FAQs

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  • Lumin is a Charlottesville, Virginia based company that was founded in 2016. We make the patented, UL certified Lumin® Energy Management Platform which brings intelligent control to any electrical distribution panel, making ordinary circuits smart. Lumin’s hardware/software system enables responsive load management that can adjust automatically to storage status, electricity pricing, and much more.
  • Lumin makes ordinary circuits smart, activating responsiveness to a range of complex home energy conditions including grid outages, circuit schedules, homowner inputs & preferences, distribution panel amperage limits, electricity pricing, demand limits and battery charge state and capacity.
  • At Lumin, we believe, and we’re not alone, that the traditional, centralized, one-way energy grid will give way to a decentralized grid that has local generation (solar), stored energy, and responsive load management. Your own personal microgrid with the traditional grid as a backup. It is happening. Faster in some parts of the world due to climate change, the abundance of solar, and a greater need for resilience. We believe that bringing ordinary circuits to life will help usher in the distributed energy future.
  • - Save money on your energy bill.
    - Eliminate energy waste from “vampire loads” or unnecessary consumption.
    - Increase safety and peace of mind (ex. “oops, I left my range on, I can turn it off remotely with Lumin”).
    - Improve energy efficiency (know when to replace inefficient or malfunctioning appliances).

    Homeowners with solar + energy storage:

    - Save $1,000 – $8,000 on day 1, as a result of saved equipment costs and a right sized energy storage system.
    - Gain dynamic, reconfigurable, affordable backup
    - Can expand their microgrid by adding more storage as budgets allow and lifestyles require
    - Can access more power when they need it by load trading during outages
  • The LSP can be mounted below, above, to the left or to the right of the existing circuit breaker panel. Approximately 17″x24″ of clear space is required to accommodate a LSP above or below a circuit breaker panel and approximately 17″x17″ of clear space is required to accommodate a LSP on either side of a circuit breaker panel (NOTE: modifications to the LSP’s conduit will be required in order to accommodate mounting the LSP to the left or right of the circuit breaker panel).
  • Yes, you can use junction boxes, combiner boxes, or additional hardware as needed to help accommodate your LSP installation so long as each component is utilized/installed in accordance with national, state and local code requirements.
  • Yes, the LSP can be installed with both surface mounted or flush mounted circuit breaker panels. Most surface mounted installation will require extension brackets for mounting, which are provided with your LSP.
  • Yes, you can use junction boxes, combiner boxes, or additional hardware as needed to help accommodate your LSP installation so long as each component is utilized/installed in accordance with national, state and local code requirements.
  • Lumin measures current and voltage through proprietary sensor boards and provides control through relays that are housed within the Lumin Smart Panel (LSP) enclosure.
  • The LSP comes with mounting hardware and mounting brackets (surface-mount installations) but installers will need the following tools to complete the installation process (mounting and wiring):
    - Drill;
    - Manual knockout;
    - Wire stripper;
    - Wire nuts (for 6 AWG & 10 AWG wires);
    - Screwdriver;
    - Tape measure;
    - Level;
    - Drywall saw (flush-mount installations);

    Additional tools/equipment may be needed depending on the exact installation scenario.
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