Well, to start things off this chandelier is absolutely amazing looking. I read the reviews and you will find out that it does take a long time to put together. The instructions are horrible, but i am going to try to explain how i did it so that it will be alot faster for people. I gave this 4.5 because the instructions were horrible. It took me and my wife about 3 hours to do. It can be frustrating but i am hoping to help. When it is done it looks amazing. We put 40 watt type b bulbs that were clear and had a flame looking top on the light and it looks awesome. I installed a dimmer switch and it makes it look so nice.
Now my version of the manual. first of grab an olde blanket or something that you dont mind to put things on that could get strofoam on it. Empty all the boxes and take everything out of the packages. Lay the pieces all out on the blanket to keep yourself organized. You want to start with the solid pieces first. I first installed the s shaped pieces and put them hand tight. next i put the curved pieces that go behind it in. According the the instructions it says to do this later, but this wil save some time. After that you want to match up all the wires. The ones with wording all go together and the ones without wording all go together. do yourself a huge time by using wire nutts and electrical tape to ensure it holds. then makes sure the metal rod that goes from the top to the bottom is tight, and doesnt wobble. If it does tighten the bottom nutt and the top nutt. if you dont do this now then you will have to take bottom peiece off later. Then you put the bottom base in. You have to move the wires around to fit this right. just slide the bottom up and screw it in. This will make sure it is tight. Ensure thatit is not wobbly. Then put you candle/lighht pieces together and put them on with the light bulbs. This will mae it easier to hang crystals later. Then you want to screw top part on chandelier so you can attachto celing. Do yourself huge one by measuring here. My table was 30in high. I have 9ft tall celings and we took17 inches off the chain to make it 32 inches. We forgot that the crystals dangle so we had to go back and take another 5 inches off. So remember to add in the 5 inches for the bottom crystal ball. Chandeliers are supposed to be 30-34 in from top of table. Then hang up chandlier. Put worded wire to red or black wire and non worded to white. The instructions do not tell you. The when it is hung up make sure it is to your height you want. Then start from bottom. This worked out for me. Go to organized pile of crystals and match up with picture. I started with crystal ball then put the 28pieces up next. Then you attach the chain ones on the ground first so that you dont have to do it in the air. This is defineitly a two person job, but the end result is amazing.
I was hesitant to order this reading other reviews saying it took 6 hrs. to put together, but ordered it anyway because my fiance said he would help. It was overwhelming at first when you open the box, but it actually 2 hours the most. to put together, about 15 minutes all together to figure out what goes where. It took the most time to string all the pieces onto the main piece but it really wasn't too bad.As far as aesthetic goes, I can't say it looks cheap, but doesn't look "wow" either. But you get what you paid for. I have no idea what "crystal accent" means because we can't figure out if the pieces are made from glass or acrylic. The only real crystal part is the round ball that hangs on the bottom. All the other parts are made of either glass or acrylic?I like it because we didn't pay too much for it, but I def. wouldn't mind paying a few hundred more for a real crystal chandelier straight from a store and not have to piece it together myself.
The site does not accurately describe this product. We opened the box and saw about hundred pieces to assemble. That was not a huge disappointment, but the plastic "crystals" were a joke. Very misleading online. I had read the other reviews about this "chandelier" and figured the one review that questioned the material and quality was from an uninformed shopper. We have several crystal chandeliers and this is not crystal. Since it is made in China, perhaps some are receiving crystal and others are not. I would look for another product from good brands like ***, ***. They are fairly priced and offer varying grades of crystal for your budget.
How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Not even close
Please tell us about the quality of the product. Poor
How accurate was the on site description of the product? Not even close
Very attractive for the price. It is not glass, as another reviewer stated, but it is molded crystal rather than cut crystal, so it doesn't have as much sparkle as a really expensive chandelier. It also came with a couple of broken pieces -- the manufacturer will replace them, and is responsive to email, but a month later we still haven't actually received the replacement pieces.
I rated this excellent because after all, look at the price, #1, for what you get. We have this in our dining room and have actually been asked if it was Waterford or a family heirloom. That being said, my husband and I almost got a divorce over putting it together! It took all day. We are both fairly perfectionistic so it may be that for some folks, that ordeal resulted in some malfunctions or having it look wrong. The directions are terrible too. Assembly of this thing is not for those with adhd! Halfway in I about had an anxiety attack! Get the picture?
BUT - once it was hung, balanced (that's not easy either) we stood back and had to admit that NOBODY would ever guess we paid less than *** for it. We actually put black silk shades on the bulbs, which I really like. It is all glass, not plastic. CRYSTAL FOR *** No way. But not plastic. Had we gone to a lighting store for this, I am positive it would have been over ****, just due to the labor intensity alone. So if you know what you are signing up for, I would go for it. We have had it now for several years. I had a cleaning lady spend several hours carefully shining it up before the holidays and it sparkled beautifully.
This chandelier is much nicer than the price would indicate. There were some issues with the packaging; the first one was broken but Overstock sent a second within 24-hours of my call to them. When we received the second we put it together and hung it with ease. It is actually nicer than the $2500 one in my last place.
Although I read all of the reviews and was aware of the many warnings of how long it takes to put this item together, how tedious and time consuming it is, etc. I decided to take the chance on it and buy it. I was prepared for the two of us to spend several hours putting this together, but that was not the biggest challenge for us. Another reviewer listed some nice instructions in his review - READ THAT. He tells you information that is very useful that the printed instructions do not provide, including which pieces to install first, when and why, and that some of the wires have writing on them (it's very faint, so you may need your eyeglasses and a flashlight to see the numbers and letters).! The instructions that come with this light are practically useless. This is definitely a two person job and if I were to do this again, I would have hired a professional, not because you need an electrician to install a light fixture, but because this is an awkward glass octopus on a chain, not your average light fixture. I don't even know if I will like the finished product as we are still trying to finish the installation after spending several hours on two separate days. It would probably be a slightly easier task if we hadn't shortened the chain, but we don't have vaulted or cathedral ceilings, so a 32" chain is way too long for hanging this chandelier in our bedroom. That being said, other reviewers said despite the hassle this was worth it and a good value. I'm not sure I agree. We still have to string all of the crystals and my arms ache just from put together and holding this monstrous chandelier. So far it does look pretty, but it's been a lot of work and still isn't complete.
The product details state, that I need to purchase the bulbs as they are not included, however they do not specify the exact size; ie E12 or E14 oe E27 etc. They just say: "Requires six (6) 40-watt medium-base bulbs (not included)". This isn't helpful for an outsider? Can you please help with this question, also where to get the 40W US light bulbs online (the ones that look like a candle).neil40 on May 30, 2014Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
Hello neil40! An E12 bulb will fit this item as well. We do apologize, we do not have them in stock a this time. Thanks for shopping with us! -Amanda Poverstockcustomercare2 on Jun 4, 2014
Hello awink1, The tools recommended for assembly are wire strippers, Flathead screwdriver, Phillips screwdriver, electrical tape and wire cutters. Thanks for shopping with us. Jennifer Eoverstockcustomercare2 on May 26, 2014
Glass, And it was a real pain to put together but it looks very expensive for what we paid for it.zhillsgirl on Nov 14, 2013
Thank you for your question pocketfulofposies. The crystals are made of optical glass. Have a great day. overstockcustomercare1 on Nov 15, 2013
it is not acrylic - not crystal but it looks great!mccg on May 1, 2014
I have this Chandelier where can I buy replacement parts one of my bowls just broke.lindseyy22 on Aug 14, 2013Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
Thank you for your question, lindseyy22. What I would do myself is search on Google, for chandelier parts. There are all kinds of places that offer just about any chandelier parts that anyone might ever need, and seem to offer reasonable prices. I hope this helps, and thanks for shopping with us. overstockcustomercare1 on Aug 19, 2013
Can this chandelier be put on a dimmer switch? on Sep 14, 2012Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
Yes, this chandelier can be put on a dimmer switch. Please feel free to contact us again with any further questions.overstockcustomercare1 on Sep 17, 2012
Yup, but 6 lights are not enough to bright up the dining room when the guest sitting there for party. Better than put 6 bulbs 60W for the light and you can use the dimmer also.catfish2011 on Apr 30, 2013
Thank you for your inquiry. The total shipping weight is 36 pounds; therefore weight of the item would be a few pounds less. Please feel free to contact us again with any further questions.overstockcustomercare1 on May 16, 2012
I just received this chandelier and the shipping weight was 16 pounds.pinkgirl7 on Dec 31, 2012
Who manufactures this chandelier and what is their model number for the item? on Apr 1, 2012Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
I sincerely apologize but due to the nature of our site we do not have the brand or manufacturer of this item. However, the model number is KC22.overstockcustomercare1 on Apr 4, 2012
Do any of your chandeliers have UL listings? I would like to purchase a few of them for commercial applications that require UL for inspections.ocusto on Mar 15, 2012Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
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