Did you know, that the light you live (and work) in has a bigger impact on your health and wellbeing than the food you eat? Light is the source of life. And that is the energy behind the cause of Jake Dyson’s latest technology breakthrough with the Dyson LightCycle™ concept. A revolution that has been engineered to support the natural body clock with intelligent local daylight tracking through the Dyson App.
I met Jake Dyson at the Dyson LightCycle™ launch event in Paris recently and was fascinated by his new developed concept, but mostly by the interesting research behind:
„Before artificial light, humans organized their activities around the daylight cycle. The setting sun signaled it was time to prepare to sleep. These days we spend up to 90% of our time indoors and thanks to artificial light we can prolong our activity after sunset. But light with color and intensity at odds with natural daylight can affect the body’s production of melatonin, the hormone that signals night-time information. This can change the way we feel and function.“
Dyson’s LightCycle™ concept is the latest revolution of the brand, that focuses on futuristic technology and wellbeing. After launching its air purifier concept, this year the light is in the focus. A light concept, that is intelligently programmed by artificial intelligence algorithms and backed up by years of research.
I also spoke to Jake Dyson about the health benefits of light and light can actually affect our wellbeing and inner body clock. I then asked him, what the most beneficial light situation would be for a human being, explained in 24h.
The Dyson LightcycleTM task light has pre-set modes: Study, Relax, Precision, Boost, Wake-up, Sleep and Away. It also has manual control with slide-touch dimming and colour temperature selection that lets you define your personal light preferences. It’s possible to pre-programme and assign names for up to 20 different light settings, to suit your task or mood.
Jake Dyson says, it’s optimal to wake up with the brightest light possible such as daylight, preferably sunshine.
* In the Wake-up mode, the user can set the light to switch on at the time they like to wake up, and brighten gradually to create a more natural wake-up environment.
Over the course of the day you warm down a bit in terms of light and around midday you go into the cool light phase. Bright and cool light is the best when one has to study and focus on precise work.
* The Study mode exceeds recommended light levels for studying, while adjusting colour temperature over the day from 3,600 to 5,200 Kelvin. So you work or study under the right type of light for the time of day. The light output is adjusted according to the age entered in the Dyson Link app.
* The Precision mode helps improve visual acuity by emitting a pool of high-intensity light with a cooler (4,600 Kelvin) colour temperature. The light achieves a colour rendering index of 90Ra or over, displaying colours very close to daylight.
* The Boost mode is designed for tasks that require more brightness for a short period, delivering the light’s brightest setting for bursts of 20 minutes.
Winding down is extremely important for a healthy and good night of sleep. Which is why an orange light (such as a calming fire) is the best light before going to bed. One should never use bright light (or blue light such in phones or computers) in the evenings before going to bed, otherwise the body clock gets disrupted and the sleep won’t be as peaceful.
* The Relax mode provides light at the warmer end of the spectrum (2,900 Kelvin), with low intensity which is still bright enough for reading. The light output is adjusted according to the age entered in the Dyson Link app.
* The Sleep mode is designed for night-time use: it de-activates the light’s movement sensor so the light won’t come on if the user stirs while sleeping. It also reduces brightness and colour temperature to their lowest levels, so if the light is kept by the bedside and turned on at night, when the room is dark, disturbance is minimised.
In terms of wellbeing, the Dyson LightCycle concept is not only a benefit for focus and sleep. But it’s also designed to reduce eye strain. Even if we don’t notice it directly, low light, flicker and glare can cause eye strain and visual fatigue.
In terms of technique, the brand has been also very innovative and ahead of time. Here are 7 technically interesting facts about this fantastic concept.
* In the Dyson Link app it’s possible to set the Dyson Lightcycle task light to switch on at desired times.
7 technical facts about the Dyson LightCycle Concept
* The Dyson LightCycle task light continually adjusts its color temperature and brightness in relation to your local daylight, providing the right light for the right time of day.
* The Dyson LightcycleTM task light is available in desk and floor variants in 2 colours.
* It uses a unique time, date and location driven algorithm to calculate the colour temperature and brightness of daylight, anywhere in the world.
* Software validation was supported by data from over a million satellite based measurements of light conditions in the earth’s atmosphere at different times of day.
* In the Away mode, the light will switch on and off at set times to imitate human presence, enabling it to be used as a security light.
An ambient light sensor on board the Dyson LightcycleTM task light means that if background light suddenly changes, light output levels are adjusted automatically to keep your space at a constant brightness.
* An infrared movement sensor switches the light on when you’re near, and off once you’ve been away for two minutes, helping to save energy.
“Light matters to our wellbeing and task performance. When trying to recreate the characteristics of daylight, light quality is vital. So we developed a way to protect it for the long term.” – Jake Dyson
Copyright Photos: Nel-Olivia Waga and Dyson