Luxi For All: An Affordable Kickstarted Light Meter

We dont usually feature kickstarters, but you have to hand it to a company that knows what they are doing and already shipping their first product.

Luxi For All: An Affordable Light Meter

Luxi For All. (Image from their KickStarter page).

I love my photography toys and gadgets. Most photographers I know are exactly the same. But the problem is so many of them cost a small fortune that often the money can be best spent elsewhere.

One such gadget that can be argued should be in every photographer’s bag is a light meter. Such a tool can be used incredibly effectively, especially in studio work, to shoot with the correct settings to gain perfect exposure. The only problem is that light meters are normally expensive. Until Extrasensory Devices, a Californian company, came along with the Luxi, an affordable light meter for the iPhone.

Their current Kickstarter project sees them trying to bring the new and improved “Luxi For All” to the consumer world which is not all made of iDevice owners. Their prior Kickstarter project, simply called the Luxi, was purely for iPhone and raised over $120,000 from a little over 5,000 backers. It was praised by reviewers as an exceptional and accurate device, particularly considering the price point. The new release is sure to match.

Like it’s predecessor, it is an extremely affordable device to be used in conjunction with mobile devices. Only now it is compatible with all iOS and Android devices. You have an iPhone or iPad? It will work. Have an Android phone? It will work.

At US$19 (+US$6 for shipping if you’re outside the US), this will allow a light meter to be stashed in your camera bag for more than 1/10th of the price of many dedicated light meters. What’s not to love about that?!  With 58 days to go in the Kickstarter campaign, they are already over $10,000 of their $15,000 goal. Jump on this project, as this is a project that will come to fruition.

Luxi For All: An Affordable Light Meter

Luxi For All. (Image from their KickStarter page).

What do you think, will they fund by the end of the day?

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  • Morgan Glassco

    Does this just work with ambient light? No flash application?

    • Peter Bower

      I just heard back from one of the developers of the project. The answer is no, unfortunately. It is purely an ambient light application.

      “Will Luxi For All work with flashes?

      Unfortunately not. While Luxi itself has no limitations on this, light meter apps are unable to detect light coming from flashes due to smartphone hardware limitations.”

      • Morgan Glassco

        Cool thanks, sounded too good to be true

        Wonder if that is something that can be remedied with future versions having some hardware and relying on the phones screen for the UI and everything else.

        • Peter Bower

          Trust me, I want that more than anyone! Haha. From what the developer has said, it’s more the phone technology which is causing the limitations, so hopefully we’ll see that change.

          Still damn cool to be able to meter natural light shots with nothing more than an phone/tablet. For that price, compared to $200+ for a dedicated one, it will work nicely for me.

    • Paolo Pieri

      If you need a sensor that can also work with flashes take a look at the app LxMeter:

  • Roelof Moorlag

    19 dollar plus verzendkosten en geschikt voor zowel Android als ios, dat klinkt wel erg interessant!

  • Phil Taylor

    Lumu. Nuff said

  • Delanded

    Is this for the Luxi (iPhone only) or the Luxi for All (androids too)?