Here at the Contemporary Chandelier Company, we provide our clients with a range of chandelier designs, combining lighting with sculpture. As well as our unique falling leaf and jellyfish chandeliers, and bespoke commissions, we offer a standard range of contemporary LED glass and crystal chandeliers. Today we are going to focus on our crystal chandelier category.
What is Crystal Glass?
The basic material of crystal was historically a type of glass where lead replaces the calcium content of a typical potash glass. In modern times, the lead is sometimes replaced with barium oxide, zinc oxide, or potassium oxide. However, the use of lead oxide when added to the molten glass means that it has a much higher index of refraction than regular glass. This is what gives it the extra sparkle we have come to associate with chandeliers, raising the correlated dispersion, which produces the colourful prism effect.
The History of Ornamental Crystal Glass
The use of decorative crystal glass for ornamental purposes goes back hundreds of years. There were even hanging oil lamps in the Byzantine period, and the earliest candle chandelier dates back to the medieval times. By the 15th century, more complex designs began to appear, with the cut glass chandelier dominating from around 1750 to 1900. During the mid-19th century, gas lighting became more popular, when more elaborate chandeliers continued to be developed. Whilst in the 20th century, chandeliers were often used as focal points in rooms rather than illuminated lights, with the use of LED lighting in contemporary chandeliers, it is now possible to be more creative and innovative with the ornamental design of chandeliers, that combines crystal glass with light.
Contemporary Crystal Chandeliers
Whilst traditional crystal chandeliers feature in an historical buildings and stately homes, through the use of the latest technology, we have begun to see chandeliers in a new light – both literally and figuratively speaking. The use of LED lighting and all the benefits it provides has led to the opportunity for designers to re-imagine their craft in thrilling new ways. As LED lights are more efficient and easier to control than incandescent bulbs, modern crystal chandeliers can be made to be both brighter and more delicate in form, without requiring more energy. The array of available colours can also add more creativity to contemporary designs.
Crystal Chandelier Design
At first, we produced our own designs in response to clients' specifications, so special bespoke projects have always been a big part of our business. Our contemporary LED chandeliers combine the traditional sparkle people associate with cut crystal with a modern twist. Within this category, we offer three distinct deigns: Swoosh, Spiral, Twist, as well as those for corporate clients. Each of our designs uses high quality Austrian crystal and LED downlights within the top plate that can be adjusted with a remote control.
To discover more about our LED crystal chandeliers, get in touch with us by completing our online contact form or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, can speak to a member of the team directly by calling us on 01939 232. We will be happy to help you with any queries you may have for us about our LED crystal chandeliers or any other aspects of our business.