Frequently Asked Questions

LumiLor is a Light Emitting Coating (LEC) system which allows anything coated with it to illuminate. Electroluminescence simply means that an object is capable of emitting light when an electrical current is applied to it.

LumiLor is a multi-layer, sprayable, electroluminescent coating system consisting of backplane, dielectric, LumiColor, busbar, and Conductive Top Coat.

Collectively the entire application is known as The LumiLor Stack.

Backplane - Highly conductive low resistance material that allows the electrical current to be supported across the entire illuminated surface.

Dielectric - Insulation layer when applied over the backplane and under the busbar to insure there is no burning or shorting of the system.

LumiColor - Large particle material which emits light when under power.

Busbar - Backplane material that provides a low resistance path for better distribution of electrical current.

Conductive Top Coat - Translucent conductive material sprayed over the entire surface which allows the electrical current to be distributed to produce light.

Encapsulating Clear - Automotive grade speed clear coat to protect LumiLor from elements, contamination, and ultra-violet (UV) rays. It also encapsulates the electrical current within the LumiLor system to protect from electrical shock and provides a surface for optional Color Top Coat.

Color Top Coat (optional) - The raw color of LumiLor when power is off is similar to a gray primer.

Automotive grade pearl, candy, or over-reduced pigmented colors can be applied over the encapsulating clear coat to produce a desired color when the power is turned on or off.

Artwork can also be applied over LumiLor including hydrographics, spray chrome, airbrush, vinyl wrap, etc.

  • Cool to the touch even when emitting light
  • Has a thickness of approximately 4.6 mils when applied according to specifications
  • Is flexible up to nearly 180 degrees
  • Reliable with no filament to break
  • A field (one ‘light bulb’ painted with LumiLor) should not exceed 3 square feet.
  • Areas as small as ¼ inch can be illuminated with LumiLor (pin striping, graphics, etc.). However, a minimum surface area of 1 square inch is needed to apply LumiLor.
  • Low on energy consumption
  • Highly visible at great distances and in darkness, smoke, fog etc. versus point-sources of light
  • Easy to look at, pleasing to the eye

The LumiLor Training Videos walk you, step-by-step, through the entire LumiLor application process.

LumiLor is applied using a professional high volume / low pressure (HVLP) paint system.

The skills needed to apply LumiLor are similar to the skills needed to apply other professional grade coatings with an HVLP system.

LumiLor is a four layer coating system and includes processes and specifications which are unique to our patents.

Three to five hours is needed to apply all of the layers of LumiLor in standard conditions. LumiLor should be applied in an ambient temperature of at least 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

Training Video :-

A LumiLor Starter Kit is the easiest way to get started with LumiLor. It provides the LumiLor paint, blank samples to paint, and basic electronics needed to follow along the online training videos.

LumiLor Starter kit is available on our online store :-

LumiLor samples the best way to experience the potential of LumiLor if you have never seen it before with your own eyes.

Speed shape, flat panel, and vinyl samples are available at for delivery in the United Sates only.Contact a LumiLor dealer for availability of samples outside of the United States.

LumiLor is available in eight native colors, these are colors you see when LumiLor is lit. Green, Aqua, Blue, White, Orange, Yellow, Violet, Pink.

LumiLor appears as a gray hue and not transparent, similar to an automotive primer, when unlit. However for some colors, it is possible that LumiLor will only be visible when switched on. Like Grey, Silver, Blue and all metallic colors.

Topcoats (airbrushing, tinted clear coats, colored top coats, hydrographics, etc.) can be used to alter the appearance of LumiLor to create a desired effect.

What about red Lumilor?

You want red LumiLor, we want red LumiLor, and everyone wants red LumiLor.

Red tones can be achieved by top coating LumiLor with tinted clear coats or colored top coats such as candies and pearls, or even with hydro graphics. This is typically applied on white LumiLor to provide the most true color effect.

LumiLor can be applied to any non-porous substrate including but not limited to Metal, Wood, Fiberglass, Carbon fiber, Plastic, Vinyl

Adhesion promoters with automotive clear coats can be used to apply LumiLor to substrates such as Glass, Rubber, HDPE plastics

Click here for specific instructions on substrate preparation.

The lifespan of LumiLor is dependent on how much power is applied and the native LumiLor color used.

More power equals brighter light but a shorter half-life. ‘Half-life’ is not an indication of total useful life. LumiLor will degrade in brightness up to the half-life, and then plateau.

There are documented applications of electroluminescence using materials identical to the main components of LumiLor where the useful life of the product has been measured over 10,000 hours, and in some up to 50,000 hours.

Charging and discharging LumiLor does not affect the half-life. LumiLor only degrades towards its half-life when it is charged.

It depends on what you are trying to accomplish, but there are two main approaches.

  • can apply LumiLor to a generic area - a circle, square, or whatever shape you need. After that you can blackout the areas you don't want to illuminate with an opaque paint, vinyl, or other coating to block out light.
  • The other option is to create a stencil and apply the LumiLor stack only to the area you want illuminated.

It is an opportunity for artists for a career. Training program of up to 10 days is a complete package with LumiLor application, training, authorization, marketing announcement and lead generation.

Possibly. It depends on where the damage occurs. If the power path is damaged the power would be cut off and LumiLor will not illuminate. It is possible to fix damage like this.

If the damage is inside the lit area you will see a dark spot where the damage took place. This type of damage cannot be repaired and should be encapsulated with clear coat to protect it.

The following items are required for applying LumiLor and are NOT included in the starter kit:

• Backlight – wand, cannon, or bulb
• Compressor, airlines and fittings
• Automotive grade clear coat
• Respirator
• Red Scotch Brite pads 320-400 grit
• Blue fine line tape 1/2″
• Masking paper 3″
• Tack rags
• Infrared heat gun 500-650 deg. F
• Strainers 120-140 micron
• Stir sticks- glass or plastic ** NO METAL OR WOOD **
• PPS system with attachments

• Well-ventilated area
• HVLP gravity fed spray guns
• Multimeter
• Nitrile gloves
• Rubbing alcohol
• Green or Yellow masking tape 3/4″ and 1/4″
• Drill or Dremel with 3/32″ drill bit
• Touch up brush pack – varies sizes
• Timer
• Mixing cups 8 oz. or 32 oz.

The following items are recommended for applying LumiLor and are also NOT included in the starter kit:

• Spray suit
• Popsicle sticks (for J-B KwikWeld)
• 2 – Wash bottles (alcohol/thinner)
• UV Goggles (when using backlight)

• Paint stand and cart
• Mixing plate (for J-B KwikWeld)
• Heat lamps and stand

To avoid drilling through a substrate you can 'paint a wire' from your LumiLor field to the edge of the substrate and even wrap it around to the backside. This is done using the conductive backplane layer of LumiLor.

Learn more about how to paint a wire here.

LumiLor operates safely between -40°F and 180°F or -40°F to 82°F.

LumiLor can be rolled back 180 degrees. Folding will cause cracking in the materials.

The minimum size really is determined by if there is enough area for the dielectric and LumiColor to overlap the backplane and enough room for the proper size busbar.

In most applications, 1 square inch would be the minimum size.This is not to be confused with the minimum surface area that can be lit.

Pin stripping and graphics as small as 1⁄4 inch can be illuminated as long as it is applied to a substrate with a surface area greater than 1 square inch.

Think in terms of opaque and transparent.
Opaque paints are used to black-out or hide the bus bar and parts of the light you want to block completely.
Transparent paints, such as pearls and candies, can be used to tint with color.
The heavier a transparent topcoat is applied the more light it will block.

Be sure to experiment with how your topcoat appears with LumiLor in both the 'on' and 'off' states.

Our small inverters
12v input - 100v/120v output
18v input - 160v output
Small inverter can power an area up to 144 square inches.

Our large inverters
12v input - 100v/120v output
18v input - 150v output
Large inverter can power an area up to 288 square inches.

New inverters that are more powerful and more efficient are under development at this time.

LumiLor is covered with an automotive grade clear coat, so any waxes, polishes, etc. will be on the clear coat, not directly on LumiLor so there is no direct impact.

Yes. All layers of LumiLor Base and LumiLor Pro have passed RoHS testing.

RoHS - Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive

Testsc Results/Unit Method
Br, Cd, Cr, Hg, PbPassed XRF Screening

We have invested over $4,000,000 in testing and certifying LumiLor to assure that, when properly applied, your paint job remains bright, and does not crack, peel, or delaminate.

LumiLor is subjected to the harshest standards an automotive basecoat is asked to endure.

We have demonstrated the ability to pass ASTM G154, where UV light and water vapor rapidly weathers a panel. We have run this test for over 400 hours without incurring a loss in brightness, adhesion, or film quality.

We have also demonstrated LumiLor can pass ASTM D3359, where we test the adhesion of the film when the film is damaged through both an X test and a crosshatch. We actually go beyond the test method, and soak the panels in water for 24+ hours prior to applying the tape and testing the adhesion.

In all circumstances, a properly applied LumiLor system can pass these enhanced tests without issue. Note that we cannot certify LumiLor to these standards independently. Substrate, application, and topcoat as a system must be tested in order to certify the coating for an application.

Here are some basics about operating and controlling LumiLor Current –

LumiLor requires alternating current to produce light; it will not emit light with direct current. Direct current (DC) can be converted to alternating current (AC) with the use of an inverter (sold on our online store).

Batteries – Batteries provide direct current which can be converted to alternating current with an inverter.

Voltage – LumiLor typically runs on voltage between 100v AC and 200v AC but has the capacity to run on voltage between 80v AC and 400v AC.

Frequency – LumiLor typically runs at a frequency of 400Hz to 1000Hz but has the capacity to run at 50Hz and 2000Hz.

Inverter – An inverter converts direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC). A small inverter will power up to 1 square foot. A large inverter will power up to 2 square feet.

Boost Converter – The boost converter can take 12V DC in and output up to 30V DC.

Power Consumption – LumiLor consumes approximately 1 milli-amp per square inch.

Electronics and light output – Variances in frequency and voltage affect the brightness and longevity of LumiLor.

Car batteries – LumiLor can run directly off of a car battery with the use of an inverter. Special consideration should be taken in designing the electronics (i.e. connecting to a separate fuse).

Since LumiLor is a permanent paint job and it is not a peal able paint, the original paint job has to be removed or scrapped for LumiLor application.

The LumiLor paint job is tested up to 50,000 hrs after application. There is a 3 year warranty on the light’s life and 1 year warranty on the paint’s electronics.

LumiLor is completely legal and widely accepted by many OEMs world-wide for their upcoming projects.

Any customization done on the original paint job of the automobile which is beyond 5-10% is to be added in the new Registration Certificate (RC) of the vehicle.

Moreover, the definition of light in the RTO act says a light has to have illumination of minimum 150 cd/cm2. LumiLor’s illumination can be controlled from 6 -90 cd/cm2, so it is a beautiful light which is meant to be noticed.

There are absolutely no safety issues with LumiLor related to electric shock, short circuit, current leakage etc. even when it is scratched.

LumiLor has also been applied on aircrafts, an example is the Air Bus A-350 design which can be seen on our website. There are very strict regulations which need to be cleared before application on an airplane.

LumiLor does not affect the performance or efficiency of the automobile battery as it requires very less current to operate.

LumiLor is delivered world-wide in 4 Oz. and 8 Oz. product bundles and LumiLor product bundles have a shelf life of 12 months from the date of manufacturing. The paint is a high density material and needs to be shaken regularly even before application so is not feasible to transport in big tankers. The shelf life is up to 12 months from date of manufacturing.

The paint is a high density material and needs to be shaken regularly even before application so is not feasible to transport in big tankers. The shelf life is up to 12 months from date of manufacturing.