Tired of burnt out light bulbs? Waiting for the maintenance guy to change the one over your desk? What if you didn’t have to worry about that bulb for the next 40 years? What if I told you that same bulb is ZigBee WiFi-enabled so you can control it with an app? What if it has sensors that allow the brightness to adapt to sunshine and darkness, records energy consumption and converts that info into KW/hour cost? I’m not dreaming this up. The son of the Dyson vacuum inventor did. Only he made it a reality.
Since 2006, Jake Dyson has been designing lights and was frustrated with the lack of innovation in the industry. He noticed that even though LED’s have the ability to last for life, companies sell LED lights that only last seven years so they can sell more in seven years. Not only that, but some cases the LED bulb will lose up to 30% of it’s brightness within 6 months.
So after over 4 years of testing and designing, Jake Dyson developed the Ariel. The Ariel is the light fixture you have been dreaming of and more. Except for the price. It will be available May of this year for $1500. While that is a hefty price, we’re talking a light fixture-the entire fixture and bulb-that will run at full brightness, 12 hours a day for 40 years.
While it can be put in your home, Dyson imagines it in spaces where the interior won’t be changed for at least 25 years- think airport or high profile building. There are two models- a downlight (for targeted lighting of a kitchen island, or a bank of office desks) and an uplight (for general illumination of a room).
He also has a floor lamp version, the CSYS Clamp, Tall and Task. They retail for between $700-1,000.
If you’re interested in how they work, you can read about it here.
We can thank the University of Illinois engineer who invented the first visible-light LED – Nick Holonyak Jr. He recently received the 2015 Draper Prize and was honored by the National Academy of Engineering, which administers the $500,000 award sponsored by Draper Laboratory, a research and development organization in Cambridge, Mass.
*images courtesy of Jake Dyson Products