Shopping for a Chandelier
Light It Up
Fashionable and functional, chandeliers should be incorporated into the house as any decorative accessory or object of art will be chosen.
“I urge consumers to view this purchase with same enjoyment they would use to buy nice furniture,” says Dan Blitzer, education consultant for the American Association of Lighting. “A fine chandelier is an investment that will increase the value of your home.”
To find the style chandelier for your home, just start with a color or material that predominates in the decoration of the living system. What is striking in the room?What kind of report you want to do? If the room is more traditional, choose chandeliers with more ornaments and decorative details. If your home is modern, opt for less ornamentation and simpler details.
Size is also important. Chandeliers are designed to float in a room as an important element of decoration. Too big and accessory that dominate space.Too small, and looks up. “Placing a lamp that is too small a space is probably the biggest mistake because it is very sensitive,” says Joe Rey-Barreau, educational consultant for the American Lighting Association (ALA) and assistant professor of interior design at the University of Kentucky. “Great designers, therefore, tend to make decisions on equipment that may appear slightly larger than might be appropriate. Usually always better to error on a device that is too big than too small.”
If the options are clear, it is always better to have the help of a counselor in a light showroom lighting to help guide the decision. “Sometimes it’s simply a matter of choosing what feels good,” says Joe Rey-Barreau. “The lighting consultants often have design skills and get you going in the right direction.”
When shopping for a chandelier, the American Lighting Association recommends the following tips to help you find your dream installation.
Be prepared: lighting showrooms armed visit a photo or drawing of space you are trying to light. “The fabrics, furniture, paintings or pictures of the house are a great help in this process,” says Rey-Barreau. “And do not forget to ask the sales associate for help.”
Check it out: Browse the spider before buying. Look at the detail and quality finish. They should be treated from the mold so they look clean. Curtains and other accessories should sit properly on a lead form. Ask the cup and the crystal quality and durability of the finish.
Turn right: Make sure you choose the right bulbs for your particular brightness.According to experts, clear bulbs lamps with exposed bulbs or glass glass boxes will improve the spark. In lamps with linen screens, frosted bulbs cast a pleasing glow and will not create shadows.
Buy a few light bulbs for additional lighting at the time of purchase. There is nothing worse than having a light bulb before dinner!
Weight there: Always consider the weight of the spider. Over 50 lbs lamps must be mounted more securely to the structure of the house. “This is a test of the National Electrical Code, and the electrician hanging the device must be aware of this,” says Rey-Barreau. “It does not hurt to remind them, though.”
More is more: Do not let a single lamp in a room. Like a star, you need a supporting cast of characters to help them do their job. “A chandelier needs supplemental lighting around it,” says Blitzer. “Do not worry about finding the package that is everything. It is preferable that a layer of light in the room with lamps sconces, table and floor.”