At Camelback, we have a wide array of choices when it comes to lighting. Chandeliers, lamps, and sconces all come in various sizes and design that will suit your needs.
A chandelier was once called a chandelle, the French word for “candle” because the early forms of chandeliers were candled light fixtures, which hung from ceilings. Many people consider chandeliers romantic, elegant, and a reflection of old-word charm.
The use of chandeliers began in the 14th Century when wooden frames furnished with candles were suspended from the ceilings of monasteries, abbeys, and medieval churches. With the passage of time, producers began to make chandeliers of different shapes, designs, and sizes. They also started using other materials for the frame, such as metals.
In the 18th Century, the chandelier underwent a change that contributed to its iconic structure. Murano glassmakers in Venice tried to enhance the light produced by the chandelier by hanging crystals – or lead glass, as it was known at the time – from the long branches of the chandelier. From time to time, these crystals were paired with brass plates or mirrors to capture and reflect light. Chandeliers evolved from a simple and practical source of light to a symbol of wealth and glamour.
Often found in grand hotels and wealthy homes, chandeliers, once expensive luxuries, are now easily obtainable for home decoration.
The word “lamp” was derived from the term lampas, a Greek word, which means “torch.” In prehistoric times, lamps were built from materials occurring in nature, such as shells, horns, rocks, and stones. Then, these we filled with fats from animals and vegetables, which will act as fuel. The Greeks began the use of terra cotta as the vessel to hold the flame. In place of animal fats, they used wicks, which allowed them more control over the fire.
The discovery of other fuels led to the invention of the kerosene and the gas lamps. Then, as people learned to harness and control the power of electricity, electric lamps were created. They are still in use today and we usually find them on desks, bedside tables, and even on the streets to light our way.
A sconce is a type of light fixture that attaches directly to a wall. Early types were made using wooden stakes that were encased in oil-soaked rags. Sconces were used to illuminate passages, hallways, various rooms, and were even placed on the outside walls to provide light outdoors. Traditional sconces were made of wood, stone, cast-iron, and metal. Modern sconces are still made using the traditional materials but other materials, such as crystals, glass, and plastic are now in use.
Sconces usually have closed bottoms with the light directed towards the ceiling but modern variations can direct light to the floor or are open on both sides to provide the maximum amount of illumination. Because sconces are used to provide a spotlight on a certain point of interest like a plaque, a painting, or other works of art, they are often found in historical locations, museums, and similar buildings to direct the visitors’ attention to particular items.
We are proud to say that skilled and talented artisans created our products. This means that whatever you choose, you will be bringing home a work of art.