Key Trends Driving Light’s Emotional Impact [Future of Light]

Key Trends Driving Light’s Emotional Impact [Future of Light]

PSFK Labs looks at how designers are creating connected lighting experiences that respond to people's proximity and touch.

  • 13 october 2013

PSFK’s Future of Light report takes an in-depth look at lighting innovation at the intersection of technology, community and sustainability. One of the four major themes featured in the report is called Luminous Relationships, which explores how lighting designs can trigger positive emotional responses, changing a person’s relationship with their friends and family, their surroundings and even the products that occupy their lives.

Below we recap three key trends that fall under the Luminous Relationships theme:


In a trend we’re calling, Responsive Environments, we look at how individual products and networked installations and systems are reacting to a person’s presence to provide on-demand illumination and often, tailored lighting experiences. These technology-enabled solutions help create an intuitive, and highly personalized link between people and world around them. Check out the following posts to understand the examples shaping this trend:

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The trend Welcoming Light explores how derelict and forgotten urban spaces are being reinvigorated through the deployment of creative lighting displays that promote safety and community. By harnessing the potential of light to create alluring environments, these installations challenge long-held assumptions around spaces fallen into disuse, carving out new possibilities around congregation, play, and safe passage. Check out the following posts to understand the examples shaping this trend:

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Remotely Connected is the final trend under this theme. It looks at how synced lighting experiences are helping bring to life the unique connections between people. With their ability to convey shared experiences, awareness or proximity, these lighting displays are being creatively deployed to evoke an emotional response between people. Check out the following posts to understand the examples shaping this trend:

The Future of Light series explores light’s potential to improve lives, build communities, and connect people in new and meaningful ways. Brought to you in partnership with Philips Lighting, a full report is available as aniOS and Android app or as a downloadable PDF.


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