Mood Lighting

As our lighting concept uses shadow and colour in a playful way, I wanted to explore the ways in which this could be used to effect moods. Numerous studies have shown how both colour and light can be used to manipulate the atmosphere in a space. In ‘Daylight, Architecture and Health’, Bouberki states “In places where lighting is not so dramatic, such as an office building or other workplaces, mood changes because of lighting may be more subtle and not as clearly discernable. Environmental psychologists and behavioralists assert that even in a less dramatic luminous conditions, small changes in lighting can alter the mood and the emotional state of the building occupants.”

Boubekri, M. (2008:92) Daylight, Architecture and Health, Oxford, Elsevier ltd.

The design of our light shade is intended to cast sublte shadows around a room. We have chosen to use remote controllable LED light bulbs within our product, these will allow users to create a huge spectrum of possible colours to suit and enhance their moods. By selecting red, green and blue lights chromatic shawdows will occur, we feel this will add a fun element and will encourage users to interact with the piece.  This is something seen in the Babushka mood light. Inspired by Russian dolls, this series of mouth blown glass orbs sit within each other and turn on and off by pushing the top. Not only are they interesting visually, but a series of red, purple and blue lights pulse to create a serene atmosphere.

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Babushka Mood Light by Fokal

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Another way in which we hope to create a tranquil atmosphere with our lamp is through the suggestion of water. Like green spaces are proven to have a positive effect on ones mental health, it is now also believed blue spaces can also impact people in a positive manner.

“We’ve looked at the effect of [aquarium] exhibits on heart rate, blood pressure and mood. Early results are quite encouraging. We even found that people responded well just watching the water without any fish.”
Cracknell, D. (2013) What impact do seas, lakes and rivers have on people’s health? The Guardian [Online] [Accessed on 29th December 2015] 

Our lamp shade of varying thicknesses of glass has been designed to create water like shadows and should hopefully encourage a peaceful ambiance. The acrylic base cover will will reflect these patterns. This is an idea which has been explored by Torafu Architects for Tokoyo Designer’s week in in 2011.

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Minano for TOTO by Torafu Architects

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The Minano was an instillation created for design company TOTO and encapsulates their concept of “cherishing water”.  Although this space has no water, there is a very definite sense of it’s existence. Reflections create shimmering, water like visuals and demonstrates the serenity of water’s behavior as well as it’s constantly changing beauty.

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D.Light & Glam – Christophe Pillet Mazzega

Photo Source – Calmettes, J,M. (2006:79) Light Design Now! Barcelona. Monsa.

Similarly I like these glass suspension lamps  by Christophe Pillet Mazzega, which again present an aquatic quality. This iridescent dome has a delicate, liquid appearance. The glass shade has a subtly rippling texture and reminds the viewer or water or bubbles.

I am hoping by combining the use of colour and shadows we can create an interactive mood light which can bring a calming or playful element to a room depending on the mood of the user. Subtle hues, shades and chromatic shadows will allow consumers to create a changing and engaging environment.

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