Chandelier – How it Originated

The Chandelier has always been associated with elegance, class and sophistication. It was always found inside large medieval castles, grand hotels and luxurious mansions owned by the high class. But they can also be found in some old houses, especially in England, and now-a-days they can be seen in school lobbies hanging to give off to students a sense of welcome when they enter. They have always given such brightness through so many light bulbs turned on all at once.

The different designs are also a spectacle to see, each one blending and giving artistic sense to its surrounding. But where did these types of lighting come from and why are they associated to such places and given such a unique structure.

The first ever chandelier that was created was during the medieval time, when castles were still built as a sign of wealth. The first ever was made of wood and had a cross design, there were nails sticking out of the wood in which the candles were placed and thus giving light to a room or a hallway. The whole cross was hanged using a rope or chain which was suspended on a hook.

It was during the 15th century when there were a more complex design given to these kind of lights when they were based on crowns and such. This became popular and some bought to give elegance and proper lighting to the palaces, homes of the nobles and even some houses of merchants.

It was then during the early 18th century when Ormulo was spreading, these lightings had the same concept as the cross but it had curved arms and thus there were plenty of spaces for candles. It was also the time when glassmaking was being developed and this meant the creation and production of lead crystals.

The crystals had properties that could scatter light which was good because it added brightness. This became a hit which lead to the invention of Crystal Chandeliers. Now by the mid-19th century gas had now been introduced, thus it was called a gasolier, which meant the combination of gas and chandelier. This meant all that used candles had to change to gasoline. By the 1980s electricity was introduced and so before there were only lights that used gas, now there were lights that used both gas and electricity.

The world then changed as the years passed by. From castles to mansions, brick huts to modern houses and everything used electricity to give them power. Still in some parts of the world others still used candles for lights. The world also went through growth as man had invented so many things like the car, airplanes, boats and washing machines to help in daily life activities but there were some inventions that did not need to be replaced or changed, they were still useful that it stayed constant that it only evolved, so to speak. No other light has given a bigger illumination and used so many light bulbs at once and has a long history as the most elegant and beautiful types of lighting.