Candle Covers

In our chandelier world (which is such a pretty place) a candle cover is the piece that slides over the socket.  Sometimes it is wax, glass or cardboard, but usually it is plastic.

Candle covers don’t last forever.  Here are some common complaints:

IMG_0694Burnt Edges – Frequently on a candle cover, the edges closest to the bulb will darken due to heat from your light bulbs.  To prevent this from happening, make sure that the cardboard insulator on a socket rises above the candle cover by about 1/8″ inch.  Now, new covers are not that expensive, but if you don’t want to purchase new, simply unscrew the bulb, remove the cover and turn it upside down, and place it back on the socket.  Easy peasy… but it only works once if your covers continue to burn.

burnt candle coversDiscoloration – Like many plastics and cardboards, the material used in candle covers may discolor in the sun or simply change color over time.

Deterioration – Heat and time will also lead to the breakdown of these covers.  You may see the covers shrink to the point that they are extremely tight on the socket.  Or, they crumble at the slightest touch, particularly around the edge closest to the bulb.

To replace these covers, simply unscrew your bulb and lift up. If yours are very old, they may be very tight on the socket.

Determining the size you need for replacements…

  1. Measure the diameter.  Odds are you have either a candelabra socket or an Edison base socket.  Covers that fit a candelabra base socket are usually listed at 13/16th of an inch for inside dimension.  Covers that fit an Edison (same as Medium) base are usually listed as 1 3/16th of an inch for inside dimension.
  2. Measure the length.  This will vary more greatly.  Covers are most frequently available in 3″, 3.5″, 4″, 4.5″ and 6″.  If you are lucky, you may find a vendor that will cut them to length if yours are unusual. (We do!).

We are fans of thick walled, plain white plastic covers, but there are many other styles available: cardboard, beeswax, poly wax, plastic that looks like wax, black, ivory, velvet. Keep in mind that many materials do have a wattage limit.

If you need help with your covers, send us an email.  Some of our more common sizes are listed on the site: Our Candle Covers.


Staying Power

Our 1968 catalogLast week we received a lovely letter from the relative of some past customers. She was kind enough
to send us a copy of our catalog that her aunt has saved for almost 50 years! To know that someone enjoyed our catalog enough to keep it all of those decades is very heartwarming.

I spent the morning reading through this catalog from 1968. I could almost hear Mr. King’s voice as I read the beautiful descriptions of these chandeliers.

IMG_0668And, there were so many lovely testimonials from all over the country. I’m truly impressed by these letters that people took the time to hand-write and post. In later years as the product line increased, the space in the catalog that was devoted to testimonials changed to product, and these words were lost.

IMG_0667I think my favorite part of this old catalog is a paragraph on the back cover:
“We offer you, herewith, lighting fixtures of highest quality and most careful design. These prices are net to everyone. You will find that they compare favorably with, and are often lower than, the actual wholesale price of other fixtures of similar quality.”

This is still true, almost 50 years later.