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Nice chandelier, time-consuming prep process.
 from Los Angeles, CA,  Mar 27, 2011

I bought this chandelier on Overstock after reading all the reviews and looking at many chandeliers on this site, many others, and in stores. The chandelier arrived about 3 days after placing the order. You basically have to put on every piece of "crystal" that you see in the picture. You have to bend each hook, then place the crystal on the hook, then hook it onto the chandelier. There were actually about 10 that were already done and wrapped to show you an example. It's easy, but just time-consuming to do with one person. I bent all the hooks first (didn't do them all, because figured there were extras), then put the crystals on the hooks, then put them all on. I felt that was the fastest way for one person and I did it while watching TV. Took about 4 hours total (over two days). I just used one white glove since using two caused me to keep on getting it caught on the hooks. The directions are kind of a joke and the photo copy of the parts and what you're supposed to get in the package is terrible. Just make sure you have all the parts first for putting together the crystals and installing it on your ceiling. they don't separate out the positive and negative wires, but neutral wire is the one with the writing on it. Or so I learned after Googling it. The extra crystals were nifty, because some were either not perfect, or scratched or damaged, and I had plenty extra to pick out the good ones. The chandelier is light because the frame is lightweight, and the crystals obviously aren't real, but they really do catch the light and it looks great. The two screws that came with it were too long for my set up, so we had to buy some 5/8-inch ones. Make sure you measure before you get up on that ladder. The length of the chain was a little long for my room, but we just cinched it with the carabiner about 3 or 4 links, and it bunched up the cord a bit, but I just made it wavy and it looked pretty good. The lightbulbs are the candelabra kind (small base), but I bought the energy efficient ones from *** which work great. Overall, I think it looks nice for the price, but I did question why I didn't just buy a more expensive chandelier when I was putting it together, piece by piece. But you really can't find anything close in stores that looks as nice. And if you hang it up, no one can really tell that it's not heavy metal and real crystals. One of my candle things was a little crooked, but since it was up high, you couldn't tell. Four stars because of self-assembly, crooked candelabra, and scratched crystals. In the end, it was worth it, because everytime I look at it, I feel really accomplished!

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