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.
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?
Simply 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.
Measuring 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!)
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.
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.
The pollen is slowly dwindling around here, so things can actually be cleaned. Alex is busy in the showroom removing the yellow-green dust from all of the lights. For your guide to cleaning a chandelier, go here: Clean
If you don’t want to clean your chandelier yourself, check your yellow pages or Angie’s List for a reputable company. Make sure that they can provide references and are bonded. Or, call the largest lighting showroom in your area and ask them for a recommendation.
If you like old homes, you will appreciate this one in the same we we do. I believe the date of construction was 1851, and the wood work is by Thomas Day. He home owners were kind enough to invite me into this home and allow me to take photos. When the restoration of the beautiful wood work is finished, we will begin the lighting process.
Only a couple of windows are needing replacement, and the doors have been stripped of more than a century of paint. They will remain unpainted.
The worn treads will stay worn.
As history repeats itself, so does the ownership of this home. The original home owners lost the house shortly after the Civil War, but the direct descendants have recently purchased the home and are lovingly restoring it. We are proud to add the warmth of light.