You’ll be able to select for the lamp to observe the pure dawn and sundown occasions based mostly in your location, which in many of the world adjustments a bit of day-to-day. Or you’ll be able to set customized occasions within the app. I did not need the lamp’s sundown to start at 7:30 pm every single day, so I set my sundown to 9:30 pm. As night time fell every day, the lamp would slowly cut back its blue mild, simply as a traditional sundown does. It alerts your physique to begin winding down and readying for sleep.
You may also 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 may be related to Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant if you would like to combine it into your sensible dwelling, however it is not required.
I did have some points. Generally the sunshine routine obtained caught after 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 activity, together with sleeping, studying, enjoyable, and dealing.
Utilizing it outdoors your bed room can also be odd. Assuming you do not stay in a dorm room or a studio condominium, you may have to hold the Skyview 2 into your bed room every night time and plug it right into a wall in order that the dawn operate wakes you up within the morning. It will not do you any good if it is going by its dawn routine in another a part of the home the place you are not sleeping. However then you definately’ll have to select 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 irritated or slowed down by small duties like that, it is one thing to remember.
The lamp itself is constructed properly. The large, steel base prevents it from tipping over from something lower than a very good whack, and the sunshine enclosure is so thick you can most likely 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 100% brightness.
So, Did It Mild Up My Life?
I loved the impact all through the day. It is troublesome 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 underneath the identical taste of unchanging mild from daybreak to nightfall is bizarre and unnatural. For people in a room and not using a window, the Skyview 2 could possibly be a godsend.
However at $449, it is a dear godsend. A Philips Hue A19 White Ambiance Good Mild Bulb prices $26 and you’ll screw it into any lamp and program it through the intuitive Hue app to imitate dawn routines, sundown routines, and the shifting mild all through the day. And you should purchase a couple of of them. For this form of cash, the Skyview 2 ought to do extra. For instance, if it had been brilliant sufficient to negate the necessity for different lamps in my front room, then I might have a barely simpler time justifying the value.
You pay a premium for the Skyview 2. Does it work? Sure. You’ll be able to create an analogous impact with sensible bulbs. However for a plug-and-go answer, it positive was a novel method of pretending that I lived in a brilliant and sunny condominium, if solely till my time with the Skyview 2 got here to an finish.