“ Manufacturer: Wilkinsons / Type: Ceiling Lamp „
We have this chandelier in our living room. It looks quite posh but was from good old Wilkinsons, where I find they have a very good lighting collection. The chandelier is available in Wilkinsons stores and online, currently priced at £44.00. It's not as expensive as most chandeliers we looked at, but also not so cheap that you might question its quality. As there's no picture on Dooyoo, the photo can be seen on www.wilkinsonplus.com and searching for Jerrico light fitting (I can't put the link here as it's too long to be accepted).
As we are approaching the latter stages of our house renovation, we have been trying to buy some "finishing touches" to the rooms which are already done, as it's a bit depressing when not one single room is entirely finished. When the living room was completed, we thought a nice chandelier would provide a focal point in a large room with a high ceiling.
The light has a chrome finish, and contains 5 lightbulbs. It is quite simple in style, as I'm not a fan of anything too fussy or "busy". It just has some lovely leaf detail coming off the body of the light and the branches where the bulbs are. For some reason, people find this light quite eye-catching, and we get a lot of nice comments about it when people visit .
My husband is quite handy with wiring and all things DIY-related, so he was quite confident that fitting the light wouldn't be a problem. I know very little about such things, but apparently the wiring was straightforward, and the only issue was that it was very tricky trying to attach it to the ceiling. The reason for this was that we have a ceiling rose, and the screw that attaches the light to the ceiling is better suited to flat ceilings. Anyway, after much tutting, swearing, and having the chandelier hanging from the lead for about a week, he got it done eventually. I think it was the shame of our two year old niece coming round and pointing at the light saying (in toddler-speak) "What's wrong with that?" which was the final motivator for him to persevere.
The light didn't come with bulbs, but we picked some up from Wilkinsons at the same time. They are widely available from most DIY stores, but we found them to be much cheaper from Wilkinsons. The one thing we noticed about this light was that the bulbs didn't last very long. I'm not sure what the norm is but within maybe six months we were down to one bulb. It always amazes me how you put five bulbs in at the same time, and they all run out at different times! Surely they're all getting the same useage when the light is on?!
The light given off by this chandelier is very bright when all five bulbs are working. It takes a maximum of 60 watts, but I think we ended up with 45 watts last time we replaced the bulbs because the stock was limited. This is still bright enough to make you squint when you first turn the light on. Ours is a straight on/off lightswitch, but this is compatible with a dimmer if you have one already or can be bothered to fit one. We might look at doing that at some point, but for now we're concentrating on getting the rest of the house sorted.
To give some idea of the size of this chandelier, the depth is 47cm, width 47cm, and height 37cm. To put this in perspective, a long ruler is 30cm, so it's a fairly decent size. It is a good feature in a room with high ceilings, and there is a matching smaller version of this which we bought for the dining room which is a little smaller. It looks a lot grander than the pricetag suggests, and I would highly recommend this to anyone.
(This review may also appear on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)