Product Design Project

Seasonal Affective Disorder Lamp 

Background

A school project that explores structure in order to solve a problem. For my product, I chose to re-design the standard lightbox used by those suffering from seasonal affective disorder.

Role 

Product Designer

Timeline

2.5 months

Type of Project 

School project, Carleton University

Context

Seasonal affective disorder is a type of seasonal depression that is brought on by the changing of seasons and the lack of sunlight intake by an individual.

A remedy for seasonal affective disorder is to utilize a lightbox that mimics the light provided by the sun. the light from these lamps causes a change in the brain, which eases the individuals mood, and symptoms.

Problem

Current light therapy lights are merely functional. The majority of the lights consist of a large, sterile white box, that takes up a large surface area on the users' desk, generally used in the home or office environment.

KEY PAIN POINTS

• Perceived as negative objects
• Take up a large surface area
• Overpriced

Goals

REDUCE SURFACE AREA 

Minimize the amount of space occupied by the light regardless of its location in the home or office.

AESTHETICS

Re-design the aesthetics of the light to incorporate it into daily living environments and make it appealing to a wider user group to normalize seasonal affective disorder.

Product Features

Visual Appeal

Seamlessly blends into to products’ surrounding environment. 

 

Discretly acts as therapy, does not ressemble a therapy light.

Low Cost

Manufactured and priced at a fair price, but still maintains competitive pricing in the market.

Ergonomic

The light can be easily adjusted to fit to the user for the proper use and most benefits.

Sustainable

The bulbs are easily replaceable.

Weightless

Small footprint on the user’s desk.

Health Benefits

The light simulates the health benefits provided by the sun on a spring day, which has proven to  influence users’ moods.

Safety

The light has a protective UV filter + doesn’t emit more than 10,000 lux.

Research

Types of Light Therapy

Competitors

  • Dawn simulators

  • Bright light sun visors

  • Bluewave technology

  • Natural spectrum light bulbs

  • Lightboxes

FOOTPRINT

On average, it is a large lightbox that takes up a large surface area on the users ’ desk.

HIGH COST

Most light boxes cost between $250 and $500 and are not covered by all insurance plans.

BIOS Living

BioLite SunLight

Verilux HappyLight

Phillips

Light Therapy Users

PRIMARY USERS

Young adults, ages 20-35

SECONDARY USERS

Ages 50+

Environment of Use

The user will be using the product in their home or office space.

 

The product can be moved around the users’ environment for convenience.

Concept Development

Through numerous ideations and brainstorming sessions I converged the concepts to a final design. 

Low Fidelity Prototypes

A variety of low fidelity prototypes were created to test structure, function and proportions.

Low Fidelity Prototype Analysis

Mechanism Prototypes

High Fidelity Prototypes

Created a few high fidelity prototypes before creating the final model to make sure the size, proportions, and balance of the lamp structured, lampshade, and electronic components.

Lampshade Prototypes

Frame Prototypes

Process Videos

Projects

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