These lights are awesome - think the soft white lighting that comes from asian garden lanterns. We placed three over our central kitchen island which provides task lighting but also gives an elegance to the cream colored wall cabinets.
I purchased two of these as pendants above my kitchen island. They look really nice, high end (without the price tag). They're a true white, heavy porcelain. My only criticism is that I wish the steel column covering about 4" of the cord covered the whole thing - the remaining cord is just covered with plastic, which cheapens the look a bit.