Today, chandeliers are everywhere! From the ever popular Baroque, to the swanky Art Deco, and over to the sleek and sexy Modern Movement; chandeliers are cool. And, once one decides one must own one, the perpetual search begins.What style, what brand, crystals/no crystals, new, vintage or antique? The questions, the questions… Choosing a chandelier is as personal as choosing art, perfume, or lingerie: it’s a most private endeavor. No one can, nor should, choose for you. Chandeliers not only light a room, but your choice also reflects something about you. And, brace yourself, the absence of the chandelier—is just as telling (but that’s another article).
Key Elements to Consider:
* Okay, here it is—the number one, most commonly asked question: What size do I buy? That’s easy. As a rule of thumb, simply take the dimensions of the room and add the numbers together. For example: If a room is 12 ft. X 12 ft., you add the two numbers together: 12 + 12= 24. Your chandelier should be 24 inch wide to handle a room 12ft. X 12 ft.
* Another key element to consider: Shades, or no shades? Other than choosing shades to compliment the room, do consider the poor unfortunate sole who suffers from headaches or migraines. An exposed light bulb, even a frosted bulb, will trigger a headache for light sensitive people. Shades serve to buffer that glaring light, while giving the room a beautiful glow. If you dislike the look of a shade, consider adding a dimmer controlled switch. PS: A translucent black shade will add an enormous amount of ambiance to most rooms.
* Crystals or No Crystals? Purely a personal choice, but keep in mind: Who is going to continually clean the crystals? Keeping chandelier crystals clean is no small job. The more crystals, the longer it takes to clean. Be realistic about how much time you are willing to invest; you don’t want your beautiful chandelier to become the bane of your existence, do you?
* I don’t have attic space above the area I’d like to hang my Chandelier. Can it still be
Yes! A highly trained electrical contractor can find a way to install just about anything—without punching a million holes in your drywall.
* Are chandeliers a good choice for the bathroom? Since glass looks like water, installing a crystal chandelier in the bathroom (usually the Master Bathroom) is a no brainer! The look is simply over the top beautiful. Just know: Hairspray does build up on bathroom fixtures, so crystal fixtures will need frequent cleaning. So, be sure to wipe the crystals frequently. Also, product can build up and erode some finishes.
Resources: Several Great Shops in Orange Co. are available to help you find just the right Chandelier, but here are a couple we find to be exceptional. Should you decide to visit one, simple tell them that OC Pro sent you and they will then extend a discount just for you.
Modern Electric 25332 Jeronimo Rd., Lake Forest, CA. 92639 (949) 830-8251 Ask for owner, Marie Anthony, She’s amazing, and will help you sift through the plethora of new fixtures and trends. She carries an extraordinary range of styles.
Summerhill Ltd. 110 South Glassell, Orange, CA. 92866 (714) 771-7782 Ask for owner, Denise Jochec. She will be more than happy to show you her unbelievable collection of Vintage and Antique Chandeliers and Wall Sconces. You will find things there which do not exist anywhere else. Happy Shopping…