The design of the system was born over a few weeks covering several months. The basic design criteria fell into a few important categories.
- Safe - it must not cause harm to people, animals or the environment.
- Ease of use - it must be easy to understand how to turn the lighting on and off, automation would be a good thing
- Aesthetically pleasing - it must not have harsh (direct) lighting and must look like it was designed into the dock
As each part of the system has required significant thought, I have broken down the process that each major component went through during the high level design stage. This section should be considered the tl;dr compared to the low level design