DISCLAIMER: Do not attempt to do this yourself! Hacking light fixtures can be extremely dangerous and should only be done by qualified people. Cat is a professional engineer and knows what he's doing. Our ultimate goal is to get this fixture approved and sell it commercially or license it.
One might argue that solutions to the problems above already exist, such as Philips Hue lights. However, the average person is not likely to want to go through so much expense and complexity.
Apart from cost and complexity, there are other problems inherent to the way these other solutions work, for example:
- f.lux polls your Hue lights every 15 seconds to dim/brighten them, but 14 seconds of bright light exposure is more than enough to jolt you awake
- Open home automation software and hardware is a complex solution that can be expensive, unreliable and is a pain to install and update unless you're in it for the "fun"
As far as we know, there is no affordable, easily installable and commercially available self-contained circadian lighting fixture.
We will be hacking a Gymax LED Vanity Fixture from Walmart as a proof of concept; here are some images we edited to show what it should (hopefully) look like:
What a good idea!