I am pretty sold on this design. It is elegant in many ways, and it provides quality illumination. Lets look at the features it has for the user:
- Extremely easy to assemble. It should take maybe 5 minutes.
- Very thin, which makes it easy to store. Maybe 1/2″ tall
- Large illuminated area, 4″x4″ (10cmx10cm for you metric folks).
- Gel filter stows inside of transluminator, and protects EL panel.
- EL panel illumination is very even, which makes it easy to pick out bands
- Lost cost and high value compared to other options
Now, lets look at this from the viewpoint of me as a manufacturer:
- Uses off-the-shelf components for anything that requires tricky assembly (EL inverter)
- Low parts count -> low cost and easy to pack
- Almost zero material is unused. the Negative space becomes the filter!
- Small size makes it cheap to ship
- High value added in the parts I fab
These things make me happy, because I can provide a lot of value by selling the kit to people, and it should make people happy because they have a simple to build and beautiful transluminator that they can use for a long long time.
This is an animated gif of the assembly process. The illuminator is a laminated design, held together with screws. Assembly takes only a few minutes, or maybe a bit longer if you are a super-perfectionist.