I was very disappointed when this lamp arrived. I don't think the lamp is actual metal, or, if it is, the finish looks painted on. It looks as if they spray painted the lamp a nickel color, which is much lighter than the picture shows. It also had several tiny white scratches on it--or it's probably that the paint scratched off and showed the actual white metal/plastic/whatever it is. The arm was very hard to maneuver, but I'm sure that would loosen up over time.