We all know that sunlight is critical to our health and wellbeing, but sometimes it isn't sunny or we can't be outside enough. So it's no surprise that a lightbulb manufacturer is researching how artificial light can be used to alter mood and improve your health. Phillips has partnered with Cantifix glass engineers and the Oxford University to create a modular research pod in which to study the effects of light and hue on relaxation, mood, attention and health. The Photon Pod is a modular glass studio that will be used to gather more insight as volunteers spend time in it over the next few years.
To study the effect of light on health and wellbeing, Phillips, Cantifix and <a href="http://Oxford University” target=”_blank”>Oxford University teamed up to create a facility in which to study people under a variety of lighting conditions. The Photon Pod is a modular, glass studio that will be used over the next few years to study daylight and artificial light and a combination of the two to find the best conditions. Because the pod is all glass, it lets in a maximum amount of daylight with which to study the effects of total sunlight. The pod can then be modified with coverings to simulate different conditions from partial sunlight to even no natural light at all.
Phillips has offered up its lighting technologies to be used in the study to help test levels of alertness or relaxation in different light settings. Visitors and test subjects of the Pod can check out Phillips Hue, a personal wireless lighting system that can be controlled via an app. Users can use the app to turn lights on, wake up to gradual light, or even set the right mood for a room by picking the perfect color.
Brent Richards, award winning architect and designer responsible for the concept and implementation of the Photon Project and unique design of the Photon Pod says, “Understanding how people feel in different light settings means applying designed light in ways that harmonize with natural light and benefit people when they’re at home, at work – and anywhere else, at any time. Philips Hue is much more than a lamp with mood settings – it is the tip of the iceberg of what we can do with more dynamic lighting, as the Photon Project will show.” The Photon Pod debuted in September at the London Design Festival.
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