Computers are our main source of productivity. Every day, we spend a significant amount of time in front of a computer screen, whether for business or enjoyment. I believe that most individuals dislike working and living in dim light. High-powered desk lamps are typically used to boost the brightness of ambient lighting. However, for the lighting effect of the computer display area, this solution is not very good. Because of the phenomenon of light refraction, the screen reflects light, making it difficult to see and appear hazy.
As a result, typical desk lamps are unable to fully address the lighting issue. I’ve used a BenQ ScreenBar screen hanging light before, but many people consider spending more than $100 on a screen light to be a luxury. Many goods, such as monitor hanging lights, are already available on the market. For a third of the price, Xiaomi’s Mijia monitor hanging lamp can perform similar functions. What is the performance of this product, which Tookfun recently purchased?
Unlike Xiaomi’s usual white packaging, the Mijia monitor hanging lamp’s outside package is black as the primary color, which is quite technological. In the lower left corner, the product name and features are introduced. It uses an asymmetrical light design, similar to BenQ’s products, and will not cause screen reflections. The Mijia monitor hanging light, on the other hand, comes with a 2.4GHz wireless remote control and can be readily modified in terms of color temperature and brightness.
After opening the package, you can see that the accessories are packed in the shock-absorbing insulating layer, and there is a cushion sponge within the top cover. The lamp is at the top, with “Wireless Remote Control,” “Type-C Power Cord,” and “Lighting Base” at the bottom.
LAMP BODY & BASE
Desktop displays are the primary application for Mijia display hanging lights. The lamp body is 448mm long with a cross-section diameter of 23mm. The shell is built of an all-metal aluminum alloy, and information like power is printed on the side. The rated input is 5V/1A, and the maximum power is 5W, according to the parameters (using 80 LED modules). The color temperature range of the hanging light is 2700-6500K, the color rendering index is Ra90, and the parameter setup is outstanding, according to the handbook. The hanging lamp’s light emitting board is a matte diffuser, with the lamp beads within visible through the panel.
A power supply contact is located in the middle of the lamp body, and power is supplied between the lamp body and the base via a magnetic contact. The lamp body is firmly fixed to the base due to the attracting magnetic attraction. This not only makes us easier to install and modify, but it also gives us a cleaner appearance.
The hanging lamp’s base is a clip-on design that can be attached to a screen with a thickness of ≤ 32mm (not suitable for notebook computers). Because the weight clamp behind the base cannot hold the back of a monitor with a thickness of less than 10mm). The foundation, which is rather substantial, is likewise composed of metal. Non-slip rubber is used on the sections that come into touch with the display, which not only acts as a non-slip grip but also protects the display frame from scratches.
The Type-C power supply interface is found on the bottom of the device. The standard A-C power cord is readily available, as is the interface, the monitor’s USB connector, the computer’s USB port, the charging head, and even the mobile power source.
The base’s contact is shaped like a strip, giving the lamp body a pitch adjustment range of around 25°. Users can adjust the height of their computer desk and monitor to reduce glare depending on the situation.
After installation, you can see the actual effect; the color matching of the Mijia display hanging lamp is extremely compatible with the display. The USB wires are routed on the rear, which does not detract from the overall aesthetic. The table top becomes significantly neater in an instant when compared to a typical table lamp.
A wireless remote control is included with the Mijia monitor hanging lamp. The remote control is a cylinder with a diameter of 66.5mm and a diameter of 34mm, and it has the same black color as the light body. The surface is frosted and has a pleasant feel, but it is not resistant to oil stains. The remote control’s back surface should be coated with a non-slip coating that is particularly stable when put on the desktop. The structure of the remote control is two-staged. The upper section is an adjustment knob that may be freely adjusted 360° left and right. It has the ability to control the display hanging lamp’s switch as well as alter the color temperature/brightness, which is extremely simple to do.
This type of wireless remote control is really convenient. The remote control connects to the internet through a 2.4GHz wireless connection. According to the official press release, 2 AAA batteries can last up to two years (when the remote control is operated 4 times a day, each time is 3 seconds). If your computer desk is close to your bed, like the author’s, keep the remote control by your bedside at night, and the Mijia display hanging light can even serve as a night light.
Of course, the most significant factor is the actual experience. Because the Mijia monitor hanging lamp has a matte diffuser, the light will be more uniform and gentle, but the unavoidable beam angle will be greater. The effect of changing the pitch angle is as seen above. When the pitch angle is the lowest, the light from the hanging lamp shines directly on the screen, and the iMac base reflects a lot of light. It can even be observed that portion of the light shines right on the back of the screen due to the gap between the hanging lamp and the screen.
When you vary the pitch angle, you’ll notice that the light range changes and the amount of light on the screen decreases dramatically. The iMac’s base has a weakened reflection, which is an evident sign. The intense light coverage is moving forward at this moment. However, because the edge’s brightness fades quickly, the user sitting in front of the computer will not notice too much lamp bead glare.
The Mijia display hanging lamp’s desktop illuminance is put to the test. The hanging light is about 48cm tall, and the distance in front of the display is between 10 and 50cm. (Because it is not strictly controlled to reach the maximum lighting capacity of the hanging lamp, the parameters are only for reference.)
The lowest illuminance at the desktop measuring range’s edge is 370 Lux in this example. The “Architectural Lighting Design Level” specifies an illuminance standard of above 300 Lux for “writing and reading in the living room.” The central illuminance has reached 636Lux, which is higher than the “high-end office” standard of 500Lux. The Mijia monitor hanging lamp can suit users’ desktop illumination needs for business and reading thanks to its excellent color rendering index of Ra90.
Then there’s the idea of “pull out the diffuser to improve performance,” which has sparked a lot of discussion among users. We discovered that removing the diffuser makes the hanging lamp’s light beam angle lower and the light intensity boundary more visible. However, this affects the illumination uniformity on the desktop. At the same time, we can tell from the light that the Mijia hanging lamp uses an asymmetric light path design after adjusting the exposure.
Although there is no visible dividing line between strength and weakness in the stage where the diffuser is not removed. The screen in the low-light area and the direct light received by the human eye are genuinely controlled in a lower range, and the attenuation of the low-light area is faster. According to my personal experience, the Mijia monitor hanging lamp has the greatest impact on the screen in the small area at the top. When the screen is turned on, it has no discernible effect on the screen display. Of course, if you wish to eliminate the diffuser’s lighting effect manually, it should not be too difficult. Remove the plastic plug on the side of the lamp body and pull the diffuser straight out.
In terms of the impact of using a laptop, It isn’t appropriate in my opinion.
The screen of a notebook is usually tilted backward when we use it. The illumination angle of the hanging lamp must be adjusted higher in this case to avoid reflection, but the light can easily reach the eyes directly.
The same is true. When using it on an ordinary monitor, try not to tilt the monitor backward. Vertical to the desktop is best. Otherwise, the illumination angle of the lamp will be too high and it will hit the eyes directly.
The experience provided by the Mijia monitor hanging light at the same price is quite outstanding for a device that costs less than US$50. The advantages include a high color rendering index, high illuminance, wireless remote control knob, metal lamp body, and so on; the only point of contention is the real light path lighting effect. Users who don’t like the soft light scheme can remove the diffuser manually. The actual impact isn’t that significant.
Indeed, the design principles of Mijia monitor hanging lights differ from those of BenQ ScreenBar, as evidenced by the diffuser design. Mijia monitor hanging lights pay more attention to the lighting performance of the desktop, so it actively chose soft Mask, which can bring you uniform and bright desktop lighting effect. BenQ prioritized controlling the light outside the screen, so after the light path was designed, it chose a high transmittance light board to minimize the interference to the preset light path. So, after balancing the benefits and drawbacks, as well as the cost, we believe the Mijia monitor hanging lamp is still a good buy.
Where to buy？ Product link: Xiaomi TookFun Tech Store
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