To be clear, this rating is based on my criteria for this lamp, which may not match everyone's needs. All I wanted was something non-ugly and brighter than the (rather cheap, rather ugly) single-bulb torch lamp it was replacing. The lamp sits in a corner of a small bedroom that has no ceiling light, and is sufficient to light the entire room. It is on an outlet controlled by a light switch, so lack of elegant built-in switch (just something on the cord) is not a problem. It is attractive, built relatively well, stable on the ground, etc. It would be OK as a lamp in a more visible/prominent place, but for that purpose I think there are more attractive options (which will tend to cost more, but that's life). The price on Overstock is the best one I found; some stores were charging over $100 more. By the way, note that this lamp stands about 5 feet tall, somehow I imagined it closer to 6 feet when I saw the picture.