Monday, July 30, 2007

Factors to Consider in Selecting the Right Crystal Chandelier

Most people want to make sure that they have beautiful and attractive homes. They usually find a décor or work of arts that can make their homes elegant enough to make appealing homes.

Putting crystal chandelier is typically a good way of making a home attractive enough not only for the owners of the house themselves but also to their visitors. There are lots of people who hang crystal chandelier in their homes to make it sophisticated and beautiful.

Indeed, crystal chandelier can make a home appealing, with its beauty and elegance, certainly each crystal chandeliers are work of arts. There are plenty of crystal chandeliers with different colors, shapes, designs, and sizes. Each of these can definitely make a home an alluring one.

Each crystal chandelier can make a beautiful home but there are still some factors that needed to be follow to help you out in your search for the best crystal chandelier for your home.

Before purchasing a crystal chandelier, you have to decide first the room that you want to put your crystal chandelier since each room requires different style, design and size of crystal chandeliers.

In selecting for crystal chandelier, you have to consider the specific room you want to put a crystal chandelier. You have to match it with the design, style and size of the specific room. In order to make sure that it will add up a lot more beauty and elegance to your home, you have to match it up with your room’s design, style and size. Either way, you can change the design and style of your specific room and follow it with the design and style of the crystal chandelier you purchased.

Size of the crystal chandelier is very important; it can make you avoid dullness and crowdedness of your specific room such as dining room, living room and foyer.

There are measures that you can follow in selecting crystal chandelier for the rooms of your home such as the foyer, dining room and living room.

If you prefer to put a crystal chandelier in your foyer, 2.5 to 3.5 feet wide crystal chandelier is what you should purchase. If you want to place a crystal chandelier in your dining room, and you have a six person dining table, 1.5 to 2 feet crystal chandelier is what you should purchase. If you have an eight person table, 2 to 1.5 feet crystal chandelier is what you should hang. If you have 10 to 12 person dining table, 2.5 to 3.5 feet crystal chandelier is what you should buy. If you want to put a crystal chandelier in your living room, 20 to 30% of your living room’s width is what you should buy in a crystal chandelier.

Wanting a crystal chandelier is not simply buying one and hangs it to your home; you have to consider certain factors to make sure that the crystal chandelier you purchase is the right one for your home or for the specific room of your home to make sure it will add beauty and elegance.

Following these certain factors can help you find the right crystal chandelier that can give beauty, appeal, elegance and spark to one’s home.

Eliza Maledevic Ayson

Friday, July 27, 2007

Cleaning Your Chandelier: Safety Tips

Chandeliers are essential accent pieces in dining and living rooms of homes. chandeliers bring life to holidays and special occasions, and nothing beats an elegantly set table with crystal, china, silverware and linen like having an equally sparkling and gleaming chandelier.

However, despite its allure and stature, many chandeliers suffer from neglect and improper cleaning. Since these pieces are sensitively intricate, people would resist cleaning them until it's absolutely, positively necessary to do so.

If a chandelier is dirty and filled with dust, grime and cobwebs, it is time to clean it before that special occasion arrives and when should you be in a hurry, you could cause some of the crystals to drop, or probably damage the fixture itself.

Be sure to your chandeliers in advance before any major event, so it will be ready when the special occasion comes.

Ways to clean chandeliers

There are a lot of ways on effectively cleaning chandeliers, however there are two standard methods used when it comes to cleaning a chandelier. The methods pertain to the way you clean the fixture and the 2 choices are either to wet clean or dry clean them. Should one have an ornate and opulently designed chandelier or one that is placed too high too clean, you may probably have to wet clean the fixture.

If you have a particularly fine crystal chandelier, you must first contact the lighting center of your choice, or where you purchased the fixture, and inquire about the proper way to clean it. It is also advisable to ask for advice from a lighting professional or an electrician. However, it is also recommend that one uses a spray cleaner or try individual hand cleaning. If one has any concerns at all, hand, or dry cleaning could be the best choice.

Safety tips for cleaning chandeliers

Before proceeding with cleaning your chandelier, take note of the following safety precautions:

- Turn off the electricity first at the circuit breaker box, to prevent electrocution.

- Plug another light at another outlet, on another breaker switch, to lighten the area and guide you when cleaning the chandelier.

- Move anything breakable away from the cleaning area.

- Use a tall ladder so that you won't have problems reaching inner areas of the chandeliers.

- Put a mat or a large of plastic on the floor to serve as a catch basin for any drips, and also place a soft blanket or cloth on the floor to catch any crystals, should one fall

For the proper and thorough cleaning of chandeliers, it would be best to follow these important procedures:

- Take out all bulbs and put them aside.

- Lay a large towel above the bottom of a sink or dishpan. Fill this halfway with medium hot water. Add soap, detergent and swish up to create suds.

- Fill up a large container or pan with clean hot water for rinsing and pad this up with a towel to keep fine, crystals or glass from breaking.

- Take the crystal drops and saucers off of the chandelier and wash a one at the time. Wipe the frame of the chandelier with a cloth filled with suds.

- Continue washing, and re-changing parts of the chandelier until the whole fixture is clean. Afterwards, wipe them dry and put them back into their sockets.

Vanessa Arellano Doctor


Monday, June 11, 2007

History Of Chandeliers

Chandeliers are usually seen in ritzy homes. But given this statement, it doesn’t mean that you can’t put one in your house, if ever you do not live in a mansion.

You can install chandeliers and add elegance in your homes. That way you do not have to pay for such big prices for the lot, when you can just pay a smaller amount for the chandelier and its installation. But have you ever wondered about the history of these lighting fixtures?

chandeliers are fixtures that usually have two or more arms that carry lights. They are mounted on your ceilings. There are different kinds of chandeliers, but all of them give that very same effect for elegance. Modern ones are very flamboyant, with lots and lots of lamps and complicated displays of murals, to give more illumination to the room with its many convoluted patterns.

chandeliers are believed to be bear more weight compared to other ceiling light furniture. Some intricate ones may need special connections to your ceiling and specially reinforced ceilings as well. Luckily, not all chandeliers would require you to sweat it out trying to make the necessary connections. Most of the chandeliers do not need special supports and they can be attached to your electric fuse like your other appliances.

What is initially frustrating with these kinds of chandeliers is that they might not need special attachments, but they would require specially reinforced fuses. This reinforcement may be done during the installation and ensuing installations may need extensive renovations.

Now that you know what a chandelier is and how it is connected to electricity, it is time you found out about its history.

The first chandeliers were utilized back in the medieval ages as decorations in churches and abbeys to give more illumination to vast halls. Their first look was a simple wooden cross that has some spikes on which the candles will be laid. This whole construction will be lifted up to a particular height hanging on a rope that is also suspended from a hook.

After the fifteenth century, more ornate versions of chandeliers showed up. The most popular designs back then were those of crown designs and were commonly found in palaces and residences of the extremely rich. It was used as a status symbol.

When the world reached the eighteenth century, brass versions came into being, with long, curved branches and carries many candles, and were also most usually found in houses of merchants.

It was also in the same century that glassmaking skills were developed, and this said enhancement led to the cheaper production of lead crystal. Crystal has highly refractive glass and it scatters light in proportions other forms of glass are incapable of doing. Crystal was added to the chandeliers’ conglomeration, and the famous crystal chandelier started to exist.

Until the end of the twentieth century these lighting fixtures were referred to as an item for decoration in a specific room, and not anymore as a major source of illumination.

Everything came from something. Everything you touch, hold and see has its own history. Presently, chandeliers are common in homes east and west. If you consider yourself under the category of those living in those kinds of homes, then it would be nice to know that, at least, you know the history of one of your furniture, the history of the chandelier.

Vanessa Arellano Doctor