Ambient Mood Setting Lamp

Ambient Mood Setting Lamp

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INTRODUCTION Conventional urban homes lac elements of a traditional home. Such elements reflect the five rings in nature namely - earth, water, fire, air or sky, and void. The project is aimed to inculcate these elements into a common household product, lamp. The lamp is functional at two tiers one is a technical aspect that adds ambient light much required for work from home scenarios. Second and most importantly the emotional aspect, the aesthetics of lamp motivates the user with its handcrafted appeal and combination of the five elements. The project uses crafting techniques - Coiled Cane Craft, Papier-mâché, Paper, Metalware, Interior design, Lighting Design, Ceramic Design, Visual Display Design. It also further gives new meaning to craft by re-purposing waste. BACKGROUND RESEARCH Lighting influences perceptions in meaningful ways and can evoke senses of pleasantness, relaxation, or intimacy in specific environments. Successful lighting design not only attracts consumers’ attention to the merchandise, influences their emotions, and increases their satisfaction, but it can also raise their approach intention and shopping desire. Scientific Findings The contrast of lighting consists of two main components: ambient lighting, and accent lighting. Ambient and accent lighting create spatial (Steffy, 2002). The combinations of ambient and accent lighting play key roles in producing different contrasts of light that can draw users’ attention and raise environmental satisfaction and approach intention (Illuminating Engineering Society of North America [IESNA], 2011). Low-contrast lighting means brighter ambient light, and high-contrast lighting consists of less ambient bright light and more accent light. The main applications of a lower lighting contrast are to provide easy task vision, allow random circulation, or permit flexible relocation of work surfaces. The primary application of a higher lighting contrast is to produce attractive images and a special atmosphere, increasing stimulation in a space to evoke feelings of excitement (Gordon, 2003; Liao, 2011). Color temperature is another key factor of lighting known to significantly impact people’s feelings. Color temperature or correlated color temperature (CCT) refers to the color of the light emitted from a light source. It is typically described in terms of how warm or cool the light is perceived. Flynn (1992) found that space with warm color lighting and more focused light on objects or walls induce higher impressions of pleasantness. Therefore, to achieve satisfactory lighting, both the contrast and color temperature of light in various combinations must be successfully applied to the foreground and background environment to influence users’ perception, such as attention and spatial complexity, and elicit emotional and psychological reactions, such as pleasure, arousal, satisfaction. Artists and interior architects have long understood that colors can affect our feelings, emotions, and mood. This is why the rooms in a hospital are often green – green calms and reduces stress. Other colors such as red, orange, yellow, blue, etc., have a different effect on the body. Chromotherapy Chromotherapy or color therapy is based on the premise that colors and light can be used to correct physical ailments. Depending on the location and nature of the ailment a specific color may ease it. One of the first scientists to consider the effect of colors was August Pleasonton. In 1876 he published ‘The Influence of the Blue Ray of Sunlight and of the Blue Color of the Sky’ in which he studied how blue can stimulate the growth of plants and cattle. He also mentioned that this color can help make the human body better. Colour therapy should not be confused with light therapy. Colors and their meaning Studies have shown that people can distinguish approximately 10 million colors. These colors can be broken down into three primary colors: yellow, red, and blue. Usually, in chromotherapy, the secondary colors are added, more specifically orange, purple, and green. Red – First Chakra: base of the spine Red is believed to increase the pulse, raise blood pressure, and increase the rate of breathing. Red would be applied to support circulatory and nervous functions. Orange – Second Chakra: pelvic area Orange is a mixture of red and yellow and improves mood and alertness. Yellow – Third Chakra: solar plexus (just above belly button) Yellow, the brightest color used in chromotherapy, has been used to purify the skin, help with indigestion, strengthen the nervous system, treat glandular diseases, hepatitis, and lymphatic disorders, and assist metabolism. Green – Fourth Chakra: heart Green, a color associated with harmony, provides a neutral, positive calming effect. Blue – Fifth Chakra: throat Blue promotes relaxation and calm. Blue exhibits tranquilizing qualities often used to relieve headaches and migraines, colds, stress, nervous tension, rheumatism, stomach pains, muscle cramps, and liver disorders. Blue is thought to have a positive effect on all kinds of pain. Indigo – Sixth Chakra: lower part of the forehead Indigo is used to address conditions involving the eyes, ears, and nose. It has a calming, sedative effect. Violet – Seventh Chakra: top of the head Violet is used to calm the nervous system, soothe organs, and relax muscles. Violet has meditative qualities and is often used to treat conditions of the lymphatic system and spleen, as well as urinary disorders and psychosis. Red makes the heart beat faster. You will frequently find this and other claims made for the effects of different colors on the human mind and body. But is there any scientific evidence and data to support such claims? The physiological mechanisms that underpin human color vision have been understood for the best part of a century, but it is only in the last couple of decades that we have discovered and begun to understand a separate pathway for the non-visual effects of color. Like the ear, which also provides us with our sense of balance, we now know that the eye performs two functions. Light sensitive cells known as cones in the retina at the back of the eye send electrochemical signals primarily to an area of the brain known as the visual cortex, where the visual images we see are formed. However, we now know that some retinal ganglion cells respond to light by sending signals mainly to a central brain region called the hypothalamus which plays no part in forming visual images. Light but not a vision The hypothalamus is a key part of the brain responsible for the secretion of several hormones that control many aspects of the body's self-regulation, including temperature, sleep, hunger, and circadian rhythms. Exposure to light in the morning, and blue/green light, in particular, prompts the release of the hormone cortisol which stimulates and wakes us and inhibits the release of melatonin. In the late evening, as the amount of blue light in sunlight is reduced, melatonin is released into the bloodstream and we become drowsy. The retinal cells that form the non-image-forming visual pathway between eye and hypothalamus are selectively sensitive to the short wavelengths (blue and green) of the visible spectrum. What this means is that there is an established physiological mechanism through which color and light can affect mood, heart rate, alertness, and impulsivity, to name but a few. For example, this non-image-forming visual pathway to the hypothalamus is believed to be involved in seasonal affective disorder, a mood disorder that affects some people during the darker winter months that can be successfully treated by exposure to light in the morning. Similarly, there is published data that shows that exposure to bright, short-wavelength light a couple of hours before normal bedtime can increase alertness and subsequently affect sleep quality. Poor quality sleep is becoming increasingly prevalent in modern society and is linked with increased risk factors for obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. There is some concern that the excessive use of smartphones and tablets in the late evening can affect sleep quality because they emit substantial amounts of blue/green light at the wavelengths that inhibit the release of melatonin, and so prevent us from becoming drowsy. That's one effect of blue/green light, but there is much more research to be done to back the many claims made for other colors. Experiencing color I lead the Experience Design research group at the University of Leeds where we have a lighting laboratory especially designed to evaluate the effect of light on human behavior and psychology. The lighting system is unique in the UK in that it can flood a room with colored light of any specific wavelengths (another colored lighting usually uses a crude mixture of red, green, and blue light). Recent research by the group has found a small effect of colored light on heart rate and blood pressure: red light does seem to raise heart rate, while blue light lowers it. The effect is small but has been corroborated in a 2015 paper by a group in Australia. In 2009 blue lights were installed at the end of platforms on Tokyo's Yamanote railway line to reduce the incidence of suicide. As a result of the success of these lights (suicides fell by 74 percent at stations where the blue lights were installed), similar colored lighting has been installed at Gatwick Airport train platforms. These steps were taken based on the claim that blue light could make people less impulsive and calmer, but there is little scientific evidence yet to support these claims: a three-year study (forthcoming) by Nicholas Ciccone, a Ph.D. researcher in our group, found inconclusive evidence for the effect of colored lighting on impulsivity. Similar studies are underway in our laboratories to explore...

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  • 8.00x8.00x12.00 Inch


  • Coiled Cane Craft,Papier-mâché ,Paper,Metalware,Interior design,Lighting Design,Ceramic Design,Visual Display Design


  • Ceramic,Metal,Copper,Wood,Cotton,Papier-Mache,Paper/ Canvas


  • Metal Joining,Brass and copper ,Paper mache,Sculpture,Stiching

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