Lightcycle, “a technology designed to last as a piece of furniture”

An interview with Jake Dyson about his new lamp, which features a disruptive concept of lighting.  

Created by Jake Dyson, the company founder’s son, the Lightcycle lamp is an ultra-minimalist piece of furniture which looks like a tower crane, with a horizontal removable arm that you can lower or raise or slide to adjust the light. Inside the arm lies a hidden copper tube that serves as a heat sink for the LEDs, a feature that should expand the lifespan of the lamp. “This is a light designed to last 60 years”, says Jake Dyson. The Lightcycle updates an older lamp with new tech features like one USB-C port for charging, touch controls for light intensity and temperature, plus an app, Dyson Link, for remote regulations – sadly, it only works via Bluetooth, since the lamp has no Wi-Fi connection. “We work with Amazon, Google and other Chinese companies, we intend to integrate the digital assistants”, says Jake Dyson. “For the moment we stick to Bluetooth, in the future we could make Wi-Fi ready products”.

Jake Dyson and the Lightcycle lamp

The real revolution of Lightcycle concerns wellbeing: this new lamp can match the natural light of the place where it's used. Dyson says that it's a huge benefit for health to have a continuous and coherent light both outside and inside your home or office environment. Moreover, it's even possible to replicate the light of a specific country: “Yes, you can select Sicilian light if you’re in Sweden”, Mr Dyson comments with his imperceptible smile.

Yours is quite an ambitious and groundbreaking approach to lighting.
We worked with a lot of scientists, professors and intellects specialized in areas such as sleep deprivation. The effects of light, we went quite deep in all those areas with experiments carried out on people concentration, on what happens in they’ve not slept enough. We’ve read paper after paper after paper. We’ve done a lot of research and that’s why we integrated this function.

How did you learn all these pieces of information about light, for example how it is in Sicily or in Congo or in Japan? Did you collect real data or just use algorithms?
One scientist we’ve worked with led us to a source, an organization that had collected data of atmospheric light waves in the entire world for many years. The study of the sunlight and how it has transformed into the atmosphere is essential to understand daylight.

This lamp was made to last more than one should expect.
I can’t design trendy or fashionable lights. It has to be right, right for you. I want my products to be fascinating and timeless, engineered and simple. Yes, this is a light designed to last 60 years.

That's a protracted life expectation for a piece of technology.
We engineer lights in the same way that someone designs a piece of furniture, and you don’t invest in a piece of furniture which lasts 3 years. You invest your money in furniture that you want for the rest of your life. Also, people invest in old-fashioned lights, it’s still the same light coming out of it.

I want my products to be fascinating and timeless

Did you have any particular inspiration or referral?
In the 80s and 90s designing a light was very technical. They were sculptures and in some aspects timeless. It was the best period.

What's your approach to design?
My philosophy on design is form fit function. In this product there’s nothing that doesn’t have a function, no excess of materials. It’s also timeless. Like in architecture, when a building of glass and steel becomes timeless because it’s just pure engineering.
The other important thing from a design perspective is that there’s no light shining in your face. What’s really unique about this product is that when you get into one room you’ll just see the furniture illuminated, and you can’t see where the light is coming from. The Lightcycle disappears in the room.

Do you think that people will like it?
I’ve seen children look at this lamp anywhere the world, from Japan to China to everywhere. I saw their fascination, which is important. If children are curious about it, we're doing well.

What's in your future?
More lights. We’re working on another lighting product.


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