I was really worried about these lights, because we are using them as lights hanging by a bed. They look absolutely perfect! The outer layer is a little shinier than I expected and have a little glare from other light sources in the room. They arrived a bit dented from the packing in the boxes, but I stuffed them with paper towels to push them out and it worked fine. It needed about two days of "stretching" but they look AMAZING. I couldn't be happier.