Light is a combination of hardware and software that’s easy to use and creates visual effects from subtle to dramatic. Light helps designers, engineers, and makers of all kinds explore endless ways to illuminate projects, signs, and environments with rich, creative effects.
Why did we do this? We love lighting! And we know what it’s like to have an idea for a particular look or effect and not have the time or expertise to create it.
Before Light, creating sophisticated visuals with LEDs required advanced programming, deep electronics know-how, and lots of time. We’ve worked hard to make it easy, from a creation app that lets you group pixels and design effects visually, to our “no wires” policy (woo hoo — Bluetooth 5.0) for all development, creation, and control.
The Light system includes three parts: the Light Effects Designer software (Win/Mac), the •X• BLE board, and the Light app (iOS/Android). The three work together to provide artistic control of LED effects — a unique advantage over the old way.
With Light, you simply attach a strip of addressable LEDs to your project, connect an •X• board and power supply, and load a photo of your project into Light Effects Designer. Drag your cursor over the photo to set up animation groups; each group gets its own track on a timeline. Drag visual effects to the tracks, beam your program to your •X• board over Bluetooth, and your LEDs light up.
The mobile app lets you select effects presets from a phone, so you can easily change the look without plugging in.
We premiered Light in May 2018 at the Bay Area Maker Faire (photos below), and were thrilled by the project ideas visitors shared. We realized we’re not the only ones who like to collaborate with other creative people, so we built the Light Community. It’s a place for artists, engineers, designers, developers, and professionals to connect and collaborate. A place to get your questions answered, gather and share information, catch a sneak preview of product releases, explore “how to’s,” and more.
We’d love for you to get involved. See what other designers are up to, share your projects, and start new ones. Whether it’s an architectural installation or an amazing new LED kitten leash, you never know how it could inspire you (or even a new Light feature).
Demonstrating Light at the 2018 Bay Area Maker Faire: Our beer sign has more than 100 LEDs, animated in five groups with Light Effects Designer and driven by an •X• board. See the video in the Light Community »