You possibly can select for the lamp to comply with the pure dawn and sundown occasions based mostly in your location, which in many of the world adjustments slightly day-to-day. Or you may set customized occasions within the app. I did not need the lamp’s sundown to start at 7:30 pm day by day, so I set my sundown to 9:30 pm. As evening fell every day, the lamp would slowly cut back its blue gentle, simply as a standard sundown does. It indicators your physique to start out winding down and readying for sleep.
You can even set how step by step the lights fade out and in, respectively—as much as an hour—and the brightness and temperature of the sunshine. The lamp might be linked to Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant if you would like to combine it into your good dwelling, nevertheless it is not required.
I did have some points. Generally the sunshine routine obtained caught once I plugged within the lamp or turned it on, and I needed to toggle one of many 4 “schedule override” settings on and off to get the lamp to enter its preprogrammed routine. These overrides allow you to set the sunshine for a particular job, together with sleeping, studying, enjoyable, and dealing.
Utilizing it exterior your bed room can be odd. Assuming you do not reside in a dorm room or a studio condominium, you will have to hold the Skyview 2 into your bed room every evening and plug it right into a wall in order that the dawn perform wakes you up within the morning. It will not do you any good if it is going by means of its dawn routine in another a part of the home the place you are not sleeping. However then you definitely’ll have to choose it up and transfer it into one other room—an workplace, the lounge, or wherever you spend a lot of your day—to learn from its all-day light-shifting sample and sundown routine. If you end up aggravated or slowed down by small duties like that, it is one thing to remember.
The lamp itself is constructed nicely. The large, metallic base prevents it from tipping over from something lower than a great whack, and the sunshine enclosure is so thick you could possibly in all probability knock down bowling pins with it. The lens is frosted sufficient that I might look proper at it with out blinding myself. It additionally stayed cool to the contact, regardless of how lengthy it’d been on one hundred pc brightness.
So, Did It Gentle Up My Life?
I loved the impact all through the day. It is tough to say whether or not I am experiencing a placebo impact or the sunshine actually helps, however emotionally, it was good to have a bit of sunshine selection all through my day between sunup and sunset.
Cooping your self up indoors all day below the identical taste of unchanging gentle from daybreak to nightfall is bizarre and unnatural. For folk in a room with out a window, the Skyview 2 may very well be a godsend.
However at $449, it is a expensive godsend. A Philips Hue A19 White Ambiance Smart Light Bulb costs $26 and you may screw it into any lamp and program it by way of the intuitive Hue app to imitate dawn routines, sundown routines, and the shifting gentle all through the day. And you should purchase multiple of them. For this form of cash, the Skyview 2 ought to do extra. For instance, if it had been shiny sufficient to negate the necessity for different lamps in my front room, then I would have a barely simpler time justifying the value.
You pay a premium for the Skyview 2. Does it work? Sure. You possibly can create the same impact with good bulbs. However for a plug-and-go resolution, it certain was a novel method of pretending that I lived in a shiny and sunny condominium, if solely till my time with the Skyview 2 got here to an finish.