Chandeliers can be a great choice for several spaces in your home, including the entryway, dining room, living room, and more. At Hacienda, we love helping our customers choose the right chandelier lighting, no matter what room they’re updating. If you’re looking for a new hanging light for your property, we’d love to show you what we have in stock!
What Is a Chandelier?
You likely have an idea in your mind of what a chandelier is, and it’s probably similar in some ways to what others think they are, but there are also likely some distinctions. You might think of a grand, ornate light in a hotel lobby when you think of a chandelier, while someone else may think of a modern, minimalist fixture above a dining table. Both of you would be right, as chandeliers come in a variety of styles, shapes, and sizes.
Chandeliers are light fixtures that hang from the ceiling and have multiple light bulbs within each fixture. They are a fantastic source of ambient lighting for almost any room, and you can choose the style that best suits your home and your personal tastes.
Measuring for Your Chandelier
When shopping for chandeliers, there are a few things to keep in mind. You’ll want to make sure that you choose the right size of fixture so that it fits within the given space. You’ll want to consider where you’re installing the light, such as above the dining room table or in the guest room. Finally, you’ll want to measure the length, width, and height of the room where the chandelier will go so that it can be installed in the proper spot, both centering it in the space (if necessary) and making sure it hangs at the proper height from the ceiling.
Room Length and Width
One of the first things you can do is to measure the length and width of the room where the chandelier will go. You don’t want the chandelier to be too big and encroach on the walls of the room, as this can make the room feel smaller than it actually is. A good rule of thumb is to have at least 4’ between the edge of the chandelier and the walls. As for the diameter (in inches) of the chandelier, you can find that by adding the room’s length and width together. For example, if the room is 12’ x 12’, then your chandelier can be approximately 24” in diameter.
The shape of your chandelier will depend on the space as well. A linear chandelier may not work very well in a square room, whereas a square or round chandelier may not look right in a long, narrow space. Our team will gladly help you determine which chandelier size is best for you.
Since the chandelier will hang from the ceiling, it’s important to know the height of the ceiling. You’ll need plenty of clearance below the light, which means rooms with lower ceilings (between 8’ and 9’) may need a different ambient lighting solution. If the ceiling is high enough (10’ and above), then the chandelier can hang down approximately 3” for every foot of ceiling height. This means that for a 10’ ceiling, the chandelier would hang down 30”, leaving 90” (or 7.5’) of clearance underneath the fixture.
For spaces with very tall ceilings, such as living rooms with vaulted ceilings or two-story entryways, the same basic rule applies. You’ll want the chandelier to hang down far enough to provide plenty of ambient light for the entire room, without it being too close to the ceiling or too close to the floor. We can help with any installation questions you may have about your new hanging fixtures.
Dining Room Chandeliers
Dining room chandeliers can present certain challenges, since they’re installed above the table. The chandelier should still hang down from the ceiling at a proper height, but you’ll want to make sure there’s plenty of space between the bottom of the light and the top of the table. There should be between 30” to 36” between the chandelier and the table, so that people can see each other whenever they’re sitting down to eat.
The chandelier can also be slightly smaller than the table, and should complement it in terms of shape. If you have a round dining table, consider getting a round chandelier that’s smaller in diameter. If you have a long dining table, you can install a linear chandelier that’s a few inches shorter than the table. This will add a perfect design touch to your dining room, and it will ensure that no one accidentally bumps into the chandelier as they sit down or stand up.
Types of Chandeliers
There are many different types of chandeliers to choose from, and the one you pick will depend on where it’s being placed in your home. If you’re looking for a light for your living room, then an up chandelier might be best. A down chandelier can be great for the dining room, and a ring chandelier can look perfect in your entryway.
Up, or uplight, chandeliers are great for rooms with tall ceilings where you want softer, more diffused light. The light will shine upwards towards the ceiling, illuminating the upper parts of the room and leaving more opportunity to use task and accent lighting in the lower parts of the room. Uplighting also removes the risk of glare off of reflective surfaces, such as your TV or a glass coffee table.
Down chandeliers provide more focused light by shining downwards in a room. Your dining room chandelier can be a down light, since you want it to illuminate the table and seating area when you have guests over for dinner. You can also choose a down chandelier for your front entryway or breakfast nook in your kitchen.
Linear chandeliers are ideal for long dining rooms where a round fixture wouldn’t feel right. You can also add a linear fixture in your living room, using it as supplemental ambient lighting above a table where you play games with family and friends.
Ring chandeliers, as the name suggests, are round fixtures that can be used in a number of places in your home. If you have a round dining table, consider installing a ring chandelier above it. These lights can also be used in entryways and bedrooms, provided there’s enough space.
If you want a new hanging light, but don’t have a lot of room to work with, then a mini chandelier can be the perfect choice. These smaller lights can provide the illumination you need, without taking up as much space on the ceiling and within the room.
Chandeliers aren’t just for the inside of your home. At Hacienda, we have a great selection of outdoor chandeliers that can be used on your backyard deck or patio, providing the perfect ambience for outside dining and entertaining. You can choose the size and style that you prefer, and have the perfect lighting for years to come.
Chandelier Lighting Controls
Once your new chandelier is in place, you’ll want to be sure it’s easy to use. It’s important to have the right switches and controls so that you can turn the light on and off as needed. You can add a dimmer switch that lets you set the lighting where you want it, whether that’s to brighten your entryway or set the mood for an intimate dinner party. If you’re interested in smart or automated controls for your chandelier, our team can help with those as well.
Find New Lights for Every Room
The right chandeliers can brighten your home and make a bold design statement in any room. From the style and size of the light to the ornamentation that you choose for it, your chandelier can provide the lighting you need while also making your house feel complete. If you’re interested in seeing what chandeliers we have to offer, please visit our online catalog or stop by our Scottsdale showroom today.