These are beautiful lamps. The base is VERY heavy and seems like it will hold the lamps steady. The shades are ok, nothing special but considering most lamps don't even come with shades anymore, you can't beat it. My only negative about the lamps is that they ARE NOT dark bronze, they are GUNMETAL GREY. They are MUCH darker than they appear on the website, but luckily for me they still match my room.