The quality of this product is just ok. There is a black cord that hangs down the middle of entire length of the lamp with a cheap looking black plastic pedal for on/off. The finish on the legs is uneven and it's in no way a "rich dark stain". It's more like an oak color. Was hoping it would go with my darker furniture but it does not. It also is not adjustable like most tripod lamps. You put the legs on like legos and screw them in and they don't move. All that being said, I love the style. The shade is white.