How to Choose and Hang a Chandelier

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How to Choose a Chandelier

One of the most beautiful and elegant forms of lighting is the chandelier. A stained glass or any chandelier of the right style and size can add a whole new dimension to a room.

A Chandelier for the Dining Room


Traditionally, chandeliers have been used in the dining room. Adding atmosphere to the dining experience. Whether you want the eloquent formal look, rustic country look, or traditional or modern look, there are a chandeliers to fit your taste and décor

Lobby or Foyer


Placing a stained glass chandelier or Tiffany style ceiling lights in a lobby or foyer depending on the ceiling height, is an excellent way of providing ambient lighting greet guests and to assure safe passage into other areas of your home.

  Bedroom, Kitchen, Family Rooms and Bathrooms   

Recently, chandeliers have been appearing in other rooms of the house, including bedrooms, kitchens, family room, and bathrooms.




Some chandeliers are designed with “down lights” to light table games, homework, or to accent table settings. Stained glass shades reduce glare and provide artistic elements to a room.

You may want to custom design your chandelier A Light Fixture of Your Own.

Formula for Sizing a Chandelier.

Measure the length and width of the room, and add the numbers together, rounding to the nearest foot. For example, if your room measures 14' long and 10' wide, you'll add 14 to 10, with a result of 24'. Your chandelier should be 24 inches in diameter.

For the chandelier lighting to have the right impact on the room and its décor, the light must be hung properly. Here are a few tips to follow when hanging a chandelier:

How to Hang a Chandelier 

A chandelier hung in the dinning room should be placed in the middle of the dinning table and the room. It is best to buy a chandelier that is about a foot smaller than the width of your dinning table.

The bottom of the chandelier should be 30-34 inches above the table. Stained glass chandeliers have multiple bulbs and tend to shed a lot of light.

If your dinning room is 12 X 15, then you will need bulbs that produce a combined total of roughly 270 watts. A chandelier with 6 40-watt bulbs or the equivalent in fluorescent or LED bulbs will most likely provide adequate illumination, especially if complemented by wall sconces, buffet lamps, or other light fixtures.

When choosing a chandelier for a foyer or other room keep in mind the length and width of the room. In general, the size of the chandelier should fully illuminate the area. The chandelier bottom should be at least 7 feet above the floor.

A chandelier should be put on a dimmer. Make sure that the dimmer works with the type of bulbs you are using. Incandescent, LED, fluorescent, halogen bulbs all need specifically designed dimmers.

You may want to conceal the wire or chain of the chandelier with a sleeve of some decorative fabric. At Smashing Stained Glass & Lighting, you have an excellent choice of chandeliers.

If you have any questions give us a call 763-350-0293 or, can't make a decision, we can help. You can usually get special pricing.



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