We report a miniaturized device integrating a photoactive material with a highly efficient Light Emitting Diode light source. This so-called micro light plate configuration allows for maximizing the irradiance impinging on the photoactive material, with a minimum power consumption, excellent uniformity, and accurate control of the illumination. We demonstrate these advantages with an example application: photoactivated gas sensors with a power consumption as low as 30 μW (this is 1000 times lower than the best figures reported to date). The letter also presents a quantitative model and a set of design rules to implement it in further integrated applications.

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