As many others have said, it is tough to put together. My brother in law spent five hours on it but once put together, it's gorgeous. The problem with the assembly was that it was not fully wired to each individual light and took time for him to do it. He didn't have problems with the instructions, just with the way the lamp is put together when it's shipped. They could have saved people a lot of time by doing some of the work - instead- the person who installs it has to do every little bit. Other than the assembly, it is fantastic. We didn't need any of the chains - on an 8 foot ceiling, it was fine without them. If you have someone who knows what they're doing, this chandelier is great. My brother in law said to mention this assembly is definitely not for novices.