Archive of: 2022

06.04.22

How High Above Dining Table Should Chandelier Hang?

Here at the Contemporary Chandelier Company, we specialise in providing unique modern LED designer chandeliers, whether large drop staircase chandeliers or sculptural light features for a foyer or room centrepiece using crystal and LED lights. Today we are going to focus on dining table chandeliers, looking in detail at how high the chandelier should hang above it.

Why Does Height Matter?

The height of your chandelier completely changes the way it feels in the room. A statement piece, hung too high and it disappears and gets swallowed by the ceiling, but hung too low and it could become a distraction or a nuisance that gets in the way. The ideal height will offer a feeling of intimacy and elegance.

General Chandelier Height Recommendations

As a rule, it is recommended that to find the right position and height for your chandelier, you should measure between 30-36 inches above the top of the dining table. This is the ideal point for the bottom of the fixture. This recommendation is based on an 8-foot ceiling as this is the average ceiling height. However, you may need to make some adjustments if your ceiling height differs, as well as depending on the table size and position in the room.

Adjustments for Ceiling Height

For each additional foot of height beyond 8-foot, it is recommended to raise the chandelier three inches higher. For example, if your ceiling is 12-foot high, you would raise the fixture an additional 12 inches from the standard height. This would bring it 42-48 inches above the table, measuring from the base.

Adjustments for Table Size

As the height of a chandelier also depends on its overall size, you will also need to make adjustments based on your table size when hanging it over your dining table. The diameter of the fixture should be one-half to two-thirds the width of the dining table. For example, if the table is 42 inches wide, the chandelier should be no more than 30 inches across. This ensures that the light fitting is in proportion with the table and that it works well physically both when people are seated and standing.

Adjustments for Table Position

For whatever reason, if your table cannot be in the centre of the room, the chandelier should be placed above it, as opposed to the centre of the room. The point of a dining table chandelier is to light this specific area whilst embellishing it like jewellery. If there are other areas of the room that the light emitted doesn’t reach in this position, then you can add lamps in those areas. The best way to understand this is how it looks and feels when the lights are on.

Contact Us

To discover more about our range of custom crystal and glass contemporary chandeliers and to discuss which design would work best for you, get in touch with us by completing our online contact form or emailing us at enquiries@contemporarychandeliercompany.co.uk. You can call also us on 01939 232 652 in order to speak to a member of our team directly and we will be happy to help you with any queries you may have for us.

10.03.22

How do LED Chandeliers Work?

How do LED Chandeliers Work?

At the Contemporary Chandelier Company, we specialise in providing unique custom designer chandeliers using glass, crystal and LED lights. Today we are going to focus on how LED lights actually work as well as the glass and crystal chandeliers we offer with LED lights, and how the use of a heat sink can help ensure optimum performance. Read on to find out more.

How LED Lights Work

LED stands for Light Emitting Diode, and these kinds of lights work by passing an electrical current through a microchip, which illuminates the diode, which results in the emission of light. The heat that LEDs produce is absorbed into a heat sink, which helps them to produce light up to 90% more efficiently than incandescent light bulbs. They are incorporated into bulbs and fixtures, and due to their small size, they can offer unique design opportunities, as well as innovation in lighting form factors, also fitting a wider breadth of applications than traditional lighting technologies.

Contemporary LED Glass Chandeliers

Our glass chandeliers are fitted with our in-house, self-built LED modules. Using a range of handmade hot glass techniques to produce a wide range of objects, both blown and solid, these are designed to enhance the properties of the glass forms. When made into a chandelier, these lights are designed specifically to enhance the immediate environment, acting as a vibrant centrepiece.

Contemporary LED Crystal Chandeliers

Our crystal chandeliers combine a high quality Austrian crystal with remote controllable LED downlights within the top plate. We began producing bespoke designs when clients requested a higher quality of crystal, along with better lighting and control. In order to create a more modern designs, we started to emphasise the sculptural side, offering a more contemporary feel whilst keeping the traditional element of sparkle associated with cut crystal.

The Role of the Heat Sink

As mentioned, LEDs use heat sinks in order to absorb the heat produced by the LED and disperse it into the surrounding environment. This not only stops them from overheating and burning out, but the thermal management ensures a long-lasting light, which is not only less wasteful and better for the environment, but also makes sense when dealing with complex lighting fixtures such as chandeliers. LEDs typically do not burn out or fail when they come to the end of their lifespan, but rather their brightness dims over time in a process known as ‘lumen depreciation’. The end of their use is usually seen as when their output decreases by 30 percent.

Contact Us

To discover more about our range of modern LED chandeliers, get in touch with us by completing our online contact form or emailing us at enquiries@contemporarychandeliercompany.co.uk. You can call also us on 01939 232 652 in order to speak to a member of our team directly and we will be happy to help you with any queries you may have for us.

15.02.22

A Guide to Cleaning Chandeliers

A Guide to Cleaning Chandeliers

Many customers use our specialist services for contemporary designs of stunning modern glass chandeliers, including bespoke lighting designs. After all, a chandelier is the idea way to create a central feature for a room, or to utilise the drop over a staircase with stairwell chandeliers. One common question that customers mention is about how they are cleaned. Like all home installations, including simpler light fittings, over time dust can build up, as well as spider webs. What can you do when it is time to clean your beautiful light installation?

One option is to get professional cleaning services. This has the advantage of removing the fuss and hard work, since the team will do all the cleaning and reinstalling. If you want any advice over selecting a cleaning team, or to discuss your chandelier, feel free to contact us using the details on the website.

However, we will assume that you want to do the cleaning yourself. What are your options and how can you go about it? There are three main ways that you can do the cleaning, but before we mention them, it is important to do a little preparation to keep you safe and your room tidy.

Before doing any sort of cleaning on your crystal ceiling lights, you need to ensure that the electricity is securely turned off. Unless you have a lot of natural light, it would be a good idea to set up an alternative light source in the room so that you can see what you are doing. Next, you will need an appropriate ladder, like a platform or stepladder to work from. You should always ensure that it is set up securely and positioned safely, and that there is a second person to stabilise the ladder whilst you are using it to avoid falls. Then, you can remove the bulbs carefully from the fittings. If you will be cleaning with water, carefully fill the sockets with tissue paper to keep them dry. Finally, put down a dust sheet on the floor below – if you will be using water, you might want to put a couple of dust sheets down to soak up any drips.

Having prepared, you have a choice. One option is to use water, with a glass or chandelier cleaner in it mixed to the correct dilution. This can be gently sprayed onto the crystals. The cleaning solution will break down any grease or dust, before dripping down to the ground (which is why you need the sheets on the floor). Leave it for long enough for all the liquid to drip – you don’t want to put the bulbs back in or connect the electricity when it is still wet. Once it is dry, you are ready to use it again.

The second option is to clean the crystals by hand. It is a slower method but avoids the need to have drips of water from your chandelier. Wearing white gloves which do not shed, and a microfibre cloth which does not shed, gently clean each crystal. Be careful to not pull on the fittings as you clean them, and avoid touching them with bare skin, as you can leave natural oils on the crystal.

The third option is to take down the chandelier. However, this is a very time-consuming option. For this, you will need the installation instructions. We recommend that you take a photo of the fitting before you take it down, and that you work in a logical order so that you can remember which order to put it back up in. If it is one of our chandeliers, you might want to chat to our team before getting started.

Whether you have large drop chandeliers, a silk chandelier, or something entirely different, cleaning is time consuming but not complicated. Why not contact us to discuss cleaning your chandelier installation, or look on our website to see our latest designs?

21.01.22

The History of Chandeliers

Here at the Contemporary Chandelier Company, we specialise in providing unique custom designer chandeliers, whether large drop staircase chandeliers or sculptural light features for a foyer or room centrepiece using crystal and LED lights. Although largely contemporary in design, chandeliers have a long, rich history. Today we are going to delve into this history, so read on to find out more.

 

It’s All in The Name

 

The word ‘chandelier’ is derived from Old French, itself a variation from the Latin candelabrum which means ‘candle holder’. You could argue that the earliest form of chandelier was this, featuring a basic wooden platform upon which animal fat candles were affixed. Prior to the invention of electricity, these were hung to a suitable height, and ropes or chains were used to secure it in place. Examples of this have been found in ancient Greek times, made in bronze. The candelabra is still used in modern times, but is purely a decorative choice.

 

From Candelabra to Chandelier

 

The movement from candelabra to chandelier dates back to the 1600s when crystal glass was incorporated into hanging light fixtures, producing attractive crystal chandeliers.  Decorative crystal glass had been used for ornamental purposes for hundreds of years prior to this. The source of light (whether candles, gas lights or electric bulbs), the crystal’s prismatic qualities meant that the chandelier would amplify the light, producing intricate patterns as the light dissipated. With the invention of electricity in the mid-1700s and Thomas Edison’s light bulb patented in 1879, the bulbs used for chandeliers have typically imitated the flame of a candle, linking back to its origins.

 

Contemporary Chandeliers

 

The chandelier has moved through different phases over the years. In the 15th century, they were a symbol of wealth and status, with complex gold-gilded chandeliers an essential item in the homes of the rich nobility. By the 16th and 17th century, they became a feature in home across all classes, with working class households making do with wood, wrought iron or tin versions. It was then that the first crystal chandeliers appeared, increasing their opulence once again. Nowadays, combining the tradition of such crystal chandeliers with LED lights, you can enjoy increased efficiency and controllability with our designs, able to brighten up any room without a high demand for energy. You can choose from LED glass or LED crystal and opt for our jellyfish or falling leaf designs. Alternatively, we also carry out special commissions, in order to provide you with a completely unique and bespoke chandelier design, whether for a residential or commercial building.

 

Contact Us

 

To discover more about our range of chandeliers and to discuss which design would work best for you, get in touch with us by completing our online contact form or emailing us at enquiries@contemporarychandeliercompany.co.uk. You can call also us on 01939 232 652 in order to speak to a member of our team directly and we will be glad to assist you with any queries you may have for us.

21.01.22

The Beauty of Contemporary LED Crystal Chandeliers

When you think of LED lights, you might not think immediately of a beautiful home installation. LED might make you think about technology like a television or a torch, something that is practical more than beautiful. If that case, you probably wouldn’t think about a crystal LED chandelier. Yet the reality is that this bright light technology is a great modern option for a contemporary design of fitting for a feature.

LED and crystal glass is the perfect fusion of classic materials with cutting edge design and technology. Crystal has long been used in the creation of beautiful chandeliers. It has the right qualities to make a striking and eye-catching display. Good quality crystal is ideal for splitting light. It amplifies and scatters light in a pleasing way. Additionally, the glass crystal is ideal for cutting into defined shapes. That gives the creator a lot of control over the finished design. As it dissipates and refracts through the crystal, it sparkles, shines and dances in the room.

Over the years, many different types of illumination have been used with chandeliers. For example, the very oldest examples featured arrays of candles. The golden flickers of the flame would fracture amongst the beautiful glass work.  Later on, gas and then electrical lights were fitted into chandeliers to give a more convenient light source with less maintenance.

But what about LED lighting? Can you make beautiful LED crystal chandeliers that can stand up to the high quality you want for your home? At the Contemporary Chandelier Company, we know that the answer is definitely yes!

LED is the perfect option for stylish modern crystal chandeliers. The name means ‘light emitting diode’. In simple terms, this is a semiconductor device which generates light by electroluminescence. When electricity passes through the unit, illumination is generated. For many years, these were simply used on circuit boards and electrical units to indicate a power source, but in modern times these are used to generate a bright light, enough to illuminate an entire room.

One of the advantages to LEDs is that they produce a high output for low energy input; in fact, this type of lighting can be more energy efficient than most other types on the market. They also have a long lifespan, which means that you have minimum maintenance to keep everything looking great. They are less effected by cold temperatures than some other types, so they will work even if you have not had the heating on. They are resilient to frequent switching on and off, and they can be used to create more delicate designs than many alternative light sources. Additionally, whilst many designs feature white light, it is also possible to use coloured lighting to create a truly unique design.

At the Contemporary Chandelier Company, we are confident that you will love our beautiful style of crystal chandeliers and crystal ceiling lights. Why not look over our online collections, or if you want a bespoke design for your home, contact our team. We are happy to discuss your requirements and create exactly what you need as a feature design for your home.

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