Did you know that Dyson had moved into the realm of lighting?
You can be forgiven for not realising, as neither did we until recently. But they have….and they’ve done so in style, too.
In this case, it’s Jake, the eldest son of vacuum cleaner inventor Sir James Dyson, who’s the brains behind the lighting venture. Jake studied product design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.
His first commercial product was the Motorlight™ wall light, but it’s LED technology that really captured his imagination. So in 2015, Jake Dyson lighting joined forces to become part of the main Dyson company.
Jake’s creation is in the form of the CSYS task lights. There are three lamps in the collection – the CSYSTM Desk and CSYSTM Floor, which are both freestanding, and the CSYSTM Clamp, which can be attached to a table.
The lights are all designed in a sleek, modern and minimalist manner and the technology involved is just as modern as the design.
Where some lights use springs and pivots to stay in position and even then, don’t always stay at an exact position, what makes the CSYSTM lamps unusual is that they are based on an axis glide motion. You can position the light exactly where you want it to be and it can be moved both vertically and horizontally, as well as 360 degrees around the base.
The design also involves the use of heat pipe technology. A technological process normally found in satellites is used to draw heat away from the LEDs. This helps them to cool more effectively than normal. Due to this, they claim that the lights can last for up to 154,000 hours. Impressive.
CSYS Desk light – The Fresh Design verdict
We were thrilled to be invited to review the CSYS Desk light. It arrived well packaged in a box, which included a handle on the side of it. A minor aspect, perhaps, but this makes the product much easier to carry when purchased.
The lamp involves a small element of construction before you can use it, as you have to attach the horizontal arm and add three small screws. There are very clear instructions provided and everything you need to put the pieces together.
Once constructed, it’s ready to use. The on-off button on the base responds to the lightest of touches and the light comes on immediately. It’s powered by eight LEDs which produce a warm white light.
The position of the light is very easy to adjust too. Thanks to a counterweighted element which works like gravity, the horizontal arm can be moved up or down when a tiny amount of weight is put on it – all very sleek and sophisticated. It is said to rotate around the base too, but somehow we didn’t find this movement had quite the effortless glide that everything else does.
Another good feature is the dimming facility. By holding the on-off button, you can dim the light. That’s not all though – the lamp remembers the level you’ve had it on when you last used it, so when you switch it on again it automatically comes on at the same level. Clever.
Overall, the CSYSTM Desk lamp is a great piece of modern design. It’s very industrial in style and is ideal for using on a desk, either at home or work. The base is heavily weighted, making the lamp fully stable and secure when it’s in position.
The smooth gliding action of the arm works wonderfully and adds to the distinctive style and design of the piece. It totally lives up to its expectations as a task lamp, fully meeting lighting needs with ease and grace.
The CSYS Desk lamp, and the other lamps in the range, can be purchased online from Dyson.
(Disclaimer: We were gifted a lamp for the purpose of this review, but all views and opinions are our own)1