Following the recent Brexit vote and a telephone conversation today with one of our European customers we would like to assure all our European and International customers, new and old, that at King’s Chandelier Services Ltd we continue to sell overseas and are happy to do so.
If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact us by telephone or email.
Are you a little daunted by choosing electrical cable? We often receive calls from customers asking us to explain the different electrical cables that we sell as they are looking to restore their chandeliers personally or their electrician has asked them to source the electrical cable for their chandelier restoration or lighting project but has not clearly specified which cable to purchase?
In this blog we aim to give you some information that will assist with your choice and help you avoid ordering an incorrect item.
There are a few questions you need to ask yourself or your electrician before you start.
Do you need 2 core electric cable or 3 core electric cable? 2 core electrical cable does NOT have an earth and so is suitable for plastic lamp holders only – 3 core electrical cable HAS an earth and so is suitable for using with metal lamp holders
What is the amp requirements of your light fitting/chandelier? At King’s Chandeliers we supply both 0.75mm and 0.50mm INNER core cables and as the core size suggests they have different amp suitability. 0.50mm inner core cables available from kingschandeliers.co.uk have a maximum 3 amp rating and 0.75mm inner core cables available from our website have a maximum 6 amp rating.In addition to the amps look at the wattage your light fitting/chandelier will be using – if in doubt check with your electrician or contact us at email@example.com before ordering
If using 2 core electrical cable do you need to earth your chandelier- this is going to depend on your chandelier restoration and if it includes any metal components. Earth tags are available from our website, your electrician can advise on the appropriate use of earth tags.
You will also need to take into account the outer width of the electrical cable and the space you have too thread the cable through on your chandelier/light fitting. Please note the outer diameter of the cable is NOT the 0.75mm and 0.50mm dimensions referred to in the main cable descriptions, as previously advised these are the inner cores not outer dimensions. As a general rule the 0.50mm inner core cable available from our website is approx. 5-6mm outer diameter and the 0.75mm inner core is approx. 6-7mm however there are a couple of variants to these measurements including a mini clear cable which is the thinnest and strongest lighting cable that we have come across – if you need a thin cable for your chandelier restoration this is the only one we would recommend.
You will find a comprehensive range of colours, styles and finishes in our electrical cable section including clear cables, vintage styles and colours, pvc finishes etc with minimum order levels of just one metre up to bulk orders by the 50 and 100 metre spools.
In previous blogs we have asked customers to let us know if they have any questions or have ideas for our hints and tips – here is one that we were asked about over the weekend:-
Why is it when I am dressing or redressing my chandelier does it tilt to one side?
When dressing your chandelier, for example hanging the crystals from the bobeche don’t hang the crystals one after the other around the bobeche but hang first one to the left hand side and the next crystal opposite on the right and work your way around in this alternate pattern. Once the first bobeche has been dressed rather than moving onto the bobeche on the arm next to the first, dress the bobeche opposite
This method should be used working around the chandelier and is used not only for the bobeche but for the setting of the arms, the dressing of the crystal sways, dressing the pinning rings etc.
TO REMEMBER:- DO NOT turn the chandelier whilst cleaning it or dressing it
This weekend is birthday weekend at King’s Chandelier Services Ltd as it is eight years since the company was formed. Over those eight years the company has expanded to incorporate Light-Fix, our sister website, the chandelier cleaning, chandelier restoration and chandelier spares and accessories departments.
Our services and products are international and not limited in who can purchase from us as we refuse to have a minimum order value – every order is important to us.
Our birthday celebrations include the reduction in postage charges on orders placed via our website, and these reductions are not just for the weekend! Our new workshop and photography studio have been completed in time for the birthday weekend allowing us to plan the new “How to” videos – links will be posted via our blog to keep you updated.
New product lines will be being added and with the delivery of a consignment of antique chandeliers and vintage spares you can expect over the coming months the chandelier spares and accessories sections to be updated.
For whatever reason you have decided to replace one or more of your bobeche/drip trays but other than matching the pattern of existing bobeche on your chandelier or the style you have decided on what do you need to know before purchasing?
With the right information ready choosing should not be too difficult or complex so here are a few tips to help you in your choice:-
One of the most important dimensions is the centre hole – too small and it may not fit on your chandelier arm, too large and it may slip over. Don’t worry if you find the ideal one and the centre hole does not match as sometimes we may be able to extend the centre hole or may have a filler insert.
How large is your existing bobeche? Measure across at the widest point to get the dimension in millimetres
How deep is your bobeche? Not quite as easy a measurement to take but measure from the highest point to the lowest – if you find a suitable match you can always email us our part number and ask us to confirm how we measured to ensure you are measuring in the same way.
How many pin holes do you want your replacement to have – again on occasion we can drill pin holes but this is dependant on the design of the bobeche
At King’s Chandelier Services Ltd we often get asked for advice from our customers when they are restoring their chandeliers or changing their lamp holders and recently we have seen an increase in the following two questions:-
1) How do I wire my chandelier arm
2) How do I wire/assemble/dis-assemble a push wire lamp holder terminals
As it is often easier to understand by seeing the visual rather than a verbal explanation Andrew has prepared a video combining these two subjects.