Comparison: LIFX White 800 - LIFX Original
Research & HistoryDuring my research, I found that the trend in lightbulb packaging appears to be simple, often without character or warmth. There was rarely a focus on the benefits, often only a physical product shot against a flat color (similar to the Original packaging).
Naming StructureAt the same time I was developing the packaging, the app design was going through a complete overhaul and we were locking in the naming structure of the product range. The naming structure [Color range of the bulb] - [Brightness/Lumens of the bulb] - [Style of the bulb] was chosen due to the fluidity of a conversation about the product.
Designing the White 800Starting with the White 800, I focused on a simplified version of the packaging with as little information as technically needed. It was a nod to the prior "LIFX Original" packaging, and kept close to the current minimal packaging trends (arguably driven and highlighted by Apple).
Even this early on, it was clear that this packaging was lacking 'emotion' while still appealing to the design path I wanted to follow. Over the next few iterations I would bring back in larger blocks of color/tones to provide the 'warmth' that we were ideally going for to differentiate our product online and on the shelves.
Print & TestAfter the first small run of packaging was printed we evaulated it's effectiveness by listening to the people we had shared the samples with. It was within this time that we learned that the featured abilty to change between shades of white and millions of colors was being lost in the design.
IterationTo highlight the color changing feature I added the Whites Wheel and Color Wheel to the front of the packaging and adjusted the top strip gradient to show color change on the front panel.
The other item that was adjusted based on the feedback was the equivalent wattage of the bulbs (i.e. 800 Lumens equivalent to 60W). While LED technology has improved dramatically over the years, the awareness of LUMENS has not - leading to confusion when trying to work out how bright an 800/1000 Lumen bulb is in comparison to a more traditional 60W bulb.