This light alone (without) the crystals was nice but very bright. The crystals diffuse the light. The shade is made up of little strings wrapped all the way around the shade be careful not to rip one- easy to do! The crystals did not come assembled so you had to thread the crystal drops on a ringlet then attach to light. This is very time consuming and a bit of a pain. It took about 2 hours to hang the entire fixture.