Profs also started firm that makes lamps using microplasma technology
CHAMPAIGN — EP Purification isn't the first commercial venture from University of Illinois professors J. Gary Eden and Sung-Jin Park.
In 2007, they founded Eden Park Illumination, which makes lamps using microplasma technology. Their goal at the time was to displace fluorescent lights with lightweight, energy-efficient lighting.
That company, located at 903 N. Country Fair Drive, C, now concentrates on making flat-panel studio lighting for cinematographic use.
Light produced by those panels allows photographers to make fewer camera adjustments and eliminates green and red hues that otherwise might appear in close-up shots, said Cy Herring, the company's vice president of research.
The new Studio 3000 product — which produces 3,000 lumens — will be launched at the National Association of Broadcasters exhibition in early April in Las Vegas. Prime users are expected to include photographers and videographers, Herring said. The target price is $2,000.
Eden Park Illumination formerly concentrated on general lighting, but decided to move away from low-cost, high-volume products to low-volume specialized products that can fetch a better price.
The company employs 12 in Champaign, plus three in other locations.
Eden Park Illumination
Business: Makes microplasma lighting panels for studio use by videographers and photographers.
Address: 903 N. Country Fair Drive, C.
Co-founders: J. Gary Eden and Sung-Jin Park
Employees: 12 in Champaign, three elsewhere.