With styles ranging from traditional and ornate to modern and minimalist, these decorative hanging fixtures typically feature multiple branching arms and lights. They are most often found in dining areas but can be elegant additions to entryways and foyers as well. While the chandelier is usually a room’s focal point and primary light source, its light must be supplemented to avoid over-lighting and glare. Some chandeliers are designed with downlights to provide task or accent lighting, while others are available with fabric or glass shades.

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Gotham, Siena and Meritage by Troy Lighting

To find the ideal chandelier diameter: Add the length and width of the room together and substitute the feet for inches. chandelier

Montparnasse by Troy Lighting

In the dining room: Choose a chandelier that is 6” narrower than the width of the dining table. It should hang at least 30” above the tabletop in a room with an 8’ ceiling. For each additional foot of ceiling height, add one inch. When sizing a chandelier, remember that dense shapes will seem smaller, while more open designs may appear larger. TIP: Consider hanging two or more fixtures over a larger or rectangular table.