Home Lighting Experience in China: Lighting experience design for urban middle class Chinese homes
Bruens, G.N. (mentor)
Vastenburg, M.H. (mentor)
Engelen, H. (mentor)
Kulkarni, U. (mentor)
Industrial Design Engineering
Master of Science Design for Interaction
This report is about a graduation project on lighting experience design for urban middle class Chinese homes, which is done for Philips Consumer Luminaires (Shenzhen) Co.,Ltd. The project aims to develop a lighting solution that meets the latent desires and needs of urban middle class Chinese families in the living room. The user centered research and design approaches such as “Contextmapping” were applied during the process. Through the literature research and the company research, the strength and weakness of current home lighting solutions were identified. After that, the explorative user research was carried out to find out what needs and wishes they had when using light at home. During the session, the current problems and needs were asked. Light intensity and light color temperature are concluded to be the most important parameters that people want to adjust with limited amount of luminaires they have when it comes to ambience settings. They also have desires to have more advanced way of control like using certain sensors. Lacking of local light source for ambience or reading is another significant issue for daily use. Moreover, they have their own contemporary style and more and more emotional and rational needs in life. In addition, urban middle class Chinese family desire to be surrounded by natural things at home such as plants, flowers, scenes of sky and stars on the ceiling etc. since they live in the concrete cities. A baseline study was also conducted with the existing lighting control system in the company to identify the benefits and problems. Followed by the research findings, an interaction vision was generated from a brainstorm session. The vision is enable luminaires to act or co-response with each other and people as “soul mates”. Five ideas came up afterwards with the interaction quality. Three concepts from an abstract level were formulated based on the ideas. The final concept was to control all the lights from one luminaire that users can reach easily. Then all the functions that required from the users together with the insights on existing system were considered to be involved to the design development. The whole consideration during the design process was around how to apply the functions to the contemporary form factors of the luminaire. The system and control interface worked well in the final design. Due to the prototype was not complete with system embedded; further evaluations on the design are needed in the future to find out whether the design meets the needs of urban middle class Chinese families. From the user tests that were already done among the three families, users seem to focus more on the aspects of control than the function of illumination. So more tests are needed to define the position of the product next. The participants indicated that the system was intuitive to use. Generally the evaluation shows that the concept is appreciated by the participants. Therefore, it is a good start for Philips to develop lighting control in the future.
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