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LUMI is the world’s first sleep mask that not only blocks light, but also simulates sunrise. Read more

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LUMI is the world’s first sleep mask that not only blocks light, but also simulates sunrise.

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Hi KICKSTARTER! Thanks for checking out LUMI. We hope you support our project and help this idea come to life!

LUMI is a sleep mask that simulates sunrise. The idea came from combining two familiar sleep products (sleep masks and sunrise clocks) that can’t be used in tandem.

What is LUMI?

It started with a problem. I loved waking up with sunlight coming through my blinds. But at night, with my blinds open, light kept me from falling asleep. Using a sleep mask helped block the light, but eliminated being able to wake with sunlight. I got to thinking, "Wouldn't it be great to have a solution for blocking out light AND waking with sunlight?"

LUMI is my solution. LUMI, like traditional sleep masks, blocks out light. But, In the morning, a light unit inside the mask simulates a sunrise 30 minutes before you wake, leaving you feeling refreshed and energized.

How does LUMI work?

Our bodies are designed to sleep in darkness and wake with sunlight. Darkness triggers our brain to produce a sleep cue, melatonin, to help fall asleep. Tiny amounts of light disrupt this cue. LUMI blocks out light, helping you fall asleep with ease. Sunlight aligns our daily rhythms and activates our metabolism so we wake easily, with more attention and energy. LUMI's light stimulates the mind and prepares your body for the day.

Traditional alarm methods wake you midway in your sleep cycle (literally "alarming" you).  LUMI slowly wakens your mind and body, giving you a boost of energy from the moment you wake.

Before sleep, dial in your wake-up time on the alarm controller. Put LUMI on, and fall asleep. In the morning, 30 minutes before your wake-up time, LUMI’s soft light gradually grows brighter. If your alarm is at 7 am, the light will gradually brighten beginning at 6:30. An audible alarm sounds at the end of the sunrise sequence, letting you know it's time to start the day.

So why LUMI?

Most of our sleep benefits come from optimizing our dark and light cues. LUMI is an effective way to finally sync the two. As the world’s first dual function sleep mask, LUMI provides a solution to a problem. But it’s more than just getting great sleep. LUMI provides you with more attention. And we believe when you have more attention, you can focus on doing more of the things that are important to you.


LUMI is molded from soft neoprene foam, forming an eye cavity to allow for normal blinking and circulation. An adjustable strap allows you to comfortably adjust the mask to fit your face. LUMI's lightweight design comfortably conforms to your face and the interior is made from soft satin fabric. LED substrate is affixed to the inside of the mask, providing a soft light source for the sunrise sequence.

An alarm controller allows you to set your wake-up time and the light intensity.

We are designing LUMI to be compatible with the iPhone and other mobile devices. The LUMI+ model has a receiver that will allow you to set your wake up time from your mobile device. We'll keep you updated on our progress.

So, here is where you come in.

Kickstarter is significantly improving the process for product development, allowing people like me to realize my dream. Designing products is a very involved process, especially with manufacturing and distributing. If you believe in the power of individuals bringing ideas to life, we want you to be part of LUMI's story.

We hope that you are inspired by LUMI and choose to support our project. Please help us share the word and tell your friends about what we're doing!

Please spread the word and consider preordering a LUMI for a friend or family member!

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    If you pledge $5,000, you will get one full day with the inventor of LUMI. We will discuss Life, Liberty, and The Pursuit of Happiness in slightly sunny Birmingham, AL (Travel and accommodations not included).

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