Dyson Lightcycle Morph. Well Designed but Pricy.

When you hear the name “Dyson” the first thing that pops into your head is vacuum cleaners. Over the years Dyson has done an amazing job of advertising and marketing their vacuums and it has paid off for them. When I hear the name “Dyson” I think of the design. Industrial design and technology to be specific. Why? Because Dyson has always done a really great job of producing not only very functional products, but beautifully designed products as well.

They are a company that truly understands how form and function do go hand in hand, much the same way Apple does. Because of this, you end up paying a premium price for something that products from other manufacturers do with equal performance, but maybe not with the same quality of design and materials that Dyson offers.

Case in point the Dyson Lightcycle Morph, a new floor and task lamp from Dyson that looks at what lighting does, and how it affects mood.

the Dyson Lightcycle Morph employs local daylight tracking to offer customized solutions that mimic natural light. The lamps are connected to the Dyson Link App, allowing for full adjustability depending on the user’s task, age, mood, and local daylight.

“Task” for focused light, “Indirect” for less intense situations, “Feature” for dramatic lighting and “Ambient” for a warm glow that is designed to mimic candle light. These are the four general light settings the lamp offers. It also offers pre-set modes called “Study,” “Relax,” “Precision,” “Boost,” “Wake-Up,” “Sleep,” and “Away.” Users are able to save up to 20 custom light settings that can be controlled by a dimmer and
color temperature selection feature.

Here’s the kicker though. The lamps cost $650.00 and $850.00 respectively. So what do you get for that? Well, the LEDs are supposed to last 60 years, which if you amortize the cost over that length of time actually is an OK value. (provided the rest of the lamp lasts that long). You also get a lamp that is made from high-quality materials, with a built-in motion sensor to help save energy, integrated USD charging built into the base, and intelligent touch-activated slide controls.

“With the Dyson Lightcycle Morph, our aim was to challenge the fundamental conventions of contemporary artificial lighting and find a solution. So we developed a light that tracks natural daylight and intelligently transforms for different uses – providing the right light, at the right time, precisely where it’s needed,”

Jake Dyson, Chief Engineer.

It’s also a beautiful object in its own right. Thoughtfully designed by the Dyson team, and while that might not factor into a lot of people buying decisions, it will have an appeal for that audience that loves good design. There are truckloads of LED lamps available on the market, but in my opinion, this shows where Dyson’s design thinking extends beyond simply creating a nice looking LED task lamp.

One thing that most people don’t think about are things like packaging and assembly. How they are an integral part of the design process and the end-user experience. The video below shows how Dyson tackled this. Both the packaging and lamp assembly are done well. The packaging not only holds the parts, but it functions as an assembly stand for the base on the task lamp. (this isn’t the case on the floor lamp and in the video, the woman assembling her $850.00 is rolling it around on the floor. I think I would have put down a cloth to prevent scratches) The lamp goes together quickly and is on and ready to explore in minutes. There is some waste in the floor lamp packaging, but that’s to be expected since the vertical shaft is almost 48 inches in length. Overall Dyson did a pretty good job with this though.

“Artificial light is still a relatively new concept for humans. If you were to shrink evolution into 24 hours, artificial light would only have existed for around seven seconds.” Because of this, human circadian rhythms are still mostly in sync with the natural rising and setting of the sun. Lightcycle Morph’s adaptability moves beyond artificial light’s typical limitations to create a more realistic and personalized lighting environment for users.

Jake Dyson, Chief Engineer.

Will I be purchasing either of these lamps from Dyson? No, I won’t. I don’t have any need for either of them at this time. That doesn’t mean I can’t admire what went into the design and construction of the Dyson Lightcycle Morph. It really is a well thought out piece of industrial design that I bet quite a few people will pick up for their home or office.


Miele Might Replace My Dyson.

I’ve been on the search for a new vacuum cleaner for a few weeks now. I had a Dyson canister, and I’m going to just say this, I had a love hate relationship with it. I love Dyson for its sucking power, I hate the canister for certain design flaws and the fact that it weighs as much as my Mini Cooper. Because of this I am actually considering another brand. Yes I know, collective gasp from the Dyson fans out there. There are other brands besides Dyson, some very good ones in fact, and instead of falling victim to the Dyson hype machine I have decided to do a little comparative shopping.

The first vacuum that I am going to look at is the Miele Olympus, Titan and Delphi canisters.  These are lightweight powerful canister style vacuums that also feature a vortex system like the Dyson. They also feature an efficient filtration system known as “AirClean”.  But this is only part of the reason why I am looking at the Miele vacuum.

While it isn’t the most stylish machine, it does offer certain features that make it appealing. Along with being powerful, and using a vortex system, the vacuum is extremely quiet. According to what I have found on the internet, it is as much as 20 percent quieter than the Dyson. Now this might not seem like a big deal, but it is when you consider I have 2 small dogs that bark like crazy at the vacuum because of the noise it makes. In addition, many of the features are seamlessly integrated into  the vacuum, including large foot switches, a 29 foot operating radius, (this means less dead weight to drag around), and an intuitive power selector that adjusts power usage on the fly based on need. One killer feature is the system’s ability to automatically switch between hardwood, and carpet. That’s right, the vacuum knows, and I don’t have to reach down and push anything like I do on the Dyson.

Like all Miele products the new series of canister vacuums are built to a 20 year life cycle, and must withstand a 1000 hour endurance test before they even begin production on them. All Miele vacuums come with a 7 year motor warranty which is another plus.

Like I mentioned before, the look of the Miele units isn’t as space age cool as the Dysons, but they are small, compact light, and streamlined.

Each S2 vacuum in the series is customized for specific home flooring needs and outfitted with the right tools to provide ultimate cleaning performance.

Entry level starts with the S2120 Olympus canister vacuum, which comes in Lotus White color and is ideal for smooth floors and some area rugs. The vacuum is priced at $350.00. This unit comes with classic combination carpet / smooth floor tool. The Olympus is designed for homes with mainly hard, smooth flooring surfaces and low pile area rugs.

Mid range is the S2120 Delphi which also comes in Lotus White and sells for $550.00. This vacuum is designated for wall-to-wall carpet cleaning. The Delphi powerful, yet gentle Electro Comfort mid-size electrobrush effectively moves and separates carpet fibers for deep cleaning wall-to-wall carpeting.   Like all Meile systems it has convenient controls within the handle which lets the user turn the rotating brush on and off to transition from carpet to smooth flooring or low pile area rugs. This vacuum is ideal for homes with mostly medium to high pile carpets.

And now the top of the line. Coming in at $650.00 and finished off in Chili Red, the all around S2120 Titan is fully loaded and comes standard with a HEPA filter. Two deluxe tools allow for all-around cleaning in just about any home environment. Titan comes with both a Parquet Floor Tool and Electro Comfort mid-size electrobrush with deluxe handle controls for convenient transitions, perfect for medium to high pile carpets, area rugs and all smooth flooring.

The new Dyson Air Multiplier

fanLargeFaceOnI own a Dyson vacuum and I love the thing. I have had it for about 5 years and it is just flawless in performance and styling. So when Dyson introduces a new product it tends to catch my attention and this is a product that I might actually use. Anyone that reads my blog and knows me, knows that I am pretty minimalist when it comes to the stuff I own and the design aesthetics of the things I put in my house. This is fan that I would use because it doesn’t look like a fan, and it meets all of the requirements… Looks cool, Dyson quality, Minimalist design, did I mention it looks cool?

Dyson actually calls this an “Air Multiplier”, and the effect is pretty amazing.

There is a 3D fan in the base of the unit forces air into the circular distributor on the top of the base  (the “loop amplifier”), this creates a jet stream that takes in air from the back and sides of the fan, and produces a constant smooth flow of air out the front. The result is  a smooth flow of air  instead of the normal choppy cyclical output of a traditional fan.  Intensity of the airflow is controllable by a dial on the side of the fan to allow you to get just the right amount of air flow. A tilting base, and oscillation allow you to customize the flow of air even more.

Now if they could just get rid of the power cord it would be perfect.