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Lunar is a nightlight & clock that indicates the hour of night or day with a glow.
Lunar is a nightlight & clock that indicates the hour of night or day with a glow.
35 backers pledged $2,882 to help bring this project to life.

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When minutes don’t matter, only reference the hour and place yourself in sync with the cycle of night or day with Lunar, a glowing night light and timepiece.  This clock has no hands; it is simply 4” x 4” square with 12 circles that glow to  tell you the current hour.  The back of Lunar is also luminous and emits a soft blue glow onto the wall behind it. Lunar will plug into any US electrical outlet.  It comes pre-programmed to show the current hour but can be reprogrammed to represent differing units of time using the micro-controller.

The front plate of Lunar houses twelve data points (20 millamp diffused LED bulbs) that make one revolution every 12 hours, the back has one 20 millamp LED.

Because Lunar is open source, it can be reprogrammed for a variety of uses:

Tricia, the creator of Lunar says, “Have you ever awoken during the night a bit too groggy to make out the hands on your watch or the clock on the wall?  This night light is intended to allow you, that groggy sleeper, a peaceful experience when trying to determine the time of night. An ambient glow illuminates the hour so that you can easily tell the time and  fall back to sleep for the duration of your night. Lunar also provides enough light to move about. For younger sleepers who may be a bit afraid of the dark, Lunar provides pleasant, soft light throughout the night.”

  • Idea for the night light clock & presentation at our ideas meeting
  • Make a prototype: 3d print the enclosure in PLA and Laser cut face in black acrylic.
  • Test LED bulbs, circuit board design, introduce the Arduino board to the design
  • Slim down the laser-cut prototype of exterior box
  • Select materials & review
  • Move Arduino board to attach at back of enclosure for easy access.
  • Edit layers by combining programming  buttons, power source & microchip
  • Refine the final design. Each acrylic selected has it's on intrinsic characteristics 

Your pledges will go directly towards setting up the manufacturing of Lunar, both through our manufacturing partners and at our shop in Chicago.  Our two major manufacturing hurdles are the custom circuit board living inside Lunar, and the acrylic enclosure that will be the face of the product. Additionally, your funding is helping us to keep this product manufactured locally in the US rather than outsourcing the production.  By supporting our project, you are allowing us to continue to refine Lunar by making it slimmer while increasing the capabilities and making it an easy product to use.

  • Dimensions: 4” inches tall, 4” inches wide, X inches deep
  • Material: Acrylic
  • Intensity: 15 lumens
  • Lifetime: estimated 25,000+ hours
  • Arduino compatible ATMega 328 micro controller
  • 12 diffused white/blue LEDs, 1 diffused blue LED on the back
  • Type A Electrical Plug (Compatible with US voltage & electrical sockets, Handles 100-240 volts)
  • Arduino Uno & USB cable (available only with the Programmer reward level)
  • Etching: the designs will be etched onto the black acrylic. The available patterns can be found below:

Phase 1 - Placing Orders

We have been working with suppliers in the circuit board and acrylic manufacturing to ensure that on the day our campaign is successful, we’ll be able to place an order for all of our materials.  During the campaign, we will continue to develop the concept and test prototypes to make sure that the end product that reaches you is the best version of Lunar possible.

Phase 2 - MicroController Programming

Because each microcontroller will come blank when we receive it, we’ll need to program each of the microcontrollers that will be included with your Lunar to function correctly.  We’ll be setting up a station to flash multiple units at once before they head to testing.  After programming, anyone will be able to put the microcontroller onto an Arduino™ board to reprogram it using the Arduino software.

Phase 3 - Testing

Because our project includes custom circuitry and a lighting element, we’ll have to produce a testing plan.  As our products are delivered, we will put them through a rigorous test to ensure that each product functions exactly as described and will continue to do so over the course of it’s lifetime.  Additionally, we’ll be doing stress tests on the physical components of the product to make sure that it stays intact no matter how many times you plug and unplug it from the wall

Phase 4 - Final Assembly, Packaging, and Fulfillment


Once we’re satisfied that each unit is working to its full potential, we’ll insert each circuit board into an acrylic housing and assemble the back plate and power adapter.  We’ll then load each of them into a box and prepare them for shipping out to all of our backers (that’s you!).

Tricia Thomas is the founder of TSR Design LLC, an Interior Architecture and Design firm, specializing in design and construction management of high-end residential and commercial properties. Some of her more prominent projects include: The design and reconstruction of condominiums at Park Hyatt and Trump Tower. The design and construction of Hamilton Group Headquarters and Streeterville Center Offices, Lobby and Corridors.


Paul Kim is tinkerer who dabbled in robotics, design, and fabrication. He got his degree in Architectural Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology where he was involved in a number of projects working with designers making their designs a reality.

Risks and challenges

Being our first major foray into the world of electronics, we have been checking, double checking, and triple checking everything we’re making to ensure that the Lunar that you receive is the same Lunar that we’ve been dreaming about. However, there’s only so much we can control and there may be some hurdles along the way.

We’re working with very established manufacturing partners to make sure that the custom circuit board we are designing works well, but also uses the best components that are currently available. There’s a possibility that some of these components will be out of stock at some point during the production of Lunar, and we would have to switch to a slightly different type. This may delay production but would not drastically affect the delivery time.

Because we are assembling these at our workshop in Chicago, we will have to convert our facility into a makeshift assembly line. This will certainly reduce any potential issues, but that process will be a learning experience for us and will require some time, which we have built into the delivery time, to develop.

Finally, we will have to test each Lunar to ensure that it is operating correctly and is assembled correctly. The testing will be built into the lead time of the product, but any major manufacturing issues discovered could lead to a slight delay in delivery.

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    *Sunrise Special* Your choice of a black, white, mirrored or neon Lunar. Plus, access to backer-only updates & production photos.

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    Your choice of an all black or all white acrylic Lunar. Plus, access to backer-only updates & production photos.

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    A mirrored purple or slate grey Lunar. Plus, access to backer-only updates & production photos.

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    Your choice of any of the 4 etching patterns (shown below) onto a Lunar. Plus, access to backer-only updates & production photos.

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    *Techie Edition* Your choice of a black, white, mirrored or neon Lunar, an Arduino Uno board & USB cable. Plus, access to backer-only updates & production photos.

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