Don't curse the darkness — carry the Halos wireless lamp wherever you go

Bruce Brown
Digital Trends
Don't curse the darkness — carry the Halos wireless lamp wherever you go
You won't need many lamps when you can move the Halos wireless smart lamp from room to room. It can sit on a charging stand or stick to glassy surfaces. By turning it around you can use it for direct or indirect light, adjustable to 500 lumens.

Do you move around the house to find the right light? With the Halos wireless smart lamp, you can just move the light instead. The Halos portable lamp, which can be used for mood, task, or room lighting, is currently running a Kickstarter campaign. The Halos design team is in Paris although the lamp will be manufactured in Italy.

Halos consists of two parts, the ring-shaped lamp itself and a wooden dock. The lamp frame is made from aluminum and the glass surface is coated with an epoxy resin. According to Halos designer Axel Delbrayère, the resin “reproduces the effect of thousands of mini-suction cups that grip on tight to non-porous surfaces, such as windows and mirrors.“ In theory, and in the demonstration video, the lamp sticks to smooth, vertical glassy surfaces such as a mirrored wall or window, although the company recommends caution when mounting it and does not guarantee the grip.

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The light works bi-directionally, so you can face one direction for ambiance or turn it around for task or room lighting. The LED light level can be adjusted by touch to a maximum of 500 lumens, enough for an office or library light. The company plans to include smartphone brightness and timing controls, although including the app with the initial version of the lamp depends on meeting a Kickstarter stretch goal. Depending on the brightness setting, the Halos’ lithium-ion battery will last 2 to 4 hours per charge.

The wooden dock has two functions. The dock serves as a base for the lamp when you don’t want to stick it on a vertical surface. It also recharges the lamp’s battery — its own internal battery holds one full charge so you can theoretically get from 4 to 8 hours of lighting without plugging anything in.

Halos’ retail price will be 350 euros, or about $380 when the product ships, which is currently scheduled for April 2017. There are still limited Super Early Bird (about $199) and Early Bird (about $272) specials on the Kickstarter campaign.