End result looks good, but Dear God the install...
November 1, 2020
Let me start by saying that we like the way this light looks - it received the Good Wife Seal of Approval after I managed to install it. It matches our dining room style and makes the space look great. That being said, let me regale you with the tale of woe that was the install...
To start with, it's packed in Styrofoam. In 2020...Styrofoam. Not compressed paper or cardboard or something that doesn't require a permit to get rid of. And it gets EVERYWHERE, and bits of it stick to everything. I found a piece clinging to my dog afterwards. The stuff is EVIL.
The metal stems were missing from the package, so I ended up just using the chains. Not a big deal, but I wasted 10 minutes digging around in the box and fondling chunks of StyroEvil, wondering if some sadist had taped them in an unobvious place just for the schadenfreude of it. Nope. No metal stems.
The kit comes with two Quick Links to join the chains to the mounting canopy - nice. But for the other end of the chain, you're supposed to bend the links open, then bend them back into shape. WHY?? Now I have chain links that look like they were salvaged from a Vietnamese fishing trawler (see photo) and a bloody hole in my finger - why not just give me FOUR Quick Links and save me from a lot of cursing and a tetanus shot? Perhaps "Transitional Style" means "Post-apocalyptic Boat Yard" and the damaged chain rings are part of the intended oeuvre. I'm not a designer.
The black decorative boxes, the lamp sockets, the chain, and the mounting canopy are coated in some kind of matte black power coat paint. Guess what sticks to it? EVERYTHING, including the aforementioned Bits of StyroEvil. Guess what works for cleaning it? NOTHING. Microfiber, terry cloth, cotton tee shirt scraps, red rags - they're the long lost Velcro-like soulmates to the black metal. I had to pick off bits of string and StyroEvil with my fingers and a pair of tweezers. I can't wait to see how much dust manages to bond itself into the molecular structure of these metal magnets.
Finally, they included Ye Olde Fancy Lampes - five of them at 60 watts each. I spent the last year converting my house to LEDs because my power company has decided to convert from natural gas electrical plants to getting electricity from solar, wind, and unicorn farts. They make fancy Old Schoole LED Lampes now, you know that right? Verily, I say unto you - putteth thou LED lampes into yon Chandelier and joineth thou ye 21t century, ye morons. On the plus side, Ye Olde Fancy Lampes put off a lot of heat, so they'll be helpful during the Long Dark Winter a certain candidate recently warned us about.
For $275, I expected better.
Just the look I was hoping to achieve in my "coastal farmhouse" home. Installation wasn't difficult but I recommend taking your time. Making sure the light was level took some tweaking but the end result is worth it. The light bulbs give a nice orange glow which is perfect for conversation around the dinner table but not for working on projects at the table. You can use other, brighter bulbs but I prefer the look and glow of the bulbs it came with. If you're looking for a unique look you can install by yourself and not break the bank to do so...consider this light fixture.
Like the industrial/rustic look in our lake house. Well made and good quality for the price.
The only thing I didn’t like was prying open the chain links and trying to get them lined back up even while the fixture is hanging from the ceiling.
The light is amazing easy to install. The light complements our farmhouse table. Highly recommend you get ceiling fan box for extra strength when installing this is beautiful light fixture. We had it over 2 weeks we always gets complents on our dinning room light. However the light is heavy you need a extra hand in installing the light. The vintage lights makes the difference. I installed dimmer makes the vintage lights stand out. The cost is very reasonable with the workmanship of this light.