It's all about the right light

Lightcycle. Freestanding, for any task. Intelligent adaptation to local daylight.

Don’t expect another smart bulb though, Dyson is starting things off with a high-end, high-design task lamp called the Lightcycle.

The Lightcycle is basically three parts: a surprisingly hefty base, a vertical component, and a horizontal arm. The horizontal piece is counterbalanced so it can slide up and down when the slightest weight is applied.

The secret — what makes those projected 60 years of operation possible — is a heatpipe in the arm. In fact, it’s basically one big, aluminum-clad heatpipe. This pipe pulls the heat away from the eight LEDs, keeping their temperature down during prolonged usage. LEDs don’t burn out like incandescent bulbs do, rather they die slowly over time, gradually losing brightness. The hotter they run, the faster they burn out, so without the heatpipe this lamp might be good for 3.7 years instead of 60.

In January I attended the launch in London and one of Jake’s statement was - “I’ve had one or two or the world’s biggest lighting companies come up and say to me, ‘Why are you bothering to make a light that lasts more than seven years?’” Dyson remembers. “And I’d turn around and say, ‘Why aren’t you?’” 

Furthermore he talked about how the right light can positively affect our lives. The lights in your home at the office can make a difference to the way you feel and can even affect your health. We spend up to 90% of our time indoors. Yet poor lighting can affect our eyes and our task performance.  

Not all colors of light have the same effect. Blue wavelengths—which are beneficial during daylight hours because they boost attention, reaction times, and mood—seem to be the most disruptive at night. And the proliferation of electronics with screens, as well as energy-efficient lighting, is increasing our exposure to blue wavelengths, especially after sundown.

Don’t worry, Dyson created an app - so you can choose different tasks and your Lightcycle will automatically adjust the light perfectly for you. 

Get your Lightcycle here.

Sandra Rodrigues Pinto