Review of the Dyson Solarcycle Morph Desk: an eye-catching light intended to last 60 years

Review of the Dyson Solarcycle Morph Desk: an eye-catching light intended to last 60 years

If you can afford it, this smart light showcase is fantastic.

A real show-stopper is the Dyson Solarcycle Morph Desk lamp! Since there isn’t really anything like it available right now on the market, I want to give it a perfect score. It has a lot going for it, from imitating the colours of sunshine as the day goes on to sensing movements and turning on automatically. Notably, Dyson says you should have the light for up to 60 years. But the major reason I’ve deducted a mark is that I can’t seem to justify its price.

Pros
+ Beautiful layout
+60-year life of LEDs
+ Vast feature set
+ The motion sensor is helpful.
Cons:
-Motion sensors may occasionally irritate
-Big, weighty foundation
– Exorbitant cost

A SHORT SUMMARY OF THE DYSON SOLARCYCLE MORPH DESK

A more advanced version of the Lightcycle Morph, which has been around for a while in some countries, is the Dyson Solarcycle Morph Desk lamp. The Solarcycle Morph is available in two variants, a desk lamp and a floor light, just like the Lightcycle. I was sent the desk version for this evaluation, which is the only model that is currently accessible in Australia, where my base is.

In comparison to the Lightcycle, the updated model has a sleeker design that moves away from an industrial aesthetic and towards what I consider to be a showpiece, especially in its Ambient mode where light diffuses through a perforated stand.

The Solarcycle Morph has three other modes besides Ambient: Task (which is a concentrated white light), Indirect (which is a warm light directed upward), and Feature (which is a spotlight for beautiful items in your home). As you may have expected, you can control the light temperature and have the option to have the lamp track daylight to replicate the colours of the sun inside your house. Thus, it might even serve as your morning wake-up call.

You’ve undoubtedly noticed from the various settings that the lamp can be adjusted to various angles. The jointed arm and the stand as a whole both rotate 360 degrees on their bases, allowing the optical head to point in an incredibly wide range of directions.

Its other standout features include an auto-brightness feature that adjusts to the surrounding light and a motion sensor that can detect movement from up to a foot away. In addition, the bulb enters standby mode if there is no motion detected for five minutes. In order to provide the idea that someone is home, it can even be programmed to turn on and off occasionally during the evening while you are on vacation.

Despite how beautifully it is made, the remainder of it can seem a little flimsy. Its base is huge and takes up a lot of desk (or bedside table) space. Although it is difficult to evaluate an LED bulb’s lifespan, Dyson claims that, because of the heat sink located inside the lamp’s swivel beam, you can use it for up to 60 years without seeing any changes in light quality.

The Solarcycle Morph has touch and slide controls on its body, but you can also operate it and create routines with the MyDyson app.

In contrast to other smart lights, voice assistants cannot be used to operate the Solarcycle Morph. That wasn’t a deal breaker for me during testing because I haven’t discovered many of the other features on any other smart light I’ve examined. Even so, I still have trouble understanding why its premium pricing is justified.

ADVANCED SOLARCYCLE MORPH DESK REVIEW: AVAILABILITY AND PRICE

Retail prices for desk lamps are $649.99, £499.99, or AU$899.
The cost of the floor lamp is $849.99, £649.99, or AU pricing TBA.
Now available for purchase in a few markets

Even with the less costly desk model, the Dyson Solarcycle Morph is a pricey lamp. Even while it has many features that no other smart bulb can match, it is still quite expensive at $649.99 / £499.99 / AU$899.

The floor version of the Solarcycle Morph Desk, which retails for $849.99 and £649.99 in the US and the UK, respectively, is not yet available in Australia; it may become available there at some point in 2024.

It may be challenging to explain the expensive cost, but it’s also challenging to compare it to other smart lights—not even Philips Hue—because there isn’t anything else that is quite like it available. Although dupes won’t be around for long, if money isn’t an object, the Solarcycle Morph may be the greatest light fixture for your house.

3 out of 5 for value

Details of the Dyson Solar Cycle Morph Desk

LED light source
181,000 hours of LED life
Light temperature: moored at 1800–3400K; undocked at 2700–6500K
Lumen output of light: 850
90 is the colour rendering index (CRI).
Angle of beam: 78º
Desk: 523 mm, floor: 1,252 mm in height
Weight: 13.5 lbs/6 kg (floor) and 7.7 lbs/ 3.5 kg (desk)

A REVIEW OF THE DYSON SOLARCYCLE MORPH DESK: DESIGN

neat, contemporary style
big, weighty base
Integrated port for USB-C
There are two additional Solarcycle Morph colorways available in various areas, including the US, while Australia only receives one silver and white colorway. There is a brass variant with black accents and a pure black option.

Simple and beautiful design characterises everything Dyson. Despite being simple and tubular, the Solarcycle Morph has a stunning appearance when assembled. Its spherical base, which is fairly massive and heavy for a desk lamp, is the single feature I dislike about it. That base holds the majority of the lamp’s 3.5 kilogramme weight.

The power brick is another component that, if visible, is a bit of an eyesore. It is the same size as some laptops from a few years ago. However, because of the length of the cord, you may easily hide the lamp depending on where you put it.

The beauty is found when you lift your gaze from the base. The matte-silver hollow tube I reviewed has a 5V/1.5 amp USB-C connector in its lower third that allows you to charge a tablet or phone. The remaining portion of the tube has perforations that may rotate 360 degrees on a vertical axis. The holes are used to adjust the light to its ambient mode rather than to dissipate heat.

This is made feasible by the fact that mood lighting may be created by tilting the optical head containing the LED bulbs face down and allowing light to diffuse through the perforations. The optical head is locked in place by a circular magnet that protrudes from the top of the tube to prevent accidental swivelling. To enable you to point the optical head at any angle, the arm may pivot a full 360 degrees in a horizontal direction around its joint.

The pivoting portion of the arm has physical controls on top and bottom. The heat sink, a copper tube on top, helps to keep the LEDs cool, improving their lifespan and quality—Dyson claims that they will last up to 60 years. Two sliders are located on top, in the direction of the optical head; one controls brightness, and the other temperature.

Three buttons are located on the bottom of the movable arm. The brightness sensor is controlled by the one that is closest to the optical head; tapping this one will turn the sensor off, as it is on by default straight out of the box. The middle button activates the motion sensor, which, if it detects no motion for five minutes, will place the Solarcycle Morph in standby mode and gradually increase brightness as you approach or move away from the light. The synchronisation button, which enables the lamp to replicate the light temperature of the local daylight cycle, is the one nearest to the optical head.

These buttons have lights on them that shine when the sensors are active. If you notice that the lights are flashing, don’t worry—that is only a firmware update that is being distributed through the MyDyson app.

To turn the lamp on and off, there is a touch-sensitive switch on top of the optical head. This is really sensitive, and I discovered that if I unintentionally, very lightly, touched that area while adjusting the angle or using the sliders and controls, my lamp will turn off.

4.5 out of 5 for design

Review of the Dyson Solar Cycle Morph Desk: Features


Handy motion detector
sensor for auto-brightness
Adaptable lighting settings
The versatility of the Solarcycle Morph has already been noted. The abundance of physical modifications alone makes it simple to imagine what the four primary modes—ambient, indirect, task, and feature—would look like. Additionally, you may customise the settings for your light, but to do so, you will require the MyDyson app. Actually, you can operate the lamp completely through the app, so you won’t even need to touch the Solarcycle except from the occasional wipe down to keep it tidy.

Although you can adjust the app to replicate the sunshine cycle in your region, which is one of its most notable features, I believe the motion sensor should take centre stage. It’s really convenient, but it’s also really aggravating. if not to me. Of course, you have to leave the lamp on standby for this to function. Although Dyson doesn’t state the maximum distance at which its motion detection technology can detect movement, I found that it can detect motion up to a meter—or three feet—away. This makes the lamp turn on, but if the action is still far away, it will stay dim. The lamp will automatically brighten as you go closer. If there is no motion detected within five minutes of turning on, it returns to standby mode.

This is the part that irritated me. When I utilised the Solarcycle Morph at my home office, it continued to enter standby mode despite the fact that I was at my desk typing on my keyboard. I make a lot of hand movements while I chat, therefore it also happened during video conversations!

I particularly enjoy that I can programme the lamp to turn on at regular intervals between 4 and 11 p.m. in a different time zone if I’m travelling on vacation, letting potential attackers know that people are still home.

Additionally, the light has an auto-brightness feature that is useful depending on where you place it. The Solarcycle Morph was somewhat unsettling in the bedroom because of the abrupt and noticeable change, but I liked it when I used it in my home office, which doesn’t receive a lot of natural light.

I could go on forever discussing how amazing the lamp’s ambient mode is, but I must end this part. In this mode, your lamp will automatically lower brightness if it is set to its brightest setting. Depending on the hue it is currently set to, the light temperature will drop between 1800K to 3400K.

Features: 5 out of 5.

Performance Review of the Dyson Solar Cycle Morph Desk


sixty-year lifespan
delicate measures
Optimal brightness
The Solarcycle Morph isn’t as bright as other of the more well-known smart bulbs available on the market right now, even though it matches the light temperature of some other smart lights (2700K to 6500K when not in Ambient mode). The maximum brightness output of the Nanoleaf Essentials Matter bulb is 1,100, while the Philips Hue White Ambiance smart bulb has a maximum lumen output of 1,600. While 850 lumens of maximum brightness is sufficient for a desk or bedtime lamp, it isn’t nearly enough to light up an entire room.

According to Dyson, the Solarcycle Morph won’t deteriorate the quality of light throughout a 60-year lifespan. Naturally, I was unable to test this for this review, but Dyson engineers made sure the light lasts as long as possible by using a straightforward heat sink that also adds a beautiful trim to the overall design of the lamp. The slender copper tube situated above the swivel arm is visible; it contains a few water droplets that vanish when the LEDs’ heat accumulates. You would have learned that evaporation causes cooling if you had paid attention in science class in school. Additionally, because the tube is sealed, the condensed water droplets within remain functional as a cooling.

I’ve already noted how great and frustrating I found the motion sensor to be. Excellent because it turns on and can detect movement from around two feet away (though it did pick me up a few times when I was about three feet away). However, it is inconvenient since it cannot detect movement from my fingers or arms when I am only a few inches away.

Another little irritation I discovered was that the MyDyson app will not connect to the light the next time I opened it on my phone if I didn’t entirely exit it. If this had happened sometimes, I would have disregarded it, but it happened frequently. Maybe a firmware upgrade may fix this eventually.

I have no issues whatsoever with the Solarcycle Morph’s performance except from that. It performs astonishingly well and does exactly what it promises it will.

Performance rating: 4.5 out of 5

IS THE DYSON SOLARCYCLE MORPH DESK A GOOD BUY?
Notes on Attribute Score
Value: Although it’s the only one of its kind, its high price is nevertheless difficult to defend.3 out of 5
Design Although the power brick is a bit of an eyesore and the base is huge and hefty for a desk light, the lamp is still extremely lovely.4.5% of 5
Features: As I’ve already mentioned, this lamp is unlike any other and has an abundance of features.1 / 5
Performance: It is not the brightest light available, but it performs exactly what it says on the package.4.5% of 5
Purchase if…
A showcase light is what you desire.

If you enjoy clean, modern design, the Solarcycle Morph is lovely, stunning, and every other adjective you can think of—despite its weighty foundation.

You’re looking for a lamp with lots of features.

There is no doubting the Solarcycle Morph’s feature-rich design. There isn’t another smart lighting system with as many functions as this one because it is so adaptable. not yet, anyhow.

You own the extra change.

You should be able to get what I believe to be the greatest smart light on the market right now if you have the money to spend.

Purchase it only if…
You desire voice command.

Despite having an absurd amount of functions, the Solarcycle Morph has trouble interacting with voice assistants. You’ll have to search elsewhere if that matters to you.

Your ideal smart light setup is simple.

Today, there is an abundance of options for smart light systems for the entire house, including affordable options like TP-Link’s Tapo, LIFX, and others, as well as high-quality brands like Philips Hue and Nanoleaf. Even after replacing all of your light fixtures, you’ll probably still save money.

ALSO THOUGHT

Since you can change the light’s brightness and temperature to fit your needs, choosing a few smart bulbs from Philips Hue or Nanoleaf could be a good substitute for the Dyson Solarcycle Morph, albeit there aren’t really any options that are exactly like it. The Philips Hue line of smart bulbs offers both white and coloured globes, however the Nanoleaf smart light is color-enabled by default. Our review of the Nanoleaf Essentials Matter Smart Bulb provides further information regarding the former.

Both of these can be used to simulate sunlight in the morning to help you wake up, albeit they cannot perform all the functions of the Solarcycle Morph. This is a function that many smart light systems provide. While none will be as spectacular as the Dyson, you might be able to find a lovely lamp stand.

THE DYSON SOLARCYCLE MORPH DESK TESTING PROCEDURE
tested in two distinct spaces
Most of the time, I had it on standby to test the motion sensor.
tried a variety of settings and modes

Just a few weeks ago, I received the Dyson Solarcycle Morph to test out, and I used it twice in my own house. I put it up on my desk at my home office at first, and then I transferred it to the bedroom.

I mostly kept it on standby at the first location to test how well it would respond when I would occasionally leave my desk and come back. It was programmed in the bedroom to switch on at 6:30 a.m.

I experimented with all the presets and saved custom settings for my preferred light hues, which lean towards warmer than white light, to see how well it responds through the app.

 

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