Helpful Tips When Choosing a Troy Lighting Chandelier

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A Classic Made Modern

A chandelier is a wonderful centerpiece as our eyes are drawn to this sculptural form of lighting. You will be pleasantly surprised to learn that even though chandeliers have been lighting up rooms for hundreds of years, Troy Lighting chandeliers come in contemporary 21st century designs that make a natural fit in every space - including the bathroom. Chandeliers have made major and modern headway since being the candle holders in medieval castles and royal ballrooms!

Proportion Is Important

Before choosing a chandelier, taking down some measurements is a bright idea. Here are some helpful rules of proportion that interior designers and lighting professionals offer when determining if a chandelier will work in its chosen room:
  • Ceiling Height. It’s recommended that for every foot of ceiling height, you calculate 2.5 to 3 inches of chandelier height. In other words, for an average 8-feet high ceiling, a chandelier -- including the chain or retaining collar by which it hangs -- should be no more than two feet tall.
  • Room Width. Another rule of thumb is that for every foot of the room’s width, you calculate 2 inches of chandelier width. So if for example your room is 12-feet wide, your choice of chandelier should be approximately 24 inches at its widest point.
  • Headroom. If the chandelier is to be hung in a dining room or above a kitchen island, the bottom of the chandelier should be 30 to 32 inches above the top of the table or island. The chandelier should also be roughly a foot narrower than the width of the table or countertop. This gives space to prepare a meal, or sit down to enjoy it, without bumping your head.
  • If the chandelier is not being installed above any furniture, aim for at least 6 and a half feet of clearance. Tall family members and friends walking underneath the chandelier will appreciate this!
  • Safety. The latest trend is adding a chandelier to a bathroom, which offers a beautiful yet pragmatic source of task lighting. Make sure the installation is away from bathtubs and that the chandelier is Underwriters Laboratories (U.L.) rated as safe in damp locations. Savvy homeowners have discovered that Troy Lighting exterior chandeliers, which have this U.L. rating, can be brought indoors.

A Chandelier to Match Every Style

Proportion continues to play a part in the aesthetics of the chandelier. A simple design might work better in a smaller room, such as a bathroom or walk-in closet; whereas an elaborate chandelier will make a bold fashion statement in a high ceilinged entrance way.
Chandelier designs have gone beyond the traditional, classic candelabra shape and ventured into contemporary geometric forms that incorporate materials such as metal, glass, rope, and wood. You’re not just adding functional lighting to your room. You’re also incorporating a lifelong piece of art. And you don’t have to be the custodian of the largest chandelier in the world in the State of Qatar -- which boasts 165,000 LED units -- to appreciate the energy savings of LED lighting, as many Troy Lighting chandeliers can be fitted with LED bulbs. Thankfully, we’re well past medieval times but all the same, your home is your castle!