Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and BBH brighten up Blue Monday with SAD lamp

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and BBH create first-of-its-kind billboard that acts like a giant SAD lamp

By Creative Salon

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and BBH are brightening up Blue Monday by launching a first-of-its-kind billboard that acts as a giant SAD Lamp.

The installation is part of a campaign for the new all-electric Volkswagen ID. Buzz, which was launched at the start of December and is available currently as a five-seat people-carrier and Cargo van.

This giant SAD lamp, near Waterloo station, emits light that mimics the sun and its positive, mood-lifting effects, illuminating a cold, overcast January day with some very welcome vitamin D. SAD lamps can be used to help individuals with (winter-onset) Seasonal Affective Disorder – a type of depression that occurs primarily during the winter as a result of the reduced levels of daylight. Positioned at Sutton Walk bridge, commuters and passers-by will be able to pause and recharge in front of the billboard, which is powered by 100% renewable electric energy from Green Voltage UK.

The idea was inspired by the new, all-electric Volkswagen ID. Buzz. With its heritage steeped in the positive vibes of the Sixties, this van has sunshine in its DNA. As Volkswagen's first ever fully electric van, we thought it only fitting to use it as a source of positive energy.

Using the same SAD technology used on desks and in the home, the billboard is made up of lots of smaller SAD lamps and designed to radiate positivity by mimicking sunlight. The installation, which invites people to “Recharge Here”, will run on Monday 16th January - making Blue Monday a little less blue.

The billboard was devised by BBH and created in collaboration with a team of engineers and designers at The Glue Society.

Laura Bignall, Brand and Performance Manager at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles said, “We’re likely all too familiar with the challenges surrounding the New Year, with Blue Monday often considered particularly trying. This is why we wanted to brighten the days of those passing-by with our SAD lamp installation and all-electric ID. Buzz - whose smile is infectious!”

Stuart Royall, Creative Director at Bartle Bogle Hegarty said, "We all miss the sun at this time of year. But by turning a billboard into the world’s largest SAD lamp, we wanted to give passers-by the next best thing. Just like the ID. Buzz itself, with its iconic design and Californian heritage, it’s like a little ray of (electric) sunshine."



Kate Thompson - Head of Marketing, PR and Communications

Laura Bignall - Brand and Performance Manager

Jill Keenan - Performance Marketing Manager

Bartle Bogle Hegarty - Advertising Agency

Holly Ripper - Managing Director

Helen Rhodes - Executive Creative Director

Stuart Royall - Creative Director

Oliver Short - Creative

Jenifer Ashton - Creative

Adam Crowle - Business Lead

Liam Smith - Account Manager

Annabelle Whipp - Project Manager

Isabella Rubins - Account Executive

Sally Kursa - Head of Art Production

Pippa White - Art Producer

Matt Kitto - Art Producer

Aparna Bangur - Strategy Director

Ellen Scholes - Strategist

The Glue Society

Henry Curchod - Experiential Director

Biscuit Filmworks

Daniel Linnik-Zhuravliov - Producer

Sam Chitty - Executive Producer

Photography / Videography

Edward Bishop - Photographer

Ronan Pollock - Videographer


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