The Dyson Lightcycle Is Up to the Task of Simulating Sunlight For 60 Years

03.29.19 | By
The Dyson Lightcycle Is Up to the Task of Simulating Sunlight For 60 Years

Dyson – the once British, now Singaporean post/pre-Brexit technology brand – built its reputation engineering home and personal appliances capable of creating impressively intense suction or airflow, then pairing it with muscular and colorful industrial design worthy of a Marvel feature. So no real surprise with their recent announcement unveiling a newly updated stick vacuum model and a personalized air purifying fan. But a task lamp…and one designed to simulate natural sunlight personalized in brightness and temperature according to age, activity, and location consistently for the span of 60 years?

More sedate in color and form in comparison to Dyson’s vacuums and fans, the spare industrial angularity of the Dyson Lightcycle task lamp, alongside the 80s-era sci-fi flick still makes it clear engineers rule the roost at Dyson. With function dictating form, the Dyson Lightcycle’s 3-axis arm design presents itself as an impressively adjustable task or floor lamp, both models featuring an admirable span of height adjustability and fully 360° arm. This is all in service of securely positioning three warm and three cool LEDs designed to simulate daylight color temperatures spanning 2,700-6,500 Kelvin; a 32-bit microprocessor continually interprets daylight data specific to time and location, then adjusts light according to this environmental data with the same proficiency of many smartphone screens today.

Image shows cutaway of head and horizontal arm with light volumetrics and heat dissipation technology.

The Lightcycle also factors in something never accounted by any other task light: the user’s age. Once age is inputted using the Dyson Link app, the LEDs are adjusted to help the user’s eyes. Apparently “a 65-year old person needs up to four times more light than a 20-year old.”

If this all wasn’t enough, the task lamp to rule all task lamps also features a vacuum-sealed copper tube and water droplet heat dissipation system that keeps the LEDs cool and efficient for 60 years, infrared movement sensor for energy efficiency, integrated USB charging port, a variety of pre-set modes (Study, Relax, Precision, Boost, Wake-up, Sleep, and Away), and slide-touch dimming controls.

The Dyson Lightcycle will be available in both desk and floor variants, with the option for black or white finishes, and priced at $599.99 (task) and $899.99 (floor) respectively.

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