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Chandelier installation is very similar to installing or replacing any other light fixture with one very important difference, its weight. Standard electrical boxes have a maximum load rating of 50 pounds and most are considerably less. While these standard electrical boxes may adequately support some smaller bedroom or bathroom chandeliers they would certainly not be safe for heavier dining room or foyer chandeliers.
Often families moving into a new home will bring a cherished or antique dining room chandelier crafted with beautiful crystals or ornamental iron from their old home and want to reinstall it, but how can you be sure the electrical box will support the weight? This is one of those times when it best to err to the side of caution before installation.
If you are interested in help with your installation give our local in-office Mesa electricians a call. They will answer your questions and provide you with a free estimate for a safe and clean job.
Our electricians in Mesa AZ offer three levels of installation service with chandeliers:
- Complete chandelier installations with support box, wiring and dimmer switch
- Just the support box and wiring (if you feel comfortable hanging the fixture yourself)
- Just the light fixture installation (must have adequate support and wiring already in place)
All work comes with our lifetime guarantee and be sure to ask for our free home safety inspection.
Choosing the Right Style for your Home
Think of your chandelier as the crown jewel of the room, floating in harmony with the theme of the room’s décor. It needs to be both eye catching and make a statement. A great starting point is to look at fixtures with a color or a material that is predominant in the room. Consider your furnishings too, bigger furniture will tend to flow better with heavier looking chandeliers while modern furnishings flow well with less ornate or simple fixtures. The goal is for the light fixture to complement, not detract from, the theme of the room and make the perfect statement.
Style influences size too. Before moving on to the sizing guidelines below, keep in mind that your chandelier style can affect what size you decide to go with. A light fixture that looks heavier creates the illusion of being larger so a slightly smaller fixture might still work in the space. The opposite applies to lighter looking fixtures; the illusion of being smaller lets you favor slightly large fixtures for installation.
Sizing Your Chandelier
Sizing your chandelier so it is proportionate to the space is an important consideration. Too big and it will overwhelm the area. Too small and it will stand out like a sore thumb. So how can you determine a well-balanced size?
Sizing foyer chandeliers:
This little trick works well when determining the size of foyer chandeliers. Add the length and width of your foyer together and convert that number to inches.
Example: if your foyer is 8 feet wide by 10 feet long, add the 8 plus 10 to get 18. The recommended foyer chandelier size would be 18 inches in diameter. This works well for dining room, bedroom and bathroom light fixtures too. Your fixture should not hang less than 7’ above the floor. If your foyer has a window it’s usually best to center the chandelier in the window so the installation looks great from the outside too.
Sizing a dining room chandelier:
Use the same calculation but verify that your dining room chandelier has a diameter of at least 50% of the width of the dining room table and not greater than 75% of the width of the table. Adjust accordingly if necessary. The bottom your dining room chandelier should hang between 30 to 32 inches above the table.
The height of the light fixture (how tall the actual fixture is, not how far up) is calculated at 2-1/2 inches to 3 inches for each foot of ceiling height. Example: A bedroom with a 12 foot tall ceiling would require a bedroom chandelier of be between 30 and 36 inches tall (12 x 2.5 = 30 and 12 x 3 = 36). Style can influence which end of this spectrum you decide to favor as previously mentioned.
If you need assistance sizing a light fixture for a room in your home give our in-office electrician in Mesa AZ a call. He will need the room’s dimensions (height, length and width) to recommend a well-balanced size.
Determining the Amount of Wattage for your Fixture
These two rules of thumb can be used to determine required wattage for adequate lighting in any room or area. Although light output is measured in lumens we are using incandescent lighting so these calculations work fine.
- General lighting:
Square footage multiplied by 1.5 equals wattage needed. Example: an 8’ by 10’foyer. Multiply the foyers length and width to get your total square footage (8 x 10 = 80). Then multiply the square footage by 1.5 for total watts required (80 x 1.5 = 120 watts). A 120 watt foyer chandelier would provide sufficient light in this area.
- Task lighting (work areas):
Some areas will require more light to perform certain tasks or work at. This calculation would be square footage multiplied by 2.5 equals watts needed. Example: an 8’ by 4’ island in a kitchen. Multiply the islands length and width to get your total square footage (8 x 4 = 32). Then multiply the square footage by 2.5 for total watts required (32 x 2.5 = 80 watts). In this case 2 pendant lights, each with a 40 watt bulb or one 80 watt kitchen chandelier could work well.
You may not find a light fixture with the exact wattage calculated. In most cases having more wattage is better than not enough wattage because dimmer switches can always adjust light levels down from maximum output.
Layer Your Lighting for Added Functionality and Beauty
Light layering is a lighting method that incorporates two or three different types of lighting to craft a warm and functional environment with increased beauty. The three, different types of lighting are:
- General lighting: Also known as ambient lighting, it’s the type of light that your chandelier delivers. It washes an area without focusing on any particular place or object.
- Task lighting: Intensifies light in a specific place where more light is needed because work or tasks are being performed there.
- Accent lighting: Used to draw attention to a specific object in a room like a painting or sculpture.
Light layering is effective in bathrooms, kitchens and living rooms along with dining rooms and foyers which we will use as examples.
Light Layering In Your Dining Room:
Many of today’s dining rooms are multipurpose areas that not only function as a special event room but also serve as a place to do homework, crafting, family finances and hold meetings. Layering allows you to go from fashionable to functional with the flip of a switch. Adding recessed lighting is a popular option that provides increased illumination or task lighting on demand. They are usually placed near the perimeter while your dining room chandelier is centered.
Some dining rooms proudly display paintings, sculptures or decorative mirrors. These are often complimented with accent lighting making them another focal point in the room. This has become so popular that many dining room chandelier manufacturers are making matching sconce lights that can be purchased as a package.
Light Layering in Your Foyer:
While tasks are typically not done in the foyer, it’s very common to see recessed lighting accenting art works. Some larger foyers may use sconce lights for additional beauty and brilliance too.
Light layering simply means combining multiple types of lighting sources, each having a unique function but work together in symphony to effectively light a room. It can be applied to any room, from bathrooms where putting on makeup or shaving is challenging due to inadequate light to kitchens where counter tops are dim, layered lighting may be your solution.
If you would like more information on a chandelier installation or light layering give our in-office electrician in Mesa a call. He is here to answer all of your questions and free estimates are available.