Lumi hopes to make lighting smarter and healthier

One startup believes health is the future of lighting. Better sleep, sight and mood! 

Research has proven that light can impact our sleep, our sight, and even our mood. With these things in mind, a new Delaware-based startup hopes to spark up a new conversation around smart lighting, and more importantly, its role in our health. To do so, Lumi has launched a new smart LED ceiling light equipped with presets to provide scientifically-correct luminosity contingent upon a user’s activity.


“People don’t know that simply having light turned on is not as good as it gets — not even close,” the team writes. “We believe health is the future of the lighting industry. In a few years, the functions we have now will be the standard, globally.”

Sure, flashy disco LEDs can be fun, but Lumi aspires to alter our perception of light controlling to include how it can positively effect our well-being, ranging from reducing eye strain and improving self-worth to enhancing safety and making food more delicious. What’s more, no hub is required. For example, Lumi can be used to avoid unnecessary dry eyes and eye fatigue by using a “Watching TV” preset, which emits a softer, relaxing light of about 400lx. Or, an illumination of 500lx or more can lead to better concentration, comprehension, retention and even test scores.


Can’t find a preset that suits your needs? Users can create a customize their ideal light, name it and then share its story via social media. And, much like other smart solutions on the market today, Lumi comes with a companion app that allows users to take control of their lights remotely. This includes turning them on/off, dimming or brightening, as well as adjusting color temperature and intensity. You can even manage multiple Lumi lights in the same room or the entire building with grouped functions.

For those who tend to be on the forgetful side, you’re in luck. Lumi will soon be equipped with a scheduling option so that, upon learning your routine, will ensure that the lights are on when needed — whether that’s returning home from work, heading into the kitchen to whip up some dinner, or walking into your closet to change clothes. Upon entering a room, the lights will already be on, and shortly after leaving, will turn off. Furthermore, the team is currently developing a sunrise function, which will gradually increase light to emulate the sunrise so you can wake up feeling energized and ready for the day. Conversely, you will be able to use Lumi’s sunset feature to gradually decrease light before bed to ease into a better night’s slumber.

In terms of hardware, its creators set out to develop a unique driver that would make the device compatible with virtually all existing lighting solutions on market today. The driver possesses a variable wattage from 0-24W for each set of LEDs, giving an accumulated range of 0-48W and enabling its dimming and color changing capabilities. Additionally, the light packs 96 LEDs, 48 white and 48 yellow. The Lumi is powered by an ATmega128 MCU along with a Marvel LBWA18HEPZ Wi-Fi chip. Each of its components are housed in a 16″ x 24″ shell that was strategically designed to diffuse light.

At the moment, Lumi is compatible with a wide-range of smartphones (iOS 7.0 or Android 4.0 and higher), supports 802.11b/g network standards, and is operated by Amazon AWS. To protect against potential hackers, Lumi leverages 128-bit AES encryption. Interested? Head over to its official Kickstarter page, where the team is currently seeking $40,000. Pending all goes to plan, shipment is slated to begin in October 2015.

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