Bellamy Single-Tier Chandelier with 5 Lights - Stem Included
Great light, horrible instructions
I just finished installing the this light and if I have one thing to say about it, it's that the instructions are the most inadequate, terrible instructions ever. Buying a $500 light one would expect to have some comprehensive instructions on how to install it. My only saving grace? I have a bachelor's and graduate degree in engineering. I saw what needed to be done and did it even though I didn't have any validation what-so-ever from the instructions that I was taking the correct steps.
What sort of things were left out? Well, the wires have to be threaded up through the rods, and the cover plate that goes against the ceiling has to be threaded through as well, BEFORE you connect the wires to the ceiling. The 10' of extra wire needs to be cut off before making connections. The wires need to be threaded through the ball joint and the connections actually need to be made BEFORE attaching the bracket to the electrical box, otherwise the connectors and excess wire will be below the bracket, obstructing movement of the ball joint and probably preventing the cover plate from attaching. None of this is remotely mentioned or pictured in the page of worthless instructions, even though these are all crucial steps. The instructions pretty much consist of, "connect the black wire to the black wire and white wire to the white wire". Gee, thanks, Kichler. If I didn't even know that, why would I be attempting to install the light myself, and how would I possibly figure out the rest of the stuff that you left out of the process? So irked by this.
Another thing I'd like to mention is the generic, misleading product description. There is no chain, despite the mention of it in the description. Chain, to me, indicates the ability to hang the light from a point other than the electrical box. This is not the case. The light MUST hang directly from the electrical box. Also, description says in bold that no bulbs are included. They are; and while that is great, if you don't know that you may end up purchasing $70 worth of bulbs that you don't need (those bulbs aren't cheap!) I didn't do that for these lights because I already got suckered into that when I purchased 3 wall lights from this same family of lights, so I conveniently already had 5 extra bulbs in the event this really hadn't come with them.
Other than that, this is a beautiful light and I am so happy to have replaced the mid-90s brass and glass fixture that was there before. It produces beautiful light. As long as you are mechanically inclined, or are going to hire someone who is mechanically inclined to install this, you'll be fine. If you're not the best at handyman-type stuff, this is not the light I'd try installing myself.
August 19, 2012
Love the light ,Hate the bulbs
I love the look of the light but if you want replacement bulbs, good look finding them.
I checked all of the big box hardware stores with no luck.
We had to get them direct from the manufacturer.
March 1, 2012