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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Retro Electric Cable

All of our electric cables are carriage free in the UK with orders over one metre being sent as a continuous length, minimum order just one metre. We have also introduced short length packs although these are limited availability (we also sell short lengths of chain on selected products).   Don’t forget our Lifetime Customer Loyalty Discount Scheme which applies discounts on qualifying orders.

As well as the classical colours commonly used in chandelier restoration and installation we also stock a large range of retro colours ideal for modern lighting, chandeliers, DIY and Interior Designers.

See our gallery below for a sample of flamboyant colours and traditional colours available – for our full range Click Here

 

 

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

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

 

 

Measurement conversion – Metric to Imperial

With our website showing measurements in the metric format we are often asked for imperial sizes, we cannot display these sizes on our website but give the guidelines below – please note this is a guide only:-

1 inch = 25.4 millimetres
1in = 2.5400cm

22mm = 055⁄64in
23mm = 029⁄32in
24mm = 015⁄16in
27mm = 1 1/16in
28mm = 1 7⁄64in
29mm = 1 9⁄64in
33mm = 1 19⁄64in
34mm = 1 11⁄32in
35mm = 1 3⁄8in
37mm = 1 29⁄64in
40mm = 1 37⁄64in

One metre = 39 3⁄8in
1m = 3ft 33⁄8in