What glorious splendor does a chandelier bring to a room? As a ceiling light fixture, the chandelier has become popular over the years as a decorative piece every home of class utilizes.
While the chandelier has grown in popularity, it had humble beginnings. You probably knew that the word “chandelier” was Fench, but what you probably didn’t know is “chandelier” means candle. The earliest styles and designs of chandeliers were simple and focused on function, a simple wooden cross hung horizontally that held candles on each of the four end-points. Now, chandeliers are elaborate decorative pieces that also light rooms.
At The Light House Gallery, we love lighting, and we want to share our passion with you so that you can entertain your guests with the origin of chandeliers. If you’re in the area, our two convenient locations in Springfield and Branson are open Monday through Friday. Stop by and give our collection of ceiling lights, including chandeliers, a look. You may find something you love.
Did you know that the expense of good candles launched the chandelier into popularity? That’s right! Near the end of the 9th century across Europe, high quality, long lasting candles were hung in estates, churches, and well-off homes to light the room from a higher point as to add an ambient feeling instead of a spotlight like most candles create on shelves or window sills.
Over time, the production and design quality improved, as do most things, and the chandelier began to evolve at the hands of craftsmen. At the turn of the 15th century, chandeliers were gilded and plated with gold, as well as becoming larger to hold more candles. This is about the time that chandeliers started to get larger to illuminate larger rooms.
Around the 18th century, chandeliers grew to massive sizes and started to use rare materials like Venetian Murano Glass, lead crystal, and more. The magnificent chandeliers became centerpieces hung from the ceiling that tied the room together, as well as lighting it.
Into the 21st century, chandeliers have only grown more ornate and elaborate. Materials like diamonds, crystals, gems, and more have been used to decorate and fashion chandeliers into amazing decor pieces and ceiling light fixtures.
What’s more, the Guinness World Records reports the largest chandelier weighing 18,000 kg and includes 165,000 LED units. The name of this enormous chandelier? It’s called “Reflective Flow,” and it stands a mere 19 feet tall. It was installed in the Ali Bin Khalifa Al Hitmi & Co building in Doha, Qatar in 2010.
How to Choose Your Next Chandelier
Ask yourself, “how extravagant do I want to get with my chandelier?” As mentioned above, you can install a 19-foot chandelier that breaks records, or you can go for a more modest look but still impress your neighbors, friends, and family members.
Visit The Light House Gallery Today!
Are you looking for a chandelier? Do you want to install a modest chandelier to illuminate your home with class and light? Visit The Light House Gallery today! We have two convenient locations in Missouri: Springfield and Branson. Give us a call today, or visit our showrooms.