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While it’s easy to settle for recessed lighting or lamps, nothing makes quite a statement like a chandelier. Quite frankly, they’re the best way to illuminate your room and create a striking focal point. But chandeliers don’t necessarily have to be the crystal monstrosities à la The Phantom of the Opera. There is a wide variety of styles and sizes to suit any home—and any room (you can even hang one in your bathroom!).
Whether you’re interested in a charming farmhouse fixture to hang over your dining room table or something a little more practical, like a chandelier with a fan to keep things cool, we have suggestions for you.
Here, the best chandeliers at every price point.
Overall, we recommend the Graham Iron Chandelier (view at Pottery Barn), a simple, versatile option that’ll look elegant in any space and never go out of style. For something more budget-friendly, we recommend the HOXIYA Sputnik Chandelier (view at Amazon), a modern, gold-finished option that looks way more expensive than it is.
Size is probably the most important factor when it comes to picking a chandelier, so be sure you take all the measurements of the room before you start shopping to make sure you’ll get the right size fixture for your space. And it’s not just about the size of the chandelier itself—you have to consider the height at which it hangs, too. In a dining room, for example, you’ll want to have your chandelier rest about 36 inches above your table or 72 inches off the floor.
Most chandeliers are sold without light bulbs, which means you’ll likely have to buy them separately. Keep in mind that there are different types of lightbulbs out there, from LEDs to incandescent to smart bulbs, and those different types of bulbs come in a variety of shapes. Check to see what kind of bulbs are recommended for your chandelier, whether that’s a candelabra-style CFL or a globular LED bulb—you don’t want to be stuck with a chandelier that isn’t compatible with your preferred bulb.
Chandeliers aren’t the easiest fixtures to install on your own, between the technical know-how of hardwiring them into your ceiling and structural know-how of how much weight your specific ceiling can hold. If you plan on DIYing your chandelier installation, consider the ease of hanging it—larger, heavier fixtures are much more difficult to manage. Ultimately, we recommend hiring a pro to install your chandelier, so factor in that cost when setting your budget.
Stefanie Waldek writes about furniture, decor, and home improvement for The Spruce and MyDomaine. She thinks light fixtures are underrated works of art, and considered materials, size, and style when writing this article.
Installing a chandelier requires attaching electrical wires to ceiling wiring and then screwing in a decorative ceiling plate to conceal and protect wiring. Chandeliers are delicate and can be heavier than other light fixtures, so it’s important to hang them securely, which may include installing a special electrical box that can support their weight. A licensed electrician is the safest bet to make sure that your chandelier is properly wired and supported.
The standard rule for hanging a chandelier above the dining room table is that the bottom of the fixture should hang between 30 and 36 inches above the top of the dining table. If your ceiling is higher than 8 feet, raise the chandelier height by 3 inches for every additional inch of ceiling height. Keep in mind that this is just a guideline, and that many designers consider it more modern to hang a chandelier lower to ground the dining area and create a pleasing ambient light for diners.
The crystals on a chandelier will become cloudy with dirt and grime over time, depleting them of their blingy, light-reflecting properties. To clean a chandelier, carefully remove crystals and soak them in dish soap and water with a splash of vinegar before gently scrubbing them clean, or using a soft cloth, rub them gently with a solution of one part rubbing alcohol and four parts water. Wipe them dry, and replace them on the chandelier. Dusting your crystal chandelier with a feather duster in between cleanings should help make this a once-a-year job.
Switching out a chandelier requires switching off the electricity, unscrewing the decorative ceiling plate that usually covers chandelier wiring, disconnecting the light fixture from ceiling wires, and reattaching the new light fixture. Keep in mind that heavy chandeliers can be difficult to move and swapping them out is generally a two-person job that requires a ladder and may require installing an electrical box that can support the extra weight. If in doubt, hire a professional, especially if you are working with a heavy vintage or antique light fixture.
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