Snowflakes or Chandeliers?

different view of crystal chandelier

We know to keep our expectations of a Christmas snow pretty low here in the South, but being able to wear shorts on Christmas Day is a bit of a seasonal bummer. We’ve had dreary, warm rain and quite a bit of it.

Today, I decided to make my own snowflakes.

One of my favorite things to do around here is take a bit of a lie-down in what we call our “Strass Room”. It is the room in our showroom building where we display our chandeliers trimmed in Swarovski: black ceiling, royal blue walls and carpet and tons of sparkle. I stretch out on the floor and look up at all of the glittering chandeliers. Lovely.

IMG_0959 IMG_0961IMG_0966 IMG_0962 different view of crystal chandelier

There’s More to Decorate!

Did you decorate your chandelier for the holidays?

You’d think we would be purists about crystal chandeliers, but life is too short to not have some fun and mix it up a little.

Some of my favorite things to search for on Pinterest are your photos of chandeliers adorned with garland, balls, ribbon – whatever makes the festive more festive.  Here’s my board: Decorate Your Chandelier.

We would love to see your photos! Tag us on any social media #kingschandelier.

Happy Holidays!

-Nancy

 

Safety First

What IS the safest wattage of a bulb to use in my chandelier?

After our last blog, I received this question from several readers. Usually, the answer for this is easy enough as it should be on a sticker right on the socket.

IMG_0825For a candelabra socket (the skinny one) we recommend staying at 40 watts or below, even though the socket itself may be rated to 60 watt. But, make sure to pay attention, because some imports recommend 15 watt or 25 watt bulbs, particularly if it is a very small acrylic chandelier or a light fixture (lamp or chandelier) that has a small shade. Even a 25 watt bulb can burn a fabric shade if it is close to the bulb.

If you don’t have a rating on your candelabra socket (or socket cover), stick with 25 watt or 15 watt bulbs.

IMG_0822Edison base sockets, also called Medium base sockets or Type A bulbs, will also have a maximum wattage. These may range from 15 watt up to 150 watt. Again, if the lamp uses a small fabric shade or is in close proximity to plastic, the wattage should be low: 15 or 25 watt.

Some 3 way sockets are listed as safe to 150 watt, but some are only safe to 100 watt. The maximum may be determined by the size of the shade or the type of socket. We always recommending erring on the side of safety and not exceeding 100 watts in a 3 way socket.

If you are using energy efficient light bulbs, continue to pay attention to the actual wattage of that bulb.  And, the physical size should be considered when the bulb is close to fabric or plastic. Even if a bulb is low wattage, it can still over heat anything that is touching it.

Happy lamping.

-Nancy