Building Stained Glass Domes

Building a stained glass dome.

Basic drawing for stained glass dome assembly.

Building Stained Glass Domes
Whether used for residential or commercial applications, stained glass domes provide a way to brighten a room or space as well as add beauty and ambiance through dramatic colors and artistic patterns.

Our stained glass domes are safe, lead-free, and 200 times stronger than leaded glass. Each one is made with the finest details and has undergone UV lab testing that shows that the stained glass dome can be exposed to ten years of UV light without fading. Our stained glass domes are also lightweight and shatter-resistant.

Stained Glass Dome Assembly
While you may think that stained glass dome installation may be cumbersome, time-consuming, and complicated, we have the assembly and installation process down to a science so you do not have to do any ‘heavy lifting.’ This is because we have developed a modular process for installation that does not require major construction or remodeling to add a stained glass dome to your structure.

To show you just how easy it is to add a stained glass dome, here are the assembly instructions we typically provide to customers to help them add this beautiful architectural touch to their structure:

1. Assemble the metal frame.
2. Bolt the base ring together, following the matching lettered parts on each component.
3. Bolt the longitudinal ribs at the center ring together. Do the ribs on the opposite sides first to add stability to the stained glass dome frame and then finish off bolting together the other ribs.
4. Add the polymer stained glass panels. These are attached with nuts and washers to threaded anchors.
5. Add black silicone at the joints where the stained glass panels meet the frame of the dome.

Before ordering and installing your stained glass dome, it is recommended that you still ensure you are meeting local building codes.

Lighting Your Stained Glass Dome
Before ordering your stained glass dome and assembling it, you will need to consider where to place it in your structure to get the desired light level.

For stained glass domes placed under a skylight, it is important to make an enclosed box to seal the light shaft between the dome and the skylight. Of course, if you still want to show off the stained glass dome in the evenings, you will need to add a lightbox as well for nighttime viewing.

For those domes installed with a lightbox, you can add both dimmable LED lights and florescent lights, which allow you to change the light intensity throughout the day or evening to create different levels of ambiance for the space.

To ensure you get even lighting, keep the light sources away from the dome panels as much as possible. This means leaving at least 8-10 inches of space between the dome panels and the light source. This will allow for the light to indirectly illuminate the back of the dome.

Free Estimates for Stained Glass Domes
To learn more about custom ordering, shipping, and installation, please contact our team of stained glass professionals who are happy to assist you with any questions or concerns. We also offer free estimates for stained glass domes. You can reach us through our contact form or by calling 903-454-8376.

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