An artistic centerpiece to impress, inspire and delight
A chandelier is a multi-light fixture that is decorative in nature. Suspended from the ceiling by a cord, chain or metal rod, chandeliers serve as artistic centerpieces or focal points that impress, inspire and delight. Being the central focus and conversation piece is no small feat, chandeliers can easily invite radiance and intrigue into your interior and transform any bland room into a captivating space. Chandeliers never fail to draw admiration and attention, whether it be a shimmering crystal chandeliers that impart brilliance and elegance, an extravagant beaded chandelier that exudes luxury and an upscale flair, or a geometric piece that presents a poetic exploration of a conceptual theme.
A trend that never goes out of style
Chandeliers run the gamut of styles to blend seamlessly with any interior design. A traditional chandelier portrays elegance with candle shaped lamps, elegant curved frames, and decorative ornamentation. Transitional chandeliers are a fusion between traditional and contemporary. While traditional and transitional chandeliers make an imposing fashion statement, modern and contemporary styles are quickly making their way into trendy homes everywhere.
Modern is an enduring style of decor because of its clean lines, simplicity, functionality and the use of metals. Excessive ornamentation is losing favor in modern decor. Modern lighting focuses on clean, geometric lines, neutral soft colors, perfectly shaped circles and ovals, and a prominence of form over extravagant aesthetics.
Contemporary design also eliminates the fuss or ornateness of traditional styling and shares minimalist design elements and clean lines with modern design. However, contemporary style chandeliers are designed with an eye on the present and future rather than the past. Modern designs are era specific—it is connected to the age of the 1920s-1950s. Contemporary design is more dynamic as it borrows from various time periods while modern design is fixed around a particular take on modernity.
Subtly designed to evoke a refined personality
While modern and contemporary styles take a note from minimal home design, they are never boring. The geometric perfection, intentional symmetry and sleek finishes of modern light fixtures help address all of interior design’s basic requirements. They stand out attractively among the whites and neutrals that can typically be found in a modern space. The artful shapes, interesting silhouettes, and vibrant colors of contemporary fixtures offer eye-catching details that inspire conversations and imaginations. Uncomplicated yet extraordinary, modern and contemporary chandeliers instantly transform rooms into a visual spectacle. Thoughtful use of these fixtures in a dining room, living room or foyer rewards the space, making an impactful statement with understated, modern elegance. Modern and contemporary chandeliers are great choices of ceiling light fixture in spacious kitchens and bathrooms. They work wonders to reinvent the utilitarian rooms as relaxing oasis.
Transform a bland room into a captivating space
Chandeliers are often installed as central decorative fixtures to provide ambient lighting while making a focal point. Lighting is a critical factor in creating an attractive and effective environment. How a room is illuminated has everything to do with the look and performance of lighting. Just filling a room with flat overall illumination using flush ceiling lights or recessed downlights is not really a design. The best way to illuminate a space is to incorporate layered lighting, using ambient, accent and task light sources coming from different angles, to create a flexible and inviting environment. Chandeliers are crowning jewel of ambient lighting. They provide functional general lighting to fill in the space while creating visual interests and aesthetic appeals.
In the past, however, chandeliers are more about style than function. They’re often showpiece lighting fixtures that are meant to make eye-catching statements and create sparkle rather than provide much useful light. An overdose of intricate details and lush features often makes these fixtures look clutter in sight. The use of exposed lamps as decorative elements often compromises the visual comfort of lighting due to either excessive brightness or inadequate illumination. The design philosophy of modern and contemporary chandeliers not only takes precedence over the ornate and all things frilly, but also emphasizes the functional aspects of lighting. While modern fixtures are occasionally designed around light bulbs, contemporary chandeliers come mostly with an integrated design which throws away light bulbs and embraces a holistic approach.
The perfect fusion between form and function in modern and contemporary chandeliers is enabled by the cutting-edge LED technology. LEDs are small, solid state, and semiconductor-based light sources. As a light source, an LED package is significantly smaller than an incandescent or fluorescent lamp. This nature gives luminaire designers the unprecedented freedom to create compact or sculptural designs that are not possible with traditional technologies. The radiation directionality and excellent optical controllability of LEDs allow for effective and efficient delivery of luminous flux from the light source. As a result, LED chandeliers that employ an integrated design are able to create ambient lighting that is not only attractive, but visually comfortable as well.
Integrated vs. lamp-based
Designing chandeliers as integrated LED systems brings many additional benefits that are not available in lamp-based LED chandeliers. The fixture-as-heat-sink design facilitates thermal management of the light sources, which translates to an improved lifespan. The retrofit LED lamps used in lamp-based LED chandeliers are typically short-lived and poor in color rendition and may produce flicker due to the use of low cost LEDs and driver circuits. Integrated design eliminates the pitfall of using low-performing LED bulbs and allows to incorporate high quality light sources and full-featured LED drivers that enable flicker-free, high color rendering lighting. As smart lighting and human centric lighting have emerged as the preferred feature in interior lighting, chandeliers will need to include controls circuitry and sensor technology to support. This also calls for integrated design of the lighting systems.