First off this light is really easy to install. I replaced an 8 light chandelier in the kitchen with this 4 light chandelier and this chandelier actually gives off more light due to the light refracting off of the crystals. The light shining through the crystals creates this really cool pattern on the walls. We are very pleased the way it updated the kitchen. Buy it you won't be disappointed.
I'm 62 yrs. old, need glasses to see anything close and I put this chandelier up myself in a couple of hours. Crystals took about an hour (wires are like tiny key rings, I suggest snub nosed pliers) but, the results are SPECTACULAR! Never been a crystal fan, but, this transcends my concern that it would appear gaudy. I can't imagine any décor where this would not be "just the right touch". I truly am very pleased.
This is a very beautiful chandelier. I had it installed today as I am not terribly handy. I was very happy with how it looks over my dining table. My dining space is not large and my table isn't huge (42") so the 17" diameter drum was just perfect. I had a dimmer switch put on to save electricity and the dimming effect was gorgeous. The hanging crystals are indeed glass. It takes a little time to hang them but is really quite easy and outlined in the instructions as to how to hang. I already have sent pictures to all my family and friends with positive feedback. It is not black in color but a very dark brown/bronze color. Just what I wanted for my polished-casual design style. I am so relieved I no longer have to look for pendants or chandeliers for my dining space. This one is going to be up for a long time to come.
I could not be happier with my light! It is totally beautiful! It has so much bling and style. It was easy to put up and the added crystals were so easy to put on. There were three of us, and it probably took about 20 minutes to put them on. I am so excited, it's just fun to see the bling in my dining room. The sun shines through the windows and my light just sparkles, which I love. The reflections it puts off at night are striking. I never would have the light on at night, now it is! I can turn it down to a soft glow and it just makes the house look cozy. If you are having second thoughts on getting this beautiful light, I would say go for it! It's just too much fun!