Color-Coded Spotlights Quickly Visualize Energy Consumption

Color-Coded Spotlights Quickly Visualize Energy Consumption

A team of designers have developed a method for quickly giving workers a sense of their power usage.

Kyle Studstill
  • 26 august 2010

A pair of interaction designers from the Interactive Institute have prototyped a set of lamps that display glance-able information on energy consumption, intended for use in industrial facilities. Three color-coded lights work in tandem to quickly visualize a facilities usage of electricity throughout the day; the white beam displays current usage, while the blue and orange provide context by displaying the minimum and maximum previous usage levels. Named Watt-Lites, the lamps give workers in larger industrial settings a sense of ambient awareness regarding their daily consumption, intended to subtly influence behaviors to help workers be more conscious of their activities.

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