My final year project explored lighting-based solutions to improve wellbeing.
In the first half of this project I set out to design a light which would enhance sleep. My research into colour and different kinds of light informed my work. I found that orange/red wavelength light increases the body’s production of sleep inducing hormone melatonin, and that warm white light relaxes the body. This lead me to produce two prototypes of the ‘Shoji Lamp’, one emitting warm white light and the other bright red light.
The second focal point of this project was Seasonal Affective Disorder. The main treatment for the condition is intense white light box therapy and I set out to design pieces of coloured lighting which could benefit those living with the condition. Research was key in this project and I conducted a survey of people living with Seasonal Affective Disorder which informed the direction of my work. I produced a prototype of two different designs: the ‘Tropical Light’ and the ‘Circa Light’.