A guide to chandelier tubes


This is a must-read article for anyone considering buying a chandelier. We provide you with answers to age old dilemma’s; the Lighting Company provides a valuable resource of advice and guidance.

We can guide you to select the best chandelier for each room and choose the correct size light fitment. Do you have a period home and need to know which style chandelier is suited to the era of your home? Or perhaps you have a modern home and fancy adding a show stopping, contemporary style chandelier?

Just from looking at the sheer variety of chandeliers that are available to buy and you’ll soon appreciate that defining your requirements will not only speed up the process but also give peace of mind that the investment you make at this stage will save you time and (potentially!) trouble later.

The starting point in your search for the perfect chandelier should always be choosing the correct size for the dimensions of your room. If you are mounting a chandelier in the centre of a room, you may find this task relatively straight forward, i.e., if you have a high ceiling space and choose to have a large light, it would not have the consequence of dominating the room.

Your search may be for very large crystal chandeliers, if so we can help to speed up the selection process. Here’s a few notable examples of supersize chandeliers.

However, most of the time you’ll probably have one or more specific requirements; it may be that you need a very small light, a flush fitting light for smaller spaces, or perhaps that the light is to be mounted over a table or kitchen island. Check out our comprehensive size guide to buying a chandelier.

What style chandelier is right for a traditional style property?

Long before electric lights had been invented, chandeliers were used to show emphasise the affluence in wealthy homes. Originally powered by candlelight, the spectacular statement lights have never fallen out of the limelight, but what interpretation of chandelier styling, accurately encapsulates the period of your home?

Georgian and Regency Homes: Traditionally, these were large, crystal multi-arm light fittings that were synonymous with the luxuriousness of the period, such as the Marie Therese chandeliers.

Edwardian and Victorian Homes: In these times light fittings were often gas powered so the chandeliers of the time had the glass bowls style shades fitted around flames. The gas ran through metal tubes, so metal and glass light fittings are more representative of chandeliers of this period.


From 1920’s to the 1930’s, lighting moved slightly away from traditional candle style chandeliers and started advancements into more modern styles of chandeliers. They became simplified and refined, with less frivolity and decoration.

In the 1950’s lighting became more utilitarian and chandeliers of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s are often described as architectural or sculptural. Today we’d refer to this style of light as an installation or modern chandelier.

As newer homes were built in the UK after the war years they became smaller with lower ceiling heights in comparison to earlier period homes. The lower ceiling heights gave way to smaller light fitments and chandeliers of more basic forms. If you’ve always fancied a chandelier but have the lower ceiling heights and want something decorative, you’ll be pleased to know that many more modern crystal chandeliers have been designed with these homes in mind.

Look at the website for lights for lower ceiling heights and select crystal and glass options. Here you’ll find modern chandeliers.