Melbourne-based premium LED lighting company Brightgreen  introduces the Luto prototype, a low-energy, monitor-mounted smartlight that creates the optimal illuminated environment for screen-based activities.

Luto is the first product developed by Brightgreen’s in-house think-tank, the Brightgreen Ideahub. The project is currently looking for funding through Kickstarter - its launch coinciding with the expansion of the global crowd-funding platform in the Australian market.

Comprising of a 300-lumen front-facing task light and a 600-lumen back-facing LED panel, Luto is a screen-mounted device that clips onto the top of the user’s monitor and is powered via a standard power source. The smartlight plugs into the computer via a USB port and comes with LightApp, a simple piece of software designed to monitor and adjust lighting levels, letting the user choose the colour temperature and intensity of the light.

The task light provides high-quality Tru-Colour 95CRI illumination directly onto the desk, making it ideal for inspecting material samples or matching colour swatches. The back-facing panel generates the appropriate ambient lighting level for the area around the screen, reducing eye strain and fatigue.

Sensors embedded in Luto detect surrounding light levels, allowing the backlight to generate ambient light of around 60% of the screen’s brightness.

Alternatively the colour temperature and intensity of the light emitted by Luto can be adjusted manually, letting the user choose cool light to improve productivity and alertness during a work session, or warm light to relax the brain when winding down. The device works with both PC and Mac platforms.

The Luto smartlight features variable colour temperature from warm 2000K light to cool 5000K light; streamlined aluminium form; and red/green status indicator LED to notify busy or available status. Luto also syncs with calendar software such as iCal, suits a variety of monitors from 10–50mm thick, and even fits above built-in webcams.

Luto is available in black and silver anodised finishes as standard, and in a cyan colourway in a limited edition.

To visit the project on Kickstarter, click here.