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Center Innovation Fund: SSC CIF

Innovation Center Smart Light for Enhancing Creativity

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Project Introduction

Recent literature has documented that exposure to different types of light affect circadian rhythms, problem solving ability and creativity. Based upon these findings, NASA has been exploring different types of lighting for astronaut health well-being and function. In this project, a set of large floor “smart-lamps” will be designed and constructed so that illumination can be adjusted, depending upon the need. Unlike conventional lamps, these lamps will have color-changing Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs), and the colors will be controlled by input from a smartphone. These lights will be deployed and evaluated in the NASA SSC Innovation Center. Additionally, an efficient diffuser will be used to eliminate the point source emissions of LED light sources and produce a pleasant diffuse illumination. A novel light controllable “smart-lamp” will have utility in a multitude of studies that look at the effects illumination has upon human productivity.

The purpose of this project is to develop a spectrally adaptable floor-stand smart-lamp. Intelligently mixing different narrow band color light sources can produce a wide range of light quality which can affect human performance. This smart-lamp will be designed and constructed so that illumination can be adjusted, depending on the need. Discrete color Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) will be used as the light source, and illumination and individual color brightness will be controlled by a micro-computing device that will have the capability to adjust light levels based upon the need. An efficient diffuser will be used to eliminate the point source emissions of the LED light sources, mix the individual colors and produce pleasant diffuse illumination.

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