Custom Lighting by Noble Forge

lighting, chandelier, custom ironworks, custom metalworksLooking for a custom chandelier or custom lighting?

Here are some tips when considering a custom chandelier:

Determine the Spatial Dimension of the Space:  Measure the Height, Length and Width of the room in which the chandelier will be placed.  If the chandelier will be placed above a table, counter, island or area that people do not walk around, measure the Height and Length of this area as well.

  • Calculate the Chandeliers Height:  If the space is over a dining room table, continue with your measurements.  If in an open area is less than or equal to 84 inches high…stop!  Consider alternate sources of lighting such as sconces, a wall lamp, desk lamp, table lamp or other type of lighting.
  • If the lighting is to hang in a foyer or entryway and there is a window present, the lighting design should take into account the visibility of the chandelier from the window.  A good design will enhance the space providing balance and symmetry to the area with maximum visibility.
  • Chandelier, lighting, Custom ironworks, custom metals works, metal accessories, metal furniture, metal furniture and accessories made in Los AngelesThe overall height of the chandelier includes the chandelier from the top to the bottom including all hardware used to hang the chandelier.
  • Design of the chandelier includes the focal point of the chandelier without the necessary hardware to hang the chandelier.  However, custom hardware can be included in the main design and compliment the overall aesthetics of the lighting.
  • Sizing a chandelier to be placed over a table or stationary area in a room with a height of 84 inches, it is best that the bottom point of the chandelier hang 30 inches above the stationary area.  For every 12 inches of additional height of the room above 84 inches, add 3 inches to the measurement between the tabletop and the bottom point of the chandelier.

If you want to do the math and are comfortable with basic algebra the formula looks like this:

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Hr – Ht – (30” + x)  = OAHc

Hr = Height of the Room

Ht = Height of Table

X = 3” for every 12” of Hr above 84”, OAHc = Overall Height of the Chandelier

Now it’s time to Calculate Chandelier’s Width

  • If the space measured is not a dining room, add the Length and Width measurement in feet.  The Sum will be the measurement of the Width of the chandelier in inches.  If a room is 12 feet long by 20 feet wide, the chandelier ‘s width will be 32 inches wide.

Lr + Wr = Wc

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Lr = Length of Room in feet

Wr = Width of Room in feet

Wc = Width of Chandelier, Interpreted as inches

When sizing a chandelier to hang over a table, island, countertop or stationery area, ½ the length of the area is perfect width of the chandelier.

Chandeliers are not always the best option.  In these situations, wall sconces or a floor lamp might better serve the purpose.  Regardless, custom lighting can be yours, created to meet your design needs and room requirements.  Noble Forge works with all types of metal:  Bronze, Brass, Iron and Steel.  Our artisan craftsmen work with design professionals and art collectors to create stunning custom lighting as well as other pieces.

We hope if you are shopping for custom lighting or just needed more information about chandeliers, you found this article helpful.

A Visit to Scotty’s Castle in Death Valley

On a recent vacation, I had the opportunity to spend time in Death Valley.  While there, we took the opportunity to visit Scotty’s Castle in the Northern Area of Death Valley not far from Ubehebe Crater.  If you have never been to Death Valley National Park, take the time to go but not during the summer!!  There is a reason it is called Death Valley, it can be amazingly hot with temperatures in the 120’s during the summer months.

Custom Detailed DoorCustom Metal CandelabraMetal Dragon StandCustom Iron Works

While visiting this scenic National Park, take some time out from exploring the badlands, narrows, canyons and abandoned mines to tour the grounds of Scotty’s Castle.  Scotty’s Castle was built by Albert Johnson back in 1920’s and 30’s.  Be sure and make reservations for your tour and save some extra time to explore the grounds.  When viewing the castle, consider seeing it with the eyes of someone who loves and appreciates the beauty and craftsmanship of iron art.  I was delightedly surprised to find “iron candy” at every turn.

 Iron ChandelierWood and Iron GateIron Decorative Lamp PlateMetal Outdoor Lamp

The tour guide informed us that all metal works were crafted by an artisan blacksmith that was located on the property at the time of the build.  The metal would have been shipped in and then hand forged for each custom piece.  You can tell by the detail and beauty of each piece that the master craftsman for this job was quite talented!!  There are literally hundreds of amazing pieces to look at and I had to wonder who this person was and how much time they would have spent on each piece.  It did take over 9 years to build Scotty’s Castle, so I am sure the blacksmith was quite busy during that time.

Decorative IronDragon AndironsCustom Iron Curtain Rod and Finials

Custom made Radiator Cover

Decorative iron plates, custom detailed chandeliers, dragon andirons, satyr andirons, outdoor lighting,  metal intertwined with wood for an ornate gate, a twisted metal curtain rod with finials and holders, candelabras, ornate radiator covers, a dragonvase base and more.  Everywhere you look you see the embellished work of an artisan blacksmith!!

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 It was amazing.  If there was ever an opportunity to do some restoration work on any of these custom iron pieces, Noble Forge would jump at the chance to work on such spectacular pieces or even better yet, we would relish the opportunity to produce pieces of quality similar to those seen at Scotty’s Castle.  We have done similar pieces before and are always looking for an exciting challenge to put the art of blacksmithing to the test.  Whether or not you are in the market for pieces like the ones you will see at Scotty’s Castle we hope you can appreciate the fine work and detail that went into making such beautiful iron pieces.  Blacksmithing at it’s finest.  Something Noble Forge and our customers truly appreciate.

An Artist for All Seasons

Phillip Bowling creates artistic masterpieces using the ancient skill of blacksmithing.  His hand-forged metal artwork graces homes as purely artistic creations as well as  highly functional pieces such as fireplace screens, gates and chandeliers.

All of Phillip’s works are one of a kind and there is no mass production, guaranteeing you an individual, unique work of art for your home or office.