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The earliest chandeliers were used in medieval churches and abbeys to efficiently illuminate large halls.
From the 15th century, more complex forms of chandeliers based on ring or crown designs began to become popular decorative features, found in palaces and the homes of the very wealthy. The fixture's popularity as a status symbol continued to grow. By the early 18th century, ornate cast brass forms with long, curved arms and many candles could be found in the homes of most of the merchant classes.
Developments in glassmaking in the 18th century allowed the cheaper production of lead crystal. The light-scattering properties of this highly refractive glass quickly became a popular addition to the form, leading to the Crystal Chandelier.
More complex and elaborate forms of chandeliers continued to developed throughout the 18th and 19th centuries until the widespread introduction of first gas, then electrical lighting devalued this traditional form of lighting's appeal.
Towards the end of the 20th century, the chandelier is used more as a decorative focal point for a room, and may not give any illumination. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chandelier