in a room that’s too small will look unbalanced and crowded.
A good rule of thumb is to choose a chandelier that’s 12 inches( 1 foot) narrower than the width of your dining room table. When hung from the ceiling, the bottom of the chandelier should be 2 and a half feet above the table. This distance ensures that you’ll have ample illumination as well as comfortable clearance so family and guests won’t bump their heads.
If you have high ceilings nine feet or taller try a chandelier with a two- or three-tiered design to help fill the space above the table.

Foyer / Entrance Hall

Formula for Feet and Inches 1. Add the length and the width of the room in feet. 2. Restate the answer to 1 as inches, rather than feet to find the diameter of the chandelier. Example: if the answer to 1. is 24 feet, then the chandelier should be 24 inches in diameter.


Your tastes are already reflected in the furniture, paint, and accessories you’ve chosen for your home. Be sure to choose a chandelier that matches the style of your home. A room with a rich mahogany dining set might call for a traditional crystal chandelier, while a modern, spare home cries out for a simple pendant design with a metal finish.
Other popular styles include mission chandeliers, which feature masculine, clean shapes and are often made in bronze or antiqued metal finishes with frosted amber glass or mica shades. This style is often featured in arts-and-crafts style homes.
If you have an ethnic-inspired home, a wrought iron chandelier is a handsome, bold fixture for your dining room.
For rustic decor, try a chandelier made of authentic or synthetic deer antlers. It’s a striking fixture for a log cabin, a country cottage, or even an eclectic, funky living space in the city.
If you choose a chandelier with a metal finish, be sure it complements the other metals in the room. Don’t mix antiqued bronze with bright, shiny stainless steel, for example.
If none of the above design styles fit your homw you can go with a classic, simple pendant chandelier in a muted, neutral finish such as brushed nickel. If you decide to change your house decor in the future, try this trick for an easy chandelier revamp: Purchase new mini shades for each of the bulbs in your fixture. You can match a new color scheme or even a new dining set with this simple, inexpensive purchase.


Most commonly, the sources of illumination are light bulbs or electric candles, but they can also be wax candles or gaslights.
Though the chandelier is certainly an important design element in rooms, it’s not meant to provide the sole lighting source. What works best is a number of light sources from fixtures such as wall sconces, recessed perimeter lighting, table lamps, and even candles. A general rule of thumb is to use 200 to 300 watts for your chandelier, and about 75 watts for other fixtures. This technique will provide strong central light and will flood the entire room with soft ambient light, which will help cut down on glare and shadows.
Another way to help eliminate glare is to use mini shades on each bulb. Even better, try wiring your chandelier with a dimmer switch so you can adjust the amount of illumination according to the activities you’re planning.


Buying the perfect chandelier for your home doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Unless you’re looking for a three-tiered Swarovski crystal-encrusted contraption, you can find a new chandelier for a Rs. 10,000 at your local home improvement or lighting specialty store.
If you are on a shoe-string budget, you can look at buying second hand. You can repair any cracks or damage, and repaint to match your color scheme, and get brand new, unique chandelier for your house.
Whether you’re buying a new chandelier or refurbishing an old one, it’s important to make sure the fixture takes standard light bulbs. If you choose a nonstandard fixture, you could end up spending too much money replacing expensive, hard-to-find bulbs. A chandelier with complex filigree and lots of angled surfaces can make dusting more of a challenge that you’d like.


Before you start installing it, you have to check out ensure that a new light can be strongly supported. In installing the new light, and to prevent any smacked heads, center the light in the middle of the dining table with about 30inch distance between the light and the table. Make sure to buy and put the light bulbs. As you put the right light bulbs, the chandelier can give the adequate light coverage without giving harm to anybody like blinding someone. So to avoid any harm that can occur you make sure to buy the right bulb, in buying you should decrease the wattage of the bulb when large of numbers of bulbs are required in the chandelier. Dimmers are also accommodating since it allows you to adjust the light to your necessities.

Ensembles or Accessories

Chandeliers may be offered with other coordinated lighting to form a stylish ensemble. Possibilities include wall sconces, table lamps, floor lamps, and other ceiling fixtures.

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