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Ditch the batteries and chemicals and join us in beta testing a new, bright, and long lasting illuminated cord.

Thank you everyone who helped make the Lumi-Cord Beta a resounding success!

To stay in touch with the Lumi-Cord project and the developing technology, visit us at http://www.lumi-cord.com or follow our twitter (@lumicord).

Greetings!

Thank you for taking the time to consider joining our exciting beta test of a new creative lighting andnight-time visibility material!

For many months our small 3D Printing company has been developing 3D Printer compatible, high intensity, long duration photoluminescent materials. As development progressed we knew we had stumbled onto a material that had general purpose application far beyond 3D Printers and had unique potential within the various creative collectives.

With many, many days and nights of hard work and determination we are finally ready to put the call out for any and all adventurers willing to help us bring a battery-free and versatile, EL Wire alternative to the world.

This small elastic cord emits a beautiful bioluminescent blue light all night and is powered only by ambient light collected and stored throughout the day.

Photo taken at 1:30 AM. The intensity seen here is comparable to eyes having had a couple of minutes time to adjust after leaving a well lit interior. Last exposed light was during dusk at 7:30 PM.
Photo taken at 1:30 AM. The intensity seen here is comparable to eyes having had a couple of minutes time to adjust after leaving a well lit interior. Last exposed light was during dusk at 7:30 PM.

The standard burnout intensity is detectable for more than a day and clearly visible all night given only minimal access to low level light during the day. In this way you can be creative, safe, and seen all week without ever plugging in or turning on.

You want to be more than seen? Brief exposure to intense light from sources like the sun, standard fluorescents or black-light generates a brilliant long lasting discharge before gradually returning to its standard strength over the course of a couple of hours. The intensity is impressive even in daytime shade and nothing short of astonishing at night.

Unaltered image taken with a cell phone camera after 10 seconds exposure to direct sunlight.
Unaltered image taken with a cell phone camera after 10 seconds exposure to direct sunlight.

For those that attend the annual Burning Man festival, we'll be making your night-time romps even brighter by partnering with multiple camps to place black-light charging stations strategically throughout Black Rock City. Just a few seconds charging is all it takes. Having too much fun to juice up? No matter, you'll still be seen from the light picked up during the day.

The material is non-toxic, waterproof, and can be cut, woven or braided like ordinary string.

Freedom from batteries, wires and reactive chemicals means more expression and less waste. Juice your creative lobe like never before.

Try hooking batteries up to that!
Try hooking batteries up to that!

We are so excited to have finally made this material beta-test ready but we need your help for the final hurdle.

This is an unaltered cell phone photo of a coil of Lumi-Cord in the workshop after being exposed to the sun for less than a minute.
This is an unaltered cell phone photo of a coil of Lumi-Cord in the workshop after being exposed to the sun for less than a minute.

We absolutely love working with this material and we think you will to. 

You can help us never stop improving by being a part of our beta/stress test. Your feedback and creative applications will guide our decisions in the last leg of development.

Additionally, your pledges will help us move through the beta stage of this project by helping fund additional materials, equipment. A successful campaign will allow us to leverage our remaining assets and materials so we can get it into the hands of creators. 

As this materials development was driven specifically from our time spent at creative festivals like Burning Man, we can't think of a better place or group of people to help us explore and create than Black Rock City and You. Not attending the Burning Man festival? You can still be a part of our beta by pledging to THE SPIRIT OF THE FIRE which will ship to you in the beginning of September. Join us to bring another light to the Playa, and later the world.

Thank you for reading our story, we hope you'll be a part of it.

Stay Dusty.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Our biggest challenge is spreading the word and reaching as many people as we can in such a short time. We have just over two weeks to get Burners everywhere as excited as we are about this amazing material. Face to face, that's easy, anyone who sees it is nothing short of amazed. Please, become part of the story and tell those you know. We really think you'll be happy you did.

You might imagine it would be a challenge to produce enough material in time to have plenty to gift and save for backers, but we're not worried about this and don't think you should be either. We produced all the material seen in the photos and are ready to get to work making more. We have a bit more of the raw material on-hand and have more already on the way to us. We will begin this pre-production run as soon as this Kickstarter is launched. We will give regular updates on production so you can evaluate how it's going.

The only risks we can imagine are travel or Burning Man related calamities. Because we'll be doing much of the work during the Kickstarter, if anything were to go wrong during production that could keep us from fulfilling rewards, we would be able to inform everyone of the situation and could either come up with alternative plans or cancel the project if need be. As a backer, you will be well informed of our status throughout the production phase of the project.

If you have any concerns you'd like us to address, please get in touch with us.

FAQ

  • We believe emerging high-efficiency photoluminescent technologies have the potential to improve life, provide more means of expression, and reduce waste, both at Burning Man and throughout the rest of the world.

    Pledges to this project are helping fund our efforts to facilitate and encourage use, exploration, and creation with photoluminescent materials To show our appreciation, we are reserving a portion of what is produced to gift to those that have helped us get there. Any additional Lumi-Cord we're able to produce in time will be gifted liberally. Likewise, we would also like to encourage our backers who are picking up Lumi-Cord on-playa to gift it liberally to others.

    We will not be selling Lumi-Cord at Burning Man, or performing any commercial transactions of any sort while there. Please do not ask.

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  • YES! You can absolutely take part in this project even if not attending Burning Man. Join us from afar with the SPIRIT OF THE FIRE or All Who Wander Are Not Lost rewards and we will ship your pre-production Lumi-Cord early September.

    Check back for updates!

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  • I'm sorry, but each pledge can only claim a single reward, regardless of how much is pledged. We also can't commit to anything more than what is offered in a reward. If none of the available rewards suit your needs (or if none are open), rest assured there will be more opportunities to get Lumi-Cord.

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  • As of Aug. 14 the final limit for the final reward was set. If you did not have an opportunity to join us please stay in touch. Consider pledging a dollar to receive updates on the project and to be notified of any developments or future opportunities to be involved.

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  • We're sorry, but because of our tight timeline, the way we have everything budgeted, and the way we'll need to manage data, this is not a feasible option for us. Please do not select one of the Black Rock City pickup rewards if you will not be there to pick it up. We do not want someone slipping through the cracks and not getting their reward.

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  • This Kickstarter project is just a beta-test. This is not a finished product. After we've gotten feedback from beta-testers, we will be working to use that information to improve Lumi-Cord and bring it to market. In time, you will have multiple opportunities to get your hands on Lumi-Cord. Please be patient.

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  • The short answer is no, not yet, but soon.

    We are a 3D Printing company, and found this material when searching for a material with the same characteristics that could be used for 3D Pritning. We decided to move forward with Lumi-Cord as a multi-use product while still working on the 3D Printer feedstocks.

    We are working on printer filament that incorporates this same technology in a variety of materials. Feedback from this beta test will also help shape the development of those products.

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  • The material currently used in Lumi-Cord is a custom Thermoplastic Elastomer designed to accept and align high loadings of photoluminescent material while remaining flexible and protecting the glow material from mechanical stress during use.

    The diameter of Lumi-Cord is 1.75mm. In addition to being a natural balance of light output, cost per foot, and mechanical cord strength. We have found this to be well suited for the more intriguing applications EL Wire has the greatest difficulty meeting.

    Lumi-Cord can be cut or torn by a firm grip and a quick rip. It will not fray.

    Primarily we have bonded Lumi-Cord to itself and other surfaces using knots, wire or Spirit Gum (in the case of human skin). It does not lend naturally to interfacing to itself through melting. We are currently investigating a wider range of adhesives and household solvents that may be used and will report back on their efficacy.

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  • Lumi-Cord can be recharged an unlimited number of times without any reduction in light output.

    Adjusted for darkness, the human eye could detect Lumi-Cord for days. More practically, you can expect the cord to be visible all night.

    If sunlight is the sole method of charging you will get better performance with sunlight access before dusk. Both dusk and dawn are times of day where the higher energy wavelengths more capable of charging Lumi-Cord are diminished yet the ambient light is still great enough to prevent your eyes from adjusting to the dark. Lumi-Cord is most impressive during daylight after transitioning from direct sunlight to shade areas with lower ambient light, or during the night when eyes have had some time to adjust to the dark. Best of course being fresh out of a black light charging station AT night WITH night adjusted eyes!

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