Lighting a chandelier in the eighteenth century was not as easy as flipping a switch today. You still need to climb a ladder—or probably balancing yourself on a stool—hoisting the wrought-iron unit off its big suspended hook. But it does not end there, you need to take out some tools. The candle wicks could not just be lighten up, it needs constant sniping to prevent them from smoldering the place.

We are telling you this not to ward you off from installing a vintage light fixture—whether above your dining table or from the ceiling of your foyer— but to show how household lighting has developed through centuries. Added to that, most chandeliers that you will probably find hanging from the beams in vintage shops and antiques stores are far less difficult.

You will have to be grateful to Thomas Edison for that. Several decades ago, he invented the first working incandescent light bulb and the electric lamp to light it up and made them available commercially. That prompted Americans to stop worrying about candles and gas fixtures. Burghers living in the Victorian era who are obviously rich enough to benefit from the gaslight technology that continued electricity in the household shifted their stylish gasoliers, exchanging jets for sockets and extending wires into pipes that were formerly filled with fuel.

These converted installations are one of the most costly today. Not only that, they are some of the most luxurious, incorporated with cast brass or bronze arms embellished with different shapes and multi-colored glass shades.

More typical, and commonly affordable, are dangling lights manufactured in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s, when companies were mass-producing installations for millions of residences, including homes and commercial buildings.

Why Should You Choose A Vintage Chandelier?

Because electrical lighting has only been in public usage since the early 20th century, several ceiling light installations are aged enough to be appealing to be attractive, but not old enough to be considered as antiquities. And because ceiling installations are installed high and have fixed parts, they are seldom subject to material damage.

Furthermore, since ceiling light fixtures have major effects on the style and looks of a room, they are commonly removed during remodeling, not because there is something technically wrong with them. Thus, many ceiling light fixtures are in fine condition. Old units are usually of high quality and with an affordable price. However, affordable new ceiling lights usually have low quality, compared to older chandeliers which usually have glass crystals and other considerable elements, with a quality craftmanship.

Nonetheless, they are deals compared to standard contemporary chandeliers, let alone new units crafted to the same quality. Lastly, while high-street stores and even online sellers have a limited assortment of designs, purchasing a vintage chandelier turns 100 years or more of chandelier style available to the purchaser. The residences we currently live in and other buildings we enter are not all brand new. They were mostly likely built more than hundreds of years. Don’t be surprised to see vintage chandeliers match your place.