Making the change from incandescent light bulbs to LED light bulbs can be confusing and is even more so when it comes to lighting a chandelier.

Follow our guide to lighting a chandelier with LED light bulbs to help you make the change over while still showing your chandelier at its full potential.

Bag Style Crystal Chandelier

If your chandelier of choice is a bag style chandelier it can be slightly easier as it is quite similar to a regular fixture. The best choice for this style chandelier is a clear, bright light bulb to really reflect off the crystals and sparkle.

Be careful when choosing the brightness of the light bulb as too bright could be blinding to you and your guests but if you’re using the chandelier as the main light source in the room you’ll need it to be quite bright.

Our suggestion would be an LED equivalent of a 60W incandescent. This, of course, differs in regards to the size of the room.

With LED light bulbs, you can choose the colour of the light between cool white and warm white.

Cool white will give the crystals more of a sparkle and warm white is like the original incandescent lights.

If you really miss incandescent light bulbs you could purchase an LED Filament light bulb designed to look exactly like a filament light bulb but with all the energy-saving benefits of an LED.

Branch Style Chandelier

If your chandelier is a branch chandelier, then you’ll need candle light bulbs.

As the candle light bulbs are on display we would suggest pearl finished light bulbs so as not to see inside the light bulb.

Considering wattage is a lot more complicated as it depends not only on how you are lighting your room but how many candle light bulbs your chandelier holds.

For example, if your chandelier holds 10 or more light bulbs, then that should be enough to light your room.

If you have less than 10 then you may want to consider additional lighting or brighter light bulbs, depending on the size of the room and your lighting style.

For colour choice, we would recommend warm white as the light bulbs are on display so too white could be distracting whereas warm white will give off a relaxing glow.

If you still miss the filament style light bulb, you can get an LED version in the candle shape.

These are our recommendations, styling your home is up to your personal taste which may differ from what is suggested. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us on 01494 723286.

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Michael Carroll

You suggest frosted or satin candle bulbs and show them in your pictures of chandeliers. However when I look for them I cannot see any for sale. Can you help?

Mat @ Lightbulbs Direct

Hi Michael, thanks for pointing that out – these bulbs are now referred to as pearl light bulbs, and I’ve updated the article to correct the misinformation.

Jerol miller

Looking for small base LED chandelier bulbs. 40 – 60 w