I think, after extensively looking around the internet for wrought iron crystal chandeliers, that if you are looking for a big bang for only a few bucks this is a great purchase. It is not, however, a high quality piece of lighting. When I opened the box, the leaves and bobeches were bent and more than half of the crystals had easily visible defects. They also have very little light refraction or sparkle (rainbow effect). What I can say is that once the crystals are hung, in whatever design you choose they make a very impressive piece (there is an endless opportunity for fun creativity here, because they give you extra crystals and lots of places on the chandelier on which to attach them). I wish there was a place to upload a picture of the finished product, because it came out nicer than the version online. It's the extra crystals...use them! And I would also suggest using 15 watt bulbs. When I used the 25watts on the 12 lights...it was waaaay too much. All you could see was light bulbs. With the 15watts, the focus is back on the graceful lines of the chandelier and the modest light refraction of the crystals. Obviously the assembly was a bit of a hassle... you first attach all the arms to the center post, then you must wire all the arms to each other BEFORE you wire it to the ceiling. I went into a home improvement store, with the thing half assembled and begged for a lesson on wiring. I got lucky and the guy said, "Just go shop around and I'll wire it all together for you." Such a nice guy. After all is said and done, it was more work than expected, but I knew (from reading reviews) what I was getting myself into, and I think the end result was definitely worth the money.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? I was warned that it would be darker than pictured and it was. I used a hammered bronze spray on it before I assembled it and it was much better.
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. I wouldn't say that the quality was the highest. Many of the flourishes/leaves and such were bent and had to be reshaped. It was a good thing I was repainting it, because as soon as I bent the metal leaves back into place, their paint flaked off. And it would be more accurate to call the crystals just glass (there is almost no prismatic effect). More than half of the crystals had flaws or scratches as well. But considering the decent size of it and the full effect of so many crystals it was none-the-less a good buy.
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? semi-accurate
This is a big beautiful chandelier! I have wanted one for quite a while but everything I liked was well over a thousand dollars. I came across this one and decided that I would try it. Beware - there is A LOT of assembly required. The metal arms are not even connected. My husband assembled the structure/base part in about an hour and a half, and he's very handy. Took another 30 minutes to hang it, and then it took about 2 hours to hang all of the crystals. Every single crystal is a separate piece...this is a time consuming project. Instructions are awful. You basically need to print the picture and use it as a pattern but you can really arrange the crystals however you'd like. The connection pieces are a bit flimsy so you'll need to be careful when you're dusting this fixture. The end result is beautiful. The crystals sparkle and they are large. I didn't care for the flat black paint on the metal so I took bronze craft paint and a sponge paint brush and very lightly brushed it over the metal (before hanging the crystals). It looks SO much better! This is really a gorgeous fixture for the money...looks like it cost much, much more!
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? The metal is completelly black
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. The quality is good considering how reasonable the price is
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? Description is accurate
Although this chandelier came packaged in 9 million parts the end result is really stunning. It looks like a much more expensive fixture. Well worth the money.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? yes
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. excellent
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? very
This chandelier was not difficult to assemble. I am a woman in my 40's and I was able to assemble this light in under 30 minutes. Hang the crystals after the light is assembled and installed. The light fixture itself is black. There is a metallic finish to it, but is not noticeable at a distance. A person could spray this another color if they wish. There are many beautiful, high quality spray paints once can purchase if they wish for another colored finish. We did not prefer the white candle sticks, so I sprayed them a silver metallic finish and it goes fantastically with our decor. We love to mix high end pieces with lower priced pieces and the result is amazing. The chandelier looks like it cost much more than we paid for it. I wish this site would allow us to upload pictures because I'm certain my photos would sell many for them! Please use 25 watt bulbs and so install dimmer. A dimmer takes it to a whole new level!
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Color is black.
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. Excellent
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? Accurate.
Contrary to many, I thought the product was very easy to assemble. You'll do best if you lay our all the parts by category. Make sure you have a ratchet wrench that fits the large-headed screws. Should take about 30 minutes. This is not a high end chandelier. If you want heavy wrought iron or leaded crystal, you will have to pay north of $1000. This was perfect for me, though. It is going in a vacation home with a high ceiling, and it is difficult to discern the "quality" from that height. I'm sure these Chinese made products cost about $50 to make, but you are unlikely to find a better deal.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? about right
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. About what you'd expect for the price
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? The "wought iron" is tube, not solid. The "crystals" are light weight glass, not leaded. The retialer doesn't say they are leaded, but the implication is that these re real crystals.
I have always wanted a chandelier and boy oh boy did I get a wonderful one for an incredibly low price (and remember the smokin' shipping at Overstock.) It is actually fun to watch the chandelier change as you add crystals - we are loving it and haven't finished yet! It keeps getting more awesome as we go along. Here are a couple of very minute things we found - first, allocate lots of time for hanging the crystals if you want to get it done in one day. And, we would have also liked a larger instruction illustration. We are planning on hanging the bottom ball with a stronger connection since it is pretty heavy for the wire it came with.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? N/A
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. SUPERB
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? VERY
I was shopping for a bargain chandelier, but I'm also quite picky and would really love a **** fixture but can't do that. I will say what I love about the fixture. 1- the style is lovely. 2- the color is good. It is labled as black but that is not quite acurate. It has a metal fleck in it that gives it a oil rubbed bronze look. I wanted this finish and luckily this is so close that I chose not to paint it. It was just not worth it. 3-The size vertically is basically 24". The specifications state that it is 30" but that is including the hanging ball crystal that is 6". If you have lower ceiling hieght then this is probably not too big. 4- The price is ok. Now for the things that I didn't like. 1- The crystals are awful. They are not reflective, have debris in the glass, are chipped on the edges, and not highly polished. I spent *** buying new ones to replace them. I purchased 30% lead crystals for around***. I also purchased one Swarovsky crystal to compare them to and I was happy with the quality of the cheaper ones. The Swarovskys run around***each. 2- It comes is pieces and you have to put it together. I don't mind putting things together but if you are not good at that sort of thing and don't know how to wire a fixture you will have to contact Overstock and get the "good" directions. The directions they send are not adequate and you have to break the code on the diagram for the crystals. There are twelve lights and all the wires need to be connected to the main wire that goes to the power. The main wire has the hot and the neutral twisted together. That could lead someone astray. 3- The candle covers are shiny white plastic. I looked into replacing them but I have already spent a wad on replacement crystals. I covered the plastic ones with cotton paper and coated them with bees wax. They look nice and I am using led bulbs so I'm not concerned with heat melting the wax. The chandelier requires some upgrades to get it to look really good. I don't think those crystals and candle covers would work for me. I pay too much attention to details.
I LOVE this! It looks awesome in my dining room. The other issue was that the parts didn't fit together right and there was a lot of wiring to be done. I had an electrician put it together and hang it and it took him at least 4 hours....
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? SAME
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. Good
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? Good
You get what you pay for. This is not a high end chandelier, but you have to realize that when you see the price. The glass pieces are connected with some pretty flimsy, almost paper, not quite metal things. These connectors don't exactly fit on the larger glass pieces, and these are the same connectors that you hang on the chandelier. I am hoping that they stay on the chandelier once it is hung from our 2 story foyer. My husband put it together pretty effortlessly, but the directions were useless, as are the directions for hanging the glass pieces. Look at the picture on line and you should be fine. Oh, and the most important thing, you do not get enough WIRE or CHAIN to hang this thing properly You will receive 18 inches, and that's it!. Local hardware store had black chain, but not the right gauge, so we are doubling the chain, and I am banking on my electrician being able to add more wire. I would have returned this chandelier, but we already put it together; From a distance it looks pretty, so I'm glad it will be two stories up LOL.
This Chandelier is GORGEOUS after however you get past the absolutely TERRIBLE directions!!!!! But......I cannot even begin to explain the amazing look of this! It is bigger than i thought it was going to be and makes the living room look oh my gosh AMAZING!!! Everyone thinks its so gorgeous and cannot believe it came from overstock.com I would highly recommend this to anyone wanting a beautiful piece for cheap for how beautiful it looks up!
I love this so much! Looks like a similar chandelier I found locally that was over $*****. I was worried about the quality due to price but was pleasantly surprised. As others mentioned it does take a little while to put together but it is well worth the effort! The instructions are easy to follow. However, you can tell that it was assembled in another country because some of the letters didn't match up on the packages and instructions. That's easy to offset by looking at the pictures as your guide. Looks very classy and elegant - added just the right touch to my dining room. I continue to be impressed by items offered by Overstock.
This light is very large and was a process to put together. The directions are crap so you better be handy and good with figuring things out on your own. There was about 150 gems to attach so that took about an hour to do. You have to attach every arm and make sure you hook it up right or else you'll have problems. It's super heavy once everything is put together. The cord and chain weren't very long at all. We used this light for our foyer and it could've been longer. If you're up for a challenge then this is your light! It's definitely gorgeous once it's up and turned on though.