Celebrating Our Modern Chandelier Crystal

At King’s Chandelier Services Ltd we are well known for our range of antique chandelier crystals but not always recognised as selling high quality modern chandelier crystal and coloured crystal so thought we would do a post dedicated to it.

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Lifetime Discount Scheme is launched

Everyone likes to be appreciated and to know their custom is valued and so to show our customers, new and old, our appreciation we have launched a Lifetime Discount Scheme.

Our discounts do not have an expiry date, once you have achieved a qualifying spend threshold the discount will automatically be applied to your order and each order thereafter – all the customer needs to do is ensure that they use the same email address when placing orders with us as the email address is automatically monitored to calculate the accrued spend.*

Discounts become applicable when the customers accrued qualifying spend, excluding carriage, reaches £150.00 and has three tiers in total with the discount increasing at each new threshold.  It does not matter if the customer does not order regularly the system will remember you and you will receive an email confirming when you reach a new discount level.  Please note refunds and partial refunds will be deducted from the accrued spend as appropriate.

The discount scheme is available to customers using the website or placing orders by telephone and  is not limited to UK customers only it is open to all our customers, as a thank you for their continued custom.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for further details or to place an order.

*If you change your email address you can update this in your account or alternatively you can contact us so we can update it for you.

 

Push in terminal lamp holders – how to wire them

If you have visited our lamp holder sections on our website you may have looked at our push in terminal lamp holders and wondered how to wire this should you purchase them.

We have a few “How To” videos on our website and one of these feature wiring push in terminal lamp holders; please find the link to our restoration page on our website which includes the video relating to wiring push in terminal lamp holders.

How to wire a chandelier arm/push wire terminal lamp holder

SES E14 Lamp Holder

 

Black Friday Weekend

Black Friday may not normally be associated with chandeliers and lighting products but at King’s Chandeliers Ltd we have decided that as this year is our tenth anniversary we would have our own sale event on selected items.

Included in this sale event are selected electric cables, candle tubes, ceiling roses, lamp switches, switch cover plates, lamp holders and chain.

This post will be updated as items are added but a quick taster is shown below:-

Black 3 core 0.50mm electric cable

Orange Overbraid Cable

Light Switch Cover Plates     All finishes sizes included in this event

Slide up and down ceiling rose

Antique Drip Candle Tubes  Check out our Antique Drip Candle Tubes to see those included in this event

clear inline switch

Floor switches – White and Black

Torpedo Switches – Various Colours

Victorian Style Light Pull Switch

Plain Style Light Pull Switch

Victorian Style Pendant Ceiling Rose

Cleaning your chandelier

With the dark nights now closing in and people beginning to think towards Christmas (I know sorry it is still some weeks away) we find that we get more enquiries from customers asking for advice on how to clean their chandeliers.

This is a subject that we have covered before sometimes it is helpful to revisit past posts as they can get hidden away.

If you do have any mishaps whilst cleaning or restoring your chandelier please contact us so that we can assist.

Before you start make sure that you have turned off the electric supply to your light fitting and that everyone knows that you are working on the chandeliers.

Put down some dust sheets or something similar just in case you drop a piece and if possible move other furniture out of the way.

DO NOT turn the chandelier move your ladder around the chandelier to clean it, turning the chandelier may unscrew it!

If you are not using a commercially available chandelier cleaning solution then clean your chandelier crystals in the same way you would clean your crystal glasses, warm soapy water.

If you are undressing your chandelier (taking all the crystals off) to clean them away from the chandelier take some photos to assist when you come to redress the chandelier (rehang the crystals).

DO NOT put your chandelier crystals in the dishwasher!

Why not revitalise your chandelier by replacing the candle tubes, these also get dirty and begin to show the signs of age Replacement candle tubes

How to measure a candle tube for your chandelier and wall lights

Points to remember when buying a chandelier

This blog has been prompted by a lovely lady that I spoke to several times last week who is currently refurbishing business premises and had purchased several chandeliers and lanterns (not from King’s Chandelier Services Ltd as she did not find us until after her chandeliers were delivered and she realised she had a problem!).  Whilst speaking to her we realised that the problem she was facing was a far more common issue than she or other clients realised and we were able to reassure her that she was not the only person to face these challenges when purchasing chandeliers.

When chandeliers are purchased from ourselves we will ensure that the client has chain that is sufficient to carry the weight of the chandelier together with a ceiling rose ceiling plate hook that is the correct weight loading capacity for the combined weight.  If we are not installing the chandelier we will discuss with the client or their chandelier installer the components they require to ensure that they have everything required to install their chandelier, however not all chandelier suppliers offer this service and if you purchase from a private source it may only be the chandelier itself that is sold, not the chain and fixings.

We have found, as in the case of our client last week, not everyone is aware of what is required for the installation of a chandelier and so we thought a blog offering some guidance may be useful to potential (and existing) chandeliers owners.

When you decide that you wish to purchase a chandelier, lantern etc for your property there are the standard things you need to consider as you would for any lighting: is it suitable for the room and the rooms purpose, ensuring you purchase the right style and size – remember you also need to consider the depth of the chandelier and how low you wish this to hang in the room, if you have high ceilings you may want to have the chandelier hanging lower than in a standard room and if your property has low ceilings you need to take this into consideration as well.

Once you have chosen the style and size chandelier and make your final selection this is when you need to think about how you are installing the chandelier and what components you need.

The first thing you need to find out is the weight of your chandelier, a light weight chandelier is relatively easy to install but heavier chandeliers need more consideration.  Are you going to install the chandelier yourself or have it professionally installed?

If you are using a professional company to install your chandelier you will need to discuss the components that you require and whether they are going to supply these for you or if you need to source these yourself.

Questions to ask yourself:-

  • Does your chandelier come with existing chain?  If yes is it the correct length for your requirements? chandelier chain
  • If you chandelier does  not come with chain or if you wish to extend the chain you need to know the weight of the chandelier.  To work out which chandelier chain to purchase you need to remember that the chain needs to take its own weight as well as that of the chandelier so please if the chandelier weighs 19 kgs do not purchase a chain that has a maximum weight loading of 20kg go for a chandelier chain that takes somewhat more – better to be safe than sorry.
  • Please note when choosing chandelier chain from King’s Chandelier Services Ltd we are concerned with the weight loading capability rather than how pretty it looks! chandelier chains
  • Does your chandelier come with a ceiling rose and chandelier fixing hook? If yes remember to weight load test before you suspend your chandelier.  If no again you need to know the weight before ordering, our chandelier ceiling roses and ceiling plate hooks detail their weight loading capabilities, if your chandelier is heavier than those please read our blog Frequently asked questions – installing my chandelier
  • Does your chandelier come with a fixing hook or loop on the actual chandelier, if not you will need to determine the thread size of the threaded rod running through the centre of the chandelier.  Dependant on the weight of the chandelier as to which components you would need to use for us to assist in choosing a part from our website we would recommend emailing us photos and details of weight etc to info@kingschandeliers.co.uk
  • Finally one other item to consider, that is often over looked, does your chandelier need additional electrical cable.  Many chandeliers are sold with minimal electrical cable and if you are having a considerable drop from the ceiling to the chandelier you may need to extend the electrical cable.  We have a wide selection of 3 core and 2 core electrical cables suitable for chandeliers, lanterns and lights braided electrical cables

One final tip for this blog, as I get asked this regularly – how do I weigh my chandelier – if you can lift the chandelier weigh yourself and then weigh yourself holding the chandelier and take one away from the other and this will give you an estimated weight of your chandelier (dependant on how accurate your scales are); then add a bit onto the weight to allow for inaccuracies due to using domestic scales.  If you cannot lift the chandelier we would assume you are using a professional chandelier installation company and they will have the equipment needed to weigh this on your behalf.

We hope you found this blog of interest and if you have any suggestions for future blogs please email us at contact us

 

 

King’s Chandelier Services Ltd

If you follow us on facebook you may have seen our recent post advising that whilst our Ebay shop is closed our websites are open as usual, this remains the case.

We have been busy adding new stock to our website http://www.kingschandeliers.co.uk both in the antique chandelier parts and accessories sections and in the lighting components sections.  We have some exciting new finishes, re-introduction of some old favourites and some beautiful and rare antique chandelier parts including bobeche, stem work and chandelier arms.

Our light switch cover conversion plates are now back in stock and selling as well as ever, a quick and easy update to your décor in time for Christmas.

It is not only the products that are being updated and added to on the website, postage options have been introduced on orders placed by telephone and as this seems to be very popular we are looking to include this on the website in the coming months.  If you wish to place an order but require it by a specific date don’t hesitate to call us, if we cannot take your call leave us a message and we will get back to you as soon as we can.  As we approach Christmas the times the telephone sales lines are open are being extended.

We know how important it is to customers to know that they are purchasing from a trusted company and so the product review process has been made easier.

Did you know that if you register as a customer not only does it mean that our system remembers your details to make it quicker for you to place future orders but it also allows us to see those customers who have purchased on a regular basis allowing us to on occasion add a sample to your order based on your purchase history.

As always we endeavour to provide a shopping experience that gives the convenience of buying online with the assurance that personal customer service is provided and if you need to contact us we are more than happy to speak to you and assist.