Tuesday, December 27, 2011

EL Double Helix Lamp

Very cool EL Lamp created by new submitter, LucidMovement recently created this very cool way to make another use out of EL Wire. Check out this video for more information on it.

The inspiration behind the lamp is obviously a DNA double-helix, but what you may not know is to grow the crystals, LucidMovement built a helix-shaped growing substrate from nichrome and Electroluminescent Wire and submerged in a warm aluminum solution. As soon as crystallization occurred, it was mounted in an acrylic tube, and sealed with silicon. Pretty cool stuff!

Friday, December 16, 2011

It's Not Too Late For Stocking Stuffers

Hurry! There's still time to order your last minute Christmas gifts, stocking stuffers and more from Ellumiglow.com. Last day for guaranteed delivery before Christmas is Monday, December 19th.

Cool stocking stuffer ideas are found here.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Shroom Nightclub Stepping Up The Club Lighting Game

From the creators of Disney, wait no, Pixar, oops wrong again, try The Busride Design Studio, comes a new breed of nightclub design. Shroom nightclub is a all new nightclub who's decor comes from our favorite fungus, the mushroom. Over 12,000 sqft of modern design, cool lines and amazing lighting. Our featured nightclub is sure to impress. Next time you find yourself in, well New Delhi, make sure to check out Shroom.

For the coolest Nightclub lighting, check out Ellumiglow.com

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Tron Costume Contest - Winners Announced

Thanks to everyone in participating in our 2011 Tron Costume Contest. We appreciate all the feedback, support, and wonderful pictures. We may have to do this again next year when Tron 2 (or 3 depending on how you look at it) comes out. It was just too much fun! Here are a recap of this years winners, along with pictures of the entries and notables.

Grand Prize: Annette Mesa

Runner Up: Vincent Rojas

Second Runner Up: Adam Sanders (we had intended on only having one runner up, but we got way too many cool entries we had to give another prize!)

Here are a few other terrific costumes that need to be seen. Great job everyone that entered!


For more information how these costumes were able to light up, visit: Our EL Tape For Costuming Section at Ellumiglow.com

Monday, December 5, 2011

Tron Style Surfers From The Land Down Under

Credit Aquabumps
Australia. Known for is cute lovable Koala bears, Fosters (Australian for beer), and now Night Surfing. Taking the world by storm, this up and coming sport takes EL Wire and gives it an amazingly cool use. Sewed neatly along a wetsuit, along with EL Wire glued to a surfboard, this new sport gives surfers the ability to surf day or night.

The use of Waterproof EL Wire Battery Packs enable the EL Wire to be completely submerged in water, while still functioning perfectly. Disclaimer: Many EL Wire inverters and battery packs are not waterproof, so if you intend in making night surfing your new sport, make sure it's waterproof or your surf sesh will be cut short!

Thanks to a user submission (@BFunk20XX), this awesome video came across our desk.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Nightclub Lighting Basics With DJ Lasers

Pretty much the reasons people go to nightclubs is to drink, listen to music, socialize and enjoy themselves. For that reason, the process of setting up a nightclub to meet all these needs is not an easy task. By purchasing the right furniture, right lighting and have a good club sound, many needs are able be met.

Purchasing the correct lighting is one of the more daunting tasks as there are a plethora of options for the right kind of club lights. From disco balls, to LED Gobos, nightclub lighting has changed drastically over the past 10 years. Nearly all club lighting uses intelligent features, like sound activated modes, and easy plug and play capabilities for ease of use to a club owner. Knowing what to choose is one of the more difficult tasks and the easiest way to figure out what is needed is to sit down and decide what works best for your club.

Step one is to take out a sheet of paper and lay out your nightclub from a bird’s eye perspective. This will give you an idea of where to focus your main efforts. If you have a main stage, or main bar area, this is where you will focus most of your efforts. For the purpose of this article, we will focus our main efforts on the main stage, or DJ Booth.

Step two is to decide what type of atmosphere you intend on providing your patrons. Whether you are looking for hard hitting club sound, or ambient lounge atmosphere, you need to decide first off what you are providing to your soon to be happy customers. Let’s say again that you are making a nightclub that will be hosting big name DJ’s and you want a good stage setup to enhance the DJ’s performance. The number one ROI Lighting device is a Nightclub Laser. These devices are a far cry away from the old shoebox lasers from a decade ago. Today’s lasers can provide an entire room with an amazing feel with very little effort. Purchasing lights in pairs makes for great symmetry in a room and is very important to keep that lighting balance. This balance maintains proper light across the room, and also makes it easier for our eyes to adjust, which makes for a more enjoyable atmosphere. Making sure that you are purchasing a 100% USA Legal laser is THE MOST important thing while shopping for a laser system. While there are many retailers on Ebay, Amazon and Overstock, 99.9% of these lasers are not legal for use, or for sale in the USA. Using illegal lasers in your club can get you in big trouble, as well as cost you hefty fines.  Assuming you purchase a 100% Legal Laser system, the legal implications are no greater than a patron spilling a drink on another while inside your club. Many club owners think there are heavy legal ramifications by using lasers, and most are not aware how to buy legally, is why only 1/30 nightclubs incorporate lasers today.

Step three is deciding which laser to use in your club. Many times the greatest powered laser may not be the best approach. Scaling down a laser that is in line with your club’s size may be better for everyone as the light will be less obtrusive, and more beautiful to all viewers. Typically laser projectors over 1W of power are meant for outdoor lighting and are just too powerful for everyday club use. RGB Laser projectors are the best for clubs as they can provide nearly any color in the lighting spectrum. This allows you to match your clubs atmosphere or other DMX Lighting.

Step four is integration. Selecting other lights that work well with lasers are typically intelligent lights, like Gobos, LED Effect Lights, and Par Cans. In today’s club lighting schemes, if you don’t have LED Par Cans, you aren’t doing something right. These are a must have in any room, because they can fill the space nicely and provide great ambiance to a room in any color you choose via the DMX controls.

As you can see, there are a number of things to think about when planning your nightclub lighting, however when you plan accordingly your patrons will love it and will continue to come back for more.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A Disney Winter Wonderland - Of LED Lights

Winter Wonderland
If you are in the North Bay Area (California) this holiday season, a house that can't be missed is the most unique lighting anywhere we've seen. All characters and lights are unique designs of Scott Weaver and all are hand painted works of art. The lighting is a generous byproduct of the house as you can probably see it from outer space.

Here's the link to a map if you want to check it out this holiday: Cielo St. Rohnert Park, CA

Scott has also created the San Francisco Treat out of toothpicks which he considers his life's greatest work. With over 3,000 hours spent on it, you can see why here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tinkering_studio/5613291421/

For some great stocking stuffer ideas, check out these great Christmas Stocking Stuffers

Friday, November 25, 2011

New Club Lighting Products Just In Time For NYE 2012

Want to make a big impact this New Years Eve 2012? Try outfitting your Nightclub or bar with these fantastic new products. Made up of low power consumption LED's, these new lights can practically run themselves. Try replacing those power sucking old light balls and outfit with the hottest new lighting for your nightclub.

Find the hottest Nightclub Lighting only at Ellumiglow.com.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

London's In The Holiday Spirit

Visiting London this Holiday? Make sure to check out the Somerset House, which boasts the best ice skating rink across the country, along with a beautiful light up Musical Christmas Tree.

Opening today all the way through Christmas, get your holiday spirit on in style at the coolest (no pun intended) Ice Rink in town.

For more information on the Somerset House Ice Skating Rink

Give The Gift Of Glow This Holiday

When thinking of loved ones this Christmas, get them something they've been waiting for, the gift of glow. Check out these unique lighting pieces that are great for the home, and the perfect addition for someone who has everything... or nothing.

Check out these cool Stocking Stuffers!

Friday, November 18, 2011

SFMOMA: 3D Screen of LED Lights

San Francisco, the home of the Golden Gate Bridge, Pier 39 and some amazing art exhibits. The SFMOMA (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art) has one of the coolest exhibits ever. The exhibit "Exploded Views" is a seemingly random mess of flickering LED Lights at first glance. But heat out to the upstairs landing and suddenly these random lights will transform themselves into a 3D looking screen where human figures come to life!

Artist Jim Campbell recently unveiled his latest creation, which is composed of thousands of computer controlled LED Lights creating an atmosphere of humanistic shadows and fleeting figures. 

Above: Jim Campbell, Exploded Views (Improv), 2011 (installation view); 2880 LED lights, custom electronics; Choreography: Alonzo King LINES Ballet; Commissioned by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, courtesy the artist and Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco – New York; ©Jim Campbell, photo: Sarah Christianson

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Deadmau5 Head Submission

In case you wanted to see a cool Deadmau5 head that is (no pun intended) back from the dead, check out this customer's submission. All original design by Joanna D. from New Jersey.

2 - Electroluminescent Wire Ready Made Kits were used to illuminate the undead head.

Cattle Call: Now YOU Can Apply To Be An Astronaut

A new application process emerges for NASA, and starting yesterday, they are holding open enrollment to be considered for employment. The next class of astronauts could potentially be you. If you can apply at USAjobs.gov, you could be the next Buzz Aldrin. These new breed of astronauts will advance the research on the space station to benefit life on Earth, and develop the knowledge to seek out new life and new civilization.... To boldly go where no man, has gone before.

For more information on how to be considered for space exploration, check out: 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

If Tron Had a Day Job

Not sure if Tron sits behind a desk all day when he's not light-fighting, but if he does have a real job, it would probably be in a place like this.

Believe it or not, this is a company in Spain that deals with sewage. Interesting motif, but it could be worse I guess. Next time you are sitting in your cubicle, do yourself a favor and ask your boss for some new digs.

For more information on how you can get your office to look like Tron, check out the products from Ellumiglow.com
For more reading on this office, check out Dvice.com

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Thank you for everyone's patience during this EXTREMELY busy (and rather hectic) time. Make sure you get your costume submissions in before November 5th so you can be added to our costume contest! Happy Halloween to all and to all a glowing night!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Toyko Subways Get Lightsabers - Eat Your Heart Out George Lucas!

Only in Tokyo would you find this.... As an advertisement to promote Star Wars coming out on Blu-Ray, advertising ninjas decided to add a light saber to the city's subways. These lightsabers come complete with an on/off button and LED Light, and will most likely be around for about as long as Comic Book Guy can keep his hands off of them.

Find out more about this story: tokyo subway gets lightsaber handrails

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Tron Costume Contest Starts Oct 1st

Programs! Lend me your bites... 

Now that I have your attention, starting October 1st, Ellumiglow.com is holding a Tron Costume contest where we will be accepting submissions all throughout the month of October for a chance to win some free EL Wire!

More details coming October 1st including how to enter. Get your orders in early, and may the best costume win!

For more information, and to order EL Wire or EL Tape, visit Ellumiglow.com

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

An Interview With "Tron Guy" Jay Maynard

This article was too good to pass up. An interview with the Tron Guy. From Nick Cannon rubbing his belly to getting booed of the stage, it's good to know Tron Guy has a heart. Even if it is stuck in the grid...

For the full article, please click here:

Interview with Jay "Tron Guy" Maynard

13 Easy Ways to Conserve Energy While Everyone’s Home

We’re all spending more time at home these days. That means computers, TVs, A/C units, and appliances are running almost constantly – and o...