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We want you to focus on your product design

Leave the lighting design to us

Developing a new application or even updating a previous one can be a long and tedious process that involves finding the right solutions, sourcing the right suppliers, and in the end making sure your application works the way it was designed to.

Lighting system development is becoming an important part of the product development process as lighting is becoming more widely utilized as it adds functionality, safety, and overall attractiveness to products.

Because there are many cheap off the shelf solutions for lighting though, the lighting system development process is often underestimated and undervalued. Having the right light is important to make sure your product not only looks good, but to make sure it is able to meet quality and regulatory requirements especially in the stringent industries of automotive, aerospace, and medical devices.

Our customers have found that by utilizing our illumination expertise for their lighting system development, we can help lighten their workload, save development and production costs, and streamline their overall product development process.
 

Our Process

We apply our 5-step approach to ensure customer satisfaction, product performance, and production execution

From feasibility to production, we work with our customers throughout the entire product development process to innovate lighting system solutions.

Utilizing the draft requirements you may already have in place for your project or working with you to determine those requirements, we apply our 5 step approach to ensure customer satisfaction, product performance, and production execution.

Our expertise in lighting system development allows you to focus on your product technology leaving the lighting to the experts. Where we can truly add value to our customers is by working with them early in the development process to create an optimized solution, but we can help at any or all of the stages.

Discover

Before we can help with your project, we need to understand your goals and challenges

We want to help you meet all the goals of your project, and to do that we need to understand what they are. In the discovery phase of our process, the first step is for you to have a discussion with our team to talk through your goals, challenges, and any requirements you have when it comes to your lighting system and your project as a whole. We want to understand the specifications for your system as well as any design requirements.

Looking to use light to add innovation to your project, but not sure where to start? We also offer as part of our discovery phase a brainstorming session with our passionate and energetic engineering team. This add-on service brings our team and your team together to talk through all of the possibilities for your project’s lighting system solution. The sky is the limit!

During the discovery phase you can expect to receive:

  • A list of your project requirements based on initial discussions
  • A draft statement of work for your review

Feasibility

In this phase, we want to make sure we can add value to your overall project to ensure your success

We want to develop and build partnerships where we can help streamline lighting system development. This can’t happen if we can’t truly add value to the process for our customers.

In the feasibility stage of our process, we already understand your requirements for your project and are now trying to determine all of the possibilities to solve your unique challenge. We will start to explore technologies and potential ways to come up with a solution, and in the end determine if, where, and how we can add value to your lighting system development.

During the feasibility phase you can expect to receive:

  • Preliminary design approaches (pathways)
  • Preliminary costs and time estimates for development

Design

Our team works together during this step to model how the lighting system will look, what it will do, and how it will work

This is where we get to work! Our goal is to not just find a lighting solution for your project but to find the right lighting solution for your project. Our team works together during this step to model how the light will look, what it will do, and how it will work, providing you with a potential concept drawing and rendering that will bring your idea to life. Our team of optical, electrical, mechanical, and design engineers are experts at illumination adding value to the whole lighting system development. This saves your team time and allows you to focus on the overall project.

Because we are also a manufacturer, we understand that designing for production is important. Our team will determine a list of lighting technologies that will work in the development of your system and source components to provide you with pricing and lead times.

During the design phase you can expect to receive:

  • 1-3 concept drawings and rendering for our approach to the lighting system
  • Initial sourcing for component parts with pricing and potential lead times
  • Basic optics simulation

Prototype and Testing

During the prototyping step, we will develop a functional prototype of the approved lighting system design so you can see how the right light can help you accomplish your goals

We understand that often seeing is believing and this is how we show you that having the right lighting matters.  During the prototyping step, we will develop a functional prototype of the approved lighting system design so you can see how the right light can help you accomplish your goals.

We’re fast

Because we have an on-site prototyping lab with dedicated prototyping equipment, we are able to turn around prototypes quickly which can help speed up the overall product development process.

Practice makes perfect

Or maybe it’s actually testing makes perfect… We can develop optical and electrical testing plans, run the test, and analyze the test results all in-house. This can help you assure that your prototype is perfect for your project.

Pre-Production

We make sure the prototype is production ready. If you like it, it can be produced just the way it is saving you the time, money, and resources it requires to source suppliers for the component parts. This is especially helpful in the highly regulated industries of automotive and medical devices. All of our prototypes are developed with production intent with quality and regulatory requirements in mind so you don’t need to worry about approving a prototype and then having to redesign it to get it into production.

But maybe you need adjustments made to the design, output or manufacturability? No worries! We want your lighting system design to be exactly what you need and will work through those changes with you.

During the prototyping phase you can expect to receive:

  • Physical prototypes at quantity
  • Bill of Materials at volume
  • Cost and time estimates for manufactured products at volume

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Production

Whether you, a contract manufacturer, or Lumitex is producing the lighting system or component we can help you transition your concept/prototype to production. We have the capabilities in-house to produce a lighting system and also do component and final assembly

We will work with you to develop manufacturing processes and test run these processes at volume and eventually run the first lot.

We have many capabilities within our production:

  • Pick n Place
  • Laser
  • Roll Stamp
  • Proprietary production processes for fiber optic panels and light guide film technologies
  • Component assembly
  • Electronic assembly

We also have production expertise in the medical device and automotive industries and have knowledge of the regulatory and compliance factors that are involved.

We can do production at either of our facilities in the US or Asia. Depending on where you or your customers are located or your project needs this could help save on the overall cost of the system.

In the design and prototyping phases, we can design the system for production, but the production does not have to be done with us. Sometimes it may not make sense to have us do the production, but if we are able to design and also produce the lighting system for you, it can help speed up the process and also save on overall costs.

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Process

We apply our 5-step LUMivate approach to ensure customer satisfaction, product performance, and production execution. Learn more here about our process to streamline your lighting system development.

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FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Designing a new lighting system or component starts with the Feasibility stage. A design and engineering team comes up with potential approaches to meet your needs and assesses the pros and cons of each. An experienced team is fast and can provide a predictable cost of development. The feasibility and definition of a new system idea usually takes between 30 and 80 hours, depending on the complexity of design, number of custom components, product safety requirements, and documentation.

Experienced and integrated product Design/Engineering teams in North America have rates from $125 to $400 USD dollars per hour. Our location in the Cleveland area allows us to offer hourly rates near the lower end of this scale. We will start by providing a customized Concept Design budget, based on your project’s specific needs.

For further details, please call and talk to us.

Product Design Stage:

Depending on how complex your new product design is, it will take from 2 to 6 months to complete our first 4 stages of the development process. Your design idea goes from discovery/feasibility to engineering and 3D prototyping & user testing. It is then possible to develop multiple manufacturing solutions to meet your geographical, quality, regulatory and pricing needs.

Our creative team will find a solution that differentiates your product and delivers a desired result or aesthetic, at the target business cost.

Need help to manufacture?

Our manufacturing setup experts (with experience producing lighting systems and components) will help you identify and secure trusted production capabilities onshore and/or offshore as your project objectives require. We can facilitate the process or produce the finished product for you.

Need help with your first pilot product build?

We set this up for you and fine tune product quality during the initial production batch builds and on to continuous production. Whether you want to keep you overhead structure low or develop internal production capability our process ensures we bring value as your trusted production or partner or as your transition specialist to an internal/external production team.

NDA’s ensure confidentiality for both parties during conversations. We provide a mutual NDA where the terms apply to both parties. If your organization has an NDA that requires our signature, we can handle this through email.

Yes, we can help you create what you need for your project. We have deep experience producing components and finished products for customers in Phototherapy, Automotive, Surgical, Medical Device, Aerospace, HMI, and Other Transportation. We also offer in-house production capabilities (feel free to check out our proprietary technologies) and we can outsource production too.

No, all we need is the idea in your head. We offer an add on brainstorming session with our expert engineers who can help bring your project to life. If you have any design ideas, drawings, files, etc., please bring them so our team can get a better idea of what you're looking to create.

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