Posted by Howard Blount at Monday, October 30 2017 10:42:42 for Lighting Fixtures
Ceiling light fixtures are some of the most commonly used lighting fixtures throughout your home. Ceilings lights can be used in almost every room and in almost any application. They can be used to accent a piece of furniture or art work. Or it can be used as task lighting for everyday tasks.Choosing the right ceiling light for your home can dictate a design theme or it can blend into your existing decor. All the lighting manufactures have focused a lot of attention on this type of lighting so there are many choices and designs to choose from. The best place to start is recognizes what type of lighting you are looking for what ever it be task lighting or if is going to be used as ambient lighting.
Chandeliers are also known as suspension or chain-hung fixtures. Like ceiling fixtures, chandeliers are also hung from the ceiling. However, they require more space in addition to adding more pizzazz compared to regular ceiling fixtures. They provide general lighting and have at least two arms with down-lights or up-lights. They are most often used with formal dining rooms or dining tables.
In the mid-19th century, as gas lighting caught on, branched ceiling fixtures called gasoliers (a portmanteau of gas and chandelier) were produced, and many candle chandeliers were converted. By the 1890s, with the appearance of electric light, some chandeliers used both gas and electricity. As distribution of electricity widened, and supplies became dependable, electric-only chandeliers became standard. Another portmanteau word, electrolier, was formed for these, but nowadays they are most commonly called chandeliers. Some are fitted with bulbs shaped to imitate candle flames, for example those shown below in Epsom and Chatsworth, or with bulbs containing a shimmering gas discharge. The world's largest English Glass chandelier,(Hancock Rixon & Dunt and probably F. & C. Osler) is located in the Dolmabahçe Palace in Istanbul. It has 750 lamps and weighs 4.5 tons. Dolmabahçe has the largest collection of British and Baccarat crystal chandeliers in the world, and one of the great staircases has balusters of Baccarat crystal. More complex and elaborate chandeliers continued to be developed throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, but the widespread introduction of gas and electricity had devalued the chandelier's appeal as a status symbol.