Human Centric Lighting approach: elderly lighting system

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Recently Arch. Aldo Deli discussed his thesis in Architecture at Pescara Univeristy; it was entitled “Human Centric Lighting approach: concept design of a lighting system for the elderly sector” the aim was to present the concept of a new lamp for interiors. To complete the exhibition, we have entrusted Arch. Aldo Deli the creation of the stereolithography model complete with surface finish.

The main challenge of the research work was to integrate a highly innovative discipline such as Human Centric Lighting into a product destined for a demanding and careful category like that of the seniors. The design intent was to represent a coherent set of elements that were proposed through simplicity and formal clarity.

This led to the identification of the five key elements of the product: a base, a reflector, a diffuser, an illuminating body and controls. The overall height – 180 cm – has been established with the precise intent to create a product that is neither too intrusive in the home environment nor can it instil in the senior a sort of ‘fear’ due to excessive physicality.

The main challenge of the research work was to integrate a highly innovative discipline such as Human Centric Lighting into a product destined for a demanding and careful category like that of the seniors. The design intent was to represent a coherent set of elements that were proposed through simplicity and formal clarity.

This led to the identification of the five key elements of the product: a base, a reflector, a diffuser, an illuminating body and controls. The overall height – 180 cm – has been established with the precise intent to create a product that is neither too intrusive in the home environment nor can it instil in the senior a sort of ‘fear’ due to excessive physicality.

The operation depends on the activities required by the user. Initially a twilight sensor leads to the automatic lighting of the reflector profile in PMMA, this makes the presence of the product evident in the environment; the movement sensor allows the lighting of the light at the base, able to illuminate the street in case the senior needs to get up to go to another house rooms. The product was designed to be used in the home and for that specific target, but could be converted with some changes to be used in business, education, hospital. In reality, any product that integrates the HCL makes the most of its potential if inserted into a system, so if you think about the house consider a floor lamp, a pendant, a wall lamp, a table lamp that interact together.

The choice to produce the model within the Coesum through stereolithography was dictated both by the guarantee of quality of the productions that I was able to find through third parties and through visits to the company, both from time constraints, given the short time available , and the desire to obtain a finished product without the need for further processing (such as sanding and painting). The result was very good and gave me the opportunity to show my project with a physical prototype model, thanks to one of the best manufacturing technologies particularly suitable for the production of aesthetic prototypes“.

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