I placed the lamp on the hall table beneath a mirror, and it is a perfect night light and daytime conversation piece. In fact, we leave it on 24/7. The item came packed extremely well in styrofoam, so I can't understand the comments I read here about broken parts. There is no assembly required, except screwing in a bulb, which was not supplied with my lamp. In an age where almost everything you put out good money for turns out to be cheap junk, this beautiful butterfly is a welcome change and would make a thoughtful gift -- so I bought a second one as a gift for my sister. I know lots of manufacturers are producing similar lamps right now, and I have looked at them all, but this one, at this price, is the best buy, in my opinion.