Efterlyst

Efterlyst is a lamp that continues to illuminate during a power outage due to its integrated battery. The lamp is constructed as a stationery area light, with the function of being used as a mobile light source. The charging station and lamp are designed to be perceived as belonging together. Thus, encouraging the user to connect the two again after usage  to ensure that the battery is always charged.




Project brief
in collaboration IKEA 

The democratic design challenge from IKEA was to improve life by using inspiration from off the grid solutions. IMPROVE LIFE connects to the IKEA idea about democratizing great things, to give the many people access to high value products that makes everyday life at home better. 

A growing number of people want to be independent or go off the grid and become self-sufficient.  They want to become independent in their own homes when it comes to both energy, water, food, communications and other parts of daily life.




Research 

To analyze how different individuals mange temporarily disruptions in the grid a questionnaire and interviews made. Based on the questionnaire and interviews, we could see that the most troublesome area when temporarily off the grid was convincingly the light, or more specific arealight. This conclusion is based on the fact that most normal activities, during dark hours, such as cooking or reading requires some sort of light to be performed. 




Ideation

The aim of the ideation was to create an idea that would improve the life of people being temporarily off the grid, where the electricity is affected to the extent of no light. We also focused on preventing the lamp from being categorized as a survivor and/or prepper product, to make it more approachable as preparing for something bad have the tendency to go against the human nature.
To solve the problem, the idea was to create a stationery area light with the function of being used as a mobile light source. The final concept was inspired by traditional candle holders, which has been a former solution during temporarily power shortage. The advantage with an electrical candle holder is that the quality of the light is better and that it reduces fire hazards. To the right, marked with a circle, you can see the final sketches made by Gustav.


Development 

The shape and dimensions of the lamp was developed by creating sketch models. By using the sketch model in a user test, the placement of the button was explored. The user test showed that the most participants found the position on the handle to be a more natural placement for a button.
During the project, me and Gustav work together within the ideation phase. In the further development, a big part for me was to build the prototype and the inner components while Gustav worked with finishing the 3D-modelling. 


Efterlyst

 Efterlyst is a lamp that continues to illuminate during a power outage  due to its integrated battery. In addition, the custom cylindrical plexiglass works in sync with the LED-lamp to provide a 360 degrees arealight. Further, for a dynamic user experience, the light is dimmable by three levels, controlled by a button located on the handle.
To achieve the desired mobility, the lamp can easily be removed and connected from the charging station. To counter the issues where the lamp is not returned and plugged in to the station, thus draining the battery preventing its purpose during a future power outage, the charging station and lamp are designed to be perceived as belonging together. Consequently, creating the desire of connecting the two again after using the lamp. The charging station and lamp are designed to be perceived as belonging together. Thus, encouraging the user to connect the two again after usage to ensure that the battery is always charged.

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