Chandelier Candle Covers
Above, hand-forged and hand-painted wrought iron coral chandelier available through Anne Coyle. $3750 to $5800.
Above, a sample of the many candle covers available through Antique Lamp Supply.
Recently I bought an old red iron chandelier that is missing its candle covers (also known as socket covers or candle sleeves.) On an electrified chandelier, these sleeves conceal the light bulb sockets and simulate taper-style candles. I need to settle on a replacement style: plain ivory or white, or "melting" polybeeswax complete with drips? Prices for a single sleeve range from less than $1 to more than $15.
Usually designers stick with plain sleeves for a crisp, clean look and go with the "melting wax" for a more textured, Old World or antique feel. Anne Coyle, who is known for mixing traditional and modern elements, opted for the dripping wax look on the whimsical coral chandelier above.
A limited selection of candle covers is available at most hardware stores and at Home Depot. In Atlanta, a wide array of styles can be found at Aaron's Lamp & Shade. Aaron's helpful staff will trim the covers for you on-the-spot, for a precise fit. But don't attempt to enter the shop with a stroller -- the aisles are beyond crowded. Here's an online source with a large selection of candle sleeves: Antique Lamp Supply.