【US】 BenQ PianoLight piano eye care lamp review

【US】 BenQ PianoLight piano eye care lamp review

Source:the-gadgeteer.com | By Garry Kolb

身在美国佛罗里达州、业已退休的加里·科尔布(Garry Kolb)在使用过明基PianoLight智能钢琴灯后表示,这是一个了不起的照明解决方案。不仅外形时尚,而且功能丰富。它的色温是可调的,因此让你得以根据个人喜好定制光线,还有智能亮度调节、自动开/关都为其锦上添花。特别是光线同时覆盖乐谱和钢琴键盘,照明质量很棒。如果你也弹钢琴,想要一盏可以做所有事情的灯,并且价格没有吓到你,那么它应该在你的采购清单上。

【US】 BenQ PianoLight piano eye care lamp review
Garry Kolb
【US】 BenQ PianoLight piano eye care lamp review

If you are a keyboardist, one of the toughest things to do is to properly illuminate your keyboard and sheet music without over-lighting your performance location. BenQ’s new PianoLight is specifically designed to illuminate just your music and the entire width of your keyboard without spilling light elsewhere. Is this a bright idea, or just another sad song? Let’s take a look!

What is it?

The BenQ PianoLight is an LED lamp designed to provide even illumination across a standard 88-key piano keyboard as well as sheet music on the music stand.

What’s in the box?

【US】 BenQ PianoLight piano eye care lamp review
  • PianoLight
  • Power adapter
  • Eyeshield (recommended for children or shorter keyboardists
  • Quick start guide in Japanese, Chinese, and English
  • Warranty registration, conveniently only supplied in Japanese

Hardware specs

  • Dimensions: 526.3mm/20.7in x 123.8mm/4.87in x 347.3mm/13.67in (WxDxH)
  • Weight: 3.47 kg / 7.65 lbs
  • Materials: aluminum alloy, polycarbonate
  • Light source: dual-color LED‎
  • Color Rending Index (CRI): >95 (100 is perfect color rendition)
  • Illuminance: 800 Lux in the center (height 70cm), variable
  • Color temperature: 2700~6500K in six incremental steps
  • Expected lamp life: 50,000 hours
  • Expected metal shaft movement life: 10,000+ movements
  • Power input: 12V (from 110V adapter included)
  • Power consumption: 16W (max)‎
  • Power cord: 88in

Design and features

The PianoLight is a terrific looking light, period. The aluminum construction and heavily weighted based give it an overall high-quality look and feel.

The front panel of the PianoLight is touch-sensitive and illuminated.

【US】 BenQ PianoLight piano eye care lamp review

Each set of lights light up individually when touched, but are all illuminated in the photo below for reference.

【US】 BenQ PianoLight piano eye care lamp review

From left to right :

  • Color temperature, adjustable in six steps
  • Brightness
  • Power on/off (the circle)
  • Proximity turn on
  • Auto brightness
  • Favorite setting
【US】 BenQ PianoLight piano eye care lamp review

The individual touch-sensitive lights only remain on for a few moments to not be distracting to the pianist.

The top of the light bar features the light sensor, controlling the auto-brightness settings.

【US】 BenQ PianoLight piano eye care lamp review

Underneath, we find the infrared proximity sensor, controlling the auto-on function.

【US】 BenQ PianoLight piano eye care lamp review

You can also see the brass articulated mount. It swivels and pivots. The sidearms pivot up and down.

【US】 BenQ PianoLight piano eye care lamp review

Combining these two mounting points, the lamp can be adjusted to nearly any position to fit your keyboarding needs.

【US】 BenQ PianoLight piano eye care lamp review

This is important to us, as our digital baby grand has a top that opens at an angle. This is no problem for the PianoLight as we can still adjust the lamp to be level over the keyboard.

【US】 BenQ PianoLight piano eye care lamp review

The bottom of the heavily weighted base is rubberized and has a channel down the middle to accommodate pianos with a hinge in the middle of the top. The rubber is very grippy and is claimed to be able to hold the PianoLight steady on up to a 15-degree incline. The rubber base also isolates the light from vibration so that the light will not resonate with the music.

If you have a younger player that will sit low, you can install the optional eyeshield. It snaps into a slot under the lamp head and extends downward, providing additional shielding. It has additional benefits I’ll mention below.

【US】 BenQ PianoLight piano eye care lamp review
【US】 BenQ PianoLight piano eye care lamp review

Setup

Setup is pretty simple. After unboxing and removing protective plastic, plug the power cord into the power adapter and plug it into the wall socket. If you are going to use the auto-on proximity sensor, you turn it on and let it self-calibrate. You can also install the optional eyeshield if desired. That’s it.

Performance

Once the PianoLight is in place, it performs as advertised. The lighting is bright and even across the sheet music and the keyboard. The diffusion lens does an incredible job lighting what it is supposed to without lighting anything else.

Touch the controls to adjust the lighting color to one that works for you. Then adjust the brightness level, or, simply touch the auto-brightness and let the lamp do it for you. I found that it does a great job providing good lighting, adjusting appropriately as the ambient light changes.

If you have a setting that you want to save, holding the favorites button for three seconds will save that setting. Touching the favorites button recalls that setting.

One issue we had was an overly-sensitive proximity sensor. It turned on the lamp every time we walked by the piano. Installing the eyeshield corrected that issue. Now, we sit down and open the keyboard, and the light turns on. After ten minutes of no activity, the light turns off. I would prefer a shorter auto-off timer, but that’s a minor quibble.

What I like

  • Striking design
  • Quality construction and finishes
  • Awesome illumination across the entire keyboard and sheet music
  • Auto-brightness works very well
  • Proximity sensor auto-on and auto-off is nice

What I’d change

  • The proximity sensor is perhaps a little too sensitive but is better with the eyeshield installed
  • I’d like the auto shut-off to turn the lamp off a little more quickly, or be configurable
  • A little pricey

Final thoughts

Final thoughts are easy – this is a terrific lighting solution. It’s stylish, feature-rich and does what it says it will do. The variable color temperature is a nice bonus so you can tailor the light to your personal preference. The auto-brightness and auto-on/off are just icing on the cake. The quality of the lighting across the sheet music and keyboard is wonderful. i\If you are going to use the proximity sensor, I recommend installing the eyeshield.

If you play the piano, want a light that will do everything, look great doing it all, and the price doesn’t scare you off, then this should be on your shortlist.

Source: The sample of this product was provided by BenQ.


About Garry Kolb

After a successful 35-year career in information technology in mid-Michigan, I am now happily retired and living the dream life in The Villages, Florida with my fun-loving and very tolerant wife of over 35 years. When not playing golf, pickleball or water volleyball, I like amazing our neighbors with our automated home and fiddling with new gadgets.

【US】 BenQ PianoLight piano eye care lamp review

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【US】 BenQ PianoLight piano eye care lamp review

【US】 BenQ PianoLight piano eye care lamp review

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