Just take a step back and think about it, if you are thinking of buying a chandelier for your dining room, and your first though is that it has to have lots of bulbs! May not be the right approach to it. Because having more bulbs simply doesn’t mean better lighting. If you want to make sure that the room you are in has equally distributed lighting, think about layered lighting ideas. What do I mean by that? ok, basically layered lighting means that we are going to use multiple light sources to illuminate the room, like recessed lighting, picture lights, a chandelier and maybe a corner floor lamp. Each one of these will be considered a layer or light for the room.
So let’s start with the chandelier you are thinking of having up there. Lots of questions right! How do I hang that there? Is the ceiling strong enough for it? Should I get the one with candelabra bulbs or halogen? And so on. So let’s try to answer some of these questions. First bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better. So get the right size that will fit in the room, second, ask your electrician to make sure the ceiling is wired for a chandelier and has a strong box to hold it. And for the bulbs, let’s have a look at these models to get some ideas.
These exposed candle bulbs will offer quite a lot of lights for a small to medium size rooms. Having the candles exposed is the best way of getting lights from a chandelier. Imagine if you had shades over the candles that would be dimmed and less light for your room
With this chandelier we are using the halogen GU10 bulbs which are directional. As you can see the bulbs are enclosed with the frame and and facing down. With this type of fixture the area illuminated is pretty limited as you can image. This would be an ideal application for a dining room or a space where you already have other sources of lighting.
Here we go! This one with fabric shades actually reducing the glare from the bulbs and creating a softer amber color/glow around the chandelier. The mini shades are actually very easy to remove and put back on. This may not be a look for everyone but sure please most traditionalists.