A Study of how Lighting/Lighting Design can positively influence the process of a Persons Grieving

Case study 1: How Xu and Labro (2014)

Why the case-study

This study has been identified due to its focus on the relation between light and human emotions[1]. The study examines the effect that light intensity has on the emotions of individuals subjected to them. As such, an individual’s attractiveness, source spiciness, or the feelings towards positive as well as negative words are found to be affected by lighting or light design[2].

Analytical Methodology and Findings

The case study uses the light intensity to determine the emotional strength of a person and their reactions towards situations. This, the study argues could either turn out to be positive or negative. According to Xu & Labor, the effect that the light has on one’s emotions can be as a result of its perception as heat[3]. Therefore, the perception of heat has an ability to trigger one’s emotions. This is because; a brighter light has a higher heat perception of it and thus can turn up one’s emotions. This is a mere perception of heat and not necessarily sensible heat. In this instance, the room temperature could be the same. This effect result is an intensified light that triggers an individual’s initial emotional reaction to some stimuli[4]. This may include people and products. As people involve in decision making, turning down the lights can reduce their emotionality in decision making.

How the case informs the thesis

From this case study, we can deduce that the emotional strength of an individual increases with light intensity. The correlation between light intensity which is perceived as an individual as heat with their emotional strength, therefore, affects the decisions they make with regards to situations that confront them[5]. This case study, therefore, informs the thesis (How lighting positively influences the grieving process) by giving an analytical view of emotions involved in grieving vis-a-vis how they are triggered by the lighting.

In conclusion, light takes away the darkness that psychologically is associated with fear. Death on the other end is deemed as a dark moment in an individual’s life. Introducing intense light eliminates the fear that one may have and enables them to have their spirits lifted. They consequently can feel warm reducing the sorrow and somber mood placing amusement or a sigh of relief which is very instrumental in helping one heal from grief.

Case Study 2: John Fynn

Why the case-study

This case study explores stimulus by lighting modes linked human response of subjective impression of lit environment[6]. These lighting modes include both uniform and nonuniform light forms; brighter or dimmer illumination levels; overhead and peripheral lighting.  The human response scales on the other end include pleasant against unpleasant, public against private, relaxed against tensed; visually against hazy. Therefore, individuals exposure to different light modes as a stimulating factor will respond on different scales that include the examples presented above.

Analytical Methodology and Findings

From this case-study, Flynn advances an argument that the modes of light are linked to how humans response to the light environment. Therefore, for instance, on a situation where the light distribution is uniform, one may respond by feeling relaxed or in a situation where the lights form is non-uniform, the implication would be a tensed individual. This implies that one needs to understand how different light forms stimulate a different response on people. The study recognizes the resulting effect of a light form on the mood or psychological condition of a person. In a situation where one needs to cheer up individuals, for example in a grieving environment, forms of light that can result in relaxed mood will be convenient. The study found out that different light forms trigger different responses by a human on a varying scale.

How the case informs the thesis

Flynn’s case-study informs the thesis that focuses on how lighting positively influences the process of grieving. The lighting designs that may vary from uniform, non-uniform, peripheral, overhead among other different forms affect one’s feelings. This is because; one may have an unpleasant feeling, or tensed depending on the form of light around. The case study concludes by asserting that people tend to have preference to spaces with luminance[7]. As such, to bring a good mood to people, that will make them relaxed and composed in a manner that catches their imagination and makes them feel a sigh of relief, one can play about with lighting forms that cause such effects. In a place where individuals are in grief, the same can apply. Illuminating the environment relieves the tension and improves one’s moods. The somber feelings can hence be reduced. This can be very instrumental in impacting the human psychology in times of grief. To ensure effective healing of grief, light forms that brighten an individual’s feelings can be very prudent in such times.

Case study 3: Taylor & Sucov (1974)

    Why the case-study

The study by Taylor & Sucov (1974) has been identified due to its linkage of the brightness of light to human behavior. The study argues that human behavior is by a larger extent affected by the intensity of light. It justifies this by comparing people to moths who get attracted to the brightness of the light. As such people, it argues, follow the path of light. This implies that light can be used to influence the behavior of people in different scenarios.

Analytical Methodology and Findings

The study illustrates this though the use of a light source that are placed on both far ends and another scenario with a light source of different brightness on opposite far ends. The resulting effect is more traffic of people towards the brighter end. Just like the case study 2, the brightness of light or illumination levels determines people’s response. High illumination would warm up people since they would not move to it if it resulted in a bad mood. If lights cause people to move towards the where it is brighter, it then has an effect in humans emotional system. This indicates that brighter light in effect brightens one’s feelings and lifts their spirit[8]. If it sinks their feelings, the movement would be in the opposite direction away from the brightness. This brightness is therefore followed because of the resultant effect it has on the person within its proximity. The study, therefore, found out that people just like moths are attracted to brightness.

How the case informs the thesis

This case informs the thesis through linking peoples’ behavior with the brightness of the light. It uses moths to draw a comparison to the argument. Ordinarily moths get excited around bright lights and seem to move their direction spending a lot of their time in such environment. Grieving individuals are human beings and will respond to light in a similar manner. People grieving out of death are in a dark moment. The light will appeal to their psychological condition illuminating their environment. This will drive away the fear that comes along with the darkness presenting some relief of a sort. The brighter the light, the better since the attraction will relieve individuals of fear and pen their minds lifting their spirits.  The resultant effect will be an increased healing from grief.

[1] A Study of how Lighting/Lighting Design can Make the Process of a Persons Grieving Better n.d (p3)

[2] Ibid(11)

[3] Ibid(10)

[4] Ibid(10)

[5] Ibid(10)

[6] Ibid(10)

[7] Ibid(10)

[8]               Ibid(1)

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