Classy Trends in Chandeliers
Chandeliers are often seem as being a bit stuffy. Something the well-to-do hang in their soaring entryways or in the ballroom
of their home. Glitzy and glorious, they feature cascading crystals and gilded gold that exude wealth and status.
But, todayís homeowners can still enjoy the beauty of these classic lighting fixtures without going to the poor house in the
process. There is virtually a chandelier for every budget and taste these days.
While traditional chandeliers are heavy and heavy looking Ė made of wrought iron and lead crystals Ė contemporary
chandeliers are much lighter. Made of aluminum, these beauties are lightweights in terms of weight and corresponding price.
Thanks to new advances in design and materials, you donít have to pay for raw materials that arenít seen or needed for strength or support.
One of the great things about these contemporary chandeliers is that they go with a wide range of styles, from traditional to modern.
Letís face it. Itís hard to match an overly ornate gold and crystal chandelier with a modern furniture grouping. They go together about
as well as peanut butter and Swiss cheese. Eschewing complex designs, contemporary chandeliers get their beauty through intriguing and
innovative design concepts. But donít think these chandeliers are blasť. Hardly. They instantly draw the visitorís eye while adding superior
lighting design to any space in your home.
Thinking Small is Big These Days
Not all chandeliers are monstrosities that require a crane to install. Mini chandeliers are really popular these days and fit
into smaller spaces than their full-sized counterparts. Minis are particularly well suited for hallways and open spaces where
a full sized chandelier would look silly.
Thanks to their smaller size, theyíre also easy for any homeowner to install. If youíve mastered a ceiling lighting fixture
or a ceiling fan, a mini chandelier is a snap to add to your home. The process is virtually the same and they can usually be
installed without the need for additional support or bracing in the ceiling.
The Lowdown on Installation
If you ignore their haughty-taughty legacy, a chandelier is basically just a lighting fixture. Its primary purpose is to bring
light to an area of your home. The design is really secondary.
When shopping for a chandelier, be sure that you consider the space
youíre going to install it in. You donít want to pick a chandelier thatís too tall for the ceiling height you have or get one thatís
too small for a larger space. Most home modern lighting and home improvement stores have plenty of choices available for you to look at, ranging
from the gold and crystal masterpieces to the more modern and contemporary models.
If youíve settled on a mini chandelier, replacing an existing fixture is a snap. First, be sure that you shut off the electricity
to the outlet on the ceiling. Turning the light switch off on the wall is not the way to do this. You need to do it at the main service
panel in your home. If youíre not comfortable doing this, then itís probably best to call in a handyman.
More than one do-it-yourselfer
has become French fried by an outlet that was still hot.
If there is no existing wiring in the ceiling, you probably want to call in an electrician. Adding a new junction box isnít something
an amateur should tackle, particularly one that is on the ceiling where everything is upside down and itís easy to become disoriented.
If youíre installing a large chandelier, you may need additional support in the ceiling. Cross braces may be needed
to distribute the weight of the chandelier over a wider area so your ceiling doesnít end up on your floor.
Mini chandeliers arenít this complex. Usually the instructions found in the box are all you need. Once you shut off the power at the main service panel,
the installation is fairly quick. While youíre doing it yourself, you may want to consider adding a dimmer switch to the wall to control the chandelier.
The dimmer will allow you to create a mood or alter the intensity of the lighting.