Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Please find the answers to our most Frequently Asked Questions.
Why would I want a LightBoard?
If you would like to capture your lectures/presentations as you draw complicated concepts, this is the way to do it. Use the lighboard to flip your classroom especially for math, science, art and engineering. You can explain the concepts, then post your video for students to review. Then spend class reviewing the material and working on labs and homework
First developed by Michael Peshkin at Northwestern University, the idea is spreading at colleges and K-12. Our goal is present an affordable alternative.
What is the size of the LightBoard?
The glass portion of the lightboard is 72 x 36 inches. The board is 6 foot 6 inches tall to accommodate most heights. It is mobile, comes on wheels.
Can I buy it now?
We’re no longer taking orders. You’re welcome to replicate the design. But the cost to ship was so expensive, the product was not viable.
How do I keep the glass clean?
We found a solution of white vinegar and water to clean with a microfiber cloth. Then take a second microfiber cloth to get rid of any streaking or film.
How hard is it to assemble?
Not at all. That’s why we built it with pieces that all fit easily together. We made many prototypes before we settled on this design. You will need an electric screwdriver or drill and at least 2 people. You can view the parts in the gallery. It takes less than an hour to assemble.
Do you need a lot of space?
Surprisingly not. 8 feet x 8 feet is a reasonable size. Its best to have a black background behind the presenter. The background can hang on a hanger or be painted or tacked on a wall. Its like a green screen but black. Amazon sells them for about $20.00.
What camera do you recommend?
That’s really up to you. We prefer a video camera with a wide angle lens on a tripod. And a good microphone.
What about lights?
It really depends on your environment. We’ve used a desk lamp to reflect on top of the board and spotlight presenter. We also place some even with the presenter but outside the frame to help light.
What about markers and backgrounds?
Neon markers are best. And we prefer to film in front of a black backdrop.
Do I need power?
Yes the lightboard has led lights running inside the frame of the plexiglass. They do need to be plugged in.
Can I replace the lights?
We’ve designed a system so that the lights sit in an aluminum channel on the inside of the lightboard so that they can be removed if you need to replace them. It requires some effort.
How hard is it to flip and edit the video?
Its really simply. Takes about 5 minutes to edit and transpose. There are many video editing products you can use. I prefer Bigasoft Total Video Converter (about $37.00) because it allows me to trim, crop, and transpose all in the same screen. I can also up my volume.Then I just output and I’m ready to share the video. This way I don’t need any help filming. Its a one person job. Check out the video instructions.
I’ve seen people who built a Lightboard for under $100. Why is yours more?
We didn’t find it possible to build a lightboard for under $100 or even close. We wanted it to be sturdy and safe. Our goal was to make a simple kit so that anyone can have a lightboard.