Gadget of the Day: Motorlight

With some inventions, people wonder: "Why didn't I think of that?" With others it's more, "Why did they think of that?" Right now

With some inventions, people wonder: "Why didn't I think of that?" With others it's more, "Why did they think of that?" Right now we're torn between the two when it comes to the Motorlight.

It masquerades as a plain, if rather chunky uplighter. But beneath its UV-stabilised, high-grade polycarbonate shell lies a dark secret: a motor that can vary the angle of light.

Think twisting the end of a torch to go from narrow to wide beam rather than waving from side to side – except this can do it by itself, cycling from wide to narrow. Bung several in your living room and of an evening you can create "washes of light" that make the room "feel like it is lifting and breathing". Or so we're told.

If that all sounds too Harry Potter for your liking, you can set the lights to the optimum angle and leave them on spotlight or general uplighting duty.

On a practical note, they can be rested on a desk or placed on an uplighter stand, and come in a range of colours. We're sure we've got the perfect spot for them. We're just not sure where.

Motorlight

Price: £500

On sale: Now

Contact: Jake Dyson Ltd