Shades don’t only have decorative purposes, but they are also essential to filter, diffuse and direct the light from a lamp. With chandelier shades you can add more beauty or completeness to the geometry of the chandelier and you can enhance its style and colors. When choosing lamp shades for chandeliers you don’t only need to consider its design and color, but you also need to pay attentions to some technical aspects like the dimension, opacity and the wattage it can withstand.
Sizing the Shade for Chandelier:
You need to be careful when choosing the right size for your chandelier shade. If the shade is too low it may cover up some of the beautiful and attractive aspects of the lamp and it may look unattractive. On the other hand, if it is too high the unsightly hardware of the lamp and shade will be visible spoiling the appearance of your chandelier.
Before getting a shade, you need to measure the dimensions of you chandelier lamps. Measure the bulb starting from the apex to the socket and measure the height and diameter of the base as well. Also consider the spacing of the bulbs and the overall size of the chandelier. You need to have a map of the chandelier and the bulbs in mind and you should consider how high the shade should lie and how much should it cover. To be more exact, draw a rough sketch keeping the proportions and scale in mind.
Now that you have an idea of the dimensions of your lamp shades for chandeliers, you can buy the desired lamp shade. You should check these dimensions: the vertical height, in case of spider fitters, the harp’s height, the length of the slant and the lower and upper diameter. Also consider the drop of the shade when it fits over the bulb. See if these dimensions match up with the measurements you worked out.
If you are having difficulty deciding the dimensions, you can get different shapes of cheap shades from a nearby store and try it out on your chandelier.
The Effects of the Shade on Brightness and Direction:
When getting a shade for your ceiling fixture, you should also consider the level of lighting you need in your room. Here are some tips to consider:
- For higher brightness and uniform lighting, you need shades with better transparency, wider diameter and shorter height. Consider light linen or cotton shades.
- For low and ambient light the shade can be more opaque and narrower. Silk and darker linen shades will be suitable.
- If you need to direct the light for reading or other tasks, then consider shades that will reflect the light downwards. Parchment paper shades with golden or silver lining inside are desirable.
You can get dimmers as well to change the intensity of light your chandelier lamps emit.
The Wattage Rating of the Bulb:
When getting lamp shades for chandeliers you should make sure that it can withstand the heat produced by the bulb. If the shades are not designed for the wattage of your bulb then it will fade away faster or, in worse cases, start a fire. The shades come with the maximum wattage they can withstand; get the shade accordingly. Also, make sure that there is considerable distance between the light source and the shade to prevent overheating of the shade material.