Dyson is known for being one of the most technologically advanced, innovative companies in the household appliances industry. I dream of the day I can furnish my own place with their appliances, but using them in our office is the closest I’ve gotten to this so far.
At the office, we were using Dyson’s Pure Cool air purifier TP04 for a year before the MCO pushed us into WFH. We’ve also had the privilege of keeping our office clean with the powerful Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute+ vacuum cleaner, and still depend on it today.
Now, our team has moved back into our newly renovated office, and Dyson has generously sponsored us with more high-tech appliances to add to our space.
They include a Dyson Lightcycle Morph floor light, Dyson Purifier Cool Formaldehyde air purifier TP09, and a Dyson Pure Cool air purifier TP00. Here’s how we have been utilising them around the office.
Dyson Lightcycle Morph
When you think of standing lamps, I’m willing to bet that it looks nothing like the Dyson Lightcycle Morph worth RM3,999. The brand has a way of making regular household appliances look rather innovative, and it’s no different for its standing floor lamp.
The black unit we got was tubular and futuristic-looking, and at first glance, you might not even realise it’s a lamp. It’s 125cm tall over a round base, with a long, jointed arm that can swing 360 degrees on a horizontal plane.
It can also be turned 360 degrees on a vertical axis, so you can point it at whatever you want without moving the 6.1kg lamp around too much.
Depending on the mood you’re trying to achieve, you can adjust the brightness and whiteness of the light too, making the Lightcycle Morph multifunctional.
It can be a reading light. It can be a task lamp. It can be a spotlight, or part of your three-point lighting setup for photo or videography.
Or, if you don’t feel like turning on a full set of lights, shining the lamp against the wall can create soft indirect light to reduce eye strain.
If you swing the bulb back over the metal central column dock, it locks in with a magnet and illuminates it, transforming it into a muted, ambient light. Though it looks like a heating unit you’d find in colder climates, rest assured that the device itself doesn’t heat up your space even after being on for hours.
This is likely due to the Lightcycle Morph’s Heat Pipe cooling technology. With it, Dyson claims that the lamp’s LED bulb can last up to 60 years without burning out even with eight hours of use a day.
If you’re in a dimmer house or office with limited natural daylight, the Lightcycle Morph lets you simulate the lighting situation outside. This can be controlled through the Dyson Link app that allows you to choose your location to mimic the natural lighting outside.
Using this feature, I’ve also heard of use cases where the lamp can be used as a light alarm of sorts. It supposedly triggers your circadian rhythm by waking you up as the sun rises, since the lamp mimics natural daylight.
While I personally haven’t tested this myself since I don’t sleep in the office where our Lightcycle Morph unit resides, it can be helpful to those whose space lacks a window facing the outside world.
The auto-brightness takes the ambient light of the room into account and will adjust the intensity of the lamp to compensate.
If you aren’t too meticulous about your lighting controls, you can just use the tangible controls found on the Lightcycle Morph itself. This allows anyone to control the light’s settings too without having to download the app.
On the top of the lamp, you’ll find a large on/off touch-enabled button, and two slide controls next to it that allow you to choose the intensity of the light and its whiteness.
Along the side of the lamp are keys to toggle the daylight setting, auto-brightness, and motion sensors.
The motion sensor is a power-saving feature that’ll switch the light off when it’s not in use. It’s less ideal for scenarios where you won’t be moving much (like when reading or working at your desk), but comes in handy for temporary lighting in specific areas.
Dyson Purifier Cool Formaldehyde air purifier TP09
The Dyson Purifier Cool Formaldehyde (DPCF) is built with all of the features of preceding Dyson purifiers and costs RM3,299.
Not only does the purifier capture pollen and allergens through HEPA H13 and activated carbon filters, but it is so far the brand’s only purifier that eradicates toxic formaldehyde gas continuously in an 81 cubic-metre room.
Briefly, formaldehyde is a pungent-smelling colourless gas that naturally surfaces from organic compounds. In layman terms, it’s those strong fumes you’d get from fresh paint and varnish, or musty carpets.
We were lucky to receive our white/gold purifier unit shortly before we moved back into the office. The space was newly painted, with plenty of new furniture as well as dusty old decor we brought back in.
With the Purifier Cool Formaldehyde turned on as we settled in, the fumes from the freshly painted walls were not much of a bother, and neither was the dust. If you’re someone who gets headaches from chemical fumes and is extremely allergy-prone like me, you’d appreciate this feature.
We were so excited to see the air purifier in action, we forgot to take pictures of the initial air quality level. If you’ll take our word for it, it started at 12 and dropped to three within a few hours.
The numbers essentially point out the air quality (AQ) levels in the room. The higher the number, the poorer the AQ, and vice versa. The ideal number you’d wanna reach is two, for the AQ to be considered safe.
To simulate how well the air purifier is able to rid of fumes in the air, we lit a match next to the device and watched as the AQ levels shot up. I was impressed by how quickly it went back down to a healthy AQ level again in under five minutes.
There is also a Diffused mode on the purifier which diverts airflow through the back of the machine. It’s meant to purify the air around you, which can be helpful in the event of strong cooking fumes or smoke in the air.
Other than the AQ levels displayed on the LCD screen, you’ll also find information on the temperature, humidity, pollen, and CO2 concentration in the air.
This purifier works by catching pollutants from the purifier section that makes up the base of the fan. The bladeless fan will then project clean air back out across the room with 350-degree oscillation. It is best to prop the purifier unit against a wall corner so that the whole room will be able to feel the breeze from the fan.
My colleagues placed the Purifier Cool Formaldehyde in the middle of their seating area, and even on a low setting of four (out of 10), they could stay cool enough without the aircond throughout most of the day.
As the Dyson Purifier Cool Formaldehyde is another smart home device, it connects to the Dyson Link app too for remote control and air quality monitoring.
Of course, all controls can also be accessed without the app, via the purifier’s remote control that can be magnetically attached at the top of the device.
Dyson Pure Cool air purifier
Sometimes, you might be on a tighter budget and are looking for a simpler fan/air purifier unit that gets the job done.
The Dyson Pure Cool air purifier might just fit this bill, but note that it doesn’t come with the Dyson Link app support.
For RM1,499, the Dyson Pure Cool air purifier is equipped with basic purification features via its HEPA filtration that captures pollen, bacteria, and pet dander particles from all angles.
Similar to the flagship model above, particles sucked in by the filter are projected out to provide cooling air by oscillating 350 degrees through Dyson’s signature bladeless fan.
My colleague, Rikco was the main user of this purifier unit, and using it on a higher setting of six, he was able to remain cool in his private office that doesn’t have air conditioning.
While we didn’t measure how purified the air was in his room with the Dyson Pure Cool turned on, Rikco did report that the surrounding air felt less “stuffy” whenever the unit was running.
Overall, the air purifiers from Dyson have been a welcome addition to our space, helping us save on energy usage by keeping us cool without relying too heavily on air conditioning.
To add, with their air purification abilities, I’ve been hearing fewer sniffles around the office from me and a few of my colleagues who were usually triggered by minuscule allergens in the air pre-MCO.
As for the Lightcycle Morph, there’s much more to be explored. Our video team has yet to fully play around with its creative possibilities, but I can already imagine the various lighting effects we could create with it.