Everything you need to know about cluster chandeliers Posted on 12:28pm Monday 30th Jun 2014
Cluster chandeliers are a cost-effective, sustainable way to illuminate an interior space, and can come in a wide range of designs and styles. Many of the materials needed to make a cluster chandelier won't break the bank, and you could do your bit for the environment by purchasing an upcycled chandelier made from various discarded objects and materials. Here are some things to consider when searching for the perfect cluster chandelier.
What is a cluster chandelier? A cluster light is one which groups together contrasting or complementary objects to great effect.They work to great effect in hanging a cluster 3, 5, 7,9 (or more!) when one object wouldn't quite fill the space or light the area adequately.
This type of cluster light has one wired and fitted bulb in the centre of a "cluster" of blown unlit bulbs which shines through the other bulbs creating a glow of light that will illuminate the interior space. The chandelier works well in lounges, kitchens, dining rooms, halls etc and would be hung from the ceiling or off the wall on a stylish angle bracket.
There are many other unique cluster chandelier designs now available on the market. One popular example is a clustered jar chandelier, which comprises of recycled and reused mason jars, which are used to house hanging light bulbs. These chandeliers are ideal for hanging over a kitchen island or dining table as they suit the theme of cooking and dining.
Don't let that limit you though as they can work anywhere in the house! The product is usually large in size - ideal for high ceilings - and may include bulbs in different colors. The customised jar lids are designed to allow heat to escape so that they don't get too hot when the lights are on. You can also cluster teacups and other related objects like pots and sugar bowls, cut glass vases, vintage cheese graters, old jelly moulds...the list is endless!
What are the beneﬁts of purchasing an upcycled cluster chandelier? There are a number of benefits to purchasing upcycled chandeliers:
Buying recycled products in general can help to change consumer attitudes to how we source the materials needed in manufacturing. If there is a strong consumer demand for recycled or upcycled chandeliers, many manufacturers will then produce their own products using discarded materials or objects - helping to save natural resources. Recycled products like a cluster chandelier means that we rely less on raw materials and reduce the need to harvest trees or drill for oil. Upcycled products can also help to conserve land.
Upcycled products can be a cost-effective way to deal with waste management for many countries, and it means that any materials that have been discarded can be re-used to create unique, innovative products for the home like cluster chandeliers. These old materials don't go into landfills, landfill space is saved, and new creations can be made instead. Using these materials can also prevent the pollutants that damage the atmosphere during the manufacturing process, especially when acquiring raw materials to create brand new products.
What should I look for when purchasing a cluster chandelier? The exact specification of a cluster chandelier will depend on the manufacturer or designer, but you will want to purchase a product that comes with all the necessary fittings so you can install the chandelier onto the ceiling or off your bracket. You will also need to choose a chandelier with the right bulb wattage, depending on how much light you want to bring into a room. Some of the most commonly used wattages for these type of bulbs are 15, 25 and 40 watts. Other factors to consider include the size and length of the item, and whether the bulbs used in the chandelier can easily be sourced from a local hardware store or supermarket. Installing the chandelier is usually straight forward but it is always recommended that you enlist the services of an electrician to do this. If you want to hang the item on the wall, a cord and chain will be needed to attach the item, as well as ceiling hooks.
Who are Lost and Foundry? Lost and Foundry are based in Brighton, England and we specialise in creating vintage upcycled lighting made from found objects. Kilner jar lights, pre-war pram wheel wall lights, vintage shot - glass fairy lights, Victorian cheese grater wall lights, pigeon fanciers trophy cup table lamps.... We also provide custom lighting for restaurants, hotels, bars and retail outlets. What ever you need we can create!
Our online store sells a wide range of products - including cluster chandeliers - and you will be able to contact the team if you have a query about one of our products.
Just like all of us, our lights are individual.