A BETTER LIGHT BULB Quality lighting at any color from bright whites to vibrant colors. Simple setup meets robust control with MeshTek Bluetooth mesh SMART SCHEDULES Wake-up to a Maui sunrise. Dine in candlelight. Promote your body’s daily sleep cycle. Schedule the light you want when you want it. SUGGESTIVE LIGHTING Only ilumi helps you find, save, and schedule the right light to best enhance your room’s atmosphere. UNIQUE EXPERIENCES Make it look like someone’s home. Shake your phone for a nightlight. Sync your lighting to music & much more.
About the Startup
Describe your product in 3 words.
Life to Light
How did you come up with the idea for this product?
Cofounders Swapnil Bora and Corey Egan met as graduate school classmates at the University of Texas at Dallas in 2010. The two sat next to each other in class and during one particularly emotive conversation stumbled upon an idea for ilumi. They submitted their idea to UT Dallas’s annual business idea competition, and won. Then, the school sponsored the team to compete at a slew of national and international competitions and the duo came home with a suitcase full of awards and prize money. From there, cofounders Egan and Bora decided to put all funds into making their idea for ilumi a reality, and ilumi was born.
What makes your product special?
The smartbulb and smartlighting category is growing very quickly and there are similar concepts. What makes ilumi unique is our focus on delivering better lighting for better living rather than just an app controlled bulb that changes color. That focus on the customer has weighed into some really advanced technology, like building out the world’s first Bluetooth Mesh network, all of which help make ilumi simpler, brighter, and smarter than the competition and really a better lighting experience. Because of this, the ilumi product does not need a hub or Wi-Fi router to connect. It's a true plug and play system, that brings to the every day consumer an advanced wireless lighting control system that they can control right at their finger tips. The light programs included will allow each user to truly customize their experience.
What has been the best part of your startup experience?
The best part of the ilumi startup experience has been following the evolution of an idea which was, at the time, completely unexplored territory. Four years later, ilumi holds six patents with several patents pending, secured an investment from Mark Cuban on ABC's Shark Tank, and ilumi is now available for purchase at several major online and brick & mortar retailers. ilumi has introduced a second generation of our product, and in January 2016 at CES announced the launch of two new consumer products: the Outdoor BR30 Flood Smartbulb and the Eclipse Remote Switch which will be available in 2016.