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Lumi: The first light designed for eye comfort and health

Intuitive light presets that are based on the latest scientific research. Better sleep, sight, mood. Health is the future of lighting.

Lumi: The first light designed for eye comfort and health

Intuitive light presets that are based on the latest scientific research. Better sleep, sight, mood. Health is the future of lighting.

$7,005
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53
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Feb 20 2015
Last updated February 20, 2015

About

MEET LUMI

Light is the most important environmental input after food and water in controlling bodily functions, but most only see that as the textbook definition.  People don't know that simply having light turned on is not as good as it gets - not even close. Lumi is the world's first Smart LED Ceiling light that has presets that give you the scientifically-correct lighting based on your activity. We believe health is the future of the lighting industry.  In a few years, the functions we have now will be the standard, globally. To top it off, (if you choose) it will learn your habits and eventually you won't even have to use the app or the light switch for your daily routines.

Flashy disco lights are fun, but let's start controlling your lighting in a meaningful way that can have positive effects on your health. No hub required.

INTRODUCTION EXAMPLES

This video gives an introduction about the relationship between light and health with these four examples: Eye Strain, Self Worth and Independence, Make Food More Delicious, and Light and Safety.

Let's get these obvious ones out of the way so we can really get started.

Never worry about another remote control, the battery headaches that go with it, or losing them ever again.

 STUDYING PRESET

Scientifically enhance your concentration, comprehension, retention and even test scores using Lumi with a lighting of 500lx or more.
Scientifically enhance your concentration, comprehension, retention and even test scores using Lumi with a lighting of 500lx or more.

 COOKING PRESET

Studies recommend cooking with a medium light of 400lx. You already know how to make your food, and Lumi wants to help your eyes stay comfortable and relaxed while doing it.
Studies recommend cooking with a medium light of 400lx. You already know how to make your food, and Lumi wants to help your eyes stay comfortable and relaxed while doing it.

WATCHING PRESET

Use Lumi to avoid unnecessary dry eyes and eye fatigue by using our Watching TV preset. This will give you a softer, relaxing light of about 400lx.
Use Lumi to avoid unnecessary dry eyes and eye fatigue by using our Watching TV preset. This will give you a softer, relaxing light of about 400lx.

Create your custom version of ideal light, name it and then share its story via social media and our website for the whole world to use! Why keep it to yourself? We believe that light can have a strong impact on memory the way smells and sounds do.

Lumi has the scheduling option so that if you wish, it will learn your routine behavior. Do you come home most weekdays at about 7:26pm? Do you change into your comfy home clothes shortly after arriving home? Over time, Lumi will learn so that shortly before you arrive home, your lights will already be on. Shortly before you're ready to change into your clothes, the bedroom light will already be on, and shortly after you leave the room they'll turn off as well.  

After living with Lumi you'll forget it is even there, and you'll encounter the problem of remembering to turn on or adjust the lights outside of your house. (Currently in development).

 Wake up naturally with Lumi's Sunrise function. Lumi will gradually increase light to emulate the sunrise so you can wake up feeling energized and ready for the day. Oppositely, use Lumi's Sunset feature to gradually decrease light before bed to ease into a better night's sleep. (Currently in development)

We believe Lumi is already great, but we recognize that many people already have smart home products in their homes. We are aware that all of our products need to be able to talk to each other. So we hope to be compatible with as many of those products as possible. Please let us know what products you most want Lumi to be compatible with.

POWERED BY LUMI (DRIVER)

We started by developing the driver, which is Lumi’s core. Lumi’s driver has a variable wattage from 0-24W for each set of LEDs, giving an accumulated range of 0-48W. This enables dimming and color changing. Once the driver was ready, we had a working Lumi prototype.

CPU: To balance quality with affordability, we chose the ATmega128 CPU. It utilizes a low-power AVR 8-bit Microcontroller and offers a performance that satisfies all of the requirements for efficient control .

WI-FI CHIP: The Marvel LBWA18HEPZ chip was specifically chosen to be a highly affordable base for building our internally developed and patent pending C# software algorithms. This allows us to perform all of our desired features, whilst being able to offer significantly lower prices to our backers. 

THE SHELL

LED TECHNOLOGY: Incorporating mercury-free and recycle-friendly LED technology, Lumi has considerable efficiency benefits over traditional lighting solutions. For example, Lumi’s 30,000 hour life-span results in one Lumi lasting the equivalent of 3 CFL bulbs (or 25.2 incandescent bulbs). Additionally, Lumi is 28% more energy efficient than regular CFL bulbs (approximately 90% compared to incandescent).

LIGHT RANGE: Lumi has 96 LEDs, comprised of 48 white and 48 yellow. By modulating light frequencies, Lumi provides a light spectrum range from 3,600–5,800K. This range was purposefully chosen as it covers recommended light colors for all core behaviors in common environments such as classrooms, households, restaurants, and work offices.

SHELL DESIGN: For an equal light distribution, Lumi has a perfectly symmetrical globe to most effectively diffuse light. This helps to eliminate glare caused by what otherwise may appear as an excessive concentration of brightness.

CONNECTIVITY

CONNECTION OPTIONS: Hub free, Lumi provides connectivity via 2G, 3G, 4G and/or 802.11b/g Wi-Fi network. Each device holds a separate IP address; and existing testing has demonstrated standard routers can comfortably connect to 10 devices.

ENCRYPTION: To secure against hacking, Lumi uses 128-bit AES encryption; the same as security used for online banking and equivalent to ‘secret’ classification by the American Government.

PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES: As illustrated above, connectivity involves communication across several platforms, including mobile app, server, and the Lumi driver. Languages used are as follows: The LED driver firmware is written in C programming. The web/server API is written in .NET C# programming. The app API is written in C programming. iOS coding is written in Object C programming. Android coding is written in Java programming. We endeavour to document our document and open API post launch.

APP DESIGN

STYLE: Throughout design, we've strove to optimize our app by balancing aesthetics, functionality and simplicity. As a result, Lumi’s free app has a very unique style that is highly intuitive and user-friendly.

STATUS: Developing for Android (4.0+) and iOS (7.0+), all core functions are presently operational, including: remote control (on/off, dimming and color changing), grouping, scheduling, presets (creating, selecting and editing), and sharing (light access and presets). We are currently working on the habit learning algorithm.

BETA-TESTING: We are planning to commence beta-testing in mid-April 2015. We welcome volunteers from our Kickstarter community to participate in our beta-testing. Please contact us via private messaging or email with your name, address, contact information and any previous testing experiences to be added on to our list of potential beta-testers.

 THE LOW DOWN ON LIGHT

We’ve done all of the research and embedded our findings into the app to make Lumi as simple and intuitive as possible. For a deeper understanding of Lumi, we need to first recognize what light is. To keep things simple, think of light as a balance between two things. First we have light’s color temperature, as measured in Kelvin (K). We can see the range of these color temperatures every day in a sunrise or sunset. Second we have light’s brightness, which relates to how intense light is. Brighter light typically has a higher lumen (lm).

The introduction of the Kruithof Curve (1941) is often hailed as one of the most significant milestones in light research. Kruithof found that light warmth and brightness could influence our moods and behavior. But if you think about is, you’ll realize that you already know this. For example, offices and places for work or study typically have a bright cool light, whereas romantic dinners are stereotyped by a comfortable, warm and dim light.

SEEING HOW LIGHT IMPACTS US

Warm light positively influences the creation of melatonin, the hormone that makes you relax into sleep. Using Lumi’s night-time preset before going to bed can help you to sleep better during the night.

In contrast, cool light energizes you by aiding to the creation of the cortisol hormone, responsible for making you feel energetic and focused. Using Lumi’s morning pre-set can help you to wake up and start a fresh new day.

Poor sight and eye-strain is commonly associated with keen studying, active reading or excessive use of electronic devices. But it is the quality of light that impacts our sight most of all.

As different tasks require different skills, they also require a different quality of light. That’s why Lumi is designed with presets for recommended lighting during common activities to avoid eye-strain, such as studying, watching TV, and gaming. 

MORE RESEARCH FOR THE ACADEMICS

Click the following number for a hyperlink to the corresponding study from above: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

L-to-R: Song QiLong - Garrett Gunderson - David Eguiluz - Chen Biao
L-to-R: Song QiLong - Garrett Gunderson - David Eguiluz - Chen Biao

Song QiLong - 13 years of experience in hardware and software development with a focus on video systems and mobile phone products, Song focuses on perfecting our hardware and software interactions. Song ensures stability.

Garrett Gunderson - Entrepreneur, product developer and technology enthusiast, Garrett has 4 years branding and product development experience from concept to reality. He is Co-Founder of Good Game LLC, a video game peripheral company based in Atlanta with marketing strategies yielding sales to over 69 countries. He keeps a positive outlook under any situation and is focused on efficiently achieving results and refining processes.

David Eguiluz - David is a competent, friendly, helpful and effective professional. He grew up in Lima, Peru, working with the family business from the age of 13. David has a wide range of experience from public relations and marketing to business analysis and development. Not only that, David speaks Spanish, English and Mandarin fluently.

Chen Biao - Utilizing over 10 years of experience in designing and developing Ethernet and wireless communication modules, Chen is responsible for circuit design and device debugging. Chen makes things happen.

 As you can see, we already have a full working prototype product and beta Android and iOS software. We've done a lot of the work already. Here's why we need your support:

  • To help with beta testing the software, and with final hardware suggestions and recommendations. Your knowledgeable opinions are very important to our team, and we want to make Lumi just right before launch.
  • Certification costs are quite expensive. Our goal is to achieve the FCC, UL and CE certifications so we can fulfill our orders to you as soon as possible. 
  • Most importantly, we need your help to spread the word and find partnerships with other great products that you like. We're only able to meet certification and keep Lumi at a reasonable price if we can get the word out and find lots of interested and enthusiastic backers!
 

As a company and personally, we strongly believe in full transparency, and we hope to provide an unsurpassed level of transparency and interactivity with our Kickstarter backers. Informative, timely updates via text or video. We really want Lumi to reach our large goals and to do that we feel that we need to be 100% open and honest about everything.

HELP US GIVE MEANING TO EVERYONE'S LIGHT.

Risks and challenges

The major steps ahead of us are these:

Beta testing - Making sure you are all satisfied with the functionality of our software, and adding or changing your suggestions. We have great programmers and believe there will be no major hiccups finalizing the software. Any additional functionality will be thoroughly documented and shared as the project progresses.

Certification - Completing FCC, UL and CE certifications. Because we already have a working product, we simply need to send them in to get tested. Because our existing base LED technology that is certified, it is simply the process of certifying our special LED driver, and the unit as a whole.

Shipping - We will be using a freight forwarder from our factory in China, which will go directly to a shipping fulfillment warehouse in the USA and UK. From there you will get tracking information emailed to you until it arrives at your door.

All domestic US shipping is FREE. International shipping is additional (very reasonable). International shipping costs do not cover customs fees, duties, or additional costs associated with your country.

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