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Development of a Sunlight Luminaire

Kopp, Petra and Sandberg, Anja LU (2015) MMK920 20142
Product Development
Abstract
People spend more and more of their awaken time indoors, resulting in no or little
exposure to sunlight during the day. Natural daylight is superior to artificial light
concerning our biological and psychological health, and it is one of the most important
external signals to the circadian system, the “wake and sleep”-clock. The objective of
this thesis was to develop a luminaire which spreads sunlight, collected and transferred
indoors by Parans Solar Lighting’s system, SP4.
The aim of the project was to not only spread sunlight, but to also convey the feeling
of sunlight. Hence, both the design of the light and the luminaire has to give the
observer the instant perception of natural light and not artificial light.
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People spend more and more of their awaken time indoors, resulting in no or little
exposure to sunlight during the day. Natural daylight is superior to artificial light
concerning our biological and psychological health, and it is one of the most important
external signals to the circadian system, the “wake and sleep”-clock. The objective of
this thesis was to develop a luminaire which spreads sunlight, collected and transferred
indoors by Parans Solar Lighting’s system, SP4.
The aim of the project was to not only spread sunlight, but to also convey the feeling
of sunlight. Hence, both the design of the light and the luminaire has to give the
observer the instant perception of natural light and not artificial light.
Information regarding the behavior of sunlight, lighting design and how to manipulate
light were collected in the first phase of the project, providing a broad understanding
before starting the development process. Additionally, the target group and the user
needs were defined to narrow down the focus of the project. The luminaire was
supposed to be designed for an office environment, and this target area was specified
even more by focusing on break rooms. Common coffee breaks are important since
they encourage creativity and act as a valuable opportunity to exchange ideas amongst
colleagues. A questionnaire were conducted to gather insights about break culture and
preferences for light settings in break rooms.
The development process were divided into three parts. The first part was the
development of the light design. When this design was set, the technique for
manipulating the light from the optic fiber to the desired light shape had to be
developed. The last step in the design process was to develop the actual luminaire.
In the end, a luminaire inspired by a skylight was created. The light from the luminaire
will be projected onto a wall, in a shape similar to a pillar. The luminaire itself consists
of two parts; one spotlight, transforming the light, and one shade, hiding the light
source. The luminaire should be installed above the second ceiling, replicating a light
shaft or a skylight.
The luminaire will be modular, which can either be installed together with the shade,
in a dropped ceiling or independently on a beam. It should also be available in several
different colors, and thereby suitable for a broad range of customers. (Less)
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author
Kopp, Petra and Sandberg, Anja LU
supervisor
organization
course
MMK920 20142
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Fiber optics, Product development, Light design, Luminaire, Sunlight
other publication id
ISRN LUTMDN/TMKT 15/5518 SE
language
English
id
5159757
date added to LUP
2015-03-24 15:29:05
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  abstract     = {People spend more and more of their awaken time indoors, resulting in no or little
exposure to sunlight during the day. Natural daylight is superior to artificial light
concerning our biological and psychological health, and it is one of the most important
external signals to the circadian system, the “wake and sleep”-clock. The objective of
this thesis was to develop a luminaire which spreads sunlight, collected and transferred
indoors by Parans Solar Lighting’s system, SP4.
The aim of the project was to not only spread sunlight, but to also convey the feeling
of sunlight. Hence, both the design of the light and the luminaire has to give the
observer the instant perception of natural light and not artificial light.
Information regarding the behavior of sunlight, lighting design and how to manipulate
light were collected in the first phase of the project, providing a broad understanding
before starting the development process. Additionally, the target group and the user
needs were defined to narrow down the focus of the project. The luminaire was
supposed to be designed for an office environment, and this target area was specified
even more by focusing on break rooms. Common coffee breaks are important since
they encourage creativity and act as a valuable opportunity to exchange ideas amongst
colleagues. A questionnaire were conducted to gather insights about break culture and
preferences for light settings in break rooms.
The development process were divided into three parts. The first part was the
development of the light design. When this design was set, the technique for
manipulating the light from the optic fiber to the desired light shape had to be
developed. The last step in the design process was to develop the actual luminaire.
In the end, a luminaire inspired by a skylight was created. The light from the luminaire
will be projected onto a wall, in a shape similar to a pillar. The luminaire itself consists
of two parts; one spotlight, transforming the light, and one shade, hiding the light
source. The luminaire should be installed above the second ceiling, replicating a light
shaft or a skylight.
The luminaire will be modular, which can either be installed together with the shade,
in a dropped ceiling or independently on a beam. It should also be available in several
different colors, and thereby suitable for a broad range of customers.},
  author       = {Kopp, Petra and Sandberg, Anja},
  keyword      = {Fiber optics,Product development,Light design,Luminaire,Sunlight},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Development of a Sunlight Luminaire},
  year         = {2015},
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