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Open source, 8000 lumen, ultra bright LED light pad with Electric IMP WIFI, Atmel AVR & Arduino micro controller built in.

8000 Lumen output is SUPER BRIGHT!

With the success of this project, the Lumapad will be one of the brightest LED lights made with all these incredible features.  Thirty two (32) ultra bright LEDs are positioned in a landscape array to provide bright, even and controllable lighting on any subject.  It is truly unbelievable how bright this thing is even though it draws only 88 watts.  

Light any scene with soft, even lighting

A built in electronic dimmer makes the light intensity adjustable to suit any environment.  Great for studio and stage lighting, special effects, experimentation or anywhere an ultra-bright 8000 lumen lighting system is needed. 

Fully functional prototypes shown here

Introducing the first Open Source, High Intensity, 8000 lumen LED Lighting System with embedded Electric IMP WiFi, Atmel AVR and Arduino built in.

Be sure to visit Lumapad.com for more information.

Lumapad back with Electric IMP, dimming knob and programmable buttons.
Lumapad back with Electric IMP, dimming knob and programmable buttons.

New technology for you to experiment with.

This is no ordinary bright light!  With your own custom software, you can control the light intensity, flash effects and even the color temperature* via your iPhone, Android device or any computer with an internet connection.  An Arduino compatible controller along with the newly available Electric IMP WiFi SD card are both built into the Lumapad. Control the Lumapad any way you can imagine.

*color adjustment available on dual channel Lumapad only

Arduino controller lets you write your own code!

Every Lumapad is controlled by a Arduino compatible ATmega 328P micro computer and is pin for pin compatible with most other open source Arduino boards on the market.  The control board is based on the Arduino Pro Mini 328 from Sparkfun.  Use the standard Lumapad firmware or write your own to do interesting things with this ultra bright light panel. Programmable push buttons, LEDs, I/O pins, FTDI Basic USB connector (compatible with the Sparkfun FTDI Basic Breakout Board) and other features make experimenting easy with the Lumapad.  If you purchase a Lumapad without the Electric IMP WiFI card installed, you can always purchase it from Sparkfun here

If your pledge level includes the dual color LED array, you can control two sets of 16 LEDs individually allowing you to blend 3200 Kelvin and 6500 Kelvin LEDs for the color temperature that best suits your needs.  Flash each channel separately, dim and brighten them over time or even control the entire light panel via the Electric IMP WiFi controller.  The uses are only limited by your imagination and ability to write simple software code.

Optional dual color temperature prototype shown in video

Taking Green Energy to a new level

Who says you have to be in the dark to go green?  The Lumapad is the first LED lighting system to pack a huge punch in such a tiny package.  Measuring only 6.75 inches wide X 4.50 inches high, this tiny light pad uses only 88 Watts of power while delivering almost 1000 Watts of tungsten equivalent soft light. Now you can go green, save energy and light actors, stages, studios or anything that needs to be flooded with nice, even lighting.  Control the Lumapad the way you want.  Add WiFi and you can control multiple lights, add special effect like lightning, fire or anything your imagination can come up with.  

Lumapad is the ultimate in energy efficient "GREEN" lighting technology
Lumapad is the ultimate in energy efficient "GREEN" lighting technology

What is an Electric IMP?

Developing for the IMP is quite unlike most embedded development. No SDK to install, no JTAG pods, no long download times... you develop your code in a browser-based IDE and can compile and run your code on the IMP - wherever it is in the world - in under a second. The IMP even sends logging back to your browser.

Software that runs on the IMP is written in Squirrel, a C-like language, with extensions to communicate with the hardware interfaces and the service. As the Squirrel code runs on top of the OS, you get many big system benefits like buffered I/O and crash recovery - plus you can push updates to devices in the field with a few clicks.  Visit electricimp.com for more detailed information.

Demo showing how an IOS App can integrate with the Lumapad

A partial list of all the technologies crammed into the Lumapad
A partial list of all the technologies crammed into the Lumapad

Fully Assembled "Kits" will also be available

If you are interested in experimenting with the latest LED technology, the Lumapad circuit board is the best place to begin.  It will be available as a blank board or with all components installed and tested at a very low cost.   All the schematics and source code for this project will also be included.  Get started with this new technology now and maybe you can invent a new green energy lighting system or ultra-bright computer controlled LED Panel.

Prototype Lumapad Circuit Board (front)
Prototype Lumapad Circuit Board (front)
Prototype Lumapad Circuit Board (back)
Prototype Lumapad Circuit Board (back)

Features / Technical Specs

Lumapad offers many features not found in any other ultra high lumen LED lighting system.

  • Ultra Bright 8000 lumen output via 32 individual CREE LEDs.
  • 6400 Kelvin (bright white daylight) color temperature.
  • Dual color temperature LEDs available (6400K / 3200K 16 per channel).
  • WiFi enabled via the Electric IMP SD card module.
  • User programmable Arduino (Atmel) compatible micro controller.
  • Dual channel PWM dimming circuits with an additional analog dimmer.
  • Up, Down and Mode buttons are user programmable.
  • Adjustable light stand mount included.
  • Draws only 88 watts at full power.
  • Fan and temperature control circuitry built in.
  • 6 3/4 inches (171mm) L X 4 1/2 inches (114mm) H X 1 inch (25mm) W
  • 120 / 240 VAC Power adapter (USA, EU, UK, Asia and everywhere else)
  • Lower cost 16 LED, 4000 Lumen model will also be available.
  • Can be powered by standard 12 - 24 Volt DC battery packs too!

Write your own software to generate special effects.

With the Lumapad's open-source design, you can write custom software to generate many different effects.  Fire, lighting or a strobe light are just a few of the visual effects that come to mind.  The possibilities are only limited by your imagination.

Simulating the light from a fireplace with Lumapad.

Using the Arduino compatible micro computer in the lumpad, you can write many different programs to control a scene or room's lighting.  With the expansion terminals, connectors and WiFi, you could even communicate with the outside world.  Make a remotely triggered flash, motion activated strobe, WiFi controlled scene light or just anything you can dream up.  Simulate police and fire vehicles, emergency alarms and more.  For those of you that are really good with electronics and software, you could even hook up a microphone to create all kinds of sound triggered lighting effects. 

Simulated lightning.  A bit exaggerated to make a point!

Sure, the lightning in this video was a bit exaggerated but isn't that the point when creating cool special effects?  There are a bunch of modes that are built into the Lumapad at the moment.  I expect to add more as I come up with ideas.

Current Lumapad Modes:

  • ON / OFF with brightness control
  • color temperature adjust (dual LED version only)
  • Stealth mode (turns fan off for silent running)
  • Strobe Light with adjustable flash rate
  • Simulated Fire
  • Simulated Lightning

Rugged design for reliable operation

The Lumapad's rugged design allows for it to be used in many environments.  There are plenty of 1/4-20 threaded holes all around the edges for unlimited mounting options.  The cooling fan controller is built in, monitors temperature and can regulate the fan speed.  While the fan is very quite, the standard firmware has a "stealth mode" which keeps the fan turned off for silent running unless the LEDs begin to get too hot.  For a smaller form factor, where you won't be running at full brightness for more than ten minutes, the fan can be removed.  The computer will protect the Lumapad in the event of overheating so there is no need to worry.  A lower cost, 4000 Lumen model without fan will also be available for lighter, more portable operation.  Any 12 - 24 volt DC battery pack (minimum 7Ah) can also be used to power all the Lumapads.

Prototype stage complete:

Although fully functional prototypes are shown here, there is more to do. Custom switch panels, firmware development and additional hardware are needed to make this project complete.  These things can only be accomplished at a reasonable cost through volume purchases.  

Costs to make this project a reality:

This is no ordinary LED light and my pledge goal is based on a small volume manufacturing run.  The unique design requires a minimum order of 100 units to get the costs down to an affordable price.  Here is a breakdown of the expenses related to a small run.

$120.00 - Machined Aluminum case and stand.

$63.80 - 32 CREE LEDs

$78.00 - Circuit board and all components 

$29.95 - Electric IMP

$12.00 - CPU Fan and Heat Sink

$24.00 - Power Supply

$8.00 - Front Glass

$15.00 - Misc screws and mounting hardware

Plus boxes, packaging and shipping costs**.

**Lumapads are made from aluminum which makes them heavy and a bit costly to ship.

Kickstarter pledges help bring the costs down.

With today's technology, professional LED lighting like Lumpad can cost thousands of dollars.  With the addition of WiFi and the Audrino controller, there will be nothing like it on the market.  By joining this project on Kickstarter, we can get the cost down to an affordable level, make a unique design, save energy and have some fun in the process.

Behind the scenes photo shoot with Lumapads.
Behind the scenes photo shoot with Lumapads.

I try to design REALLY COOL STUFF 

I strive to invent products and technologies that people like, can enjoy and hopefully, learn something while using them.  Most of my designs are unique and require special tooling and/or manufacturing techniques.  Kickstarter offers me a great opportunity to lower these costs and get my products into everyones hands.

Here is what is included at various pledge levels.
Here is what is included at various pledge levels.

Reward Levels

I wanted to give people choices, depending on their planned uses for Lumapad.  There are actually only three different Lumapad models.  All the pledge levels just have different accessories that come with them.  Read the descriptions carefully to see what is included.

The three Lumapad models:

  • 8000S - 32 daylight CREE LEDs, 8000 lumen output
  • 6000D - 16 daylight / 16 warm white  CREE LEDs, 6000 lumen output
  • 4000S - Will have lower power or only 16 daylight CREE LEDs, 4000 lumen output

All Lumapads are an open source design and include all schematics, parts lists and other information.  

RECENT PLEDGE ADDITIONS

Lumapad's technology is expensive but other LED lights with 1/4 the brightness can run thousands of dollars.  I have done my best to get the costs down and recently added a few more pledges to give everyone a chance to play with the Lumapad.

Lumapad Basic - The low cost 8000 Lumen LED light pad with open frame design.
Lumapad Basic - The low cost 8000 Lumen LED light pad with open frame design.
3D printed prototype case shown.  Actual Lumapad Basic will be machined from aluminum.
3D printed prototype case shown. Actual Lumapad Basic will be machined from aluminum.


Three Lumapad Lighting Kit with Case

Three Lumapads in a nice zippered case are now available at the new pledge levels
Three Lumapads in a nice zippered case are now available at the new pledge levels

While fully functional prototypes are shown here, I would like to refine the design, improve the case along with the electronics and get the online community involved with writing really cool APPs.  I hope the Kickstarter community will join me in backing this project.

Behind the scenes with Lumapad
Behind the scenes with Lumapad

My pitch is now complete.  I hope that this project will be a success here on Kickstarter.  I had fun designing and building the prototypes for Lumapad and also shooting all the videos.  I look forward to turning this idea into a reality and hearing all the cool applications the online community comes up with.

$85,000 Stretch Goal Added

If this project funds above $85,000, it will give me enough extra money to add filter holders that many people are asking for.  I have already squeezed $2000 worth of technology into these lights but let's try to go a bit further.  Let's get out there and Tweet, Blog, Facebook or whatever it takes to reach this stretch goal.

Lumapad Filter Holders will be added if the stretch goal can be reached!
Lumapad Filter Holders will be added if the stretch goal can be reached!

Need more information?

Be sure to "LIKE" my Facebook Page

Visit Lumapad.com for up to date information.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

There are many risks and challenges associated with turning a new idea into a reality. Having just completed the very successful, fully funded and on-time delivered http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1324892969/soundlazer project here on Kickstarter, I am confident that the new technologies used in Lumapad will prove to be well thought out and work exactly as described.

By setting realistic goals and backer levels, Kickstarter offers me the unique opportunity to experiment with ideas never before possible. I hope the online community will benefit as much as I do from everyone coming together on this project. It is my goal to turn the Lumapad into a useful tool for the experimenter and anyone else who needs a fully controllable, open source, high intensity LED lighting system.

The Lumapad is a one of a kind design only possible through the support of the Kickstart community. If you are willing to back me again, I promise to deliver a product that will be better than I am able to describe here.

FAQ

  • I wrote some simple test firmware with the Electric IMP that accepted simple html commands to control the Lumapad. It is easy to do this within the Electric IMP programming environment. I used a paid App for the iPhone called NetLED in the video which is a standard lighting control program. With the WiFi card, backers will be writing their own code so I look forward to seeing all the cool Apps that are made available by the Kickstarter community.

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  • There are actually only three Lumapad models. The 8000S and 4000S have 6500 Kelvin single color LEDS and the 6000D is the dual color LED model. All the different pledge levels are for the accessories such as WiFi card or light stand. Read through each pledge level to see what is included.

    All Lumapads are open source so no matter which pledge level you get, you can still experiment and write your own code as long as you pick up the proper programming cables, Arduino software or other tools.

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  • The Electric IMP WiFi card is a brand new technology that offers lots of exciting possibilities. While the Lumapad is designed to work with the Electric IMP, you do not need the WiFi card to use the light right out of the box. The Lumapad will come pre-configured with many lighting effects and will work as-is. If you want to use WiFi, I hope to write some simply beta firmware if the pledge level is high enough. All you will need to do is sign up for an Electric IMP account on their website to control the Lumapad remotely. As always, I will be leaving the cool firmware mods to the online community. I can't wait to see what they come up with.

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    Pledges of $25.00 or more will help start this project and in return, you will receive credit card size pop-up LED light as a way of saying Thank you.

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    Build your own - Pledges of $50.00 or more will receive the full set of the blank Lumapad circuit boards used in this project's design (no components). Hang them on your wall, on a shelf or if you have a steady hand, you can build your own high power LED lighting system. All schematics and a parts list is included.

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    DIY Fully assembled circuit board "kit" with LEDs installed - Pledges of $175.00 or more will receive a set of fully assembled Lumapad circuit boards with 6500 Kelvin (Daylight) LEDs installed. Add your own heat sink, fan, case and Electric IMP to build a fully programmable, ultra high intensity LED lighting system. This project is open source so all schematics and a parts list is included. User supplied 19 volt, 6 Amp minimum power supply and proper heat sinks and/or cooling fan required. Do not use without proper cooling. Maximum light output is approximately 8000 Lumens at 6500 Kelvin (Daylight)

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    Lumapad Basic - Low Cost (No WiFI Card) - Pledges of $299.00 or more will receive the fully functional Lumapad Basic with power supply and cooling fan. The Lumapad Basic is an open frame design and not recommended for uses other than experimenting and writing your own software code. This project is open source so all schematics and a parts list is included. This pledge level does not include an Electric IMP card but it is easily available from many resellers online. The card slot is still on the Lumapad, only the Electric IMP card is not included. This pledge level is for those that are on a budget and want all the functions of the Lumapad 8000s but don't need the fancy case, want the Arduino controller and need it to work right out of the box. Maximum light output is approximately 8000 Lumens at 6500 Kelvin (Daylight)

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    SLIMLINE Lumapad 4000S (no Electric IMP) - Great starting point for experimenting or for out of the box portable use. Lighter weight, smaller form factor and lower cost. Pledges of $329.00 or more will receive the fully functional Lumapad 4000S with power supply and adjustable c-stand mount . This project is open source so all schematics and a parts list is included. This pledge level does not include an Electric IMP card or fan (not needed in most cases) but they are easily available from many resellers online. The card slot is still on the Lumapad, only the Electric IMP card is not included. This pledge level is for those that don't need the higher output model or WiFi at the moment but still want all the functions of the Arduino controller. Model 4000 contains lower intensity LEDs. Maximum light output is approximately 4000 Lumens at 6500 Kelvin (Daylight)

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    OPEN SOURCE KIT - THIS IS THE BEST CHOICE (No WiFI Card) - Lumapad 8000S (no Electric IMP)- Pledges of $375.00 or more will receive the fully functional Lumapad 8000S with power supply and adjustable c-stand mount . This project is open source so all schematics and a parts list is included. This pledge level does not include an Electric IMP card but it is easily available from many resellers online. The card slot is still on the Lumapad, only the Electric IMP card is not included. This pledge level is for those that don't need WiFi at the moment but still want all the functions of the Arduino controller. Maximum light output is approximately 8000 Lumens at 6500 Kelvin (Daylight)

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    OPEN SOURCE KIT - THIS IS ANOTHER GOOD CHOICE - Lumapad 8000S with Electric IMP Wifi - Pledges of $399.00 or more will receive the fully functional Lumapad 8000S with Electric IMP Card, power supply and adjustable c-stand mount. This project is open source so all schematics and a parts list is included. This pledge level is for those that want to write their own code for full WiFi control along with all the functions of the Arduino controller already built in. Maximum light output is approximately 8000 Lumens at 6500 Kelvin (Daylight)

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    SINGLE LIGHTING KIT - Pledges of $399.00 or more will receive one 6500 Kelvin Lumpad 8000S with adjustable c-stand mount, one power supply and light stand for backers who want to use the Lumapad out of the box. This project is open source so all schematics and a parts list is included. Electric IMP card slots are empty but you can purchase them anytime should you decide to experiment with your own code and control it via WiFi. Maximum light output is approximately 8000 Lumens at 6500 Kelvin (Daylight)

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    OPEN SOURCE KIT - DUAL COLOR - Lumapad 6000D (No WiFI Card) - Pledges of $445.00 or more will receive the fully functional Dual Color, Lumapad 6000D, power supply and adjustable c-stand mount. This project is open source so all schematics and a parts list is included. Electric IMP card slots are empty but you can purchase them anytime should you decide to experiment with your own WiFi code. This pledge level is for those that don't need WiFi at the moment but still want all the functions of the Arduino controller. Maximum light output is approximately 6000 Lumens due to the mixed color temperatures at 4850 Kelvin (Bright White). Color balance is adjustable from 3200 - 6500 Kelvin.

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    SINGLE LIGHTING KIT - DUAL COLOR - Pledges of $469.00 or more will receive one Lumapad 6000D with dual color channels, adjustable c-stand mount, power supply and light stand for backers who want to use the Lumapad out of the box. This project is open source so all schematics and a parts list is included. Electric IMP card slots are empty but you can purchase them anytime should you decide to experiment with your own WiFi code. Maximum light output is approximately 6000 Lumens due to the mixed color temperatures at 4850 Kelvin (Bright White). Color balance is adjustable from 3200 - 6500 Kelvin.

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    OPEN SOURCE KIT - DUAL COLOR - Lumapad 6000D (Includes WiFI Card) - Pledges of $469.00 or more will receive the fully functional Dual Color, Lumapad 6000D with Electric IMP Card, power supply and adjustable c-stand mount. This project is open source so all schematics and a parts list is included. This pledge level is for those that want full WiFi control along with all the functions of the Arduino controller. Lumapad light output is approximately 6000 Lumens due to the mixed color temperatures at 4850 Kelvin (Bright White). Color balance is adjustable from 3200 - 6500 Kelvin.

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    PERSONAL LIGHTING KITS - Includes two 6500 Kelvin Lumpad 8000S with adjustable c-stand mounts, power supplies and light stands for backers who want to use them out of the box. This project is open source so all schematics and a parts list is included. Electric IMP card slots are empty but you can purchase them anytime should you decide to experiment with your own code and want to control them via WiFi. Maximum light output is approximately 8000 Lumens at 6500 Kelvin (Daylight)

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    PERSONAL LIGHTING KITS - DUAL COLOR - Includes two Lumapad 6000Ds with dual color channels, adjustable c-stand mounts, power supplies and light stands for backers who want to use them out of the box. This project is open source so all schematics and a parts list is included. Electric IMP card slots are empty but you can purchase them anytime should you decide to experiment with your own WiFI code. Lumapad light output is approximately 6000 Lumens due to the mixed color temperatures at 4850 Kelvin (Bright White). Color balance is adjustable from 3200 - 6500 Kelvin.

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    Triple LIGHTING KIT - Pledges of $1200.00 or more will receive three (3) 6500 Kelvin Lumpad 8000S with adjustable c-stand mounts, power supplies and light stands for backers who want to use the Lumapad out of the box. This pledge also includes a nice carrying case for all three Lumapads, power supplies and light stands. This project is open source so all schematics and a parts list is included. Electric IMP card slots are empty but you can purchase them anytime should you decide to experiment with your own code and control it via WiFi. Maximum light output is approximately 8000 Lumens at 6500 Kelvin (Daylight) - Item is heavy so sorry about the high shipping costs to those outside the USA.

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    Triple LIGHTING KIT - DUAL COLOR- Pledges of $1399.00 or more will receive three (3) 6000Ds with dual color channels, adjustable c-stand mounts, power supplies and light stands for backers who want to use the Lumapad out of the box. This pledge also includes a nice carrying case for all three Lumapads, power supplies and light stands. This project is open source so all schematics and a parts list is included. Electric IMP card slots are empty but you can purchase them anytime should you decide to experiment with your own code and control it via WiFi. Lumapad light output is approximately 6000 Lumens due to the mixed color temperatures at 4850 Kelvin (Bright White). Color balance is adjustable from 3200 - 6500 Kelvin - Item is heavy so sorry about the high shipping costs to those outside the USA.

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