This light looks great above my island in the kitchen. It is black, but has a great deal of gold running through it. Almost bronze but not quite. My light came with no manual or directions. My cousin is an electrician so it was not a problem for me, but be aware. One of the globes came with a very small chip in it. Overstock is working on getting me a new globe, but I have not heard back about that yet. It came with the Edison bulbs pictured. They are very cool but do not give off a lot of light. Very soft.
We were looking for an industrial style look to go in our dining room and this one is perfect. It is much larger (longer) than I expected from the photo but it looks great above our long rectangular dining table. You can easily adjust the length of the lights as well. We had an electrician put it in because we don't trust ourselves. I agree with other reviews that it has a yellowish light that is not as bright as your typical light but we are fine with that.
First of all, when you receive your item you will notice that it is more gold then bronze, kind of horrible looking in my opinion, so I spray painted it with rubbed oil bronze spray paint. I later installed it in our new construction project to find that one of the glass shades had a rim of glass so much thicker than the others that it would not fit over the black sleeve where it needs to be screwed in. One of the other glass shades had one of it's three drilled holes (where you screw it into the fixture) much larger then the others so it hung crooked. I love the scale and overall idea of the look but don't purchase this unless you are prepared to do some of your own work on it!
I searched in person and on line for the perfect light fixture for our new bar in our remodeled ranch house. We converted a former dining room to the new "saloon" and the light fixture was the piece that really "set it off". It has style but not themed. And the bulbs are perfect for the entire mood we wanted to set. I recommend this light fixture to anyone who wants a sophisacted look with quality workmanship.