Why Buy Brass Chandeliers?

18th Century Style Six Light Brass Chandelier

18th Century Style Six Light Brass Chandelier

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Illuminations Collection Century Brass 12-Light Chandelier

Illuminations Collection Century Brass 12-Light Chandelier

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Jonathan Adler Meurice Collection 30-Light Brass Chandelier

Jonathan Adler Meurice Collection 30-Light Brass Chandelier

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South Haven Collection Aged Brass 32

South Haven Collection Aged Brass 32″ Wide Chandelier

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Among the vintage styles of lighting fixtures and lamps, a brass chandelier continues to be one of the most popular in the market today. From its humble utilitarian roots as a candle and/or kerosene lighting fixture and street light, modern brass chandeliers have given a touch of elegance and class to homes and commercial establishments, such as hotels and restaurants.

Brass Chandelier Overview

Why have brass chandeliers endured through the centuries? This is primarily because of the metal for which it is named and made from. Brass is an alloy consisting of copper and zinc in variable proportions. The alloy has a muted yellow color similar to gold. Noted for its durability, brass is resistant to corrosion and tarnish. Hence, they are appealing to homeowners who want to add class to their homes, but at the same time dread the daunting task of maintaining such intricate light fixtures.

Types of Brass Chandeliers

Pure solid brass chandeliers come in two types of finishes, namely highly polished and antique polished. As its name obviously denotes, brass chandeliers with a highly polished finish has the metal polished to a bright golden yellow color. In contrast, an antique polished finish has the brass’ yellow color muted, almost resembling bronze (another metal alloy which it is often confused with), to give the chandelier an old, antiquated look.

You also have brass-coated chandeliers. These lighting fixtures are actually made out of iron and thinly coated with brass. With iron being the primary metal, obviously these chandeliers will rust and corrode with time. If you are shopping for a brass chandelier and you are not sure that you are buying the genuine article, make sure that you carry along a magnet. Solid brass is not magnetic. If the magnet sticks to the chandelier, most likely it is an iron chandelier coated with brass. Also, solid brass chandeliers are more expensive, but to be sure that you are indeed getting your money’s worth, always do the magnet test.

brass chandeliersAs mentioned earlier, brass chandeliers are relatively low maintenance. Dust can be easily removed with soap, water, and a soft cloth. Never use ammonia-based cleansers as they will cause tarnishing and corrosion. For hard to remove dust and dirt or if tarnish develops, use a brass cleaner to get rid of it and then spray the area with clear lacquer paint as a protectant.

Steel-plated brass and brass-coated chandeliers are particularly vulnerable to rust and corrosion. When rust forms on these chandeliers, it has to be scraped away with steel wool and then re-plated. Because re-plating can be an expensive endeavor, you can opt to paint your chandelier instead. Choose a metallic brass paint that closely resembles the original shade of your chandelier.

Brass chandeliers come in a variety of designs and sizes. Explore the various options that are available to you by visiting local light and interior design shops or by doing some research on the Internet. You are sure to find a brass chandelier for sale that will match the part of the home where it will be installed.