This is a gorgeous light. the bronze is very dark almost black. The way the light reflects off of crystals makes shadows on the wall. If you use 8 60w bulbs, it will blind you when you turn it on. We needed to purchase a dimmer. It would be great hung high, not at eye level. All of these things make it special, that being said, we did not expect that in our dining room. I would love it for a different area of the house but we are looking for a new dining room light and will put this in our bedroom when the time comes. It is gorgeous though, for the price and unique.