I bought this as a Xmas present for the Mrs as she'd wanted one for ages. Couldn't wait for the 25th so we set it up. I am really impressed with the design quality of it; unlike a lot of lights it actually looks fantastic, and better than in the picture. Certainly something you'd be happy to have in your main room.
The Living Colours Gen2 light is about the size of a goldfish bowl and this model is made of clear plastic (I actually thought it was glass) although you can get one with a darkened outside Philips LivingColors Gen 2 69171/30/PU Colour Changing Mood Lamp with Remote Control, Black
. The light needs to be placed near a wall socket for its power cable, this isn't shown in the product picture.
Firstly, and most importantly, the light produced is really quite beautiful and can be changed in multiple ways to suit individual taste. When set to produce a white or yellow light it's probably comparable to an 11W energy saving bulb (50W incandescent). It only uses 15W maximum so it's also energy efficient due to its LED light source.
The light can be controlled by a wireless remote control that is an elegant circular design, with an internal ring showing the full spectrum of colours. Selecting the colour simply involves touching the colour you want on the remote. You can also control the brightness and saturation. If you decrease the saturation it becomes white light and you can read with it (or with the brighter yellows). However it's not meant as a reading light as the beam is angled diagonally upward to hit a wall or corner.
The remote control can also be used to turn the light on or off. Note that the remote is powered by 3 replaceable AAA batteries.
The light can also be programmed to change colour at a reasonable rate or almost imperceptibly. I quite like to set it on the slow change setting.
I have ours set up in the corner of our living room and it's great to turn off other lights when watching DVDs or TV as you don't get any annoying light on the screen but you can still see clearly.
I highly recommend this light if you want to add some mood lighting to your room. Best of all you can buy others and they can all be controlled simultaneously from the one remote. I am seriously considering this.
One final plus point the bulbs are LEDs, I design electronic equipment for a living and we specify our LEDs for 20 years plus. Therefore you should never have to worry about the bulb giving up. Phillips knows their stuff in this regard.
Beautiful light source
Reasonably bright (much brighter than similar products I've seen)
Quiet (no humming of any kind)
Immensely controllable via remote