Sand Springs Man Develops T-Shirt That Lights Up; Schools Taking Notice

Wednesday, September 8th 2010, 6:04 pm
By: News On 6

By Rick Wells, The News On 6

SAND SPRINGS, Oklahoma -- Do your school t-shirts light up? If not, why not?

A Sand Springs man has developed a t-shirt that lights up. It not only responds to music and clapping, but sounds like the hot new thing in fan-dom.

Jim Luman, was in China on a buying trip for his other business, he owns a casket company, and saw the technology at a trade show.

"They had these actually in rugs," said Jim Luman, of Luman 8.

For example, the technology was used in welcome mats, so when you're wiping your feet, it was saying welcome. He bought the U.S. rights to it because he thought he had a better idea than welcome mats.

"We've got about 20 college licenses already put in place and we're waiting on more," said Luman.

The Dallas Mavericks have some and soon the Houston Rockets will too. They've contacted the local high schools too. They're just getting rolling.

Rick Wells, The News On 6: Has the Broken Arrow band or Union band or Jenks band found out about this yet, for a half-time show?

Jim Luman, Luman 8: We just talked to them last week.

They have boxes of t-shirts with logos for many of the local high schools and universities hoping for license approval later on. It's a pretty cool, and incredibly simple idea.

"The whole thing comes off with Velcro. The wires go down the shirt and the little receiver fits in this little pocket," Luman said. "I think we're on to something."

Luman says the shirts might be a good fundraiser. He says anything which can be displayed graphically can become a Luman 8 t-shirt. 

Learn more about Luman 8 t-shirts.