Introducing the New Lightform LF2+ AR Projector


Today Lightform is proud to introduce the availability of the LF2+ AR projector. The LF2+ has upgraded camera optics for significantly improved scans and audio reactivity capabilities providing a new creative dimension to projection mapping. The LF2+ retains the same sleek design as the LF2 while boasting additional features to enliven art, home offices, streaming backgrounds, and more.

Create Light & Sound Experiences

Lightform Creator now includes sound reactivity controls for effects and generators. It’s now easier than ever to make your projection mapping designs interact with audio. The LF2+ AR projector includes a microphone to take full advantage of this new functionality. If you are currently using an LFC or LF2, you can also take advantage of Creator’s new audio-reactive functionality. Please note that the LF2 will require an additional external USB microphone (we recommend using one of the following tested and supported USB microphones) to use the audio reactivity feature. On the other hand, the LFC Kit uses the microphone of the included Brio camera and does not require an additional microphone to utilize the new audio reactivity feature. Our recent Lightform Guide article, Get Started with Audio Reactivity, details additional information about audio reactivity in Creator and recommended microphones.

LF2 and LF2+ Side by Side Scan Comparison 2
LF2 and LF2+ Scan Comparison

Projector camera image comparison.

Improved Scanning to Streamline Your Workflow

The improved optics in the LF2+ combined with Lightform Creator‘s new user interface streamlines projection mapping workflows with more accurate & detailed scans. No matter which device you’re using, LF2+, LF2, or LFC, the optimized scanning algorithms now in place in Creator will translate to faster scanning speed, greater post-processing control, and better response in darker lighting conditions

We invite you to learn more about the Lightform LF2+ AR Projector and Creator.

The Lightform team is excited to see what you’ll create in 2021. Share your sound reactive projection mapping projects with us by tagging #lightformcreations in your social posts. We’ll be spotlighting creative Lightform installations throughout the year on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Christmas Light Show

Christmas Decor - Lightform Project Still

Christmas Projection Mapping

Creating eye-catching Christmas decor and displays is made easier with Lightform projection mapping. We teamed up with our friends at Playable Agency to create a Dr. Seuss inspired projection mapped Christmas display. A Whoville-themed gingerbread house set atop a round kitchen table covered in fake cotton snow formed the centerpiece of our miniature holiday village, with small candy cane trees jauntily dotting the landscape. 

One large projector with an LFC illuminated both the enormous lollipops that framed the diorama on both sides, as well as a sequined pipe and drape background, giving the entire scene an immersive feel. Two smaller LF2s projecting down onto the table from each side completed our three-point lighting setup. 

With two projectors mapping our three-dimensional gingerbread house we were able to cover almost all the visible area with Creator Effects, as well as minimize shadows, giving us a riotously colorful and playful AR experience that was a delight to share with multiple people at once.


Lightform LF2, Epson G7500UNL

Lightform Creator


Christmas Decor - Lightform Project Still
Christmas Decor - Lightform Project Still

Halloween Decor: Haunted Bayou

Halloween Decor - Lightform Project

Hauntingly Good Halloween Decor 

Lightform Creator’s reactive effects bring objects and spaces to life and are ideal for use in Halloween-related decor and displays.  Lightform makes projection mapping on complex surfaces quick and easy, so you have more time to focus on set design. Lush physical details can elevate your scene and work in harmony with your projected elements. 

Playable Agency lent us their set design expertise and their collection of props to create a haunted bayou-themed experience with video mapping. Multiple Lightform LF2s and LFCs covered the space to create a ghastly gauntlet of delight. 

A skeletal ofrenda, a lace-windowed shack, shrouded figures, camo-netting, and wisteria filled the space with depth, and texture. Projection mapping added a digital element to the set objects to create an otherworldly dimension with a mysterious ethereal quality.



Lightform LF2, Epson 1060

Lightform Creator


Halloween Decor - Lightform Project Still
Halloween Decor - Lightform Project Still

House Mapping: Projection Mapping A House with Lightform

House Mapping with Lightform

House mapping, using a projector in combination with image mapping software to illuminate a house, is a popular topic of Lightform customers. Our team is often asked “Can I map my house with Lightform?” and the answer is, “Yes, you can.” Lightform streamlines the process to create immersive displays to decorate your home and showcase your design skills.

In this blog post, we will discuss house mapping best practices and recommendations when using Lightform. Several Lightform customers have created noteworthy house mapping examples, using a variety of projectors across the spectrum of house sizes, that we’ll highlight below. Lastly, you’ll find useful resources and articles to help you create a successful house mapping experience of your own.

Which Lightform Unit To Use?

When it comes to projection mapping a house with Lightform, pairing the Lightform LFC Kit with a powerful projector is recommended. Utilizing a projector that will be bright enough to display projections from a distance is important to consider. This holds true for all large-scale projection-mapping installations. If curious to the differences between the LFC Kit and LF2 AR projector we recommend reading: Lightform LFC Kit vs. LF2 – Choosing the Right Tool for the Right Job.

House Mapping Tips & Recommendations

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House mapping by Joel Dittrich.

Bright (high-lumen) projectors are ideal to use with the LFC Kit for house mapping. A projector with a minimum of 3,000 lumens is a good starting point for a single-story house. A brighter projector >5,0000 lumens is recommended for projecting on larger homes.

What are Lumens?

Lumens are a unit that measures the total amount of visible light from a lamp or light source. Projector brightness is measured in lumens. The higher the lumen rating, the brighter the light source will appear. In short, more lumens equals more light. The official name for projector lumens is ANSI lumens (ANSI being short for American National Standards Institute.) As an example, home theatre projectors usually emanate between 1500-3000 lumens.

  • Bright (high-lumen) projectors are ideal to use with the LFC Kit for house mapping. A projector with a minimum of 3,000 lumens is a good starting point for a single-story house. A brighter projector >5,0000 lumens is recommended for projecting on larger homes.
  • An optimal position for the LFC Kit and projector is an important consideration when setting up your scene. There are a few things that will determine what that optimal position will be, or what projector will work best in your space.
    • Dimensions of the area of the house you want to project onto should be measured. Keep in mind that the larger that area is, the more lumens you will need to achieve a bright projection. Similarly, the larger the area is, the larger the individual pixels will be in your projection, so you’ll want at least 1080p resolution, if not 4k, to maintain clarity and detail.
    • Throw ratio and aspect ratio of the projector will help you determine the distance between your projector and your house to achieve the scale you want. Throw Ratio is the distance between the projector and the frame divided by the projected frame’s width.

      Throw Ratio = Throw Distance / Image Width

      The lower the throw ratio is, the closer the projector can be, the higher it is, the further the projector can be. LFC supports throw ratios between 0.5:1-2.0:1. The aspect ratio is the relation of the projected frame’s width to the projected frame’s height. The majority of projectors have an aspect ratio of 16:9, like a widescreen monitor or TV, but some have 4:3 aspect ratios. If your house is close to being as tall as it is wide, a 4:3 aspect ratio might be useful.
    • Throw distances and focal ranges are listed by projector manufacturers to help you determine where they can be positioned while calculating screen size. Like a camera lens, projector lenses cannot focus on everything at once. The throw distance will tell you how close and how far the limits of that focus will be. Unlike camera lenses, some projector lenses don’t focus to infinity, and there will be a maximum distance they can be before creating a blurry picture. The focal range will tell you how wide the area will be in focus at any given time. If your projector has a wider focal range, it will provide greater flexibility when placing your projector at an angle, allowing you to keep focus through a larger section of your projection’s entire depth.
  • The alignment of the LFC Kit camera and the projector lens is an important part of any setup. The LFC camera must be able to see and properly focus on the entire subject. To get the best scan results, reference our Guide article Getting a Good Scan. Having a good scan of your house will make it easier to choose different surfaces and insert effects on the different areas in your scene.

Add Custom Animations & Video Loops

  • Custom animations are supported including those generated with After Effects. To use custom animations render them to video and import them into Lightform Creator.
  • Custom video loops can be downloaded and combined with the effects in Lightform Creator’s built-in library to create a memorable show. Customers have reported success using content on websites like pixabay or MotionLoops to create their custom loops.

How to Add Custom Content with Lightform Creator

An ideal way to create unique Halloween and Holiday projections.

Environmental Conditions

Cabin projections A-Frame by John Meehan. Made with LFC Kit + a Panasonic PT-VX500U (5,000 lumens)

Weather should be accounted for to ensure a positive experience when projecting outdoors. Lightform devices, like most projectors, are not waterproof. We advise caution when using them outside and we recommend taking safeguards to protect them. Projector enclosures are an option to protect your devices. If using an enclosure be sure there is proper ventilation for both the LFC Kit and the projector. The ideal operating temperature for the LFC is between 32°F – 86°F (0°C – 30°C).

The amount of light, whether from the sun or artificial lighting, can negatively impact the quality of the projection on a scene. Projecting in bright daylight or direct sunlight is not recommended. To get the best results wait for lower light levels during early evening hours or at night time. Keep an eye out for street lights as they might create unwanted shadows in your scene. 

Beyond House Mapping Examples

The following examples highlight additional opportunities beyond house mapping, including projects covering gardens, terraces, pool houses, and more.

Mapping the Trees

Daelen Cory from L’Esperance Design used six LFC Kits to transform this client’s property into a mystical wonderland by mapping the trees and the grass around the house.


Pool House Mapping

Taylor Henson decided to turn his pool house into a cool house with projected AR and some funky mind-bending effects.


Mapping The Rose Garden

Luke Lee is a maker at Fusiform Design Workshop LLC. Before shelter in place started, he made sure to bring all the Lightform gear back to his house so he could map his rose garden.


What Will You Create?

With these best practices and recommendations, you should have an easier time house mapping and creating your own projected light-show. We look forward to seeing how you wow your audience and invite you to share house mapping experiences in the comments below.

If you’re on social media don’t hesitate to tag your videos #lightformcreations on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to have your work spotlighted on our blog and social accounts.

Have any additional questions? Please check out the information in our FAQ or contact us and we’ll do our best to help you.

Jen Stark Gallery Show

Art and Technology 

Jen Stark is an artist based in Los Angeles, California, who uses a variety of media to explore visual systems and sacred geometries. The vivid colors and intricate patterns of her work lend themselves perfectly to Lightform Creator’s instant effects.  We collaborated with her to illuminate artwork on display at her 2019 show “Dimensionality” at the Joshua Liner Gallery in NYC. 

We used Lightform to projection map Ethereal Vortex, a swirling spiral of sharp and soft-edged bands of color. Jen’s earlier stop-motion paper animations served as an inspiration for Lightform’s animator Ray Chang. He took his scan of the artwork into Adobe Illustrator and After Effects to create four custom animations used in combination with native Lightform Creator effects. 

Jen and her team also painted a mural on two walls of the gallery. Ray scanned it with a second Lightform throughout different stages of completion to create the projected elements in Lightform Creator simultaneously. In her own words, “Lightform provides an amazing bridge between the digital and real world. It has enabled me to effortlessly breathe life into my paintings through light, color, and movement.”


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Epson 2255U

Lightform Creator, After Effects, Illustrator


Lightform Creator – Jen Stark Vortex

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