Jake Dyson, son of inventor and noted vacuum-maker Sir James Dyson, is taking on the lighting industry. Specifically, he’s on a crusade for change in office lighting. His means to that end is the Cu-Beam Duo, a new suspension lamp that looks like a satellite, runs for decades, and gives you ample control over the direction and intensity of both up- and down-light.
The Cu-Beam Duo doesn’t come out until 2017. It’s difficult to say whether Dyson’s impressive engineering will convince office managers with budgets. Miller says decisions about workplace lighting mostly come down to cost and convenience. Dyson hasn’t assigned a price to the Cu-Beam Duo yet, but the Cu-Beam Up and Cu-Beam Down, which cast light up and down, respectively, cost $1,999 apiece.