Chandeliers are decorative and branched lighting fixtures with several bulbs or candles that are suspended from the ceiling. It comes under the decorative and ambient categories of indoor lighting. Chandeliers with shades illuminate a larger area with indirect lighting where the shades help in directing or buffering the light besides adding texture, interest and color to the chandeliers.
Chandelier shades are also known as diffusers and their use is often base on personal style; however, there are other driving factors as well. Chandeliers with shades are used on occasions where they tend to cast bright light, a common phenomenon with multiple bulb fixtures. This is usually overcome by the use of diffusers of translucent shades like paper, fabric or glass.
Several chandeliers that use metallic shades to direct the light downwards for illuminating a staircase, foyer or dining table underneath. It is best to avoid using shades in a crystal chandelier as it can make even the most elegant and classy ones look cluttered. If shades are not being used then the bulb’s appearance is of paramount importance. Thus, while making a choice for chandeliers with shades, equal weightage must be given to both personal preferences as well as purpose of the lighting.