Chandeliers Buying Guide

While chandeliers hang from a stem—just like pendant lights—they differ in one important respect: Chandeliers typically have two or more branches or arms with lights while pendants have only one.

Types of Chandeliers

Types of Chandeliers

Chandeliers differ in how they cast light and in their composition and materials. The differences provide plenty of chandelier lighting, style, and material choices, including downlight and uplight; compact/mini, candelabra or candle, and drum styles; and wrought iron, metal, crystal, glass, bead, wood, or other material. Here’s a quick introduction to the various types of chandeliers and some features you might find.

Downlight

Chandeliers can also be classified based on how they direct light. Downlight chandeliers use a shade or other element on the arms or branches to direct light downward, making them great for a small entryway or living space.

Uplight

The opposite of downlight chandeliers, uplight versions push illumination toward the ceiling. These fixtures provide a good option for large or soaring areas, including two-story entryways.

Compact/Mini

Chandeliers are typically known for their large, impressive scale, but newer versions come as small as 9 inches across. At that size, a chandelier perfectly fits spaces such as a laundry room.

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Artcraft
$321.00

Honoring the famous inventor, the Artcraft Lighting Menlo Park Mini Chandelier features antique reproduction bulbs combined with a... rich finish and contrasting glass shades. Menlo Park, New Jersey is where he set up his home and research facility in 1896 and this fixture aims to honor the prolific scientist and inventor of the incandescent light bulb. Clear glass shades allow for the bulbs to be visible, which ultimately contributes to the fixture's time honored aesthetic. Founded in Montreal, Quebec in 1955, Artcraft is proud of their mission statement, “conduct your business honestly and with integrity.� With almost 60 years under their belt it is easy to see that such pride in your business results in its success. Focusing on residential lighting built to fit any decor, Artcraft is a company that relies on the ingenuity of its designers, creating lines of products made with quality and that have an accessible design element. read more

Crystorama
$398.00

Petite yet effective, the Crystorama Coco Mini Chandelier presents a series of white capiz shells draped over shiny bands of hand ...painted wrought iron. Straight from the coast, the translucent shells catch the light in a unique way, creating a unique glow that is fit for a range of interior decor styles. Based in New York and founded in 1958 by the “Gentleman of Lighting�, Abraham Kleinberg, Crystorama is known for their traditional and iridescent crystal chandeliers. Successfully transitioning to more contemporary and fashion-forward designs, the craftsmanship that has been the staple for over 55 years is still present in every design. read more

Crystorama
$650.00

The Crystorama Galaxy Mini Chandelier takes inspiration from the Art Decor period and the space age for its unique and dynamic for...m. Consisting of bold geometric planes with a two tone metallic finish, angled Steel pieces seemingly explode from the center. Sprinkled throughout are the bulbs, their illumination adding an energetic luster and shine to the entire fixture. Based in New York and founded in 1958 by the “Gentleman of Lighting�, Abraham Kleinberg, Crystorama is known for their traditional and iridescent crystal chandeliers. Successfully transitioning to more contemporary and fashion-forward designs, the craftsmanship that has been the staple for over 55 years is still present in every design. read more

Slamp
$550.00

The Slamp Lillibet Mini Chandelier offers glitz for the smaller space, like over the bar area or 4-person dining table. Featuring ...the stunning sparkle from 42 Swarovski STRASS crystals, the Lillibet Mini Chandelier is unmatched in contemporary elegance. Available in several colors. Designed by Nigel Coates. First conceived in 1994 by Italian designer Roberto Ziliani, Slamp lighting has garnered world recognition as being at the top of a very short list of innovative and envelope-pushing lighting companies. Continually existing and resisting, Slamp, with their resounding mantra, "From Italy to Eternity," sets the stage for their newest and most avant-garde collections yet. read more

Candelabra or Candle

A more modern riff on the original chandelier, the candelabra or candle chandelier holds candlelike lights in multiple tiers; lampshades may or may not be used over the light sources.

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Brilliance Lighting and Chandeliers
$429.99 $386.99

This stunning 8-light Chandelier only uses the best quality material and workmanship ensuring a beautiful heirloom quality piece. ...Featuring a radiant chrome finish and finely cut premium grade clear crystals with a lead content of 30-percent, this... read more

Upscale Chandelier
$211.17

Incorporate timeless elegance into your home decor with this dazzling table lamp. Perfect for brightening any room. Creates a stun...ning feature with this table lamp. give you additional light where you need it, while also adding a bit of personality.... read more

Quoizel
$359.99

Enhance your decor with the Laila four-light chandelier from Quoizel. This elegant chandelier features a distinctive birdcage desi...gn that hearkens back to classical architecture, adding refinement and elegance. The four light bulbs resemble traditional... read more

Robert Abbey
$1454.75

Inspired by grand entryway chandeliers, this design makes a grand home decor statement. It features a single level of 18 bulbs set... on a deep patina bronze finish ring. Three guide wires and a tapered downrod add to the sleek appeal. Design is by Rico... read more

Drum

Distinctive for their lampshades, drum chandeliers use a circular cover to shield the light source and add decoration. Typically fabric, the drum shades may be composed of other materials, such as metal.

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$379.99

Add a shimmering glow to your room with this Cassiel bronze drum chandelier. This chandelier features eight lights surrounded by a... wrought iron frame with a dark finish. Hung throughout the frame of this black drum chandelier, small crystal glass balls... read more

$379.99

Add a shimmering glow to your room with this Cassiel bronze drum chandelier. This chandelier features eight lights surrounded by a... wrought iron frame with a dark finish. Hung throughout the frame of this black drum chandelier, small crystal glass balls... read more

Hammerton Studio
$3295.00

The Tempest Drum Chandelier with Shade by Hammerton Studio brings a dynamic, contemporary presence to your living space. Its desig...n begins with a handcrafted, steel-banded outer shade that resembles the chaotic movement of a storm with its random assortment. By contrast, the inner shade (made of White Linen) is seamless and calm, providing an even displacement of light that then filters through the gaps in metal for a warm, glistening ambiance. Hammerton Studio is a leading U.S.-based lighting designer and manufacturer, best known for its award-winning sculptural creations in all forms of artisan glass. The brand combines artisan-blown and kiln-fired fused glass, hand-hewn steel, and other authentic materials with surprising contemporary design and meticulous attention to detail. read more

Hammerton Studio
$3295.00

Bring a little urban grit to your home décor with the Downtown Mesh Drum Chandelier with Shade by Hammerton Studio. Its handcraft...ed, industrial-inspired design features a Steel Mesh outer shade that appears like a fence around a seamless White Linen shade. This aesthetic contrast becomes enhanced once the fixture is lit, radiating a warm, even light that then plays through the surrounding metal for a stylish, glistening ambiance. Hammerton Studio is a leading U.S.-based lighting designer and manufacturer, best known for its award-winning sculptural creations in all forms of artisan glass. The brand combines artisan-blown and kiln-fired fused glass, hand-hewn steel, and other authentic materials with surprising contemporary design and meticulous attention to detail. read more

Wrought Iron or Metal

The branches or arms of these chandeliers are formed by wrought iron or metal. The style can be traditional, with curls and swirls, or more contemporary with clean lines and a modern design.

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$352.49

Add a little steampunk to your foyer or dining room with this black orb chandelier hard-wired pendant light. The lovely crystals a...nd candle-style lights inside are caged in a wrought-iron orb, updating this classic look for contemporary homes. This... read more

Gallery
$199.99

Make a bold statement with this stunning wrought iron chandelier from Gallery. With a black finish and cut-crystal balls accenting... the candle-style bulbs, the Gallery Versailles five-light chandelier brings beauty to any space in your home. Included is... read more

$340.49

This gorgeous wrought iron orb chandelier will look absolutely stunning in your home. With 12 lights and a gorgeous antique bronze... finish, this light is sure to become a captivating focal point in any room. Includes 7 feet of matching chain Matching... read more

Gallery
$141.98

Illuminate your living room or dining room in an elegant manner with this Versailles five-light chandelier that provides multi-dir...ectional lighting to brighten up the entire room. With a black fixture finish and dangling crystals, this chandelier is... read more

Crystal, Glass, or Bead

Crystal, glass, or bead chandeliers can range in style from traditional to contemporary, but they all share a construction that involves sparkling elements, often in intricate designs.

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Access Lighting
$440.00 $374.00

A chandelier is a statement piece. It highlights design and drama. This hanging lamp does all that and more. The Glam Mirror Glass... with Crystal Chandelier from Access Lighting hangs from a Chrome rod and expands in a silver starfish pattern. As solid as it is sophisticated, each arm leads to a glass shade over each of its five lights. Ideal for a dramatic dining room, nook or entryway. Access Lighting, a California Company, provides practical, beautiful, and affordable time-tested classics and energy efficient lighting. Exclusive designs in contemporary and traditional styles for indoors and outdoors are gathered from around the world. read more

Ink+ivy
$399.00

Lighten your decor with fun, sophisticated style with the Ink+Ivy Firenze chandelier from Jla Home. Three glass shades of varying ...sizes create a look of modern sophistication in your room. read more

Ink+ivy
$579.00

A retro design updated for the modern home, this Paige chandelier from Ink+Ivy is as much a lighting fixture as it is a work of ar...t. read more

Ink+ivy
$329.00

Artistically whimsical, the gorgeous Cyrus chandelier from Ink+Ivy can illuminate your living space while bringing the beauty of m...odern design to your home. read more

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

By their very nature, most chandeliers serve as focal points in their rooms, so care and consideration in picking the right one becomes extra important. Before you shop, measure your room and make note of a compatible color and design. Then review the range of chandelier choices as well as size, style, material and color, energy efficiency and controls, and upkeep and care.

Style

Your chandelier will likely immediately draw the eye, so choose a style to match the room’s design.

Size

Proportion and scale of a chandelier are of utmost importance when making your choice. A too-big light source dwarfs a room, while a too-small version gets lost in a soaring space.

Material and Color

Material and color of a chandelier work in concert to complement a room’s decor. Focus on picking a pattern or hue that works well as a showcase element.

Energy Efficiency and Controls

Chandeliers surprisingly offer varying levels of light if they come equipped with the right controls, including a dimmer. Make sure to check features before you buy.

Upkeep and Care

Because of their placement, many chandeliers are difficult to reach for regular upkeep and care. Think through how you will access the fixture to dust and clean it regularly as well as replace burned-out bulbs.

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Quorum International
$327.00 $218.00

The "dressed chandelier" made its appearance after 1740. The English in particular favored heavily-draped fixtures with multiple s...wags of crystal buttons, for it was the skillful pastime of stylish ladies to redress the swags and pendants in different arrangements. When new prism shapes were introduced, chandeliers were often redressed in the latest fashionable taste. Features: Casts soft ambient light over a wide area Damp location UL rated for nearly any indoor application Product Dimensions: Height: 14.5" (measured from the upper most point to the lower most point on fixture) Width: 14" (measured from furthest point left to furthest point right on fixture) Extension: 9.5" (measured from mounting surface to furthest protruding point on fixture) Lighting Specifications: Bulb Included: No Bulb Base: Candelabra (E12) Number of Bulbs: 3 Watts Per Bulb: 60 Voltage: 120v Certifications: UL Rating: Damp Location Specifications: Product Weight: 5 lbs read more

Quorum International
$250.50 $167.00

The "dressed chandelier" made its appearance after 1740. The English in particular favored heavily-draped fixtures with multiple s...wags of crystal buttons, for it was the skillful pastime of stylish ladies to redress the swags and pendants in different arrangements. When new prism shapes were introduced, chandeliers were often redressed in the latest fashionable taste. Features: Casts soft ambient light over a wide area Damp location UL rated for nearly any indoor application Product Dimensions: Height: 10.5" (measured from the upper most point to the lower most point on fixture) Width: 13.5" (measured from furthest point left to furthest point right on fixture) Extension: 8.5" (measured from mounting surface to furthest protruding point on fixture) Lighting Specifications: Bulb Included: No Bulb Base: Candelabra (E12) Number of Bulbs: 2 Watts Per Bulb: 60 Voltage: 120v Certifications: UL Rating: Damp Location Specifications: Product Weight: 4.6 lbs read more

$296.25 $222.19

Chandelier designed by Libby Langdon for Crystorama. Steel with polished-nickel finish. 15Dia. x 11.5'T with 4.75Dia. ceiling cano...py and 72L chain. Linen shade. Uses four 60-watt bulbs. Direct wire; professional installation required. Imported. Weight,... read more

$2,172.50 $1699.00

Handcrafted chandelier. Glass and crystal. 31.5Dia. x 40.5T with 48L chain. Uses eight 60-watt bulbs. Fabric shades. Direct wire; ...assembly and professional installation required. Imported. Weight, 27.5 lbs. Boxed weight, approximately 46 lbs. read more

$1,975.00 $1359.00

Chandelier made of silver-leaf-finished metal and lead-free crystal. Because of the high quality of the crystals used, each piece ...is packed individually for secure shipping, so additional time is necessary for assembly. Uses nine 40-watt bulbs. Ceiling... read more

$880.00 $750.00

#ONLYATNM Only Here. Only Ours. Exclusively for You. Clean, refined lines juxtaposed with free-falling crystal. 22Dia. x 23T; 10' ...cord. Taupe faux-silk and glossy-silvertone shade. Includes iron 5Dia. canopy and chain. Uses 3 100-watt bulbs. Assembly... read more

Hampton Bay
$99.96 $74.97

The 6-Light Red Maria Theresa Chandelier features a classic and timeless design. With a chrome finish, red acrylic crystals and ch...rome candle covers, this chandelier will bring elegance and style to your decor. Adjustable hanging length with 60 in. of... read more

Feiss
$187.00 $158.95

The Feiss Morningside 3-light kitchen in Grecian bronze provides abundant light to your home, while adding style and interest. Fea...tured in the decorative Morningside collection. Highlighted with 3 undefined glass. read more

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