John Lewis Valencia 4 Spotlight Ceiling Bar
Looks great but ...
Bought on implulse as product I wanted was out of stock & electrician due following day. Does look good with a slight retro feel, but when lit the shades are a definite orange rather than creamy white. The last box on the shelf, the item was a return. One of the shades was broken, probably because half the packaging was missing - replaced immediately - but they are ceramic and feel fragile. Another minor niggle is the plastic safety label stuck prominently on a metal part of the matching wall lights - removal results in a sticky and unsightly mess.
The real "but" though is that despite being a spotlight, & a total of 6 spots in the room, thiere is only an ambient light in a 12x12 kitchen, insufficient to work with.
Now concerned by other later -ve reviews about the quality of the fittings as one of the spots was hanging vertically after fitting and it seemed odd for it to have been left like that.
Have to wait and see - talthough I think the lack of light will probably be the deciding factor.
19 November 2014
The plastic cuffs that support the ceramic light shades are not fit for purpose and break/split whilst in situ, causing the ceramic light shades to fall onto the floor and shatter! This has happened on two separate occasions, with our two Valencia light fittings. We have also tried different wattage bulbs. Our cuffs are made from plastic, but the light fitting on display in the store has metal cuffs. We will contact the manufacturer tomorrow to try the metal cuffs. If you have one of these, please be careful, when the shades fall they are very HOT and shatter. Very dangerous. The lighting department are aware, but not sure they are going to recall or take the existing model with the plastic cuff off. Very disappointed.
26 October 2014
Have to say agree with both the previous reviews. We have had two sets of these lights for two years now, and whilst they look most attractive, I have lost count of the numbers of replacement bulbs we have had to use. In addition, the weight of the shades / poor quality of the locking threads mean that the spots cannot be positioned where required, and only hang downwards resulting in very poor quality lighting.
30 September 2014
Not worth the money
18 months on and it is difficult to remember how many bulbs have blown in these lights (we have 2) . We have tried the best quality bulbs in an effort to increase the life span but have resorted to buying cheap bulbs in packs of 25.
The fitting is brass which is not a strong metal and so the threads of the locking screws that should hold the shades in position fail. All but 2 of the 8 shades now hang vertically.
Bearing in mind the cost of these lights we would have better off saving quite a lot of money and buying cheaper elsewhere.
20 September 2014
This fitting has an intrinsic design flaw in that the two down bars are not of equal length so the light does not hang parallel with the ceiling. I have looked at three light fittings, one ordered online and the other two in a branch and they all have the same flaw. This item should not be for sale.
11 June 2014
Really good style for my traditional house.
Delighted with the appearance and light from this and the 3 spotlight ceiling plate one. They are perfect for the large kitchen in my 1876 house.
I have been looking for ages for kitchen light fittings which were not white, did not have lots of chrome and did not have those GU10 bulbs which I find so awkward to change. Very difficult to find. The Valencia lights are great. The reason I've not given 5 stars is because one of the bulbs went after a week, however it was easy to change. Hopefully this was a one off incident.
08 April 2014
Love this light so much. It blends in with my new kitchen. I was going to have spot lights but so glad I didn't. You can angle all 4 lights to we're ever you want which gives of light in each direction. The 4 lights are very bright. Very pleased
08 April 2014
Pretty but Poor Quality
I have to say that I agree with the comments - this light fitting is very pretty - hence my buying it!
Unfortunately, the quality is poor for a product in this price range.
The plastic screws which hold the shades in place are extremely flimsy (one was broken on arrival) and they don't fit the screw threads properly, hence the shades (which are fairly heavy) are easily displaced.
26 February 2014