I purchased this lamp as a replacement for one that I had that had gotten broken. When it arrived, it had a strong lead smell, so I called a friend who does stained glass for advice and she said that the lead solder had not been cleaned off properly and suggesting washing it down with vinegar or soap and water. I washed it several times and lots of black residue came off. It still has somewhat of a smell, but hopefully it will dissapate in timewith more cleanings. I almost returned it and hope that this is not a health hazzard. It is in a formal living room which is not used much.