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Top Of The Best Chandeliers Reviewed In 2018Last Updated November 1, 2018
№1 – Chandelier Lighting Crystal Chandeliers H27″ X W32″
№2 – Saint Mossi Modern K9 Crystal Raindrop Chandelier Lighting Flush mount LED Ceiling Light Fixture Pendant Chandelier for Livingroom 6 E12 Bulbs Required H 23 in x Diameter 24 in
№3 – Chandelier Lighting Crystal Chandeliers H48″ X W37″
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Go from basic to bodacious with this charcoal-colored Cut Pattern Chandelier measuring 2inches wide by 2inches high from Brocade Home. The look is long on whimsy but the steel, acrylic, and glass construction is far from lightweight.
A chandelier is a centerpiece for your dining room, so make a statement and go for size. However, it should not be too big. A massive chandelier in a room that’s too small will look unbalanced and crowded.
If you have high ceilings nine feet or taller try a chandelier with a two- or three-tiered design to help fill the space above the table.
Know the area of the foyer
Measure your foyer or hallway so that you will know the dimensions of your space. Once you have the dimensions, you can proceed to the finding the right chandelier for your foyer. It would be good to remember when shopping for chandeliers that if you have a low ceiling, don’t pick a low chandelier that could bump into your guests.
Get the height of your ceiling
Measure the distance between the floor and the ceiling. This is important in determining how high your chandelier must be. This is because ideally, a foyer chandelier must hang about feet off the floor for ceilings measuring feet. Additionally, with a ceiling height of less than feet, you need a chandelier which measures less than 2inches tall. For higher ceilings of 1to 1feet, the chandelier can range between 2inches to more than 40 inches tall. If a ceiling is two stories tall, the foyer chandelier should be composed of two or three tiers in order to provide the best visual results.
Think about the room size and shape and the position of your lighting. How much natural light does the room afford and how bright would you like the room to be? Is the light necessary for task-lighting, such as a reading lamp, or to brighten up a dark corner?
Lights in the living-room should be soft and lamps are favourable. In the kitchen, spotlights, overhead lighting or built-in lights maximise the room’s brightness for practicality. Likewise, bathroom lighting should be functional, bright and overhead; they should be planned with safety in mind. The dining-room, including the kitchen’s breakfast bar, island or kitchen table, will benefit from a pendant shade that focuses the light on a specific area whilst also creating a convivial atmosphere. Multi-functional spaces such as bedrooms and offices necessitate a variety of lighting types to suit every occasion, or add a decorative highlight to a design scheme.
Wall lights are the best way to achieve an even spread of light around a large room without spotlights. Wall-mounted lights are often softer than overhead lights, and can also provide task lighting, such as spotlighting for pictures.
For exterior lighting, make sure the fixtures are waterproof and durable, and certified as usable outdoors. At the front of the house, do not choose a light that is too harsh, a 60W bulb will be sufficient. At the back, a lot of light is preferable to enjoy your outdoor space for as long as possible. For garden lighting, flush-fitted wall lights are practical; lantern lights are inviting and cosy; and uplighters or decking lights can create an atmosphere or a guiding walkway.
After lumens, the next concept you’ll want to understand is color temperature. Measured on the Kelvin scale, color temperature isn’t really a measure of heat. Instead, it’s a measure of the color that a light source produces, ranging from yellow on the low end of the scale to bluish on the high end, with whitish light in the middle.
An easy way to keep track of color temperature is to think of a flame: it starts out yellow and orange, but when it gets really hot, it turns blue. You could also think of color temperature in terms of the sun — low, yellowy color temperatures mimic the tone of light at sunrise or sunset, while hotter, more bluish-white color temperatures are more akin to daylight (sure enough, bulbs with color temperatures like these are commonly called “daylight” bulbs). This is also why a lot of people prefer high color temperatures during the day and lower color temperatures in the morning and evening.
Generally speaking, incandescents sit at the bottom of the scale with their yellow light, while CFLs and LEDs have long been thought to tend toward the high, bluish end of the spectrum. This has been a steady complaint about new lighting alternatives, as many people prefer the warm, familiar, low color temperature of incandescents. Manufacturers are listening, though, and in this case they heard consumers loud and clear, with more and more low-color-temperature CFL and LED options hitting the shelves. Don’t believe me? Take another look at those two paper lamps in the picture above, because they’re both CFL bulbs — from the same manufacturer, no less.
Sylvania often color codes its packaging. Blue indicates a hot, bluish color temperature, while the lighter shade indicates a white, more neutral light.
As you’re probably aware, light bulbs come in a fairly wide variety of shapes. Sure, it’s easy enough to tell a hardware store clerk that you want “one of those flamey-looking lights,” or “just a normal ol’ bulby light bulb,” but knowing the actual nomenclature might save you some time.
Are pricey candelabra LEDs a smart upgrade for your chandelier?
Let’s start with the base of the bulb, the part that screws in. In the US, the most common shape by far is E26, with the “E” standing for Edison and the “26” referring to the diameter of the base in millimeters. You might also see E2bulbs from time to time, which is the European standard. Those should still fit into common American fixtures, but keep in mind that voltage ratings are different in the two regions, with American bulbs rated for 120 volts compared to 220-240 volts in Europe. For smaller sockets, like you might find with a candelabra, you’ll want to look for an E1base.
As for the bulb itself, the typical shape that you’re probably used to is an A1bulb. Increase that number to A2or A23, and you’ve got the same shape, but bigger. Bulbs made to resemble flames are F-shaped, which is easy enough to remember, as are globes, which go by the letter G. If it’s a floodlight you want, you’ll want to look for “BR” (bulging reflector) or “PAR” (parabolic aluminized reflector). Those bulbs are designed to throw all their light in one direction only, which makes them useful for spot lighting, overhead lighting and the headlights in your car.
Your automated-lighting options
It used to be that if you wanted your lights to turn on and off automatically, then you had to rely on a cheap wall socket timer, the kind you might use to control a Christmas tree. These days, with a modest boom in smart lighting currently under way, it’s easier than ever to dive into the sort of advanced automation controls that can make any home feel modern and futuristic. Use the right devices, and you’ll be able to control your lights in all sorts of creative ways, and make your life a little bit easier in the process.
The most obvious way to get started with smart lighting is with the bulbs themselves. You’ve got plenty of intelligent options from brands both big and small, and to find the one that’s best for you, you’re going to need to understand what sets them apart.
Connect with these 3IFTTT-friendly smart devices (pictures)
The first thing to look at is how the bulbs communicate with you. Some offer direct connections with your smart phone via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, which makes setup as simple as screwing the thing in and following in-app pairing instructions.
Others transmit using a distinct frequency like ZigBee or Z-Wave. Bulbs like those might be a better fit for bigger smart home setups, as it’s typically a little easier to sync them up with things like motion detectors and smart locks. Setup can be slightly more advanced, as you’ll need a separate hub or gateway device capable of translating that distinct frequency into a Wi-Fi signal your router can comprehend.
Some smart bulbs come with their own gateway. Others, like the Cree Connected LED, require a third-party control device, like the Wink Hub.
If you’re looking for a little more color in your life, then be sure and take a look at a product like the Philips Hue Starter Kit. Aside from being fully automatable via a mobile app and control hub, the Hue LED bulbs are capable of on-demand color changes. Just pull out your phone, select one of millions of possible shades, and the light will match it. And if you’re into voice control, Hue bulbs hit the compatibility trifecta — they’ll work with Siri, Alexa, and the Google Assistant.
Because Philips opened its lighting controls to third-party developers, you’ll also find lots of fun novelty uses for Hue bulbs, like changing the color of your lights in rhythm with whatever music you’re playing. There’s even an app that’ll sync your Hue lights up with certain TV programming.
Hue lights are also directly compatible with the popular web service IFTTT, with recipes already available that will change the color of your lights to match the weather, or to signal a touchdown from your favorite football team, or even to indicate when your stocks are doing well.
Ceiling full of lights at Eclectic Revival
Fortunately, Toronto has an abundance of exquisite lighting stores that offer a huge diversity of lighting designs and brands. Here is a short list of the best lighting stores in Toronto, where you’ll definitely find the lighting solution you’re looking for.
Lighting Originals store
They specialize in crystal lighting and their showroom carries several collections of crystal ceiling lamps. What really steals the show though are the enormous, custom-made crystal chandeliers, perfect for high-end hotels, restaurants, as well as modern homes. If your house doesn’t happen to be the size of a hotel, you can always customize the chandelier’s components to fit your needs.
Each piece is uniquely designed.
The showroom is full of beautiful, elegant, and uniquely designed lights, using intriguing shapes and colours. Their latest collection came out of a collaboration with Canadian blown-glass artist Karli Sears. This collection was proudly showcased at the Interiour Design Show in 2015.
Sescolite was established in 1920
The showroom has hundreds of pieces on display, and you can possibly spend an hour just walking around. The selection leans towards more traditional styles, but you can also find some modern pieces. On top of this wide selection, they also custom design exclusive lighting fixtures.
Sescolite showroom has hundreds of pieces on display. “They have a very comprehensive selection of chandeliers, scones etc… But the best thing about them is their customer service and after care,” says one of their clients.
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Efficiency of LED Lighting
It’s not just a buzzword—efficiency is the name of the game with LEDs. LEDs are more than five times as great as its incandescent counterparts. They use only about 20 percent as much electricity to product the same amount of light.
A quality LED lamp can last anywhere from 20,000 to 50,000 hours. If you operate the lamp for hours per day, 36days a year, your LED lamp could last 20 years.
Brightness of LEDs
Brightness is measured in lumens, while the energy a bulb consumes is measured in watts. To produce similar amounts of light, LED and fluorescents bulbs consume far fewer watts than incandescent or halogen bulbs. A standard 60W incandescent produces 800 lumens, whereas LEDs consume 13-1watts to produce 800 lumens.
LEDs Versus Fluorescent Lighting
Both LED and fluorescent lighting are more efficient than incandescent: LEDs consume up to 90% less energy and fluorescents consume up to 75% less. Fluorescents are made of glass tubes and can shatter if dropped, whereas LEDs are more durable. Also, fluorescents contain trace amounts of mercury and several states have special recycling rules.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your Chandeliers wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of Chandeliers
- №1 — Chandelier Lighting Crystal Chandeliers H27″ X W32″
- №2 — Saint Mossi Modern K9 Crystal Raindrop Chandelier Lighting Flush mount LED Ceiling Light Fixture Pendant Chandelier for Livingroom 6 E12 Bulbs Required H 23 in x Diameter 24 in
- №3 — Chandelier Lighting Crystal Chandeliers H48″ X W37″