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A Clever Way to Help Change the Look and Feel of a Room Through Lighting
on 29 March 2015
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.
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