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Compact & stylish, capable of some dramatic effects!
on 19 January 2012
I know it doesn't come with a remote and unlike it's bigger brother (which I also have) you can't dim the light or change colour saturation....but the design is compact and understated and it sits easily on a narrow shelf making it more versatile to place. It also comes with a light silver drawstring bag, like the full size version. Not sure what I'd use it for though?
It couldn't be simpler to operate, simply plug in and depress the on/off switch, to access the colour change mode you need only depress the upper half of the on/off switch for 5 secs. Colour is selected by touching the rainbow coloured ring around the on/off switch. Everything you need to know about operating this unit is summarised on the product page.
Unlike other reviewers I'm not disappointed with the brightness, it's perfect for illuminating a corner of a room....I want a feature not an entire room bathed in an otherworldly glow! If you want to make the room darker simply choose a dark, heavily saturated colour, obviously selecting a lighter colour-for example light green or blue will brighten the whole room considerably. The closer the lamp is to a wall or corner the more intense the colour and the effect will be. About one metre is optimal.
You should keep in mind that the bigger livingcolor lamp does not produce more heavily saturated colours but rather, the saturation can only be decreased which I find rather pointless as it regresses to white very quickly. Therefore, I don't think the inability to control saturation is much of a shortcoming. Similarly, dimming the bigger lamp quickly diminishes the intensity of the colour and is not as useful as you would imagine. The remote is not important if the lamp is in an easy to reach position but if you want to utilise the colour-changing mode then you can't alter the frequency with which the light changes from one colour to the next and this is a shortcoming. The default setting on the mini changes colours too quickly for my liking and is a distraction.
Like other reviewers I'm not sure where the notion of 256 colours comes from? The primary colours are red, pink, orange, yellow, mauve, light blue, teal and lime green and of those only the first three are dark, saturated colours. The others are quite pastel. The are slight variations of the colours I listed but too subtle to make a big difference.
In summary: a compact, stylish little light which fits almost anywhere is well made and easy to operate. Perfect for lighting up a corner to add ambiance to any room and capable of some quite dramatic effects! The four star rating reflects the limited range of colours despite claims by the manufacturer.