Chandeliers come in all shapes and sizes, all styles and setups. They can serve as the lighting centerpiece of your home, providing that great “wow” factor you’re so proud of.
But chandeliers do need attention from time to time. The perfect mix of electricity glass and raw materials is also the perfect mix for a potential problem down the road. And while chandeliers can last a long time, the occasional repair or replacement is always a possibility.
So how does one go about restoring the luster to their lighting situation? We’ve provided this repair guide to help you in diagnosing your problem, complete with an outline of solutions guaranteed to save you stress and time on the project.
1.Common Problems with Chandeliers
Historically, chandeliers have come a long way. Their use harkens back to medieval times, back when a chandelier was little more than a couple of crossbeams with stakes holding up candles.
Nowadays chandeliers come in all forms, and can be made out of a variety of materials ranging from fiberglass to crystal and metal. Regardless of their make-up, almost all chandeliers today are electrical light fixtures, and require professional electrical installation.
Many chandeliers have a lot of parts on them, and a common problem is when a part cracks or breaks off. Your first course of action is to contact the manufacturer for replacement parts. If the chandelier is a model that is still manufactured, it’s easy to acquire replacement parts for your specific model.
If your model is no longer in production, and you just have to have a replica part made or installed, it’s best to contact your local lighting store for information regarding the broken piece.
2.Problems that May Require a Professional
If your chandelier is hanging awkwardly, or is not lighting properly, you may require professional assistance to rectify the situation. Chandeliers are among the heaviest in domestic lighting installations – they require special reinforced mounting and support systems.
It’s always a good idea to ask around for a word of mouth reference regarding professional contractors. Talk with your neighbors, friends and family members – find out if they’ve had any lighting work done. Chances are someone will know a local contractor that is a certified electrician with experience in chandelier installation or repair. Additionally, if it’s a piece of glass you’re looking for, ask around for a local glassworks shop. If they are skilled and experienced, it may be possible to get your piece refabricated and back to its original glory!
3.Researching the Right Contractor
Whether you’ve acquired some contractor references from your friends or family members, or you’ve perused the local yellow pages, do your research and be specific with your chandelier. Let contractors know the make and model of your lighting unit and the nature of your problem.
Ask contractors about their experience with lighting units from the manufacturer yours is from, and be sure to ask about cost and turnaround time. Unless there is a home wiring problem preventing your chandelier from shining as bright as it can, the case has very little variables. Get as much information as you can before making your decision. After all, it’s up to you how bright you want your home to shine!
If your chandelier is hanging awkwardly, or is not lighting properly, you may require professional assistance to rectify the situation.