Chandeliers are a prominent part of many homes. If your chandelier doesn't quite fit your home anymore, consider a redressing. Redressing a chandelier can involve replacing prisms, a thorough cleaning, adding shades, changing bulb styles, adding a unique candle cover in addition to many other items.
Prisms & Chains
Prisms are often the most distinguishing feature of a chandelier, establishing it's identity. Adjusting the style and quality of prism can produce a drastically different chandelier. Replacing prisms can be very simple but the choice of prisms can be a challenge with so many options available. Here are a few things to keep in mind when redressing your chandelier:
No matter what route you go when redressing your chandelier, make sure you let your creativity take over. Redressing allows you to take a mass-produced fixture and turn it into a one-of-a-kind showpiece which reflects your personality.
Keep in mind the size quality and color of prism that you are ordering. Use like-quality prisms on the same chandelier. Color accent prisms can be increase the aesthetic of a chandelier.
The type of pin used to connect each prism vary by manufacturer, check the color and pattern of pin before you order, to match your design needs.
Bulbs & Candle Covers
A simple bulb change can upgrade the look of your chandelier drastically. Many varieties of bulbs are available including, flame tips, torpedo, historic filament and novelty. Before ordering bulbs, check the type of base you have on your chandelier bulbs. If your chandelier doesn't have a standard base, there are adapters available to match many of the old style bases.
Bulb covers are an easy way to modify your lighting. Bulb covers slip over an existing bulb to alter the quality of light coming from the chandelier as well as upgrade the appearance of the chandelier.
New candle covers are a great way to customize your chandelier. Candle covers slip over the lamp base below the bulb. These can be made from a variety of materials and patterns. There are value covers made from plastic that can be painted. There are a wide variety of colors and printed candle covers as well as beeswax drip candle covers.
These can be replaced simply by removing the bulb, slipping off the old cover and replacing with a new style.
Most chandeliers need a cleaning once every year or two. The process can seem daunting, but with a little planning and a few supplies the results can be spectacular.
Before you begin, turn off the lighting, take photos of the placement of prisms and chains as well as place a thick blanket below the chandelier to catch any falling pieces.
Remove any hanging prisms, these can be cleaned with a very mild detergent or a chandelier cleaner. Depending on what the pieces of your chandelier are made of, use a chandelier cleaner or polish on the arms, bobeches, cups and other parts. Don't forget to polish the bulbs.