The "Bale Wires" that protect the bulb at the bottom of the fixture fail after about 2 years. They are made similar to "pot" metal. They simply break in two and fall to the ground with no contact. This has happened to half of the ones we installed. The area this problem has occurred is Seattle.
The brushed nickel fixture is made from brushed aluminum not brushed nickel (i.e. nickel-plated brass). Design Revision A were made from brass (I have two), however the new Revision C fixtures are made from aluminum. The color and quality difference is very noticable. Kichler ships the light in a stocking box without any additional protection, there is a good chance it will arrive damaged, first one did.
Slightly crooked. The horizontal support bar seems too short. My installer managed to straighten it enough to look OK but this is a quality control issue that should have been caught. I do love the style!
We are happy with the lights, but a bit concerned that they will not last a long time since they are made of a very light weight material. They look nice and do the job we wanted so we are keeping them. Only time will tell if they are sturdy enough for outside.
For my budget this exterior sconce is perfect for what I need at my house. My house is an 1855 Saltbox that requires period design and this sconce looks fantastic over my side door. I recommend this sconce for it's quality, price, and appearance.
The rain/storm season has not come here yet so I can't give a serious report regarding that issue. But the fit and style with our old farmhouse works perfectly as does what's most important, the lighting.