The original request received from the specifier was for (3) wall mounted lights for each of the (23) renovated NICU patient rooms with the caveat being…“we would like to have the LED light programmed for acoustics so that when people are talking loudly the light will turn to red and when speech is at a normal level the LED light is back to the normal color temperature”. Luckily, the hospital was able to outsource an electrical engineer who I worked closely with to understand all of the device needs and how to create a solution that would allow the product to function properly.
I acted as a conduit between the specifier, contracted electrical engineer, Sonic-U manufacturer, 3-form legal, installer, and the LightArt internal teams - design developer, CAD teammate, and fabricators. Through my diligence in research, sampling, verifying compatibility, and building a prototype, this micro-controller adapted lighting solution was a success.
Whereas other Project Managers would have turned down the initial request, stating it was simply a product we could not do. Not being one to shy away from a challenge, I addressed the risk upfront with all parties in agreement we moved forward towards a solution, provided that the samples and prototypes created benchmarks for small design tweaks and a final solution that was a one-of-a-kind meaningful light fixture and functional tool.
My Role: Project Manager + Design
Location: Kansas City, Missouri
Specifier: Benson Method
Photo Credit: n/a, Myself (+ video clip below)
A little fun with the fabricators in studio and the final prototype test, checking to see how the acoustic levels of voices interact with the custom shade.