Light, by the shadows it casts

“Light is sometimes only recognized by the shadows it casts”

For this course we had to create a prototype for a lamp. Thinking about lamps and light you cannot ignore the “ultimate lamp” which is our sun. That line of thought led us to think about Sundial clocks and how they were used the sun position to know the time of the day and the use of shadows.

In our life and the environments we live and work in, the lighting we use is artificial and static, working on your desk under fluorescent light makes it easy to forget about time, it’s a static environment without much change of scenery. The intention of this lamp is to provide a subtle link to the desktop environment and the daily cycle of the sun.

The user is able to set the intensity of the light using a touch sensor. Though the user can decided on the brightness the user can not influence the direction of the light. The light will fulfill a full rotation over the course of 12 hours and in this way simulate the daily rhythm.

The direction of the light is changing continuously and therefore also the cast shadow produced by the objects on your desk. This will create a cycle where you will have optimal desk light for 6-8 hours on your desk to stimulate work, but for the other 4-6 hours the light will be less optimal to stimulate rest, which is very important in healthy work routine.

Beside the function of a atmospherical desk light, the lamp will also function as a clock. The shadow cast by the numbers is an indication for the time of the day: a modern Stonehenge.