What is Halcyon? We first came across them a few days ago when we visited their stall at the Gadget Show Live @ Xmas. Halcyon are a variation on the standard smart lighting solutions that are available out there. What they give you is one server, and a set of lamps that can then be controlled. The server does the hard work, connects with your wireless devices (both computers, as well as phones, in fact anything that has a browser), while the bulbs just follow the commands. This also means that the bulbs are simpler, and hence cheaper. You can easily control your lamp with any device, and it gives you a quick run of what’s happening, how much energy you’re using, and such like.
While there are many advantages, we’ll let their video from Kickstarter explain how well it works:
Now systems like these already exist, and there are a few you can buy from the market already. So why Halcyon?
First of all, the ease of use makes it better. You don’t even need a smart phone to be able to use this, and that already puts you ahead of the curve.
Then there is the cost. Once you have bought the server, the extra lamps are a lot cheaper. You can add up to 250 lamps, and that is definitely more than enough for any house hold. Oh, and yeah, you don’t need any special fittings. This will just go straight into your lamp fittings.
There is the security system that means it is restricted to your home network, but you may also give your neighbours access, just in case you’re on holiday and you want them to turn them on or off.
You can also set it up to behave automatically. Lights are off when you’re not home, set them to slowly go brighter as you wake up each morning, use them as mood lightings, and so much more.
In fact, any light that you turn on will be at the correct colour and spectrum for the time of the day, mimicking day light, and nourishing your internal circadian rhythm.
Also, if you’re a developer, you can use their open API to take their hardware to the next level!
Lumen Output: 650lm (Equivalent to a 50W Halogen)
Lifetime: 30,000 Hrs
Fitting Types: E27 (Screw), B22 (Bayonet). We will ask you what fittings you require after your pledge has been completed.
CCT Range: 1800K – 7000K
You can back Halcyon from any where between £1 to £5000, to help them reach their goal of £25000.
To get 3 bulbs, you’ll have to pay £94/£112 (non-EU/EU), while a starter kit will cost you £210/211 outside of EU, and £250 inside of EU.
You can pledge, or find out more by going to their Kickstarter page: