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Olly: A Portable Sunlight Solution for Your Desk

Jalesa Campbell
Updated Feb 25, 2021
2 min read

The Olly Portable Light

Need a portable shot of espresso without the cup?

The Olly portable sunlight solution can provide a similar boost with a small and easy-to-set-up light. Olly, produced by Samsung incubator startup Luple, has been named a 2021 CES Innovation Awards Honoree, providing a helpful human centric lighting solution for regulating our bodies’ Circadian rhythms, an internal clock that tells our bodies when to sleep, when to wake up, and even eat.

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Americans spend 90% of their day indoors and not enough time exposing our body to direct sunlight. CNN also reports that LED light — a ubiquitous glow in our daily lives — can potentially be harmful to our eyes in the long-term, and LED light affects the body’s Circadian rhythm.

Here’s where Olly comes in as a solution. The creators of this portable light explain, “We designed Olly to closely mimic sunlight. When compared to the most natural source of light, sunlight, we’ve found that being exposed to Olly’s light will get you a lot closer to the natural pattern of melatonin production as opposed to when only using regular LED light.”

Within three hours, this idea reached its funding goal on Kickstarter with a plan to release their products for shipment in October 2020. Here’s a deeper dive into the product and how it works.

How Does the Olly Portable Light Work?

This portable light has been manufactured to emit wavelengths of light similar to natural sunlight. There are two lights: Olly Day and Olly Night, both of which come in nice, calming colors like Melow Lime, Sugar Pink, Dreamy Blue, Day Grey, and Night Grey. With Olly Day, the light can help your body suppress its production of melatonin. The light has been clinically proven to enhance focus within 20 minutes, compared to 30 minutes for espresso (move over mug!).   Video by olly light / YouTube The warm, golden-toned light emitted by Olly Night is designed to help your body wind down and increase melatonin production. When you’re getting ready for bed, you could place the light on your nightstand and point it towards you as you wind down. The light will automatically shut off in 30 minutes, so you won’t have to be concerned about turning it off.

How Much Does the Olly Portable Light Cost?

Currently, Olly doesn’t appear to have a retail purchase price on the official website or an updated method for purchasing on Kickstarter. We think that the Olly portable sunlight solution has the potential for helping to solve sleep-related issues. It may be worth keeping an eye out for if you’ve been thinking of ways to replace that midday coffee.

Are There Any Smart Light Alternatives to Olly?

Yes, there are a number of smart light alternatives that you can purchase now for your home office, bedroom, or outfitting your entire home. Several that we would recommend are the LIFX Mini White Smart Light BulbFlux Bluetooth Smart LED Light Bulb, and the Cree Smart Light Bulb.

About Luple

Luple is a Samsung-backed startup that provides human-centric solutions to help people with their everyday living.

Photo by picture alliance/ Contributor / GettyImages


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Jalesa Campbell

Jalesa is one of Safety.com's staff experts on home security, natural disasters, public safety, and family safety. She's been featured on Today.com and elsewhere.

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