Tripping the Apartment Fantastic
The Vos Pad is the brainchild of the Marcel Jean Vos, an interior lighting and product designer in the UK. The house is a proof of concept, intended to puch the limits of current LED technology for residential lighting.
Because the house uses Luxeon LEDs for all lighting, the color, intensity, and changing patterns can be altered either by direct input, or by computer, in response to outside input, like the time of day or night, or the level of conversation in the room. This leads to some interesting ambience opportunities, which can be seen in this interior gallery or on Vos's site where the color change abilities of the system were puched to the limits.
Besides making this the ultimate clubbing space (which isn't an entirely unreasonable reason to design a room), this technology holds promise for other opportunities. Colors could be programmed to change to compensate for seasonal changes in daylight color and intensity, which can cause winter depression. They could also be employed in light therapy to help regulate moods of occupants. They could be used to change the decor of a room very quickly, especially if lights were used extensively for wall washes. Finally, subtle color shifts could help alter moods from one room to another, to keep people concentrated on the task specific to that room, like a home office.
Even though this is the first, and it certainly isn't the last all-LED-house, the technology has a long way to go, before it reaches an affordable level for the average home depot shopper. But researchers are hard at work on solutions to bring this technology to that level, both by using new OLED(organic LED) technologies, and by modifying existing LED manufacturing techniques for improved efficiency.
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