|When looking at a
nightlight the majority of users are children. The
nightlight is therefore styled accordingly, be it a big
illuminated red ladybug, or a colourful cartoon
character. The aesthetics are styled in such a way that
it engages the child. And when the child sees it, it is
a familiar and friendly light from the terrifying dark.
An adult would see it a different light, in some cases
opting for a nightlight that is more in style with the
The Cicader Nightlight concept is a styling exercise aimed at investigating the use of aesthetic styling to appeal to two different target markets.
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- Illuminated by an electroluminecent strip.
- Device is turned on/off when clipped onto wall. The unit is activated when the clip that it is plugged into completes the devices circuit.
- A light sensor activates the Passive Infra Red Detection sensor (PIRD) at night.
- PIRD sensor detects movement activating the light.
- Light will stay illuminated for 30 seconds after no detectable movement.
- Nightlight units can be clipped into a four dock solar powered recharging board to recharge the device.
- The unit is charging when the clip on the recharging board completes the nightlights recharging circuit.
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- Current market includes lights that use electroluminescent strips or other methods to produce soft diffuse glows.
- Aesthetically nightlights either are styled towards playful characters for children, or aesthetically minimal styling towards parents. With a style that could be pleasing to both markets would be beneficial.
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- For this exercise my initial approach was to look into suggestive forms that a child could (with a bit of imagination) relate to a more elaborate object, with the hope that this design could be tweaked to a non obtrusive form the will appease the parent.
- The theme of a bug was chosen as it would be suggestive of something that would be hanging on a wall.
- Top Priority was not to make this object a choking hazard to the child, therefore all proportions were scaled up to avoid this.
- Components that were specific to the operation of this nightlight (PIRD sensor, Light sensor) had to be incorporated into the form. So the head became the PIRD sensor, and the wings became the lights.
- The original intent was to have a solar cell incorporated into the light itself to make it entirely independent, but was rationalized to a clip system that plugs the lighting unit into a solar recharging board. as you could not guarantee best performance if the nightlight was positioned in a dark corner.
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