A beautifully and sustainably designed energy-saving LED desk lamp made in the USA from recycled e-waste.
WHAT WE'RE DOING
LittleFootprint Lighting is a manufacturer of LED task lighting products that are made in the USA from recycled materials. Our goal is to reduce the carbon footprint of lighting, one little desk lamp at a time. Your pledge will help us reduce our costs so we can sell more lamps and really have an impact.
After 3 years of R&D, we are just beginning to ship our first product, the HeronLED Personal Task Light. Though we were motivated to get into the business because of our desire to make a "green", sustainable desk lamp, we were just as motivated to make a beautiful, highly functional, state of the art desk lamp. We don't believe products sell just because they're good for the environment. They have to attract users because of the value they offer over and above their sustainability. Based on feedback we've been getting, we think we've hit the mark with the HeronLED.
Energy-saving, environmentally friendly, and ergonomically designed for work place and home office environments, the HeronLED Personal Task Light is the only LED-based desk lamp made in the USA from recycled e-waste. Here are the key features:
- Uses only 4 watts - 7 to 10 times less energy compared to conventional desk lamps
- Replaceable LED bulb lasts 15 years or longer
- First and only desk lamp made of recycled ABS plastic from e-waste
- Adjustable, ergonomic design that gets light just where you need it
- "Warm white" light, over 220 lumens, 55 lumens/watt
- Five-year warranty
- Designed and manufactured in the USA
LIGHT ON THE ENVIRONMENT
Here's how our lights help reduce the carbon footprint of lighting and help keep e-waste out of landfills:
LED bulbs: Our bulbs save energy in several ways. First, LED bulbs use
less energy than incandescent, halogen or compact fluorescent bulbs –
and last longer, too! Further, they produce much less heat than other
bulbs, which helps save energy because buildings then need less air
conditioning. Finally, good task lights like ours mean less ambient lighting is needed, so there's a chance to use even less electricity for lighting. Less energy used means fewer greenhouse gases in our atmosphere.
- Product design: We’ve designed our LED task lighting to be as green as possible. In general, products designed from recycled materials require less energy to produce than those made from virgin materials. By sourcing our materials in California, where we’re based, we save even more energy by reducing transportation costs. We’ve even designed our LED task lamps with the switch between the plug and the internal power supply, to keep them from being “energy vampires.” When you turn off one of our lamps, it’s really off.
- Recycling e-waste: E-waste is the fastest growing element in the U.S. garbage stream. According to a report in Time Magazine, Americans throw out more than 350,000 cell phones and 130,000 computers every day. Improperly disposed-of lead, mercury and other toxic materials found inside e-waste can leak from landfills and pollute our communities. When it is recycled, e-waste often ends up in developing countries where it's processed in dangerous conditions, sometimes using child labor. We're proud to close the loop on e-waste, keeping it out of landfills and using it to make energy-saving lights designed to last. And after many, many years when our products reach end of life, we encourage our users to recycle them at e-Stewards recyclers, ensuring proper handling.
General Design Information:
- Light source is replaceable 3-Watt LED bi-pin MR-16 VWF, exclusively designed for use with HeronLED and made in the USA
- Body of fixture made from 89% recycled post-consumer ABS plastic (non-corrosive, RoHS compliant) sourced and processed in the USA
- Metal base of lamp made in USA from RoHS compliant steel melted and manufactured in the USA and made from at least 70% scrap metal
- Ergonomically designed to provide maximum controllability of height and angle of light source to put light where needed on the work space
- Uses 1/7th the energy used by a comparable incandescent desk lamp
- Weighs 3 pounds
- ETL/cETL and CE safety certifications
- 5-year Warranty
Specific Lighting Information:
- Light output/Brightness: 220 lumens
- Energy used: 4 Watts
- Lumens per Watt/Efficiency: 55
- Light appearance/Color temperature: Warm white (3000 K)
- Color Rendering Index (CRI): 82
- Life: 50,000 hours (17 years if on 8 hours per day)
- Illuminance levels meet recommendations for common visual task as described in ANSI/IESNA RP-1-04, “American National Standard Practice for Office Lighting”
- Body of fixture made from 89% post-consumer recycled ABS plastic sourced and processed in USA.
- Steel base made in USA from USA manufactured steel comprised of at least 70% scrap metal
- Overall post-consumer content: 58.4%
- Input Voltage Range: 120V—277V
- Power Cord (USA): 2-prong, SPT-2, approximately 6’ long. (Available with power cords for use in other countries in summer of 2012)
- Off-state power use: 0 Watts
- Power factor: .58
WHAT WE NEED
We've made it on our own this far - to the point that we are just beginning production - and that's a big relief! As we ramp up production however, we are going to need to reduce our costs. One of our parts – a little metal enclosure that covers the electronics inside the lamp – has ended up being one of our most expensive components, even though it’s a pretty simple piece. Because we didn’t have the cash up front to pay for specialized “stamping” tooling, we had to go with a less efficient production method for our first batch. If we invest in the tooling (made in USA of course!), we can reduce the cost of this part by 75%, which will make a major difference in our bottom line.
We're looking for your help to buy the tooling in time for our next production run. The savings we achieve and any additional funding we might get will help us make a real impact by allowing us to put more resources into sales and marketing efforts to get our little lamps on as many desks as possible.
If I do need to replace the LED bulb for some reason, will any LED MR16 work, or do I have to get it from LittleFootprint Lighting?Though our bulbs are expected not to need replacement for 15 years or longer, we wanted to be sure that if something did go wrong, they could easily be replaced so the whole fixture wouldn't have to be thrown away (unlike lots of LED desk lamps out there now with non-replaceable light sources.) It was our initial plan that users could use any LED MR16 if they needed to replace a bulb, but as we got more into our R&D, we realized that MR16s are normally made to be used as spot lights, so they have a very narrow beam angle that would not provide the kind of light that one needs for a desk lamp. After spending many months searching for an "off the shelf" solution that provided the proper light distribution, proper brightness, and desired "warm white", we finally found LEDdynamics in Vermont and had them create custom MR16s for our lamp.
We are NOT in the bulb business and do not plan to try to sell our bulbs as standalones or to profit if we have to replace them. In the unlikely event that something goes wrong with a bulb within the 5-year warranty period, we will replace it at no cost to the customer. After that, the plans is that customers can get replacements for us at our cost.
pledged of $15,000 goal
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on March 23, 2012.
Feb 22, 2012 - Mar 23, 2012 (30 days)
Pledge $1 or more
The best part of our journey has been the support and good wishes from those who love our idea of reducing the carbon footprint of lighting, one little desk lamp at a time. Every dollar counts, and we will gladly add your name to our list of backers on our website. THANKS!!!!Estimated delivery: May 2012
Pledge $5 or more
For a pledge of $5 you will get our undying gratitude, your name on our list of backers, plus a PowerPoint and PDF illustrating how e-waste is recycled and transformed into our energy-saving desk lampsEstimated delivery: May 2012
Pledge $15 or more
We get SO many compliments about our logo, we want to share it with our friends. For $15 you'll get a made-in-USA, FSC certified, 100% post-consumer content sticky note pad featuring our logo plus all of the above. Shipping included.Estimated delivery: May 2012
Pledge $50 or more
For $50, you can take your support of our project on the road wearing an organic cotton, made-in-USA T-shirt with the LittleFootprint Lighting logo on the front. You'll also get all of the above: Sticky note pad, presentation about how we turn e-waste into energy-saving desk lamps, and inclusion in our list of backers. Shipping Included.Estimated delivery: May 2012
Pledge $200 or more
21 backers Limited (179 of 200 left)
Be among the first to get a really "Green" Light! For $200 you get one HeronLED Personal Task Light plus all of the above: LittleFootprint Lighting sustainable T-shirt and sticky notes, e-waste to desk lamp presentation, a big thank you on our backers page, and because you are among the first 200 KickStarter folks to pledge at this level, FREE SHIPPING in the US and Canada. (International customers add $20.)Estimated delivery: May 2012
Pledge $215 or more
Let it shine! One HeronLED Personal Task Light, a LittleFootprint Lighting T-shirt (organic cotton, made in USA), LittleFootprint sticky note pad (100% post-consumer, made in USA), PowerPoint and PDF illustrating how e-waste is recycled and transformed into our energy-saving desk lamps, inclusion on our backers page, and our sincere thanks. Includes shipping in the USA and Canada. (International customers add $20.)Estimated delivery: May 2012
Pledge $425 or more
Shine twice as brightly with 2 HeronLED Personal Task Lights, 2 LittleFootprint Lighting T-shirt (organic cotton, made in USA) which you can order in different sizes, 2 LittleFootprint sticky note pads (100% post-consumer, made in USA), a PowerPoint and PDF illustrating how e-waste is recycled and transformed into our energy-saving desk lamps, and your name in lights on our backers page. Includes shipping in the USA and Canada. (International customers add $40.)Estimated delivery: May 2012
Pledge $845 or more
Brighten up the office, save energy, and get cool stuff. At this level you get 4 HeronLED Personal Task Lights, 4 LittleFootprint Lighting T-shirts (organic cotton, made in USA) which you can order in different sizes, 4 LittleFootprint sticky note pads (100% post-consumer, made in USA), a PowerPoint and PDF illustrating how e-waste is recycled and transformed into our energy-saving desk lamps, and your name and/or company name in lights on our backers page. Includes shipping in the USA and Canada. (International customers add $80.)Estimated delivery: May 2012
Pledge $2,100 or more
Go for the Green with a whole flock of 10 HeronLED Personal Task Lights,10 LittleFootprint Lighting T-shirts (organic cotton, made in USA) which you can order in different sizes, 20 LittleFootprint sticky note pads (100% post-consumer, made in USA), a PowerPoint and PDF illustrating how e-waste is recycled and transformed into our energy-saving desk lamps, and your name and/or company name in a place of special honor our backers page. Includes shipping in the USA and Canada. (International customers, we will contact you about best shipping options to keep shipping costs to a minimum.)Estimated delivery: May 2012