About this project
Check out our video (above) for a glimpse of the many possibilities Lumio can bring into your life!
Lumio is a multi-purpose modern lamp that can be used almost anywhere...
What makes Lumio unique?
- ADAPTABLE FORM & FUNCTION: You can transform Lumio into multiple shapes for many different functions. From your living room to the outdoors, Lumio is adaptable to your lighting needs as it changes throughout the day.
- PORTABLE & UNEXPECTED DESIGN: Lumio is cordless and folds into a compact and lightweight book. You can easily take it with you wherever you go.
- SUPERIOR PERFORMANCE IN A SMALL PACKAGE: It provides high output quality lighting equal to many large permanent light fixtures and lasts 8 hours on a full-charge. It folds into a compact book approx. 1" thick.
- VERSATILE USE: Super strong magnets are built into its cover making it easy to mount Lumio on metal surfaces in many different configurations.
Lumio is an elegant solution that provides you with beautiful and powerful lighting whenever you need it. Here are a few ways you can use Lumio:
- Table lamp
- Wall sconce
- Ceiling pendant
- Task lighting
- Accent light
- Outdoor lighting
- Emergency light
- Come up with your own unique uses for Lumio!
Lumio started as an exploration to design a modular home that can fold flat and fit into a compact car. During the design development, I quickly realize that it will take a lot of capital (that I don't have) to build working prototypes for the folding house. During this period, I've built a few folding architectural models that I carry around in my sketchbook.
When I decided to pivot and translate the concept into a folding lamp, it was a natural progression to use the form of the sketchbook as a way to package the lamp. That's how Lumio was born.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
It's very simple and intuitive. The lamp automatically turns on and off as you open and close the cover. A flexible and durable spine design allows you to control brightness by adjusting the angle without a switch or button. Lumio eliminates the hassle of walking across the room to find a light switch.
Like a laptop computer, you can plug in Lumio and use it as a permanent fixture. The built-in battery can be re-charged through a power connector located discreetly on the spine of the book. It is as simple as "plug and play."
DESIGNED FOR MODERN LIVING
Lumio performs like a permanent light fixture with the added versatility of being portable. Fold Lumio into a compact book and take it with you as a lightweight portable lamp. At just one pound and with 8 hours of continuous life, Lumio provides beautiful lighting on the go and stows away compactly when unused.
DISCOVER THE UNEXPECTED
With its cordless capability, magnetized cover and flexible design, Lumio gives you the freedom to use it in unexpected ways.
Each fixture is a module that can be arranged as part of a larger lighting configuration. Lumio is designed to inspire creativity; you can come up with your own sculptural installation or discover new uses in a space where common light fixtures can not reach.
Life is full of unexpected moments. Whether you're throwing an impromptu backyard party or reading a bedtime story to your kids, Lumio is there to help you!
QUALITY MATERIALS & COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABILITY
Lumio is crafted with a blend of environmentally friendly materials and high performing technology. Its cover is made of FSC certified wood (in 3 finishes) and the body of the lamp is made of 100% recyclable, water resistant Tyvek. The "core" of Lumio is comprised of high output LED lights and long lasting Lithium Ion battery.
- Dimensions: 8.5” tall x 7” wide x 1.25” thick
- Weight: approx. 1 lb
- Cover material: FSC certified wood in 3 finish options - Dark Walnut, Warm Cherry and Blonde Maple
- Cover magnet: Super strong Neodymium magnets built into the cover
- Lamp body material: 100% recyclable, water resistant Tyvek
- Light source / brightness: High output LED / 500 lumen (slightly brighter than 40w bulb)
- Light temperature: 2700K (warm white)
- Battery specs: Rechargeable Lithium Ion
- Battery life: 8 hours battery life with constant use
- Power: [UPDATE] Universal USB charger (included)
- Accessories (for stretch goals): Leather strap for hanging (If we exceed $100k) and USB charger (If we exceed $150k)
- Patent pending
We’ll ship in Summer 2013. Here's our schedule for Lumio delivery:
- February: Make final product refinement.
- March: Finalize manufacturing facility.
- April: Place component orders.
- May: Set up assembly facility.
- June: Begin assembly of first batch.
- July: Ship out first batch.
- August: Ship out Limited Edition Lumio. Assembly of second batch.
- September : Ship out second batch.
International backers will be responsible for applicable tariffs and customs fees.
A shout out to everyone who has supported and made Lumio what it is today! A special thank you to Jenny Pan & Peter Pham, the duo behind the beautiful images and video. Thank you to Hunter & Casie for opening their beautiful home for our photo and video shoot.
Risks and challenges
We've spent a lot of time building partnership with experienced manufacturer to mitigate as many risks as possible, but we know there will still be unexpected challenges along the way. We will always be transparent and inform our backers of potential hurdles along the way.
We have built in extra time for the manufacturing process and are confident we will ship by the projected dates. We will always keep you informed if things take longer than planned.
We have taken the following steps to ensure that we deliver the best quality product:
- Built over 30 working prototypes. We will only make design refinement to enhance the product experience.
- Extensively tested prototypes for performance and durability. This includes manufacturing the electrical components to meet UL safety and performance standards.
We have established relationships with experienced contract manufacturers to mitigate the risk of delays by material suppliers and to ensure quality control is implemented to the highest level. We have built test prototypes with our manufacturer and they fully understand our product, specifications and production timeline.
UPDATE: We have upgraded the charger to Universal USB. You can charge your Lumio on any USB port or power outlet.
Yes. The power adapter is universal (100-240v input, 2-prongs). You might need a plug adapter depending on the type of power outlet.
The re-chargeable battery is not replaceable. The current battery life span is approx. 5 years (it will still charge at that point but will gradually retain less and less power). Like a laptop, it will still be functional plugged in. We are in the process of sourcing a battery with longer life span and will provide an update once we confirm with our supplier.
We will be sending out a survey once the fundraising campaign is completed on March 15th. You will be able to specify the finish and custom engraving (for limited edition) on the survey.
Yes, you can easily connect Lumio to a dimmer (not included) to control the lighting level without moving the position of the cover.
The LED has an estimated life of 50,000 hours, which is approx. 6 years if left constantly on (12 years if you use it 12 hours/day). The LED won't die when it reaches 50,000 hours but will gradually get dimmer.
The built-in magnets in the cover are designed to be strong so Lumio can stay in place when you attach it a metal surface. It may impact certain magnetic media such as credit cards or other electronics if it's placed in close proximity. Your Lumio will come with a slim magnetic cover that you can easily attach to shield the magnetic force from harming other electronic devices. You can carry Lumio safely in your bag with other electronic devices. I will share detailed photos of the magnet cover on our 3rd project update. Feel free to send us a message if you have any concerns or additional questions.
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