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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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James R. Moder

This Three Light Up Chandelier has a Bronze Finish and is part of the Isabella Collection.

Schonbek
$2,154.00
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Brimming with old world opulence, this Design Your Own Schonbek Trilliane Swarovski Crystal Mini Chandelier takes you on a trip to... past eras, more elegant than our own. The Trilliane chandelier, one of Schonbek's signature crystal designs, draws its energy from an unexpected innovation: the inverted crystal pendeloques suggest the growth of mineral crystal. The beauty of your decor is sure to reach new heights with this beautiful fixture trimmed with Swarovski Elements clear crystal. Swarovski Elements crystal was formerly known as Swarovski Elements crystal. read more

Schonbek

Dazzling crystals drape this lovely mini chandelier. The design is made exclusively for us by the Schonbek company. This mini chan...delier is made exclusively for us by the Fabled Schonbek lighting company. It features a silver finish with crystal glass accents in the form of beaded strings and crystal glass teardrops. This is a design that will add a wonderful grace note and sparkle to any setting. (No UM) read more

Feiss

A warm and inviting chocolate truffle crystal mini chandelier from the Marcia collection. The Marcia collection features warm tran...sitional style lighting designs that are altogether rustic, traditional, and elegantly feminine. This rustic iron mini chandelier features rich chocolate truffle crystal strands draping the frame. From Feiss. 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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Robert Abbey
$1,454.75
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Make an architectural statement with this Rico Espinet designed large chandelier from the Robert Abbey lighting collection. Inspir...ed 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 Espinet for Robert Abbey. read more

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$2,444.91
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Candelabra fixtures illuminate this fabulous rustic wagon wheel chandelier. Alpha Omega Western Furnishings creates rustic, hand-c...rafted treasures with solid reclaimed hardwood and real rebuilt wagon wheels. This chandelier features slender 'candle' fixtures mounted around the wheel. It's sealed with amber Australian hardwood timber oil. Each Alpha Omega piece receives a hot iron brand of authenticity and is shipped in a custom built wooden crate. This chandelier is heavy and professional installation is recommended. read more

Franklin Iron Works

Add decorative scrolls and a charming candelabra design to your home with this bronze rust chandelier. This eye-catching chandelie...r will bring delightful style and charm to any room. This 6-light design features a metal frame generously adorned with scroll work throughout. Traditional candle slips add a nostalgic touch. From Franklin Iron Works. read more

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Candelabra fixtures illuminate this fabulous rustic wagon wheel chandelier. Alpha Omega Western Furnishings creates rustic, hand-c...rafted treasures with solid reclaimed hardwood and real rebuilt wagon wheels. This chandelier features slender 'candle' fixtures mounted around the wheel. It's sealed with amber Australian hardwood timber oil. Each Alpha Omega piece receives a hot iron brand of authenticity and is shipped in a custom built wooden crate. This chandelier is heavy and professional installation is recommended. 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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Uttermost

Metal spinnings finished in a plated antiqued brushed brass with a clear outer hardback shade and a rust beige inner hardback shad...e.BrandUttermostCollectionSantinaCategoryLighting Fixtures - Hanging ShadesColorBeigeFinishBrass, Beige, Finish and Frame DescriptionMetal Spinnings Finished In A Plated Antiqued Brushed Brass With A Beige Open Weave Transparent Outer Hardback Shade And A Rust Beige Inner Hardback Shade.Wattage60 WattsBulb IncludedNoNumber of Lights3Chain DescriptionSPT-1 20288 12' WIRE 5' CHAINShade DescriptionDIA 18" X 7"HWeight12 lbsHeight22.5 inchesDepth18 inchesWidth18 inches read more

World Market

Handmade of burlap set against an aged black metal frame, our exclusive five-bulb chandelier features a unique drum silhouette tha...t makes it a natural fit for the living or dining room. read more

George Kovacs

A modern classic, the George Kovacs Bling Bling pendant chandelier artfully combines chrome and crystal. The perforated steel hole...s have crystal which allows for light to peek through the crystal and the overall effect is stunning. The modern look, matched with crystal, can not be beat. Clean and crisp, this contemporary light is brilliant with a chrome finish over steel. The height adjusts from 15 1/2" high to 52 1/2" high. 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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J. Hunt
$59.99
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Find fixed lighting at Target.com! Light up a room in style with the wrought iron chandelier with clear accents. Designed with int...ricate loops and hanging crystals that reflect the light, this charming ceiling light adds flourish to any room. The pendant light is attached to a 15' cord. No switch on fixture requires hardwiring for best results. read more

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The artistry that is captured in this large wrought chandelier is reflected in the abundance of intricate details. The Alhambra Co...llection large wrought iron chandelier brings a touch of European history to your decor. The intricate ironwork details add enchantment to any home. read more

Troy

This eight light chandelier with shades features a classic English iron finish over its wrought iron construction. This Alexander ...wrought iron chandelier with shades is a refined design by Troy Lighting. The hand-worked frame has a twisted center column that is complemented by gently curving arms. Place in a grand room or entrance hall to complement a traditional decor. read more

Hubbardton Forge
$1,606.00
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Add a sophisticated glow to your decor with this 5-light large wrought iron chandelier from Hubbardton Forge. From Vermont's Hubba...rdton Forge comes this hand-forged, 5-light large wrought iron chandelier. Crafted in the U.S.A., this design features a dark smoke finish paired with opal glass for a sleek, modern sophistication. Suitable for damp locations. 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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Uttermost
$1,691.79
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The linear complexity of this design is unique and intriguing, yet somehow very simple with its own quiet elegance. This collectio...n can move easily from casual thru contemporary, and the classic shape of the scavo glass softens and relaxes the effect to give it a long term appeal.BrandUttermostCollectionLegatoCategoryLighting Fixtures - ChandeliersFinish and Frame DescriptionDistressed Chestnut Brown With Heavily Frosted, Scavo Glass Globes.Wattage60 WattsBulb IncludedNoNumber of Lights15Chain DescriptionSPT-1,20288,20'L/Dia5mm,7'LShade DescriptionHeight: 4, Width: 8, Depth: 8Weight103 lbsHeight47.5 inches read more

Uttermost

Distressed ceramic finished in a rust green glaze with brushed oil rubbed bronze metal details and frosted glass shades.BrandUtter...mostCollectionPoranoCategoryLighting Fixtures - ChandeliersFinishBronzeFinish and Frame DescriptionDistressed Ceramic Finished In A Rust Green Glaze With Brushed Oil Rubbed Bronze Metal Details And Frosted Glass Shades.Wattage60 WattsBulb IncludedNoNumber of Lights6Chain DescriptionSPT-1 20288 20'/ 4.0mm 7'Shade DescriptionHeight: 5.5, Width: 6.75, Depth: 6.75Weight39 lbsHeight30 inches read more

Uttermost
$1,097.79
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The linear complexity of this design is unique and intriguing, yet somehow very simple with its own quiet elegance. This collectio...n can move easily from casual thru contemporary, and the classic shape of the scavo glass softens and relaxes the effect to give it a long term appeal.BrandUttermostCollectionLegatoCategoryLighting Fixtures - ChandeliersFinish and Frame DescriptionDistressed Chestnut Brown With Heavily Frosted, Scavo Glass Globes.Wattage60 WattsBulb IncludedNoNumber of Lights9Chain DescriptionSPT-1,20288,20' L/Dia 5mm,7' LShade DescriptionHeight: 4, Width: 8, Depth: 8Weight53 lbsHeight38.5 inches read more

Uttermost

The linear complexity of this design is unique and intriguing, yet somehow very simple with its own quiet elegance. This collectio...n can move easily from casual thru contemporary, and the classic shape of the scavo glass softens and relaxes the effect to give it a long term appeal.BrandUttermostCollectionLegatoCategoryLighting Fixtures - ChandeliersFinish and Frame DescriptionDistressed Chestnut Brown With Heavily Frosted, Scavo Glass Globes.Wattage60 WattsBulb IncludedNoNumber of Lights5Chain DescriptionSPT-1,20288,12'L/Dia5mm,5'LShade DescriptionHeight: 4, Width: 8, Depth: 8Weight32 lbsHeight26.5 inches 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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Trend Lighting
$935.98 $1,170.00
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This 14 light chandelier by Trend Lighting has a brushed nickel finish and is part of their Mira collection. The perfect complimen...t to any dining room! Includes Halogen G4 Bi-Pin bulb(s), 120 Volts.FinishBrushed NickelMaterials UsedMetal, GalssGlass TypeSpun Filament GlassWidth27 inchesHeight25 inchesOverall Height80 inchesWeight15 lbs.Bulb TypeHalogen G4 Bi-PinBulb(s) IncludedYesCertificationUL Listed read more

Mira 14 Light Chandelier in Brushed Nickel Finish (trnd_TP3700-14)
Trend Lighting
$877.50 $1,170.00
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This 14 light chandelier by Trend Lighting has a brushed nickel finish and is part of their Cavelleto collection. The perfect comp...liment to any dining room! Includes Halogen G4 Bi-Pin bulb(s), 120 Volts.FinishBrushed NickelMaterials UsedMetal, GalssGlass TypeSatin Opal GlassWidth33 inchesHeight26 inchesOverall Height80 inchesWeight17 lbs.Bulb TypeHalogen G4 Bi-PinBulb(s) IncludedYesCertificationUL Listed read more

Cavelleto 14 Light Chandelier in Brushed Nickel Finish (trnd_TP3900-14)
LexMod
$155.00 $321.00
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Halo 20 Chandelier in Clear - The circle of revolution displayed by the Halo Series introduces spontaneous brilliance that reflect...s powerfully throughout any room. Adorning its bearer, the glass globe is a crown of experiential motion. Set Includes:One - 20 Halo Acrylic Crystal Chandelier, Features:Designed for maximum illumination Easy to hang Takes 2 60 Watt Standard Light Bulb(Not Included) UL Listed and Approved, Product Dimensions:Overall Product Dimensions: 19.5L x 19.5W x 79H Maximum Cord length: 60 Overall Product Dimensions: 19.5L x 19.5W x 79H Maximum Cord length: 60L - Mid Century Modern Furniture. read more

Halo 20" Chandelier in Clear LexMod
LexMod
$274.50 $591.00
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Halo 25 Chandelier in Clear - The circle of revolution displayed by the Halo Series introduces spontaneous brilliance that reflect...s powerfully throughout any room. Adorning its bearer, the glass globe is a crown of experiential motion. Set Includes:One - 25 Halo Acrylic Crystal Chandelier, Features:Designed for maximum illumination Easy to hang Light bulb not included Takes (5) 60 Watt Standard Light Bulbs(Not Included) UL Listed and Approved, Product Dimensions:Overall Product Dimensions: 25.5L x 25.5W x 47H Maximum Cord length: 60 Overall Product Dimensions: 25.5L x 25.5W x 47H Maximum Cord length: 60L - Mid Century Modern Furniture. read more

Halo 25" Chandelier in Clear LexMod
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$149.95 $199.99
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Delicate crystals are paired with a satin nickel finish, making this swag chandelier a chic accent piece for living rooms and more.... Completely chic, this swag chandelier features four candelabra base bulbs for ambient, romantic illumination. Finished in satin nickel with clear crystals that shine when lit. Includes chain and swag mounting hardware. read more

Clea 14" Wide Satin Nickel Swag Chandelier
Vienna Full Spectrum
$299.95 $399.99
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Adorned with a bronze finish and paired with clear crystals, this chandelier adds class and sophistication to any space. Add glamo...ur to your home with this radiant chandelier. Finished in bronze and adorned with clear crystals, this six light design is full of handsome sophistication. From the Beverly Collection by Vienna Full Spectrum. read more

Vienna Full Spectrum Beverly 26" Wide Crystal Chandelier
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$199.95 $299.99
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An urban industrial style swag chandelier with antique brass finish accents to complement its rich bronze finish. Bring home vinta...ge inspiration with the Pembroke collection. The line comes with rich bronze finish fixtures like this three light hooded swag chandelier that are handsomely finished with antique brass accents. This urban industrial style design features adjustable socket angles for a variable lighting look, and comes with swag hooks and mounting hardware included for easy installation. An in-line on/off switch provides convenient lighting control. read more

Pembroke 3-Light 28" Wide Urban Industrial Swag Chandelier
Vienna Full Spectrum
$399.95 $599.99
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Finished in satin nickel, this dazzling crystal chandelier adds glamour to any space. Bold and sophisticated, this clear crystal c...handelier instantly dresses up your decor. Eight candelabra bulbs offer warm ambience and make this lighting fixture sparkle when illuminated. A satin nickel finishes the look for a touch of gleaming elegance. From the Kevita Collection by Vienna Full Spectrum. read more

Kevita 18" Wide Crystal Chandelier
Kathy Ireland
$149.95 $199.99
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Radiant crystals are paired with a satin nickel finish, making this swag chandelier a chic accent piece for living rooms and more.... Chic and feminine, this swag chandelier features four candelabra base bulbs with leaf accents for ambient, romantic illumination. Finished in satin nickel with clear crystals that shine when lit. Includes chain and swag mounting hardware. From the Hollis Collection by Kathy Ireland. read more

Kathy Ireland Hollis 15" Wide Crystal Swag Chandelier
Pacific Coast Home Furnishings
$149.95 $229.99
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The sleek style of this modern pendant light emanates clean a glow from its bright and efficient halogen bulb. Contemporary hangin...g lamps add a sleek look to your kitchen area. Contemporary chandeliers such as make a state-of-the-art design statement ideal for accenting kitchens or seating areas. This design has a single light, two rod pendant lamp design. In a brushed steel finish with a glass surround and ribbed accents. read more

Contemporary Halogen Pendant Chandelier
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