Dyson’s latest lamp uses algorithms to exactly reproduce sunlight


Known for creating some of the most technically sound products in the world, Dyson has extended their signature level of engineering to lighting too with the LightCycle, a lamp that A. is designed to near perfectly mimic natural sunlight, B. has the ability to automatically adjust its lighting temperature based on ambient light or time of day, and C. last for as long as 60 years, which is practically a decade shorter than the human average life expectancy! This is Dyson’s LightCycle, and it was unveiled at Dyson’s global event today.

Research has shown that your body clock and your circadian rhythm, which help regulate your sleep, are tied to the cycles of natural light. The Dyson helps recreate that light cycle indoors. The lamp is powered by Dyson’s proprietary algorithm that mixes three cool LED lights and three warm LED lights to replicate the natural light of any GPS location on the planet during a specific time of day and year. Operated using Dyson’s LightCycle app, the lamp analyzes your GPS location and the time of the day to create a light that is unique to your exact region. The algorithm will even account for your latitude, giving you the exact frequency and color-temperature of sunlight based on the time of the year and whether you’re closer to the equator or to the poles.

The lamp can be activated using a touch-sensitive control panel right above the bulb, and even allows you to slide to dim or brighten the light (when not used in the ambient mode). A button along the bottom allows you to enter ambient mode that allows the LightCycle to change lighting temperatures based on the natural light it finds in the room. But wait, there’s more! Dyson’s lamp even comes with the ability to adjust lighting according to your age! With a function available in the app, you can get the LightCycle to adjust brightness based on your age, letting the light shine brighter for older people, and dimmer for younger people.

The lamp, with a lifespan of 60 years, features a level of engineering (or over-engineering as some may say) that is usually expected of Dyson. Designed with an ingenious heat sink mechanism to pull heat away from the LEDs so they don’t degrade, the lamp can practically last you your entire life, which means you can use the Dyson LightCycle all the way from your childhood till you’re a senior citizen… I suppose that age-based brightness feature would come in handy now.

Designer: Jake Dyson of Dyson