I treated myself to a lamp from the Philips Living Colors range last year. I’d been looking at the Living Colors range with interest for a while and was pleased to see that the prices were becoming more affordable.
As a Color Therapist I like to include some elements of Color Therapy within most of my healing sessions. Being able to color the whole room to suit the client’s needs is useful to me. I bought one of the larger models available as I didn’t want a little mood lighting, I wanted the whole room filled with light, a practical colour therapy lamp.
The Living Colors Iris Table Lamp comes with a cute little remote control so that you can dial up the color you want. The advertising spiel promises, “16 million colors to choose from,” I’m sure they wouldn’t say that unless it were technically true; personally I've found I can dial up various shades and intensities of blue, turquoise, aqua, green, gold, yellow, peach, orange, red, magenta, hot pink, violet and purple, so don’t expect to see new colours previously unknown to mankind coming from your lamp! That said there is a good range of colors and once I got used to the dial on the remote I found I could obtain the hue of my choice.
The remote control dial is a bit confusing to use at first. With a circular rainbow printed around the outside I expected that I would press the dial to part of the rainbow and then get the matching color, but it doesn’t work like that. You rotate the dial clockwise or anti-clockwise and it takes you through the color spectrum. Fortunately if you rotate it too fast and miss the color you want you can easily rotate back to it.
You dim the light by pressing the bottom of the dial, or turn the brightness back up by pressing the top. If you hold the dial down to the left you’ll get more pastel shades, hold down to the right for more intense hues. Your two favourite colors can be programmed into the remote and accessed at the push of a button. Apparently there is also a color change mode, which I have never figured out, but as I want to use specific colors it doesn't bother me.
For the full effect you will need to use your lamp in a light colored room and either use a blackout blind to screen out daylight as I do, or wait until it is dark. The ideal backdrop for your lamp would be a white wall to bounce the color off. I have very light green decor and it works fine. The smaller the room the more intense the effect will be.
The Living Colors Iris Table lamp I bought has a fixed lead going into the base and a chunky fixed plug at the other end. Reading reviews some earlier models had a detachable lead which meant you could thread the lead behind furniture and position your lamp more easily, which is worth considering, although I haven’t found this a problem.
Philips have extended their range and I can see they have added a children’s range which might work nicely as a comforting and calming light to fall asleep by perhaps? You might set a deep blue light for bedtime and a bright cheery yellow for getting up in the morning perhaps. I haven’t had any issues with my lamp getting hot, it seems to stay cool to the touch however long I use it, but I wouldn’t advise using it as a nightlight just in case.
Do be aware that this is not designed as a reading light. Although the output of my Iris model is 210 lumens you will strain your eyes if you try to use it to read by. Think of these lamps as mood lighting and an easy way to treat yourself to color therapy.
I find the oranges and yellows uplifting and a mood enhancing boost. The blues and violets are peaceful and calming. Red is energising, green balancing. I am writing this article using the golden yellow light, which is cheering on a soggy, grey day in Wales!
This is the model I chose: Philips 709996048 Living Colors Iris Table Lamp, White