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What Are the Parts of a Chandelier?

Chandeliers have been incredibly sought after in upmarket homes for a number of years, and have gradually become a status symbol that most modern home-owners can afford.

Chandelier canopy

Unfortunately, however, even some of the most luxurious products require maintenance – and to identify which part of your chandelier needs fixing or replacement, it’s always good to know what these parts are and where they are located. To help you do that, we have created a list of all these chandelier parts, each with a short description of what they are used for and where you can find them.

Canopy: The canopy of a chandelier is a conical part that covers the wires and hook for decorative purposes. The size and shape of this canopy can change depending on the type of chandelier you have.

Rod: The rod usually forms the centre part of your chandelier, and is used to hide the cable and allows you to attach the arms at the bottom. With some designs, the rod is also used as the hanger, meaning the chandelier doesn’t need any hooks.

Chain: The chain is made of metal, and it can be adjusted to alter the appearance of your chandelier. In most cases, it consists of links that are interwoven but not welded, which allows for maximum adjustment and flexibility.

Dishes: Dishes are glass bowls that are attached to the upper and lower sections of the light, and are hung using crystal chains or prisms.

Bobeches: Bobeches are blown or cut glass bowls that attach to the end of the chandelier arms. Manufacturers and repair teams place them over the socket where they sit on the metal rings. Just like dishes, these are hung with crystal chains or prisms as well.

Arms: The arms form the central focal point of chandeliers, and are often glass or metal depending on the particular design. You’ll find a thread and nut on one side, and room for a bulb socket on the other.

Crystal Chain: The crystal chain glass beads are linked together using brass pins in most cases. However, the materials used will depend on the designer's vision for the finished product.

Crystal Chain

Arm Plate: The arm plate is a metal fixing at the bottom end of the chandelier tube. With screws and nuts, the arms of the product are fixed into place here.

Candle Cover: Most chandeliers have candle covers, which are made from either metal or frosted glass. Placed over the socket, they sit plush on the bobeches.

Socket: And last but not least, the socket includes a thread at one end for the light bulb, and is usually made of plastic.

Now that you know about all the different parts of a chandelier, looking after your product should become much easier. Just remember that all upmarket chandeliers need cleaning regularly to ensure they don’t deteriorate – and while you could perform the job yourself, it’s always better to call a professional.