6 Modern Chandelier Features That Break the Mold

6 Modern Chandelier Features That Break the Mold

Chandeliers are known for their ability to make big statements, and today’s chandeliers are speaking volumes with an impressive range of upgraded features that bring these traditional focal points into the here and now. If you’re looking for the perfect combination of form and function, these new and improved concepts are just the ticket. From customizable sizing and intricate details to dimming capabilities for any occasion, we’re shining a light on six of our favorite modern chandeliers that can boost any room’s ambience while enhancing your comfort and breathing new life into your home’s overall décor.

1. Adjustable Height


Thanks to today’s chandelier enhancements, customizing your home’s lighting has never been easier. Many contemporary fixtures are made with adjustable heights and arms to better accommodate a room’s exact dimensions and your specific sizing needs. Great for directing light exactly where you want it or finding the perfect fit for a challenging space, these adjustable chandeliers are an excellent choice for personalizing any room of your choosing. Try a starburst style with arrangeable rods and arms, or position a more traditional luminary over your dining room table in just the right spot with an adaptable chain length.

Pro Tip: The ideal chandelier placement depends on the layout and dimensions of the room, so you’ll probably want to do a bit of math to determine its sweet spot.

2. Dimmable Features

One of the most important functions of a lighting fixture is to enhance a room’s overall atmosphere, and dimmable chandeliers let you instantly control their emitted light to set the mood with ease. Many contemporary designs are fully dimmable when paired with a compatible ELV dimmer, and some even offer programmable controls for more advanced customization right at your fingertips. Dimmable features can even help you save money on your electric use, and they’re ideal for creating the most comfortable settings for social gatherings.

Pro Tip: You’ll want to make sure that the light bulbs you choose are dimmable, as well. Check the packaging to see if they’re designed for dimming, and read “Dimmers Can Provide Ambiance Throughout Your House” for ideas on how to incorporate dimmer controls into your home decor.

3. Nostalgic Bulbs

Give your house a nod to the past with the help of vintage-inspired light bulbs. Packed with personality and old-world styling, antique filament bulbs lend a little nostalgia to contemporary fixtures and add romance and ambience to any space. From traditional candelabra designs to industrial-chic Edison light bulbs, these old-fashioned accents are the perfect way to brighten up your home with elements borrowed from the past.

Pro Tip: Love the vintage flair of old-time bulbs, but prefer the energy efficiency of LEDs? You’re in luck! Many of today’s incandescent replicas are actually made with LED technology for the best of both worlds.

4. Sloped Ceiling Adaptable

Many people assume that sloped ceilings limit their lighting options, but that’s not the case with today’s chandeliers. In fact, many contemporary lighting fixtures are fully adaptable for sloped ceilings to maximize your design possibilities. Chandeliers are especially ideal since they usually hang freely from their canopies without the need for angled installations. If your space can handle the focal point, go for it. Otherwise, choose adaptable pendant lights to keep things properly proportioned.

5. Blown Glass

Upgrade any space with unique beauty and artisanal charm. Chandeliers outfitted with hand-blown glass shades add instant personality to your home and create a mesmerizing focal point that dazzles and delights. An eye-catching display of time-honored craftsmanship, blown glass fixtures come in a range of designs to match your preferred aesthetic to a T. From clear glass cylinders to colorful Murano glass shades, asymmetrical shapes, and intermittent details, these pieces are distinct and refined.

Pro Tip: These artsy chandeliers may look high-maintenance, but they’re surprisingly easy to keep clean. Just turn off the chandelier from the main switch and use a can of compressed air to dust the fixture. If further cleaning is necessary, dilute some glass cleaner with water, spray the solution onto the glass shades, and use a microfiber cloth to dry.

6. Touch Technology

Chandeliers may be known for their timeless good looks, but that doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy the perks of modern technology. Form and function unite with a variety of touch-sensitive features and remote control options for a more streamlined user-friendly experience. Try a Touch Switch wall plate with built-in dimmer functions and on and off controls to adjust your overhead lighting on command, or try bedside pendants with touch-sensitive dimming systems for just the right level of illumination. Chandeliers with remote controls allow you to stay seated or reclined while creating the well-lit atmosphere of your choosing.

Pro Tip: Many of our Touch Switch wall plates include pop-out electrical outlets for a hidden source of power. Find out how to “DIY Your Light Switches, Dimmers, and Outlets” for creative solutions to all your lighting dilemmas.

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Whether you’re in the market for a new chandelier or are simply looking for a new way to update a room’s current lighting installations, these modern features can make a world of difference in the look and feel of your home. Check out “5 Places You Can Now Install a Chandelier” for fresh, innovative ways to add these designs to unexpected spaces. In the mood to go big? Read “6 Places to Indulge in the Extra Large Chandelier Trend” for ideas on where to hang the most dynamic chandeliers of them all.



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