Adjusting the height of your lamp holder

Last week a customer contacted us with a problem he was experiencing whilst restoring his antique chandeliers.  His existing candle tubes were tall and he wished to retain the height but he was uncertain as to which lamp holders he should purchase as he could not find one with the appropriate height.  After taking all the details from him we were able to recommend our SES E14 lamp holder with stem leg in 100mm together with additional components that would allow this to become an adjustable height lamp holder with a height range, in his case, of up to 180mm.

Following his enquiry, and having had similar enquiries in the past we added 3 sizes of adjustable SES E14 lamp holder kits giving a choice of 125mm up to 180mm for use with taller candle tubes.

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If you prefer bayonet cap lamp holders or E27 lamp holders you can use the same concept, we have detailed the components used in the kits and these are available as separate components on our website.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us

 

 

 

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Chandelier Refurbishment

With the passing of the Christmas season you may be looking at your chandelier and thinking it is looking a little tired and sorry for it’s self.  Refurbishing your chandelier does not need to be expensive as it is not a full restoration, just a little TLC.

If you didn’t get a chance to clean your chandelier in the lead up to the festive season this can instantly transform the chandelier.  It also gives you a chance to check over the chandelier to make sure that all the crystals are in place and undamaged; you will also be able to see any that need re-pinning.

Replacing the odd crystal does not need to be expensive, we do not have a minimum order value on our website and our chandelier pins are available in small cost effective packs as well as larger quantities for a full chandelier restoration.  Dependant on the chandelier crystals and buttons that you are looking for you will find in both our antique  and modern chandelier parts that some are available in pack sizes as well as singles.

Whilst cleaning your chandelier you can check to see if any of the candle tubes need replacing or you may wish to change the style and colour of your candle tubes to revitalise the look of your chandelier – again you do not need to place a minimum order our candle tubes are available in singles as well.

Of course when cleaning your chandelier check your bulbs are all working correctly.

REMEMBER when cleaning your chandelier ensure the electrical supply is switched off, do not expose the electrics to liquids and move yourself and your ladder around the chandelier do not turn the chandelier to you – you may unscrew the fixings.

 

 

 

 

 

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

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.

 

 

Removing Lacquer from your Chandelier or Ceiling Rose

It is always nice to receive an appreciative email from a customer and today was no exception.

A few weeks ago a customer telephoned thanking us for the delivery of their order and to order a few more pieces for the installation of their chandelier and to ask for advice on how to remove the lacquer from their chandelier as they wished to have a natural finish.

As the process is relatively simple, you just have to be extremely careful to make sure you do not burn yourself we were happy to assist and emailed him the instructions and this morning we received the following message:-

Hi Nikki
Many thanks for this most helpful reply.
I have now successfully removed the lacquer and it all looks great!
Kind regards
Shannan

Receiving this made me think that perhaps other people would find this tip useful as it is not the first time we have been asked about the process.  As I mentioned above it is relatively easy just be very, very careful.

To remove the lacquer from your chandelier, lantern, ceiling rose etc. the item needs to be removed from the electrical source and dismantled to ensure that any wiring is not immersed in the water. Ensure that you have a heat proof, water proof container and select a piece of your chandelier or light etc. that you can test the process on.

Then basically you need to boil up some water, put the lacquered part into the heat proof, water proof container and pour the boiling water over the part making sure that you do not splash any water over yourself as it will cause a nasty burn.  Any lacquer on the part will then dissolve, once the water has cooled down remove the part and allow it to dry, once dry you will be able to see if any lacquer (if it was lacquered) remains.  If there is any residue left on the part then repeat as necessary

 

 

Royal Mail Proposed Industrial Action – CANCELLED

Further to our blog yesterday, below, advising our customers that we were preparing to ensure that orders would be dispatched during proposed Royal Mail Industrial Action we are pleased to advise that Royal Mail have advised that the action has been cancelled following their High Court action and so it is business as usual.

We will of course continue to monitor this and are signed up to receive regular updates of any disruptions that may be caused in the future by either industrial action, bad weather etc to ensure that disruption to our customers is as limited as possible.

Original blog post:-

It has been in the news during the last week that industrial action is planned by Royal Mail workers for 48 hours commencing 19th October 2017 and we have been following this at King’s Chandelier Services Ltd, like many other internet sales companies, since the action was announced.

To try and minimise disruption to our customers we have been in discussions with Royal Mail and courier companies.  At present Royal Mail are advising that whilst the action has been announced it may not be carried out, they have taken the matter to the High Court and await the ruling on this.  Their website advises that should the action go ahead they do have a contingency plan in place BUT they have not yet announced what those plans are!

If the worst case scenario of the dispute taking place occurs we have been advised as a business that Royal Mail will not collect our post on Thursday 19th October and Friday 20th October  and this is what we are basing our contingency on until Royal Mail publicise their own plans.

If you are placing an order with King’s Chandelier Services Ltd that you require for the latter part of next week we would recommend that you try and place your order as soon as possible to allow dispatch before any postal disruptions begin.  We would expect that it will take Royal Mail a few days to catch up on themselves following any industrial actions and we are awaiting confirmation of any disruption caused to post dispatched mid-week.

We have already spoken to several courier companies and we will, where possible, use a courier to dispatch orders.  If you have any questions as to when you may receive your order if you need to place it in the lead up to this proposed industrial action or during any postal dispute please telephone us, 01206-332938, so that we can discuss your personal requirements and ensure that the disruption to you is as limited as possible.  If we are unable to take your call please leave a message on our answerphone so that we can call you back.

As Royal Mail update on the position of this proposed industrial action we will update this post.