Of all lighting the candle chandeliers were some of the very first which were designed for functionality and beauty. The first candle chandeliers were made in medieval times for cathedrals and palaces. Simple rough wooden board where nailed into a cross or X pattern, then nails were driven from the under side and left protruding on the top. Then candles the candles were pushed down onto the nail spikes. Over time metal frames came into use. One of my favorite old movies is Errol Flynn in Robin Hood. The huge castles, grand clothing, and large halls were a perfect backdrop for the chandeliers which hung overhead.
As more people desired candle chandeliers more styles, shapes, and designs were created. Originally these lights were a status symbol and acquired by aristocracy, with an increased number available more people were able to afford them. From the simple wooden frame with candles, the next stage in the development of these hanging lights the addition of lead crystals. Crystals were added to reflect and disperse the light. This made candle chandeliers even more popular and paved the way to the electric crystal chandeliers.
Candle chandeliers are a unique form of light. With no dependence on electricity, there is no need for electrical wiring present wherever they are going to be hung. Some popular chandeliers today make use of wrought iron, brass, pewter, and other metals. Lighting composition can be one level, two tiered or even three. Frames can be round, oval, squared, or random. The design of the candle holders built into the light frame dictate which style candle is to be used. Some candles are votive and others are tapered.
Since candles can be messy with dripping wax and require more cleaning, some limit their use to outdoor candle chandeliers. If hung outside in a gazebo, covered deck, or balcony dripping may not matter as much to the homeowner. But in the case that you want to take them inside, then an electric candle chandelier is a good choice. Candelabra light bulbs are designed with the shape of a flickering candle in mind. One time I even purchased light bulbs that were supposed to flicker, just like a candle. An outdoor chandelier with candles can also be hung from a tree or arbor.
The allure of the candle chandelier is a credit to the soft atmosphere that it creates. Crystals added to the composition also helps to refract the light, making more of an ambiance. When choosing one for your dining room or other area it is important to consider how large the room is, how high the ceilings are, and the overall shape of the room. When using chandeliers over a dining table it is important to be sure that only a few feet of table space will be lit by a light. When a table is long and narrow then two candle chandeliers may be required to light the room. For smaller rooms a smaller light is applicable. If the ceiling is high realize that the light may need to be hung from a long chain so that it is still effective in decorating the dining space instead of just the ceiling.
With a wide variety of metals, styles, and light compositions to choose from it is a nice tough to match the candle chandelier to the style of home. If Spanish flair is your cup of tea, then let the light have metal working indicative of that style. If rusty rustic iron is the tone of your log home, then be sure to choose a wrought iron candle chandelier along those lines.
Shopping for candle chandeliers or outdoor chandeliers can be done either online or in shops. Though standard stores such as Lowe’s or Home Depot have a decent lighting selection, you may want to try specialty light shops to find one which matches your taste. For one large focal point light it is no unusual to spend a bit of money. If looking online it is best to purchase from a well established and respected store. That is why I advertise chandeliers I find on Amazon. There are other suppliers out there, but personally I have had a better experience with lighting from them, instead of other online shops. For some reason I have hardly ever been satisfied with lighting purchased from eBay.
When buying be sure to read the warranties on both the store and the product. It is best to buy new lighting units instead of used. Used ones, even if they appear in good condition, could have damaged wires that is not visible to the eye. Some home fires are caused by faulty wiring.
So be smart and consider not only where you plan to use your candle chandelier, but also the size room or space that is to be lit. There is few lights which possess the simple grace that these possess. And remember if using a candle chandelier be careful of windy days. Also be aware that unless an electric candle chandelier is rated not rated for outdoor use than it should never be used outside of the home. There are some outdoor candle chandeliers which are intended for outdoor usage. Antler candle chandeliers are also another way to accent a room. Bathroom lights also deserve our attention.