After reading the reviews I didn't know how long it would take me to put this together/install but after everything was completed I found it to be relatively easy. I attached the crystals before installing the fixture and it probably took me (alone, no assistance) 30 minutes to attach the crystal strands and another 30 minutes to install (I replaced a fixture that was already up, so that probably made it go more quickly?). On my fixture the crystal strands do not hang below the bottom of the shade and have two small crystals attached to the strand (not three as it appears in the photo) so there must be some variation with the product since other reviewers have said their strands hang below the shade like in the photo. Also, the string shade is interesting and very modern looking, but it does not block any light (which is probably why some say the fixture is so bright). While I ended up altering the shade (turns out my bedroom isn't as modern as I thought) I am very happy with the chandelier.