I received these shades approximately 3 weeks ago. They arrived very safely in two big boxes that weren't heavy at all to carry into my house. After an extensive search, I'd finally found these at a great price and was very excited. The packaging was solid and there was no damage to the shades. I used these to replace boring, basic, white blinds in my guestroom. They couldn't have been easier to install. By myself, it took me approximately one hour and that's only because I've never installed shades before. The only tools I used were my drill and cordless screwdriver. They are absolutely beautiful in the windows. Some light does come through, but it only seems to enhance the beauty of the shades.