@browncoat - That sounds awful. I know I'm not much for domestic cleaning, so I don't think I'd get a chandelier in the first place. What I do have is a vinyl wall decal of a chandelier which I've got hanging on my living room wall.
It's all the elegance of a chandelier without any of the cleaning fuss and I think it looks really good too. Although, obviously it doesn't provide nearly as much light!