HOW TO PROPERLY MEASURE FOR A HANGING CHANDELIER
In an average room, most chandeliers can be suspended by a hook or chain no longer than three feet. For this reason we supply up to three feet of chain free of charge. In case of hooks we make hooks available in the following lengths: 7", 12", 16", 18", 21" and 24". If you are not sure how long your hook should be, supply us with your ceiling height and we will calculate the correct length. If an extra tall ceiling requires the use of a hook longer than 40", we recommend spanning that distance with a double hook(two shorter hooks wired together). In rare cases, a triple hook is necessary. For the cost of double and triple hooks or chains longer than two feet, call for pricing.
The concern most often expressed when selecting the proper chandelier is size. A general rule is do not be afraid of a fixture being too large for a room, particularly the chandeliers in this catalog, because all have an open airy design. More often than not, too small is the problem. The proper size should be related to the size of the room and the size of the table over which it is to hang. In average size dining rooms(@ 12ft X 12ft), we suggest using chandeliers in the range of 20"-24" in diameter. in larger rooms (14 X 14 or more), we recommend chandeliers of at least 25"-30" in diameter. At this point you may also begin to consider the double teired fixtures, depending upon the desired effect.
How low should it be? the bobeche, or drip pans, at the end of the candle, should be 37"-39" above the table. We suggest 37". this places the bulbs at about eye level as you enter the room. In residential homes where walkthrough traffic is intended, plan for a minimum height of 78" of clearance. Remember a ceiling canopy extends downward 2 1/2" but a fixture can be hooked directly into it if necessary for maximum clearance. You may also request a flat canopy, gaining another inch of clearance.