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Philips LivingColors Generation 2 + Mini - Video Test 4.MOV

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Published on Sep 2, 2010

"Color your world with light. Bright sunshine yellow when it's grey outside with the second version of LivingColors. A pale leaf-green to relax you. Touch the color ring and LivingColors lights up your world in any shade you choose, from soothing pastel shades to rich, intense colors or sit back and enjoy the adjustable pace of the automatic color changing mode. Simply adjust to follow your mood and enjoy. LivingColors Generation 2 provides 50% more light to bathe your home and express your mood in mor eintense colored light. You can now also create white light with LivingColors. Now you can explore light in ways you never thought possible, at any moment, for every mood, in every color. "

"The Philips 818564 LivingColors Mini LED lamp is an innovative mood setter with the capability to project 256 different color combinations. Change colors quickly and easily to create the unique atmosphere that fits a particular moment. The intuitive color wheel control allows you to pick the color you want with a single touch--there's also an automatic color-changing mode."

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"De-lightful for enhancing productivity flow, but should be brighter!"

Earlier, I purchased a Multi-Color E27 LED Light bulb w/ Remote ( http://amzn.to/dvtDfz ) from Amazon and have greatly enjoyed it, but craved more — it simply didn't shine enough. My creative play-work demands being "in the flow" and mood lighting augments my output superbly, giving a real cinematic feel to even routine tasks like email. Before, I thought playing epic trailer music while pressing Reply would be enough, but clearly, I hadn't experienced mood lights.

Months ago, I read reviews of LivingColors and am surprised they still seem very rare Stateside (compared to earlier availability in Europe). A curiosity rather than a commercial phenomenon. While part of this may be due to cost, we each weigh our own priorities, right? Still, I hope for widespread adoption of these colors which feel alive, not unlike how every house has common lightbulbs. Since I already had such a good experience with limited mood lighting, I became intent on expanding my palette.

My ownership has only been several (intense) days, but what I tentatively conclude so far is: like cats, having only one LivingColors feels terribly lonely. Even the full-size Philips 69143/60/48 LivingColors Generation 2 Translucent Changing LED Lamp with Remote ( http://amzn.to/cBmto4 ) isn't enough to really light up my workspace at night, and the dynamics of contrast with another color adds so much value and spice. So, I also have a Philips 818564 LivingColors Mini Changing LED Lamp, White ( http://amzn.to/cewl5c ) (I actually got it first, since the Gen 2 wasn't in stock). With the two of them combined, as you can clearly see in this video, there's a lot of joy to be had.

A future feature I'd add is the ability to program custom lighting sequences. Is an iPhone app for this too much to ask? It'd be a natural extension of the current color cycling option, which smoothly cycles through the spectrum on both the Gen 2 and the Mini, and whose speed can be changed, but you can't limit the range or trigger events more specifically. This would open up possibilities to sync to binaural beats and other synesthesiac promises, fulfilling Philips' advertising of really setting the tone in your home. (Or elsewhere.)

There are a few niggles I have as shown in the video, but my chief constructive criticism is I wish these puppies were brighter. While they certainly overwhelm my webcam, as other pictures I've taken show, there's plenty of darkness to encroach upon.

LED mood lighting in the home still feels like it's an infancy — not that we'd ever advance into a hippy-dippy psychedelia portrayed in so many 60s trip movies — but I'd still consider LivingColors for enthusiasts and early adopters like myself, who consider it an important part of your daily life due to your eclectic proclivities, and not just a casual interest. I just hope they don't burn out on me anytime soon.

Here's looking to a brighter future with Gen 3!

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