Chameledeon LED Floor Lamp, 10,000 hrs + remote

Chameledeon illuminated

Shopping for furniture can be both rewarding and frustrating. Rewarding in that each piece of furniture added makes your home feel more personalized; frustrating because of all of the different variables and hurdles experienced while looking for that one piece to complete what you may have "envisioned". A few days ago, I took delivery of a Chameledeon LED Floor Lamp via Design Within Reach. The Chameledeon, designed by Joerg Schieber, may look like your generic tubular floor lamp but offers a little more than meets the eye.

Design Within Reach delivers a 55 in. Chameledeon

Unfortunately, the Chameledeon is somewhat difficult to get ahold of in the US. Fortunately, Design Within Reach (DWR) studios and their impeccably friendly / helpful staff make it quite easy to track down unique home pieces.

The details are not details

Offered in three different heights – 28 in., 40 in., and 55 in. – the Chameledeon arrived in a cardboard tube which was a little on the tight side. Packaged within was a translucent white shade, a heavy metal base, a 10,000 hr. LED unit, and a programmed remote control. To my dismay, the tightly packaged Chameledeon did not escape damage. The translucent shade was cracked in various places undoubtedly caused by the tightly packaged lamp having been tossed, dropped, or thrown in the back of a FedEx truck. A quick call to a local DWR studio sorted out the entire problem of the damaged shade.

One more remote to add to the collection

One of the more entertaining aspects of the lamp – on top of the touted 10,000 hr. burn life of the LED unit – is the 16 color programmable mode. With remote in hand, living room inhabitants can easily entertain themselves with the included remote changing the hue of the LED glow with 16 different colors. Additionally, the lamp can alternate between solid, strobe, or transitional color changes.

Keep this in the corner for "looks"

Although the Chameledeon may look great in a variety of different living room or bedroom settings, the reality is that the light emitted from the lamp is not quite enough to illuminate even a medium sized room (350 sq. ft.). Rather than providing ample light to work comfortably in a room after hours, the lamp merely blankets the room in a softly colored glow. Keep this lamp around when entertaining guests – lounging and talking. Keep an alternative floor lamp close at hand for true functionality.

Discuss - 17 Comments

  1. That’s a beautiful lamp. Does it fade out when you turn it off?

  2. Devin says:

    For someone (like myself) who’s totally into looks… this is great. Thanks, Derek.

  3. Glenn Wolsey says:

    It looks absolutely stunning. I really want one of these now, the remote control sounds exotic. On another note, I love your carpet!

  4. James David says:

    I love it, it looks great, how much did it set you back if you don’t mind me asking?

  5. Cool Lamp…but more importantly, that couch is awesome.

  6. Derek says:

    That’s a beautiful lamp. Does it fade out when you turn it off?

    It does fade out a bit. The light throws a very nice glow on surrounding objects.

    It looks absolutely stunning. I really want one of these now, the remote control sounds exotic. On another note, I love your carpet!

    I’m not actually a fan of the carpet. Reminds me of a corp office. If I had the option I would rather go with hardwood floors. Bamboo ergh.. faux bamboo floors.

    Cool Lamp…but more importantly, that couch is awesome.

    The couch is great. The only concern I have is my worry that the cushions may start to lose their shape sooner rather than later. I’m crossing my fingers that they don’t.

  7. Wow that’s a nice lamp. It looks kind of lonely there though =P

  8. Amber Yount says:

    How pretty! How much do they go for?

  9. Glenn Wolsey says:

    [quote comment=”50258″]How pretty! How much do they go for?[/quote]

    This one here goes for $198 currently.

  10. Ahhh.. Minimalism, it’s a beautiful thing.

  11. Derek,
    many thanks for your review of the chameledeon !
    However we as the manufacturer of this beauty have to make some exculpatory remarks about your points.
    Point one: light
    The lamp never intended to illuminate a room. chameledeon LED is for the looks – and as you will probably agree – the colors are just stunning.
    To illuminate your room with “old technique”, you will need at least the power of a 100 W incandescent bulb.
    chameledeon has a bulb with 20 times less Watts than the good old light bulb. So it would be some kind of a miracle / perpetuum mobile if this lamp would do the same as a regular bulb – even if LEDs are more efficient than the good old light bulb ! Maybe DWRs description should have point out this fact more clearly………

    If you want light to illuminate a room we sell the chameledeon with a 100 W halogene bulb…

    Please have a look at and download the pdf catalogue !
    Look for the models warmwhite “chameledeon White” and “chameledeon White XL”

    point two: cracks
    We have changed the material so no more occasional cracks should happen and besides that – we will exchange transport cracked shades without questioning…

    No offens meant!

    Joerg Schieber

  12. Derek says:

    Joerg, that’s great to hear that the material used for the tub was changed. Even greater news to hear that there is an XL version available. Regarding brightness, the term floor lamp was used to describe the Chameledeon during the purchase. I guess a more appropriate name would have been accent lighting for the model that I ordered.

  13. brian kelly says:

    Beautiful Light….
    Is this light available in the UK?
    Does anyone know if this light is selling well?

  14. bauetie says:

    Does anyone know how to program the chameledeon lamp or have the manual?

  15. Derek says:

    @bauetie Try and get in touch with the manufacturer directly. Joerg works directly with the lamps so you can probably find something helpful on their website.

  16. HP Meslin says:

    These lamps are no longer being carried by DWR. Any idea where in the US I can get them?


    HP Meslin

  17. e love says:

    I own two of these and after less than 100 hours one of the two lamps is not working properly. It will no longer turn blue. When the blue light is selected the lamp goes dark. Still works on red, green and yellow only. This is really a bummer because I love this lamp but only use it on blue since it matches all of the audio components.

    Please provide any assistance possible as I would appreciate it.