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112 of 118 people found the following review helpful
Colour: BlackVine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
Unlike previous versions the livingcolors iris has a fixed power lead, approx. 1.8m long, terminated in a UK power adapter. A basic Quick Start Guide is supplied, with the full manual being available on the Philips website.
Light output is given as 210 lumens which, I think, is roughly equivalent to a 25W incandescent bulb. The unit is supplied with a circular remote control which controls the on-off, colour, brightness and intensity (saturation); there are also 2 favourite preset buttons which can be used to set a colour, brightness and intensity.
A white light is available by reducing the intensity (saturation). There is an option for an automatic colour change and you can vary the speed of the change by rotating the colour wheel, according to Philips there are 20 steps; because there is a slow colour change it is hard to say how long the lamp stays on one colour but at the slowest it appears to be several minutes.
According to Philips you can link several livingcolor iris units to one remote control and also link remote control units together.
In the video I've tried to show some of the features. It is well made and comes with a 2 year warranty.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This "mood light" is a nice finishing touch to a room in your home, cheaper than changing the wall paper or applying a new colour of paint to the walls. It's basically a multi-coloured lamp which you operate with a remote control device, and which enables you to select between lots of different colour options and shades.
The product is made of robust feeling, lightweight, hard plastics. It has a see through base whilst the head of the lamp is a fridge door creamy white. The circular shaped lamp has a diameter of approximately 7 inches (17.5 cms), and at its tallest point is just under 8 inches (18.5 cms) high. The lamp has a socket plug with a lead built into the body of the lamp (I don't know why manufacturers still insist on doing this, it's much better if the lead simply plugs in and out of the device, it gives you more options for where to position the lamp). The lead is 66 inches (165 cms) long, which is a reasonable length.
The circular shaped remote control takes two triple AAA sized batteries (which are included with the product). The remote control is made of lightweight, hard plastics and has a diameter of about 3 inches (8 cms). The remote control has an on-off button combined with a rotary control dial. If you press the top and bottom of the dial, that increases or decreases the brightness of the light. If you press the dial at 3 o'clock or 9 o'clock, that increases or decreases the saturation of the light. You turn the rotary dial clockwise to go through the different colours, the colours and shades change as you rotate the dial. You can save two favourites, which you select with two push buttons on the remote control. I think that this is far too limiting, why not have 5 or 10 or 25 different favourite colours and shades which you can save? If you've rotated the dial through dozens of turns to get to exactly the colour and shade that you want, but you've saved two favourite colours and shades already, you either have to change one of the two existing favourites, or scroll back through the colour choices to get back to that third favourite the next time that you want it. Phillips would have made this device far more flexible and enjoyable to use, if the remote control had been more like a Sky or TV remote, with space for perhaps 10 or more favourites push buttons.
Phillips confidently assert that this device can give you 16 million different colours/shades, but you get only TWO favourites to save. Go figure. Furthermore, I'm really quite dubious about the manufacturer's bold claim of 16 million colours and shades. You certainly get red, yellow, green, blue, purple and orange, and lots of different shades of those colours, but I wanted a brown or gold (purely out of idle curiosity) and I couldn't find them. 16 million colours and shades, allegedly, but no brown or gold? Hmmm. So, you get a limit of only two favourites, and some certain very common colours missing. I'm extremely doubtful that I could reach 1600 different colours (or even 160), never mind 16 million. For Philips to assert that this product has 16 million colours, would be on a par with BMW telling you that the latest Mini can break the speed of sound. It's complete hogwash and big household name manufacturers really shouldn't be allowed to get away with this sort of cynical marketing ploy.
It's a shame, because apart from those drawbacks (which are pretty significant ones), this gadget is a simple and practical way to alter the look and feel of a room through the use of light. Recommended, as a 3 star gadget, but subject to the above mentioned reservations.
The product comes with a pictorial rather than a written user guide leaflet, which frankly isn't that user friendly, I found it much easier just to "plug 'n play" with this gadget until I figured out how to use it.
Thank you for taking the time to read this review.
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73 of 82 people found the following review helpful
on 8 December 2012
I've a number of living colour devices and I've recently added a Gen 3 Iris lamp. The Gen 3 device feels cheaper.

The power adapter is wired in. this makes it impossible to thread the cable through a wall conduit or a hole in cabinet/desk, unlike the gen 2 in which the power adapter connected via a plug on the bottom of the device. This is a real cheap move by Phillips. I personally detest fixed power cables.. scrimping on a plug and socket is just rude!

The remote control feels cheap compared to the gen2 round control.

Gen 3 round control: 2 pre-sets only, colour is set via turning mechnical wheel to cycle though colours, cannot control lamps individually
Gen 2 round control: 3 pre-sets, colour can be set instantly by touching the selected colour, can control all or individual lamps.

The gen 2 round control will control this gen 3 lamp as well, so its not a problem if you already have a gen 2 device but its a bit of a let down if you only have gen 3 devices.. not being able to set colours individually from a single remote is a bit lame.
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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful
Colour: BlackVine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
I wanted this lamp to provide backlighting behind a TV (in a dimly-lit room a backlit TV can apparently reduce eye strain), but I wasn't sure if it would work. Nowhere in Philips's tech specs did it mention how the remote operated; i.e. was it via infrared? If it was, the TV would block the remote's signal, stymieing the idea altogether. Fortunately, the remote operates using either Bluetooth or RF, so it works just fine without the lamp needing to be in a clear line of sight of it.

The remote can be a bit confusing at first. The colours are arranged in a ring around a dial. Intuitively, you'd think that turning the dial to the colour you want is all you need to do, but this results in hardly any change in colour at all. This is because it requires many 360° turns of the dial in order to cycle through the colours. The ring of colours on the remote should be viewed as an indicator of the order in which the colours change, not as an indicator of where you need to turn the dial. Once you understand this it's plain sailing, although it did confuse me at first (to the point where I thought the lamp was defective).

In operation, this is one cool device - literally. It doesn't get warm no matter how long you have it on. It's equally cool how easily you can change the colour, brightness and saturation of the light, store your favourite settings, or set it to automatically cycle through all of the available colours. The base of the device is a circle "cut out" of the lamp's semi-spherical shape, making it better suited to placement on a flat surface rather than carpet. This is hardly a deal-breaker though: if you want to place it on carpet just find something flat to place it on (a decent-sized coaster would do; the lamp's footprint really is very small).

This lamp is an excellent choice for backlighting a TV (the effect is quite stunning, even in daylight), or for providing a dash of mood-altering coloured light anywhere else.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 18 January 2013
I've had a Living Colours lamp for several years . This was bought as a second lamp in the lounge to provide a complimentary (or contrast) light in a different corner. It works well, casting a bright light over a broad area from a short distance - perfect for hiding behind a sofa and shining across a wall. The range of colours is staggering. It's probably safe to say that you'll struggle to achieve exactly the same colour twice without saving it in the remote as a favourite!

The styling is fairly typical, a clear plastic case shows the cone that holds all of the brains. It's not possible to change the angle of the lamp, the flat-spot on the base means it's always going to face the same angle up a wall, but this angle does seem fairly well considered and I've not found need to position it differently.

The colour of the lamp is controlled by a remote. A circular gadget with a click wheel and a colour dial. Spin the click wheel and the lamp will cycle through all of the various colours shown on the dial. This is where I feel the remote lets it down. Older version had a touch-sensitive colour wheel (like the old circular dial on a iPod) which allowed you to jump immediately to the colour you wanted or cycle through the colours by swiping your finger around the dial. The new remote will only allow you to change colour by cycling through the whole range so if you're on "red" and want to go to "green" you've got to get there via several complete revolutions of the dial and through either yellow or blue. It's not all bad though, the new dial does make it easier to adjust brightness or colour saturation by giving a much more positive response to button presses. And the new remote support a colour cycle mode which will activate a continuous, phased cycling through all of the colours. I thought this colour cycle mode would be a significant attraction - in practice it's awkward to activate and it cycles too fast with no obvious way to adjust the speed, so I fond myself not using it.

In summary, it's the same great lamp that can create wonderful hues of colour that can transform a room, but the remote is a little "clunky".
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Colour: BlackVine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
This is quite a large unit (think goldfish bowl size) but is fairly light and just about fitted onto my window sill. The power lead is plenty long enough for my use. Design is so so in my opinion, it is basically a standalone spotlight but at a fixed angle.

It took a little bit of time to get used to the remote control as it's hardly speedy to change colours but it easy to store your (two) favourites and change the brightness/intensity. It does not need to be directly in the line of site which is just as well as mine now lurks behind the TV. I changed the sickly green to a deep red but keep on having to remember to switch it off when I go to bed to prevent drunken sailors coming to my door.

My overall impression of this item is luke warm to be honest, it may very well be capable of 16 million colours however not many of them are that nice and by the time you've faffed around trying to find one you like, the mood has often passed! The randomizer moves a bit too fast so can be off-putting if watching TV at the same time too.

To improve this item I would have liked a slightly smaller more aesthetic design, more favourites and the ability to change the angle too.

** Update - I've definitely warmed to this item after several months use so have upped my rating to four stars **
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 31 December 2012
Background:
There's a LivingColours Gen 1 Bloom in the house
Received Philips LivingColors Gen 3 LC Iris Black 70999/30/PU Colour Changing Mood Lamp with Remote Control for christmas this year.

So, a quick comparison with the Gen 3 Iris to the Gen 1 Bloom.

Iris is brighter than the Bloom; noticably and I would recommend the Iris unless there is a space constraint because it offers a much richer mood experience in your room.
The Gen 1 came with a better remote than the Gen 3. The Gen 1 remote was/is touch sensitive and had 3 memory slots for pre-sets as well as the option to add more lights to the remote to control; the Gen 3 remote has a wheel to turn to select colour (so not as quick or easy to select desired colour in a hurry) and only 2 pre-sets with physical buttons.

The Iris is very light; so can sit on top of a lot of things. It is bright enough to place in a room and act as a bright desk lamp; I use mine in my bedroom for now and it has replaced my old desk lamp; I have a preset where it is brightest with no colour for waking up in the morning it lights my room quite well and the remote means I can operate it from bed when my alarm goes off. The other preset I have is to mimic the old desk lamp I have so an orange-yellow colour with only slight saturation to replicate an incandescent bulb and set to about 50% brightness.

The mood lighting / colour saturated lighting of this product works well against white or light coloured walls / ceilings and not so great against dark or heavy coloured walls. But that's physics 101; a red light on a deep blue wall will make the wall just look black. Blue light on a red wall wont make the wall look purple; black again. We have a peachy-yellow coloured wall that works alright so a light coloured wall seems fine.

Power consumption is low so is energy saving. Durability : if the Gen 1 bloom is anything to go by then it will last and last and last. The Gen 1 bloom is still on it's first set of batteries for the remote.

Problems:
2 pre-sets is one too few for me but not too bad.
The remote can get interference from 2.4GHz (Common wifi and wireless phone) band if there is heavy traffic nearby; placing the light near a wifi router is a bad idea because, whilst the light will work, the remote will fail to operate the light unless you hold it very close. Not as bad on Gen 3 but noticeable since it's next to my laptop with my laptop's wifi on max and doing downloads you can get some failed clicks at 2m range; but normally pressing again it registers.
Power cable: It's not as long as I'd hoped; I think it's 1m which is long enough for some I guess.
Power adapter: It's bulky. I'm used to Apple products like an iPhone charger which is so slim that it's smaller than a regular plug; but this is like one of the old Nokia chargers and can't be used on my 4 way splitter (the all in one plug kind not the extension cable kind) as it will block the next socket along; plugging into a normal extension cable or socket should be fine, however.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 28 September 2013
The design is nice.
It works seamlessly.
And it is dead silent! (in comparison with the 'whining' Gen 2).
My downfalls are:
1. The purple colour is almost not there. It is WEAK! For example, when you scroll to red, it is bright and dense. When you continue to blue, same thing. But when you get to purple? It becomes SOOO pale, almost as though you played with the hue/saturation making it a pastel-ish colour (mixed with white) even though you do nothing on the remote and you are just scrolling through the colours. On the Gen2, the colours are better, denser, clearer, even the purple is amazing on the Gen2, as well as all the cyan, red, etc...
2. In terms of design & size? I prefer the Gen 2 as the bowl was bigger and there was no white strip of plastic at the top, so the Gen 2 was completely transparent. On the other hand this one is completely silent and no sound what so ever. Oh the remote is NOT as cool as the Gen 2 because with this one, you need to scroll to get a colour whereas with the Gen 2 SmartLink remote, you simply touch the colour and it works, AS WELL AS scrolling.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 March 2015
The kids loved it at Halloween. Put it by the front door and got quite a few of them commenting on it. My son loved it so much I bought him one of his own. I can't quite see how it has 16 million colours though - either that or I haven't got the hang of the remote control yet!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Colour: BlackVine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
Some while ago we obtained our first Philips Living Colour Light, the Philips LivingColors Colour Changing Mood Lamp, with Remote Control, which we have always enjoyed very much. So it was that my family and I were keen to get the latest and updated version.

This new model seems essentially the same as regards the lighting capabilities, although the light output is 210 Lumens rather than the 120 of the earlier model, and there is to my mind little to choose between them. The glass of the football sized housing is perhaps a little lighter in weight and now sports a black band around the top but the main difference lies in the handset and the level of control it offers.

That said, the poorly designed User Guide, consisting as it does of one sheet of hard to read and ambiguous pictograms, make it very hard to fathom out exactly what it does. The old machine allowed a vast number of colours to be selected as well as scrolling seamlessly between them. Again as with the old model the remote control uses radio and so does not need line of sight to the lighting unit to function. In addition new handset also offers the ability to remember and instantly jump to two saved colours and sports a new design with a more positive physical control wheel with clicking progress indication and on/off function.

This is an attractive and stylish lighting unit that will add atmosphere to any room with a powerful light output that works best when angled against a plain wall.

The Good
Striking lighting effects can be achieved
One remote can be used to control multiple linked lights
Higher light output than earlier models
RF remote control

The Bad
User guide is hard to follow
Use of the remote control is non intuitive
Expensive
Positioning the top heavy light can be difficult on certain surfaces
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