Millie Mills. Chandelier. January 23rd , 2018.
Crystals in chandeliers were originally used to help reflect and spread the light. Crystal glass was found to be the best material for this purpose. Into the 19th century, roped pendants and hanging drops were added to chandelier designs. With the discovery and use of electricity, the antique chandelier has of course moved with the times, and now incorporates electric or gas lighting. Candlelit chandeliers are still available, however, and can add some wonderful unique elegance and personality in the lighting of your home.
Chandeliers, generally, come with either uplight or downlight bulbs the former meaning that the light faces up (and reflects against the ceiling) and the latter meaning the light faces down (creating focus or a very soft light in the immediate area.) Both would depend on the rooms needs. Downlights can be very effective in a dining room, to create a soft light just around the table, but this would depend on the size of the dining room. Chandeliers can complement the home very nicely, even though they have a very antique look.
Light requirement is a feature of a user which is hard to predict. For example, if a sanitary standard says that the minimum light intensity recommended for a stay in a room is 200lx, there are always people who will require 500lx or more. What is more, the older a user is, the higher his light requirement is. Various demands on the intensity of light can me met in various ways. A chandelier with a higher number of bulbs whose light intensity we want to decrease can serve as an example. Such a decrease in the light intensity can be reached by: installing a double switch (the chandelier will be only partially lit), installing a dimmer (the light intensity of all lit bulbs will be gradually regulated), exchanging current bulbs for ones with a lower power.
One of the best ways to find the style and size chandelier that will best complement your décor, is to go online and look at whats available. Keep in mind that the chandelier usually draws the immediate attention of a visitor so it should fit the basic décor of your home. Proper sizing is critical. A chandelier that is too large for the space it occupies will overpower the room and may even lend a sense of claustrophobia to the visitor. On the other hand, a chandelier that is too small for the room just looks out of place regardless of its style.
The production and development of chandeliers slowed down until the 19th century, when multiple revivals began all across Europe. During the Second Empire in France, they created historicizing styles. By the end of the 19th century, gas lighting was becoming increasingly available, and this marked a change in the technological style of chandeliers. In the modern era, chandeliers have been made in a collection of styles, from large decorative chandeliers used in highclass restaurants to small colourful ones especially for children.
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