Need help choosing chandelier/Home Depot lighting
I need to replace the ceiling fan in my living room with a chandelier. The ceiling fan does not put out enough light, and I need to move it into my bedroom since the fan in there just died and I must have it to sleep at night. I have 4 100 watt standard bulbs in the fan, which point downward.
I have found several Kichler lights that I really like with 5 or 6 lights, but I would have to order them and they are in the 350 and up range, which is really too high.
Yesterday passed through Home Depot, and noticed a 5 light chandelier that I really liked-it had the straight sided glass, brushed nickel finish and a very clean, modern style. It is made by Commercial Electric, which appears to be a HD house brand, and the best part is it's only $109!!! I realize this light may not be as good quality as the more expensive ones, but as long as it lights and looks good on the ceiling, I could care less what it's made of. I mean a light has no moving parts, it's basically wire and light sockets, what could really go wrong?
My questions are --- the chandy lights point up toward the ceiling - I have been told this lights the room much better as the light illuminates and bounces off the ceiling as opposed to downward facing lights. My other concern is the box says to use 60 watt bulbs. Is wattage the real indicator of how bright a light is? Could I get away with 100 watt bulbs anyway? Will the uplight effect compensate for the reduced wattage?
I wish I could post a pic, but these fixtures appear brand new as the store just installed the display and the lights aren't on the HD site yet. Please advise lighting experts. At that price, I could get 2 and have matching lights in the kitchen area as well. I'm just hoping the light isn't total junk--although the $30 chandy the builder put in the kitchen 8 years ago is still going strong!