The metal leaf pendant light is pretty, but the light emanating from it is quite dim and amber colored. This is different from the coordinating large metal leaf hanging light we have hanging over the kitchen table which exudes a lighter yellow color (I believe the larger light has CFL's in it). For the timebeing we have a 60W incandescent bulb in the pendant. I plan on putting a CFL in it the next time I purchase a package. I'm hoping this will improve the light quality. We hung the pendant in our small foyer (approximately 5 feet by 8 feet with 8 foot ceilings). The walls are white and the linoleum is a brown slate color.