A chandelier can be defined as a kind of lamp that is made to hang from the ceiling. It can be hung directly from a ceiling electric outlet, or simply attached from a hook and line in the ceiling which is then plugged into an electric socket on the wall. Chandeliers use relatively small, lower wattage bulbs that normally have a shape of a candle flame, although these chandelier lamps are not always limited to small bulbs. Usually there are three or more small light bulbs in one chandelier that gives off a total light of around 100 to 400 watts.
Chandeliers, big and small, can be found in almost any kind of room. It can be found in formal dining areas, children’s bedroom or even in the game room. The most popular chandelier designs are those that are with dangling cut glass crystals, which are surrounded with light bulbs. This chandelier design creates a beautiful spectrum of light that strongly accentuates the classiness of formal rooms. These formal designs may have additional parts that are brass or gold plated which bring improved elegance and formality to the hallway or room in which they hang.
There are other less formal designs of chandeliers that make use of different materials like ceramic, wood, wrought iron, stained glass, and to the more eccentric, deer antlers. A white ceramic chandelier can be adorned with pastel flowers and leaves. This design will definitely look good in a girl’s room or in the tea room. Another design is the heavy, multicolored glass version which can be hung over a billiards table or game table in leisure rooms. Owners of cabins that may wish to have a more rustic décor in their living rooms would go for chandelier designs that make use of deer antlers or wrought iron.
In adding chandeliers as decorative ceiling fixtures in rooms, one should be careful in choosing the correct size. A giant chandelier will overcome a small room while a small one that hangs over a long dining table will look totally lost. A small room (10 x 10 ft) would nicely house a chandelier that has a 20 inch diameter. A room that has a size of 12 x 12 ft can hold a chandelier with a size of up to 27 inches in diameter. For larger rooms (14x 14 ft), a big chandelier that has a diameter of 36 inches and above should be chosen. Chandeliers should hang over a dining table at a height of at least 30 inches, and also it should be about 12 inches narrower than the width of the table.