First as others have pointed out the instructions that came with this chandelier are very close to useless. However if you are moderately handy and understand how lamps and lights are generally put together you should have no problems doing this one. I took about 20 minutes to assemble it and another 45 to take down the existing light and install this one but Im an engineer and often make my own lamps as a hobby. Expect to spend at least an hour to 3 hours on this project. Even after installed it will require a bit of tweaking. Because of its handmade nature it will require a bit of balancing to get it close enough to plumb to be visually straight. I would recommend small lead weights, similar to those used for fishing, be placed inside the lamp area as needed to weight one side into balance. Structurally this is a very well made chandelier. Everything bolts together firmly and all the metal feels sturdy. I do not feel you would be likely to strip or break any part of it through normal assembly or use. Dusting and cleaning it however should be handles carefully. There are many bits that could snag and ruin the light. Once up it is absolutely stunning to behold. Bright and beautiful. The photo hardly does it justice. The colors are more subtle than the picture depicts and the hand blown glass is truly unique. Visually the effect of this light is dramatic. Don’t underestimate it. If you are afraid of a little color in the room this is not the chandelier for you. If bright colors and a whimsical environment is your thing this will definitely liven up your room in an instant. I would recommend this to anyone moderately handy with an understanding of basic household electrical assembly.
- Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes