I have an older kitchen, nothing fancy, with a small built in counter for eating. I wanted a pendant light over the counter, and needed something to add visual interest. This light does the job. Ideally, for me, the shade would have been lightly frosted. Instead, it is clear, though thick and ribbed. However, at the length I originally preferred, the 75 watt bulbs were barely above my eye level when standing - uncomfortably bright. We shortened the drop rod by removing one of the 12" lengths and that did the trick. The bulbs shine out through the shade and reflect off our white ceiling while the diffuser (very nice!) casts a bright, glare-free light on the counter below. Very pleasing. From a design standpoint, I wish I could have used the longer length - hence the 4 star rating instead of 5. Very nice quality and great look.