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Shower of Lights

Products for Wellbeing | Projects

  • In our studio, Products for Wellbeing, we looked at different ways to ease or alleviate stress, and improve wellbeing. We focused on stress because it is extremely prevelent in today's society, especially in young adults. Our group decided to create a Shower of Lights, or a light cocoon to help mitigate stress. The shower of lights extracts the stressed out user from the outside world by inserting them into a light cocoon that can be used in various places such as offices, classrooms, bedrooms and other stressful areas. For one to achieve perfect bliss, we created a stress free way of turning on the light cocoon by connecting two magnets from the bottom of the white bed sheet together.

    The lights in our cocoon provide an color changing scheme that is calm, mollifying, relieving, and in no way ardent. Our product is important because there a few other products that address stress reduction in a manner that is portable and attractive to young adults. No other product encompasses the ease of turning the product on, the same intricate array of therapeutic lights, or the alluring net that makes the lighting opaque, keeping the user within the cocoon. 

  • We came up with the main concept of our project after taking inspiration from bed canopies/nets often used in order to keep bugs out. The theme of our studio was well-being, and our idea was to promote feelings of relaxation and stress relief by shining LED lights over a bed, using the canopy to keep the user immersed and mitigate any distractions from the outside.

    First Iteration:

    The first vision for our product was that it would hang above the bed and contain the LEDs as a circle, so we began to work on our first iteration.  Our first iteration, a scaled down wooden circle that we had cut out with the laser printer, was elementary, but gave us a good starting point. One of our group's biggest plights was the lack of mobility that the circle gave the curtain. 

    Second Iteration:

    In order to fix this we made our second prototype, which was full scale, and made out of cardboard with the ability to rotate the curtain back and forth for easy entry and exit. We did this by connecting several pieces in order to make space for the sliding pieces to move back and forth. 

    Final Iteration: 

    After a successful second iteration, we moved forward with the same design and printed it on wood as our final piece. Besides printing the final on wood, the only other major differences was the creation of whole on the top ring, to keep the rings from being too heavy.   

    Once we had our final product pieced together, we decided to market it as an environment someone could put a chair inside and sit in, rather than it being used only as a bed net. This decision was made because we were unable to get cloth in the right dimensions in order to cut it into a proper cone or tipi shape to put above a bed. Coincidentally, we found that giving the light shower more uses, rather than just a bed net, made it a more versatile product, appealing to more users.