I really enjoyed the last part of this post because I, too, agree that light is often used as a material for calming effects. Often times we are distracted by materials on a wall or what the ceiling panels are made of that we tend to neglect the light source entirely. Perhaps I use “we” a little too loosely, but I constantly hear the admiration of the steel facade of the Weisman or the Walker, and not so much the admiration of how the light reflects off of it during different parts of the day, or from different angles one can look at these buildings. Although the exterior of a building is extremely important when it comes to light as a factor, but the interior has the ability to warp light in a different way; whether it be through the openings in the wall, the ceiling or a projection of artificial light.
In Mary’s lecture, she mentioned the use of lighting on the ceilings of health care spaces in order to bring a sense of peace and relaxation to the patients. After some research on this topic, I came across a product made my Philips involving “Light Therapy” (Philips). Their motive behind this is that people often feel more energetic and refreshed during the bright sunny season when they are enjoying natural light. When we are exposed to light, “it helps to align our daily rhythm or wake us up more easily.” (Philips) One product in particular is called the Wake-Up Light, which creates the effect of an actual sunrise. It uses “a unique combination of light and sound to wake you in a more natural way.” (Philips) I find this fascinating that, as an electronic company, Philips produced such a product. They went further into the studies of human sleep patterns and beyond the simple purpose of an alarm clock. Perhaps they have done studies involving biomimicry.
I think this is a very interesting way to study light as a natural source and an attempt to recreate it completely. Not only are they recreating natural light but also natural sounds. Different sounds are soothing to different users, so there are settings created to ideally fit everyone’s needs. Perhaps this study could be taken a step further and used as light for an entire room. There could be studies out there that have done this and I didn’t find them. I’d be curious to see how this light would impact the feelings of a patient in a hospital, or, like in the previous post, a visitor at a morgue.