Radiant Lighting: Chandelier Lighting Done Right

Timeless and elegant, a chandelier enhances any room, with a classic or modern twist. Radiant Lighting shares some key tips to help you select the right chandelier for your space.

DIAMETER MATTERS

Proportion is everything when it comes to selecting the right chandelier for a room. The diameter of the chandelier matters a lot and can impact how the fixture is perceived in a space. To calculate the ideal diameter, add the width of the room to the height of the room (using metres). Now times that number by 10. This will give you the ideal diameter in centimeters. If you’re still unsure, it’s better to have a chandelier that is slightly too big as opposed to one that is too small.

HANG IT RIGHT

Chandeliers suspended above dining tables or kitchen islands should hang 76cm to 92cm above the table top. This measurement is taken from the bottom of the chandelier to the countertop. If you’re hanging a chandelier in the living room or entrance hall, aim for at least 2 metres from the bottom of the chandelier to the floor. To adjust the height of your chandelier, use pliers to remove links in the chain and coil up the extra electrical wire in the ceiling housing. Chandeliers without chains can be adjusted by doubling up the cord to shorten the length thanks to a sliding mechanism.

CLASSIC VS MODERN

The design of chandeliers has evolved over the years and they’re now available in a range of styles and designs and have become generally more affordable to the public. If you’re going for a more traditional look then a classic chandelier is your best bet. This style of chandelier usually has suspended crystal prisms that illuminate the room with refracted light. If contemporary decor is more to your taste, then a modern chandelier is more suitable. This style of chandelier is usually minimalist in design with a simple silhouette and offers direct light, often using LED lamps. Classic chandeliers work well with warm white bulbs to produce a slightly golden glow, while cool white bulbs suit modern chandeliers and offer a light similar to that of daylight.

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