The chandelier was created in
antiquity. Devoid of ornament and decoration, its sole function was to light
the room or place in which it was installed. This lighting object suspended
from the ceiling has evolved over time.
In the Middle Ages, it was
made of wood, in the shape of a cross with a variable number of branches
surrounded by a circle to make it more solid. Candles were placed on the
branches. These were hung on a chain. This mechanism allowed the chandelier to
be lowered to light the candles or to replace them and clean the suspended
light fixture. At that time, chandeliers embellished and lit churches, castles
and official buildings.
From the 15th century
onwards, chandeliers took on a luxurious appearance: a sign of wealth that
aristocrats and monarchies in many European countries were striving to make
their castles, manor houses and other buildings even more beautiful.
The most extravagant light
suspension, the chandelier dares everything, from the brightest materials to
precious stones, including basic elements such as wood and wrought iron. Today,
the chandelier can be used in many ways and can be installed anywhere in the
house. A chandelier containing several lamps placed above the dining table is
ideal for illuminating meals. Its size will be chosen according to the size of
the table. It can be placed at a low height without the risk of being knocked
over, but should not be too low for the people at the table to be well lit nor
too high for there to be a true concentration of light. For example, for an
oval table, the most suitable chandelier will be an elongated shape.
In the living room, the
chandelier will be more discreet and smaller as it will coexist with other
fixtures, unless it is a castle or a very large house with a vertiginous ceiling
height. By lowering it low enough or by raising it according to the dimensions
of the living room, it will be necessary to adapt its power for optimal
It is possible to install a
chandelier in a reception room as long as the entrance has a high ceiling
height. Also, it must not dazzle people and must be adapted to the dimensions
of the room or corridor.
What type of bulbs should I
choose for a chandelier?
Incandescent bulbs, although
they have been banned for sale since 2013, and halogen bulbs are the most
recommended for their light, which is very important for direct lighting. With
a chandelier composed of several lamps, halogen bulbs are the best adapted and
sometimes in quite a large number.
LED bulbs are beginning to
make a place for themselves in the field of domestic lighting. They can be
installed directly from the mains or via a 12 V dimmer switch.
Generally, chandeliers are
fitted with E14, E27 or B22 bases for older luminaires.
In order not to break the
spirit of the chandelier, preference should be given to decoratively shaped
bulbs. For example, those in the shape of a flame will give the impression of
an authentic candle light.
Now that you know everything
there is to know about chandeliers, all you have to do is make your choice! And
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