“ Brand: TAO Design / Type: Table lamp „
Though I say it myself I've been on a bit of a "spotting bargain buy" roll of late - case in point this light which I really love and which in real life looks much more stylish than it does in the photo above. It's a colour changing light with a remote control for which I paid £29.99 at Clas Ohlson - at time of writing it's available in store and online for that price, or the bulb and remote can be purchased for £24.99 to be used in any existing lamp you might own. This particular lamp is made of frosted white glass, and is about 20cm of diameter and the finish of it is very good, it looks like an expensive item, even though it isn't. The opening has a slight tilt on it, which gives it a simple and contemporary look and means it doesn't look too much like a goldfish bowl. It has a generous 2 metre cord on which there is an on/off switch, or the bulb can be operated by the small remote control. It comes with very basic instructions, but to be honest this isn't an issue as it literally is a case of getting it out of the box, plugging in (British plug pre-fitted) and switching it on.
According to the manufacturers (Tao Design) the bulb has 768 different colours, which in effect are just different shades of the ones on the remote control which go through the spectrum from yellows to reds, greens and purples. You can also have the light on plain white - though why you would want to with so much choice I don't know! The light sheds a fair bit of light and you can also have 5 different levels of luminosity depending on your mood and the time of day, from gentle glow to bright enough to read by. It's a 5W RGB bulb, so low on electricity consumption and never hot to the touch. This makes it idea for the playroom in which I have it installed, it sheds plenty of light on the kids' desk and is a real feature due to the colour change feature.
What I really like is that you can set the light to automatic so that it will go through a whole range of colours, manually select 15 colours +white or press S if there is a particular colour out of those on offer that you would like to be able to keep for a while. In automatic mode the light changes shade every 10 seconds or so, staying at the level of brightness to which you have set it - watching it is very relaxing and mesmerising at the same time.
The remote seems to be fairly well made with blister touch buttons and works seamlessly, and has a fairly good range, I've tried it out from a few metres away and it still works, though it is out of range from somewhere in the middle of my hall. It takes CR2025 batteries which will, no doubt prove expensive to replace, as will the bulb, but as the bulb has in theory 30000 light hours (the average life of a TV according to my gadget obsessed husband) it should be a while before I have to worry about this. In the meantime we all love the lamp which has really brought the design of our newly re-furbished room together and has been a great finishing touch, it gets used every day and everyone who has seen it has asked where I bought it. I had been long hankering after a light of this type having read favourable reviews of Phillips lights, but I'm delighted I chose this one which is both excellent value and a great design in my opinion. The only possible downside I can think of to this lamp is that it is made of glass so in theory breakable, and the bulb will be expensive to replace. For the price I paid though I'm thrilled with it and it's definitely a five star item that I am happy to recommend.
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