Rated 2.0 out of 5 by 1
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by MTKCKD gorgeous concept but assembly line problems
It's an absolutely beautiful lamp. As long as you don't look too closely. But there are some issues - some minor some not so minor. Minor one is that the 40 W lamps are way over powering. You'll need to replace them with G9 based 25 W bulbs if you don't want to scorch your eyes on full brightness. Fortunately there was a dimmer to bring it down. But when you dim the G9 halogens to a good brightness, the dimming effect causes them to look yellow. Which is why it would be better to use 25 W bulbs on fuller brightness. If you want whiter light. More significant are four issues: Lumisource was kind enough to replace my lamp because the base had scratches and dents. Unlike the removable plastic protection on the three brushed stainless arms that make the picture of this lamp look so striking, there was no protection for the shiny lacquered brushed stainless base. So it was abused before it even got to me. The replacement sent was no better and I had a hard time deciding which base was worse. Even worse, and maybe it's because they were sequential in manufacture, the arm connections in the base were rotated the wrong directions and they were difficult to turn. They are on an angle and so the position is critical to create the look of the fixture. Both samples were wrong the same way. Somebody who is not inclined to do things on their own would be stymied trying to make this look right. It required vice grips, as a regular crescent wrench tried to strip the hex nuts buried within the base. A nice company rep assured me it would be easy to turn those nuts in order to rotate the arm bases. That did not turn out to be the case. And the instructions have the arms located in the wrong place, two of them reversed. I sat there scratching my head comparing the picture on the website with the sketch on the instructions and what they said to actually do. Nothing made sense! Other than trying to rebuild it to look like the lamp in the picture I thought I was buying. I was ultimately able to fix it, but it took me a few hours, altogether, having to tear the bottom felt liner part of the way off. Because it was hiding screws. That brings me to the third part. Felt is on a bottom piece under the base that is supposed to protect the table, but is recessed in, causing the edges of the cover to scratch the furniture. Fortunately, I had soft rubber cabinet door bumpers that I had previously purchased, which stuck readily to the felt on the bottom so I was able to elevate it a little bit and protect the furniture. Finally, since I did open the bottom up to rotate those arm bases, I noticed that one of the three wire penetrations was missing its plastic bushing which has me just a little bit concerned. The bushings wouldn't have been there if they didn't think it was important to protect the metal from possible electric shock potential. So I give the lamp two stars. The benefit of the doubt as I almost gave it one star. It was an excellent concept! Which tempted me to raise it to three stars or more. Such a bold warm statement in a very modernistic sense! But I have mechanical ability! If you have mechanical aptitude, and your sample is anything like the two I looked at, you can salvage it, and maybe then proud own it. And you probably won't get an electric shock, like I hope I won't ever get. But you may be saddled with a few scratches from the manufacture's handling. (It was as if in the manufacturing assembly line, people dropped the various parts on the base before they screwed it together.) The good news is once the whole thing is standing, it's striking nature makes the scratches hard to see. Which is why I gave it two stars instead of one. If I'm alive for more than 10 more years, I will raise it to three.
February 12, 2016