The lamp is great, but it came with a piece missing which I still have not received from Customer Service.
By:Kristin , Homeowner
this is a good product that took a very long time to get here from italy. ylighting service was very good, but the ship time was out of their hands. the product appears to be high quality and is very well designed. it is an icon, after all. some of the plastic parts seem less rigid than other brands or models, however, this does not appear to impact performance or construction integrity.
By:dj , Homeowner (socal)
The photo of the product is great. The lamp looks sleek, has a glass dome, and nice light output.
But, the functionality and usability is horrible. The customer has to assemble the product and that is hard. To assemble the cover, the user has to deform a plastic ring and snap everything into place. The instructions are telling because there are several warnings about being careful to avoid breaking the parts... crappy design.
This plastic ring looks cheap. There are plastic tabs hanging down where the mold wasn't tight. I'll need to go buy some sand paper and remove the burs.
Finally, the switch is right by the hot light bulb, instead of down by the base (like most desk lamps). So, you have to watch out to make sure you don't burn your hand when trying to turn off the light.
If I had not already thrown away the packaging, I would return the light. Oh well.
By:Designer Guy , Homeowner (Tucson, AZ, US)
i burned my fingers so many times that i got really tired of this lamp. besides i got minor electric shocks whenever i would happen to touch the 'arm'. would not recommend this lamp, there's plenty of other great designs out there. i got rid of the lamp and am very happy about that.
By:eva , Homeowner (durham nc)
I usually do not write reviews but feel that this one is needed. I have owned this lamp for about six or seven years now. I did not have any problems assembling the light like others have stated. I have not burned myself like others have mentioned and I did not install the small adjustment spike that rests directly below the hot bulb. The frame around the glass dome is plastic and does not get hot but I am certain that ugly metal spike would cause a blister.
The light worked flawlessly for about four years. The light output began to fade in and out and flicker. Eventually it stopped working completely. Since I have electrical experience, I disassembled the light to find a broken solder joint in the base. So I fixed it. It worked for about another year or two before it began to fade and flicker again. Now it will only stay on for a few seconds at a time. To get it to come on I have to push and pull in order to rotate all the joints (base, middle, and top) almost like I have to clean the corrosion off of the connections the way you would a car battery. It is too much work to get this lamp to stay on. I have disassembled the light a second time to check all the connections and everything appears to be ok. I have not tried to contact customer support about this problem simply because I tried to order the desk clamp
(not available in the US) shortly after I purchased the lamp.
So here I am in the market for a new desk lamp. I love the slenderness of this lamp but there are too many opportunities for failure when there are so many connection points. Buy this lamp only if you intend on looking at it and not actually expecting to use it.
By:Stancil (charlotte nc)
I have owned two Berenice lamps for a about three years now, a large desk lamp and a floor lamp. These lamps are used for reading and excel at this task. In fact, I am at this site to price two small wall-mounted Berenice lamps because they work so well I would like them in my bedroom.
I don't normally write product reviews. However, upon seeing the negative reviews here about the Berenice I feel compelled to add my two cents as well as some balance.
By:Phillip , Renter (Portland, OR)
It is beautifully designed-no surprise since it is Italian. I love the fact that you can choose the color glass you want and it fits into any decor
By:Diane L. , Homeowner (NYC)