FAQ – Candle Cover Sizes

Are you searching for new chandelier candle sleeves?

I’m guessing your candle sleeves (aka covers) have become brittle and are breaking.  Or, they have turned an uneven and unsightly yellow.  Or, they’ve burned around the edges.  All of these occurrences are good reason to buy new candle covers.  So, how do you figure out what to buy?

Sizing – How to determine the proper size of your candle cover.

You will need to know how long they are – top to bottom.  Chandelier manufacturers use many different sizes – there is no standard.  Some are easy to cut with scissors or a serrated  knife, but others require a ban saw to cut. We are always happy to cut to size.

Next, you will need to measure the diameter.  Here are the most common diameters:

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European Base is 15/16″

The European Base (for E14 220 sockets) is almost 1″.  These are not standard in the USA, but if you have imported a chandelier from Europe and are using bulb adapters, the above cover could be what you need.  We do have these available – but not on the web site.  Give us a call.

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Candelabra Base is 7/8″

The Candelabra Base, above, is most common.  These are for the small, E12 sockets, and the covers are 7/8″ diameter.

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Medium Base is 1 1/8″

The Medium Base socket cover is 1 1/8″.  This size is more commonly used on lamps these days, but prior to the 1950’s, it was quite common to see these on a chandelier.

Safety

For safety sake, don’t put higher than the recommended wattage in any socket, but most especially if you don’t want to ruin your candle sleeve.  A high wattage bulb will turn the edges dark or can even create a fire hazard.

Make sure that the cardboard insulator is slightly above the edge of the cover – this protects the cover from the heat of the light bulb.

Quick Tip

If the edges of your cover are brown, simply remove your light bulb, slip the covers off and turn them upside down.  Slip them right back on the socket so that the burnt edges are on the bottom and hidden.

Material

Candle covers are made of so many materials, but the most common is plastic.  Some plastic is heavy walled and opaque.  Some is not – so make sure to purchase quality plastic. Polymers are also common and frequently used to create the covers that look like wax drip candles. Cardboard is also available – a bit more like the old styles.  And, there are wax covers – which is beautiful, but make sure to follow the recommended wattage maximums so that they don’t melt.  Some more modern fixtures have metal covers, but these don’t generally need to be replaced.

Color

This is a matter of preference – there is no advantage in choosing one color over another.

As always, if we have missed any piece of information that you are curious about, send us an email or ask us here!

There is more than one way to light art…

Our dear friend and dynamic artist,  Meridith McNeal, just sent us these lovely images from her latest exhibition at Figureworks Gallery in Brooklyn, NY.

Our Princess chandelier in the foreground of this image and her lovely  Signora della Casa: Lace Dress on the wall behind.  Meridith frequently includes chandeliers and chandelier components in her art, and if you take a good look, you can see a chandelier in this work.

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Meridith McNeal, Signora della Casa: Lace Dress, ink on paper, 74×55″

This is our Gem – assisting you in your feeling of being in this kitchen – gazing out the window.

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Meridith McNeal, Sperlonga Windowphilia: Casa Celeste Kitchen, watercolor on paper, 53×37″

 

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Meridith McNeal, Sperlonga Windowphilia: Casa Celeste Kitchen; Byron Kim, Sunday Paintings; and Maira Kalman, Angel

 

We encourage you to take a look at her webpage: Meridith McNeal or follow her on instragram: @meridithmcnealart.  Or, come by the showroom – we are the proud owner of some of her beautiful chandelier art!

A Little Graphic Help

Sizing chandeliers for large dining rooms is a bit trickier than most rooms.  Too large of a chandelier will have you looking like a hotel ballroom and too small of a chandelier will get lost.  Can the chandelier be wider than the table?

In answer to the latter question, yes it can.  If you can hang the chandelier high enough, it is okay for it to be wider than the table as long as you like the way it looks. We recommend 3′ or so off the table in such a situation.

Below are some simple illustrations for larger dining rooms.

How to size a chandelier in a large dining room - width

How to Measure a Chandelier – Easy Guidelines

We get more than a few questions asking how we measure our chandeliers. What exactly does the listed length (height) of a chandelier include? How do you measure the width?

Measuring a crystal chandelierSimply put, the listed length is from the point that the chain attaches at the top of the chandelier to the lowest point on the chandelier.

Hanging light fixtures that hang by chain have a metal loop at the top. This loop is part of the chandelier, not part of the chain, and exists so that there is something to attach the chain. Very logical. We include that top loop in the measured length.

Most chandeliers require a screw loop assembly to hang a chandelier from a ceiling box. Keep in mind that the screw loop assembly, or “hook-up”, plus the one link of chain that MUST attach the screw loop to the top loop of the chandelier, takes up about 4″ of space. So when figuring how much chandelier will fit in a space, keep these extra 4″ in mind as it will cause your chandelier to hang lower than just the actual chandelier length. (34″ long chandelier + 4″ hook-up will make your chandelier hang 38″ from the ceiling.)

We then measure down the chandelier to the lowest point, which in this case is the bottom of the crystal ball. On our chandeliers, we position these balls to where we think they look best, but they are slightly adjustable.

How to measure a chandelierMeasuring the width of a chandelier can be a bit trickier. Because you can’t lay a ruler through the middle of most chandeliers and because some chandeliers have odd numbers of arms (branches), I think the easiest way to get a width is to measure the radius: half way – from the center of the chandelier to the outer edge. Then, double that figure to get the diameter. (See, there you go, using Geometry!)

How to measure at the top of a chandelier.
Start measurement at the top of the loop that is attached to the chandelier.
How to measure the length of a chandelier.
Measure the length to the very lowest point on the chandelier.
How to measure the width of a chandelier.
Measure the width by measuring from the outer most edge to the center of the chandelier. Double that figure.

 

New Lighting Magazine

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Looking for inspiration? Or, perhaps you need some technical advice?

If so, we have some great news for you: the annual Lighting magazine from the good folks at Better Homes and Gardens (in conjunction with the American Lighting Association) is on the stands!

But, even better news, you can stop by a member showroom (like ours) and pick one up for FREE! This beautiful publication is $6.99 on the news stands, but FREE from a participating ALA member showroom.

Come on by our store and pick up your free copy today. They are right at the front counter, so you can even just “poke your head in the door” and grab one. Or, call from the parking lot, and we will bring one to your car. Or, if even that is too much effort for you, follow this link for a digital copy – we won’t judge, we promise.

Our Kingly King

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Simply put, we think this is the most beautiful chandelier in existence. So, of course, we named it the King.

Thus named because it is the Crown of our collection. Or, you could even say it is named after us – King’s Chandelier Company. In the olden days we called this the 12+6, but that name did not do it justice.

It is large at 32″ wide and 45″ long, but not so big that it looks overdone. Just big enough. It has the perfect number of lights at 18 (12 on the lower arms and 6 on the upper). Superbly proportioned.

Where could you use this in your home? No matter where, it would look spectacular. Click the photo above to see all available options for the King Crystal Chandelier.