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Size an important factor in chandelier selection

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Chandeliers not only provide light but also signal the style of your home, so size is a critical factor in selection.

Too big a chandelier looks like what it is: bulky. Too small, and it looks like an afterthought.

“Foyer and dining room lights set the style of the home, so picking the right look can make a huge impact,” said Eric Schaefer, manager of one of two Light Source Lighting locations serving the area.

In the dining room, add the dimensions and convert to inches. For example, a dining room measuring 12-by-15 feet is 12+15=27, so the chandelier should be about 27 inches wide.

For height, Schaefer said the body of the chandelier should be no more than 24 inches tall with an 8-foot ceiling; for a 9-foot ceiling, go to 30 inches. The bottom of the chandelier should be 32 to 34 inches above the table top.

Sizing width for a foyer has a different formula. If the foyer is a two-story, measure the width wall to wall and take one third. For example, if the foyer is 9 feet wide, one third is 36 inches. A two-story foyer also needs a taller chandelier; a fixture height of three feet is typical. Also, consider position. If there is a window in the center of the foyer, center the chandelier in the window.

Of course, there is style to consider, and that depends on your décor.

For that, you need to visit a showroom, Light Source Lighting showrooms are located in Plainfield and Plano, where Schaefer recommends you start with styles such as rustic lodge, industrial, classic, modern or transitional can be considered. Consultants are available to assist you.

Light Source also offers installation of fixtures purchased from Light Source when existing electrical boxes are present.

Light Source Lighting :12700 Route 34, Plano, IL 60545 : (630) 552-0001

Light Source Lighting : 16114 S. Route 59, Plainfield, IL 60586 :(815) 254-0332 :http://www.lightsourcelighting.com/