How to Use Chandeliers in Lighting Design

Chandeliers are the elegance symbol of space. They are lighting fixtures that add value to modern or classic style design. A brilliant chandelier is always one of the most remarkable pieces of decoration.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020 - 07:55

A chandelier added to a foyer, dining room, or restaurant enhances the value and beauty of the interior design. It is a design object used by the designer to impress residents, enrich the decoration, and leave his/her signature.

Chandeliers are the elegance symbol of space. They are lighting fixtures that add value to modern or classic style design. A brilliant chandelier is always one of the most remarkable pieces of decoration.

Types of Chandelier

Chandeliers classified according to their styles and shapes.

Styles

  • Contemporary and modern
  • Traditional
  • Urban
  • Industrial
  • Rustic
  • Victorian
  • Bohemian
  • Art deco
  • French country

Shapes

  • Candles
  • Antler
  • Bulb
  • Drum
  • Bowl
  • Tiered
  • Lantern
  • Shaded
  • Empire
  • Sputnik
  • Wagon wheel

Topics to consider while choosing the right chandelier

  • Size of the space, the scale of the chandelier in the space
  • Purpose of the environment, required light output, light source type
  • Style of the decoration, finish material, and style of the chandelier
  • Control system
  • Maintenance, installation details, the weight of the chandelier, cleaning options

Basics of lighting with a chandelier

Besides the style of a chandelier, some basic design principles need attention. We can install a small or large, modern, or classic pendant in every space, even in a bathroom or on a terrace. It is a designer’s choice and design decision.  It is necessary to create balanced illumination wherever the chandelier installed.

Wall sconces, recessed or track lights, can be added to provide enough light for tasks as well as a beautiful environment.

A multi-functional area, such as a hotel lobby, requires different lighting levels and atmospheres for various functions. An impressive large chandelier can welcome hotel visitors and make the hotel unforgettable, but the reception will need additional lighting sources.

The restaurants, bars, and cafes also need chandeliers both for functional and decorative purposes. In our homes also we like to have a chandelier for the same reasons.

As the chandeliers are used with other light sources, using a lighting control system is almost a must. Thanks to the lighting control system, besides energy saving, different lighting scenarios can be easily created.

Glare is also another crucial issue in all lighting fixtures. Glass, crystals, and bulbs not concealed used in a chandelier can cause glare. For example, on a dining table or top of a bed, this will be a very uncomfortable situation for the user.

Chandeliers are the balance elements between the personality and functionality of any space. Thanks to the elegant and stylish chandeliers that add a personal touch to the whole decoration, we can always transform monotony to vividness, and live in eye-catching places.

Ayşe Özkiper
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After Notre Dame de Sion French High School, Ayşe Dilay Özkiper continued her education at the Istanbul Technical University and has been graduated as an Architect. She also graduated from her MBA at the Istanbul University Institute of Business Economics. She attended various workshops, formations, and schoolings on lighting design and technique. Özkiper spent the last 20 years of her 29-year professional career in the lighting sector with the expertise of architectural lighting and still continues as a lighting designer and consultant.

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