I have a black one, which I've had for 18months and has been very reliable; but I much prefer this white lamp as the outer white blends into the room and only the light is seen. Easy to use from the off - Mum (mid 80's) was able to get a selection of colours and then look at the other programming options at a later date. The remote control disc is reponsive and easy to use. Lighting quality is wonderful - the intense colours make any room look contemporary. A really successful purchase!