A chandelier may not be what everyone thinks about when they first think of lighting in the home, but since manufacturing costs have decreased over the years, chandeliers are now a popular fixture in many homes. A chandelier can also be known as a girandole or a candelabra lamp, and it is an ornamental light fixture which will typically feature a number of branches to give it a unique look. They are typically mounted on ceilings although some wall chandelier varities are also available.
The classic chandelier has arrays of crystals that hand from it which function as prisms to illuminate the room they are hanging in with refracted light, giving a rainbow effect anywhere the light reaches. Contrary to this however, modern chandeliers will tend not to have refractory prisms and instead are commonly made from see through plastics and use LED bulbs instead of candles.
The earliest known chandeliers, at least lighting fixtures which would be recognisable as chandeliers by modern standards, arose in Europe around the 15th century. They have remained popular since then, although for most of history they have been owned only by the very wealthy, considering how much they cost to produce. This exclusivity added to their charm and desirability and many palaces around the world hold chandeliers that are in themselves worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Thankfully however, not everyone has to spend that kind of money today to have a chandelier in their own home. Neither do you have to have a room with particularly high ceilings as many modern chandeliers are a lot smaller than their historical counterparts. This means that any house owner who is looking to add a classicly themed lighting fixture to their home can consider adding a chandelier, which can give any room a classier feel. Just make certain that it doesn’t clash with any of the other furniture.
The worlds largest English Glass chandelier was created by the company Hackrock Rix and Dunt, and it is situated within the Dolmabahce Palace in Istanbul. The chandelier has 750 lamps and weighs in at a hefty 4.5 tons. The palace also has the worlds largest collection of crystal chandeliers in the world.
There are many different styles of chandelier available and it’s important to choose the style that best suits the room.