Chandelier Repair, Rewiring & Restoration

Chandelier Repair, Rewiring & Restoration Near Me

Chandelier Repair, Rewiring & Restoration

At BAFRA, we provide access to chandelier repair, rewiring and restoration specialists. Every member has been rigorously assessed and vetted. Our members are all established businesses that are fully accredited and work to the highest standards and ethics.

Antique Chandelier Restorers at BAFRA

Chandelier restoration is an intricate process dedicated to reviving the grandeur of these ornate lighting fixtures. Dating back centuries, chandeliers often boast intricate metalwork, delicate crystal or glass elements, and complex designs. Over time, these masterpieces may suffer from tarnishing, structural issues, missing parts, or general wear.

Restoration begins with a meticulous assessment of the chandelier's condition. Skilled BAFRA members dismantle the fixture, carefully cataloguing and evaluating each component. Cleaning involves removing dirt, grime, and oxidation without damaging the delicate materials. Repairing structural issues, such as broken arms or damaged metalwork, requires precise craftsmanship. Replacing missing or broken crystals or glass pieces demands attention to detail to match the original design. Electrical components might also require modernisation for safety and functionality without compromising the chandelier's aesthetics.

Reassembly and reinstallation follow rigorous quality checks to ensure stability and safety. Chandelier restoration demands a blend of technical expertise, artistic sensibility, and historical knowledge to honour the original craftsmanship and beauty. Each meticulously restored chandelier stands as a testament to preserving history and showcasing the exquisite artistry of bygone eras for generations to admire.


Antique Chandelier Restoration FAQs

What is a chandelier?

Chandeliers are large, decorative hanging lights with branches for several light bulbs or candles. Some complex and elaborate chandeliers were developed throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. They make the perfect addition to any room, lighting it up with a unique display of light caused by the multiple bulbs shaped to imitate candle flames, often bouncing off of glass or crystal droplets but sometimes equipped with translucent glass covering each lamp.

What damages are common in antique chandeliers?

Common damages in antique chandeliers include tarnishing or oxidation on metal surfaces, structural issues such as broken or bent arms, missing or damaged crystals or glass elements, worn or frayed wiring, and general signs of ageing like dirt accumulation or deterioration of decorative elements. These damages can result from age, improper handling, environmental factors, or lack of maintenance. Professional restoration addresses these issues, aiming to revive the chandelier's original beauty, structural integrity, and functionality, preserving the historical and aesthetic significance of these exquisite lighting fixtures.

What is involved in chandelier restoration and repair?

Chandelier restoration encompasses a thorough process involving dismantling, cleaning, repair of structural issues, replacement of missing parts, reassembly, and reinstallation, aiming to revive the chandelier's original beauty and functionality. Our members can provide a full, professional chandelier restoration and repair service. Capable of repairing and restoring all aspects of a chandelier, whether that be fully re-pinning a chandelier, repairing a broken arm, replacing missing droplets or rewiring a chandelier. It is also possible to have broken or missing chandelier parts replaced or remade. Rest assured that our members have the experience to restore your chandelier to its original state.

How is the cleaning process carried out for antique chandeliers?

Cleaning antique chandeliers involves meticulous care to preserve delicate components. Artisans often disassemble the fixture, cleaning individual parts using gentle solvents or specialised solutions to remove tarnish, grime, and oxidation without harming the materials. Delicate crystals or glass elements are cleaned by hand to avoid damage. Intricate metalwork undergoes careful polishing to restore its lustre. Each component is meticulously dried to prevent water damage. Reassembly follows, ensuring all parts are securely placed. The cleaning process demands precision and expertise to revive the chandelier's brilliance while safeguarding its intricate details and historical value.

Are BAFRA members able to help with chandelier rewiring?

If your chandelier flickers, has started giving off less light than before or is burning through light bulbs quickly, our experts can also re-wire an existing chandelier. Rewiring a faulty chandelier is the best way to ensure that your chandelier doesn't lose its sparkle. Chandelier rewiring requires specific knowledge of how to dismantle a chandelier and the correct components along with rewiring expertise. Many electricians will not repair a chandelier as this is a specialist job and it requires special tools to gain access through the chandelier arms. Our chandelier rewiring and repairs are carried out by BAFRA-accredited members who are experienced in working with antique lighting.

Does chandelier restoration include chandelier regilding?

Gilding is a decorative technique that is used for applying a very thin coating of gold to chandeliers. Throughout the eighteenth century, gilded furniture was highly sought after and considered to be some of the finest furniture available during the time as it encapsulated the French style of decor. It is not uncommon for gilded chandeliers to be restored and re-gilded, which brightens the gold surface with a fresh layer of gold. Regilding is a meticulous process done by BAFRA skilled members to restore the chandelier's original lustre and enhance its aesthetic appeal during restoration efforts.

How often do antique chandeliers need restoration?

The frequency of antique chandelier restoration depends on factors like usage, environmental conditions, and the fixture's condition. Typically, well-maintained chandeliers might require restoration every 10 to 15 years, while heavily used or neglected ones may need attention sooner. Regular inspections and proper maintenance can extend intervals between restorations, ensuring these exquisite fixtures retain their charm and structural integrity for decades without frequent interventions.

Why choose a BAFRA-accredited member for chandelier repair and restoration?

The importance of having antique chandeliers restored by a BAFRA-accredited qualified craftsman cannot be stressed enough. BAFRA members have in-depth knowledge based on more than 20 years of experience restoring, repairing and conserving antique chandeliers. Our experts employ traditional techniques, preserving chandeliers' authenticity while addressing damages. BAFRA-accredited members possess specialised skills in handling delicate materials, ensuring precise repairs and cleaning methods. Choosing a BAFRA-accredited restorer guarantees a commitment to preserving the chandelier's historical significance, ensuring it's meticulously repaired, maintaining its allure and value for generations to come.

Find BAFRA Accredited Chandelier Restoration Specialists

All accredited, full members are required to have at least five years as a conservation-restoration professional (the average member today has 23 years of experience) and pass an exacting assessment on their skills, knowledge and business credentials. Our members acknowledge the importance of continuous professional development to keep abreast of advances in knowledge, skills and technical developments in the craft of chandelier repair, rewiring and restoration.

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Every BAFRA member is an expert in their field and is actively involved in Continual Professional Development (CPD) to keep abreast of advances in knowledge, skills and technical developments.


Every one of our members are required to have a minimum of 5 years' professional experience, although the average is well over 20 years' experience.


Honesty and authenticity are our key principles, and we ensure that all members are fully vetted and must hold appropriate insurance. We also offer a comprehensive complaints mediation service.

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