A crystal chandelier, with its ornate, light-bearing arms, provides a
dramatic focal point to a large room or entry hall. It is ceiling
lighting in its most glamorous and alluring form.
Chandeliers originated as a means of holding multiple candles, thus
providing more light, when single candles could not effectively illuminate
an entire room. The use of cut glass or crystal tiers served a
practical purpose as well as a decorative one – to fracture and
disperse the light further. Fine traditional crystal chandeliers,
with their elaborate lead crystal drops, are a beautiful sight, sparkling
and shimmering as the light reflects off each facet.
Primitive chandeliers were used in medieval times to illuminate large
churches and cathedrals. By the 16th century, decorative chandeliers
had become popular features in the palaces and homes of the wealthy.
During the 18th century, chandeliers became more ornate with the addition
of highly refractive lead crystal, which scatters light efficiently.
Since the introduction of electric lighting, crystal chandeliers have
become more highly valued for their decorative effect than for their
Crystal chandeliers are composed of many small lights and thus avoid one
inherent drawback to central ceiling lighting. These decorative
fixtures should be used for general ambient lighting rather than for
serious task lighting, and are best suited to large spaces with high
Here on CrystalChandeliers.us, you will find several crystal chandelier
manufacturers and importers as well as shops offering chandeliers and
accessories. For a broader selection of ceiling light fixtures,
including pendants, recessed lights, and track lighting, please visit our
lighting fixture website.