Dyson Lightcycle: A task light from the future. Dyson is known for its technology, innovation, and especially the form factor of its machines.
But that’s not all as the company is now expanding its product range that focuses more on wellness. While most of us are aware of unhealthy air and food, there are some who know that the wrong indoor lighting can also be harmful.
To combat this, Dyson has launched a task lamp – the Dyson Lightcycle, which is engineered to support your body clock with local daylight tracking. This is because Dyson’s research says that we spend 90% of our time indoors and spend most of our day in artificial light.
But artificial light with colors and intensities that contrast with natural light can affect the body’s production of melatonin, the hormone that sends signals at night. This imbalance not only affects your sleep but also the way you feel and function.
With the above-mentioned concerns in mind, Dyson’s team of engineers worked on a two-year-long development program for the Dyson Lightcycle. The result is a beautiful blend of technology and design with thorough research into the effects of indoor lighting on humans.
The Dyson Lightcycle is an expensive task light, much more engineered than many other lights that do the same job, but without the Dyson features and at a lower price. And the question is, do you really need these features?
Dyson Lightcycle Price and availability.
The Dyson Lightcycle task light is priced at Rs 39,900 in India.
It is available through Dyson’s official website, demo stores at DLF Promenade, Select City Walk in Delhi, and VR Mall in Bangalore as well as in-home demo service in Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Pune. Available for purchase.
Design of Dyson Lightcycle
A key differentiator of the Dyson Lightcycle compared to other lamps or task lights is its design. It’s a three-unit assembly, which you can either assemble yourself or wait for a demo and setup session from Dyson. We’d recommend building it yourself as it’s a simple but fun assembly that reminds you of building something from a LEGO set. Although it has only three main parts – the 360-degree rotating base, the vertical body, and the horizontal light unit.
Once set up, you’ll have a unique, minimalist table light with a mechanical look. One cannot miss the weight-based counterweight mechanism with visible springs and bearings, which gives it an industrial yet sophisticated touch. It has features that can enhance the aesthetics of any workstation.
A first glance at the Light Cycle reveals Dyson’s genes as it features high-quality construction and an unconventional design. But everything is done for a reason, as this design also allows it to be adjusted and moved to different heights and points with a light touch. It is manually adjustable to different levels. The rotating base allows for 360-degree rotation. A pulley mechanism enables you to adjust the height and the horizontally placed lighting stick slides back and forth with the help of three rotary bearings at the meeting point. But to be honest, making an angular adjustment would have added more value to that higher price.
The ease of adjusting the lighting is unparalleled, the movements are smooth, and the balance is excellent. We had a question about how long it would last, so we tested all the major parts and joints like the bearing, spring, and belt that drive the pulley. What we found was, once again, the attention to detail that Dyson puts into each of its products. The bearings are encased in a strong plastic casing with edges that run on a grooved track above and below the light stick. The spring is also held very securely so that no uneven pressure is applied, but the plastic strip that moves the light up and down needs to be checked.
As mentioned earlier, the light cycle is basically an assembly of three units. Other than the weight cap, LED head, and base cap, most of the light is made of metal with a subtle matte finish. These parts are made of strong plastic material with a glossy texture.
The lighting arm is removable with a clip. You can place it in either direction, with the 4-pin power adapter clipped into the other half of the built-in central unit. At the top is a round head with six LEDs, and touch controls for power, peak intensity, and tone. While there are three buttons below the light to set the light to auto mode, turn on the motion sensor, and turn on the sync mode, we’ll review those features later.
It is a common fact that overheating is the main cause of tonal degradation and reduced life of conventional LEDs. To combat this issue, and ensure the LED Dyson’s durability and long-term tonal balance, the same thermal cooling Heatpipe method seen on a few phones recently has been used but in a larger form factor. A copper tube is attached to the LED head in such a way that it conducts heat away from the light and transfers it to the other end where a drop of water condenses and evaporates to cool the light.
The light stick is fixed in a central unit that uses a total of six bearings, half of which support up and down, and the other three ensure horizontal back-and-forth movement. You will need to push the top bearing up a bit to fit the light and engage the power attachment clips on the mount to draw power. At the bottom, there’s a USB Type-C port that lets you charge your devices. But note that the rotational motion of the light is affected because the cable binds it to a particular point.
The third unit is the round base that connects the vertical unit and neatly hides the power cable under the base. It is heavy and very stable.
I purposely used the Dyson Light Cycle for over a month to find out how it behaves after being exposed to dust in Noida. After 40 days, the light adjustment feels as smooth as new, but it is advised to keep it free of dust.
Dyson Lightcycle Lighting and features
It might just be a lamp, but let’s not forget that Dyson has put its engineering prowess to good use with some essential features. light cycle enables you to adjust the color temperature between 2700 Kelvin and 6500 Kelvin, covering all natural lighting scenarios. Brightness can be adjusted up to 1000 lux, making it bright enough to be used as a night lamp in a large room.
These can be controlled either through the Dyson app or the capacitive touch buttons on the top of the light head. And the three buttons on the underside of the arm can be used to re-sync the light cycle to a new location, the motion sensor turns the light off when you move away from it and as soon as it detects movement. Turns on the light. The ‘Auto’ button adjusts the brightness according to the ambient light condition of the room.
However, syncing only works if you’ve paired your Dyson app with the light via Bluetooth and the phone is within range. Being one of the more expensive task lights on the market, it’s therefore fair to expect a bit of advanced Wi-Fi connectivity as Dyson puts in the fans. However, it’s not a feature you’ll miss because you rarely need to turn the light on when you’re away, and the motion sensor already turns it on when you move around.
The Dyson app gives you more control over the light cycle settings. Very basically, you can use the sliders to change the tone and intensity of the light, adapt the light to the outdoor conditions, and switch between different task modes like study, rest, and precision. You can also add custom modes as per your comfort and desire. There’s a boost mode that boosts brightness for up to 20 minutes to help you focus on a particular task.
Additionally, the app lets you set your location, and age, and set a baseline as a default light setting after sunset. Once the data is set, it is sent from the Dyson app and to the 32-bit microprocessor controlling the LEDs. Dyson’s Daylight Algorithm analyzes LEDs to deliver the correct brightness and tone of light.
The LED module is designed to deliver focused, glare-free light with high shadow quality. The reflector split has a PMMA diffusion layer on the bottom to help cut glare and throw an even light.
Does it help?
Well, that’s hard to answer. Looking at research and studies, Dyson has a point that lighting can greatly affect your biological function and sleep cycle in the long run. From what I’ve experienced, LightCycle does the best job of matching natural light.
In my experience with lighting, I can undoubtedly say that LightCycle provides very good quality lighting with perfect shade and temperature, but did it help me sleep? I can’t believe it but what I observed was that the light is less aggressive on the eyes, makes reading easier and increases focus. Its adjustable nature makes it even more effective for most tasks.
Who is it for?
The Dyson Light Cycle is task light. Unlike mood or ambient lights, task lights focus on a specific area to help complete a task. A task might be reading microchips, sculpting, drawing, or even soldering. Anything that can be done with precision, focus, and a table. The Dyson Light Cycle has it covered.
Also, if you are someone who believes in long-term investment in something that promises to improve your health, this could be a good buy. It’s a task light that Dyson says can be used by two generations.
The Dyson Lightcycle is an expensive task lamp, and that’s not surprising since Dyson products always come at a premium. But Rs 39,900 for a table light may seem strange to many, and it is not even among the most essential items. But the fact that LightCycle assures the longevity of 60 years (if used 8 hours a day) instead of 16M colors and other smart bulb features makes it a long-term investment with better/healthier returns. Is.
The quality of light and customization makes it a great option for work and winter. Day tracking has been impressive, although I haven’t seen any effect on my sleep in a month of use, my eyes felt better using LightCycle.
In the next iteration, if Dyson makes a plan, we’d like to see a movable LED head to adjust angles and support for Alexa/Google Assistant to take advantage of better voice control.
Pros and Cons of Dyson Lightcycle
- +Uniform and focused light projection
- +Smooth movements
- +Unique design
- +Day-light tracking
- +Easy customization
- –Light head can’t be adjusted for angles