Top 5 Best Colour Changing Mood LightsCompare the specifications of our top 5 best colour changing mood lights in our comparison table below.
Using mood lighting can create a certain ambience and bring a room to life as it adds dimension and depth without being too obtrusive. The aim is to give the room a soft glow and is more for decoration purposes rather than functioning as a light. Some of the best colour changing mood lights can make a really impressive impact with the right colour tones.
Blues and greens are usually great for creating calm and soothing moods, reds are perfect to set a romantic atmosphere and oranges and yellows are ideal to warm a room up or wake up to. LED mood lighting is more commonly manufactured these days as they are energy friendly but there are many other features to consider. This article provides a guide on how to buy a mood light and reviews some of the best colour changing mood lights by Philips.
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Most Important Features
When you’re trying to set the right atmosphere with a mood light, you don’t want to be fiddling around with the settings and getting things wrong. Choosing an unsuitable mood light can result in an undesired effect. Follow our guide on what to look for when buying colour changing mood lights to ensure you’ve got all your bases covered.
LED Light Bulbs
The best colour changing mood lights only use LED because they’re more energy efficient as it uses less, doesn’t overheat thus causing too much heat and they last a lot longer than standard light bulbs. It could be years before you even need to replace a LED light bulb provided that you invest in a good quality one. Some can be cheap but they don’t last long.
Although the initial cost of LED is expensive, it eventually leads to a good amount saved on your energy bills and of course lesser bulb replacements. They typically come in standard UK bulb fittings which aren’t hard to find as they’re usually stocked in most shops.
If you’re after a mood light that doesn’t take up much space, it’s best to go for a small size. Some of these can be tucked into a corner or on a shelf without interfering with the design of the room. A smaller size can mean a lower wattage light bulb though that’s not always the case.
Many LED mood lights tend to be operated via the mains plug but there are some that can be detached. This gives you the option to move the light wherever it’s needed without the restriction of a cable thanks to an inbuilt rechargeable battery. If this is what you’re after, be sure to check the light isn’t heavy to carry and that a full charge can last at least a few hours.
Mood lights can be controlled via a remote control, buttons on the product or a compatible app downloaded onto any smart device. In keeping up with technology, many of the best colour changing mood lights can even be connected up with other compatible products within its own brand which can then be controlled through one remote control when connected or through a smart device.
Having on product control may prove to be easier for someone who isn’t tech savvy. However, if your home is set up as a smarthome, you may benefit from getting a mood light that connects up to other products.
Unlike common lights, mood lights will have a dimmer or brightness function to enable you to choose the right amount of light to provide the right glow for your desired atmosphere.
In addition to the dimmer feature, having the option to choose the intensity of your desired colour can help to create the mood you’re after. A colour that’s too intense can create harsher shadows on the walls whereas the same colour that’s less intense can create a more relaxed mood.
Special Light Effects
Getting LED mood lighting right can be made easy when a mood light is installed with special light effects. These can provide the right light to help you concentrate on whatever the task is at hand, blend the mood light colour in with your walls or give a soft and natural wake up experience with increasing colour intensity.
Number of Colours Available
Not referring to what colour design the mood light comes in but instead refers to the amount of colour lighting the mood light has to offer. If you intend to use it for a number of different occasions and events then it’s worth investing in one that has a wide range of colours.
Some Philips mood lights will have millions of colours in all sorts of shades from pastels to neon. If you’re someone who enjoys a rainbow spectrum of colours, look for a mood light that has the option to cycle through its entire catalogue of colours. However, if you’re just after a few choice colours, you’re better off choosing one with a smaller amount.
Storing Favourite Colour Scenes
With more colour choice, it can be hard to remember which shade and intensity of blue, green or yellow you liked best. Mood lights that have more colour options will usually have a couple of buttons that enables you to set and store your favourites so it can be brought back to life at the touch of a button.
Our 5 Best Colour Changing Mood Lights Reviewed
1. Philips Living Colours Iris
- Has up to 16 million different colours to choose from on a dial ranging from intense to pastel colours.
- Includes remote control to give you easy control over colour selection, brightness and speed of colour change.
- Automatic Changing Mode allows for a more colourful spectrum.
- Can be linked to other Philips LivingAmbiance products via Smartlink using just one remote control.
- Special diffused light effect that blends mood lighting in with your home interior design.
Light up your home to suit your mood from one of the 16 million colour choices available with the Philips LivingColours Iris mood light which is easy to do with the rotating colour wheel on the remote control. Using an integrated LED light, it has a light output of 210 lumen/10 watts which is the highest out of the Philips LivingColours mood light range. It operates with a fixed 1.8m power cable so it won’t cut out during use.
Although the mood light can get quite bright with the brightest colour, it’s not enough to use as the main source of light. With an adjustable colour intensity and dimmable feature, it’s easy to get the right colour and brightness to create the atmosphere you want without looking like a harsh spotlight thanks to the special diffused light effect. Favourite colours can be saved by holding down the one or two dotted button which will store a favourite in each one.
For a more colourful changing mood light display, this LED mood light can be set to automatically change with a twist of the 360 degree dial and pressing the ‘I’. Easy to use with lots of colours to choose from, you can create any desired setting. Having the option to link it to other Philips LivingAmbiance products is a plus to reduce the number of remote controls used and if your home is set up as a Smarthome, this can even be linked up to it too.
2. Philips Hue Go
- Can be detached from the mains and used as a portable mood light to be placed anywhere to set the right lighting mood
- Lightweight and compact size for easy portability
- Controllable from any iOS or Android device or from the smart control settings on the light
- Wide range of different light effects to choose from to create the perfect lighting experience
Operated via the mains, the Philips Hue Go can be used to colour your room with any of the 16 million colours. Unplugged, it works as a portable light that can be used to set the mood wherever you fancy thanks to the rechargeable internal battery. With a full charge after 1.5 hours, it can last up to 3 hours. With the 300 lumen light output, you can create any desired atmosphere using any of the special light effects which are:
- Five natural dynamic light effects – Choose from cozy candle, sunday coffee, meditation, enchanted forest and night adventure. All have an unique blend of colours to suit calm moments or for romantic events.
- Immersive entertainment light – Special light is used to create the perfect gaming experience and when it’s synced to music.
- Energising light – Provides cool and lively light for positivity.
- Concentrate light – A bright white light is used to help you focus on your work.
- Reading light – A warm white light gives the correct lighting to book pages or e-book readers to prevent you from overstraining your eyes.
- Relaxing light – Creates a calm and soothing atmosphere with a soft glow of warm white light.
- Increasing light intensity – Provides the perfect natural wake up experience by mimicking the gradual light effects of sunrise.
This Philips mood light can be controlled wirelessly via any Smart device with the Philips Hue app or any other compatible app developed for Hue. With this, you can set timers, reminders, alarms and sync to your entertainment devices. Alternatively, the smart control on the mood light itself can be used.
Easy to use with a bright light and a portable option, this is one of Philips best colour changing mood lights. With the option to connect to the Philips Hue Bridge, you can broaden your Hue ecosystem and control everything from your smart device too.
3. Philips Living Colours Aura
- Colour choice of up to 16 million colours so you can choose the best one to suit the occasion
- Easy to use remote control with colour wheel to adjust colour intensity, brightness and an automatic colour changing mode
- Saves energy with the use of LED light which also lasts longer
- Favourite buttons to store 2 of your favourite lighting colours
Similar to the Philips LivingColours Iris mood light, the Philips LivingColours Aura Changing Mood Light also has many of the same features including the 16 million colour choices, elegant diffused light effect, remote control with colour wheel and automatic colour changing mode. The difference is that this has a light output of 120 lumen/8 watts which gives a more subtle light to the room.
Its compact size enables it to fit nicely on bookshelves or on desktops without looking bulky thanks to its cone shaped sleek design. Overall, it’s a good price for a LED light that gives a soft glow for the perfect mood lighting ideal for anyone who prefers softer lighting.
4. Philips Living Colours Micro
- Choose any of the 64 colours to set a relaxing or romantic atmosphere
- On-product touch control enables you to swipe and touch to select the desired colour
- Can be set to automatically cycle through the colour spectrum so you can enjoy a variety of colour LED mood lighting
- Small size makes it easy to fit into any corner without clashing with your home decor
The small and lightweight Philips LivingColours Micro mood light is the perfect size to fit in anywhere to provide the right glow. Using a LED bulb, it gives a light output of 50 lumen/5 watts to create a low mood lighting atmosphere that gently blends in with your home interior. Think of how the glow is with a few lit candles, that’s the amount of brightness that can be created.
Although there isn’t as much colour choice compared to the big Philips mood lights, there’s still a generous number of 64 different colours to choose from. You could go from warming shades of yellow to soothing blue tones for calmer moments. Colours can be chosen with a swipe of the touch colour strip on the mood light itself which is pretty accurate on the touch and not overly touch sensitive.
Compact with enough brightness to set a relaxing atmosphere, this mood light is perfect for the price. Its size is ideal for small rooms and the lighting is great for anyone who is after a non-intrusive background light.
5. Philips Living Colours Mini
- Small size enables it to be placed anywhere whether it’s on a side table or on the shelf without intruding on your space
- Colour lighting blends in with interiors to give a low-key feel to the room
- Has 256 colours to choose from with a swipe of the on product touch control
- Colours can be automatically set to loop through its spectrum
Although not as small as the previous Philips mood light, the Philips LivingColours Mini is still quite compact for its size and can be placed on any shelf to decorate the room. With the 70 lumen/5 watts light output, it gives a soft glow to highlight a feature of the room or to create a certain atmosphere with any of the 256 colours. However, it’s not bright enough to read by unless it’s focused close to the book.
Like most of the LED mood lighting from Philips, this one can be set to automatically scroll through the colours which is at a nice even pace to give a fun yet relaxed ambience. This can easily be done by holding the button down for a few seconds. Selecting a specific colour is simple with a swipe or touch of the colour bar on the product.
This mood light isn’t as bright as some of the best colour changing mood lights from Philips but its gentle glow is enough to create the perfect ambience for an intimate night in or to light up a dark corner.