When a Charlie card isn't tappedThe screen on the kiosk shows information about LightLounge when it's resting: what it is and why you need it.
Tap on the Charlie card to see how it changes!
Public therapy light to fight Seasonal Depression
LightLounge is a public lounge with therapy light that allows citizens to compensate for the lack of sunlight during dark winter days. LightLounge's primary goal is to tackle seasonal depression and bring the mental health care to a publicly accessible level.
People who live further north in the northern hemisphere are often familiar with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), also known as the “winter blues” or “winter depression." SAD is a mood disorder in which people who usually have normal mental health experience depressive symptoms as the seasons change.
SAD affects people both mentally and physically. The lack of sunlight causes three significant issues, which can lead to severe follow-up problems such as the following:
About two-thirds of people with significant depression never seek appropriate treatment from different causes. The reasons for this include social stigma, mistaking it for temporary sadness or believing it will go away after some time.
Sara is aware that she feels tired in cloudy days and she's affected by seasonal moods. She doesn’t have time to take care of her mood changes and mental health. She could use some holidays, but her hectic work schedule won’t allow that. She cares about her health and productivity, so she takes multivitamin pills especially in the winter.
Sara walks to the end of the platform to the LightLounge. She taps her Charlie Card to see how much light she’s getting.
Sara enjoys simulated sunlight at the LightLounge while waiting for the train.
When the train arrives, she walks out without tapping the card. The proximity sensor senses user walking out, and updates her light acquisition data.
Sara goes to work feeling less tired. Using LightLounge every day on her commute improves her sleeping cycles in the long-term, and help reduce her caffeine intake. Her productivity at work is improved as well as her overall mental and physical health.