A Happy SAD Lamp
This submission to the annual 2017 Welovelamp Competition was another collaboration with my colleague Monika Danh (monikadanh.ca). The theme of the year was balance, so we aimed our design towards making something that encouraged a balance between healthy living and productivity.
To begin, we did some research of secondary sources to find out a little bit more about SAD, its causes, ad its impact on people. We were able to find several articles that distilled some areas of focus that would influence our design choices.
Sleeping problems and nightmares could be attributed to SAD.
Cloudy weather and confined, windowless spaces are common causes of SAD.
Up to 10% of any population may be affected by SAD.
Wave length has an impact on the effectiveness of light therapy treatment; blue light is more effective than high-lux light.
After extensive research we learned that wavelength is instrumental in the effectiveness of SAD lamps. Shorter wave lengths are more effective for light therapy, so Solux' lighting system has a blue tint.
From experience we knew that things get moved around a lot in studio spaces. We wanted to incorporate cord storage into the body to eliminate mess when the lamp is moved or put away.
Another finding from our research was that the imitation of natural lighting (sunrise and ambiance mimicking) was beneficial to the success of light therapy. We included a light fluctuation mode and variable brightness control in a minimal intangible-surface interface on the body.
Minimal + Multifunctional
Flexibility for Direction
Solux' stem is made of a flexible TPE with a wire skeleton inside, allowing both heads to be directed wherever the user wishes. This is to encourage a more approachable and playful presence of a SAD lamp in an environment where it is needed.