treeintheroad Review

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looks nice, hard to install
 from kansas,  Jan 5, 2011

Now that this chandelier is up I will say that I am thrilled with it. It looks nice, just like the pictures. 8 bulbs are quite a few but the light is mostly cast to the ceiling so it is not harsh. It does light up a large area. My family jokes that we are turning the sun on when we flip that switch, but I like it. We use those ugly florescent bulbs but they are hidden nicely in the glass cylinders. They cylinders would have been almost impossible for a man to tighten into the fixture but my relatively small hands fit inside them with no problems. The glass cylinders look lovely with or without the bulbs lit. I really like the steampunk look of the whole thing. Other reviewers noted how large this piece is and they are right. The chain is also very long. We solved that problem by mounting a ceiling hook about a foot from where the light is installed and draping the chain from the hook. We were able to fix a problem with previous lights and center this one directly over our dining room table, so that was a plus. I think it looks good too. Before you buy you should know that this is not an easy fixture to install. My husband (who has installed light fixtures professionally) and my grown son (who actually is an aerospace engineer) both worked on it. You need someone with some muscle to hold up the fixture while the other does the wiring or some way to prop it up securely. The hardware that comes with the fixture was not sufficient for the wiring and mounting. We made 2 trips to the hardware store to get everything we needed for the installation. Even after the installation was complete we did not feel that the hardware was sturdy enough to support the entire weight of the fixture. Our ceiling hook gives us extra security that it won't fall down. You probably won't require the services of a rocket scientist to install this fixture, but I would consult an expert. Definitely worth all the installation glitches. I would buy it again.

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