chandelier dimension for very large room

twochickletsMarch 19, 2011

Hello,

Currently we have a ceiling fan in our great room. Our great room is about 20 x 20 and also 20' high. It also opens into the kitchen, foyer and stairway and the 2nd floor landing is also open to the room. I have always imagined a HUGE, airy chandelier in the place of the little ceiling fan. I think I have really scared my DH about this, so we are turning to you, internet community, for some guidance. What do you think are the proper lighting dimensions for a chandelier in a room like this? Thanks in advance.

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twochicklets

Here are some pictures of the room

Here is a link that might be useful: photos of room

    Bookmark   March 19, 2011 at 11:23AM
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brickeyee

If you get a large one make wure it is on a hoist (electrical or hand crank).

I know someone with a two story foyer in a million plus $ house who has to pay over $100 every time he wants the bulbs replaced.

He usually waits until there are a decent number out (it has over a dozen bulbs) since the cost to have the lift brought in to reach the fixture swamps everything else.

He replaces ALL the bulbs at each go round about once a year.

The lifts run around $1,000+ depending on how hard they are to install and type.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2011 at 3:34PM
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DavidR

I know someone with a two story foyer in a million plus $ house who has to pay over $100 every time he wants the bulbs replaced.

If that chandelier were mine (which it wouldn't be :) I'd put in the best quality LED retrofits I could find, and hope for a true 50,000 hour service life.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2011 at 7:08PM
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brickeyee

":If that chandelier were mine (which it wouldn't be :) I'd put in the best quality LED retrofits I could find, and hope for a true 50,000 hour service life.

"

It would look ugly as can be and have very dim lighting,

LEDs are NOT an adequate substitute for area lighting.

They are way to directional.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2011 at 8:24PM
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roadbike

Here you go. Big enough to fit that room and plenty of bulbs to give off enough light without being run at full power. Be sure to get a good sized stepladder for bulb changing.

Here is a link that might be useful: Chandelier

    Bookmark   March 20, 2011 at 8:33PM
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lolab

The rule of thumb (supposedly) is to add together the room width and length in feet to get the size of the chandelier in inches. So for your 20' x 20' room you would need at least a 40" wide chandelier. Because of the height, you could get away with something even larger. I've also read that airy feeling chandeliers look larger than heavy ones. How about putting 2 chandeliers spaced evenly apart? I've seen some pictures of this online (try houzz.com) and it looks pretty nice.

Aladdin makes a lift for changing the bulbs.

Good luck!

    Bookmark   May 30, 2011 at 2:20PM
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