Eliza is a designer LED lamp that helps you up-cycle your old electronics.The folded brass body creates triangular forms that celebrate light through rays, reflections, shadows, and shimmers. The warm white LED lights, controlled by a touch sensor, are powered by a standard Micro-USB cable, allowing you to power the lamp by up-cycling a device charger you likely already own. Eliza is a celebration of light, a promise to care for the planet, and simply a beautiful object to share your space.
Something for the Holidays?
Are you considering backing the Eliza Light as a holiday gift for someone? Excellent idea! I want to help you to put an Eliza Light into someone's hands for the holidays. All project backers (who would receive an Eliza Light) will also receive a file which they can use to produce a 3D print of the Eliza Light. I'll send this shortly after you back the project so you can have the 3D file printed locally, wrapped up nicely, and ready for gifting in no time. If you're unfamiliar with 3D printing, websites like 3dhubs.com can help you find friendly local vendors.
- Design: A folded sheet of .016" brass. Thin and light but incredibly strong due to the triangular design
- LED: Super bright LEDs produce warm and soft light for up to 30,000 hours
- Touch: Capacitive touch sensor controls on/off and dimming. Eliza turns on with a touch and gently dims out when turned off
- Dim: Touch-and-hold dimming function allows adjustment to exactly the right level of light
- FitD: "Find in the dark" turns light on to lowest level when your hand gets near
- Power: 5v 1amp delivered through standard Micro-USB cable
- Up-Cycle: Power can be provided through most standard USB chargers or your computer's USB port
- Size: Eliza 133 mm x 133 mm x by 79 mm. It weighs 172 g
- Where: Eliza is designed in London. The lamp (including the chassis and electronics) is produced and hand-assembled in the USA.
The story so far...
I've always had a passion for lighting. Simply: I love light. I was lucky to grow up in New Mexico, which has natural light that has captivated artists for generations. I wanted to make a design object that expressed and shared my fascination with light itself. I wanted to make something that celebrated rays and reflections, sparkles and shadows. I wanted to make something that just made people smile.
That simple idea was the beginning of a project I've worked on for almost two years.
That time has been spent happily crafting and refining the Eliza Light. I've created dozens of paper models and studied the way each and every surface changes the character of the light created by the lamp.
The source of the light is critical to the final design and along the way it become clear that I wouldn't be happy with any off-the-shelf solutions. That's why I've created my own LED platform just for the Eliza Light. I also created the touch sensor that controls the lamp. That moment of turning the lamp on or off is a critical interaction and I wanted it to be as elegant and natural as the light itself.
Over the past few months I have commissioned prototypes of the Eliza Light using the actual materials and vendors I'd use in the final production. Although very expensive, I had to be sure that the design and processes worked before coming to the Kickstarter community for support. The feeling of seeing the first prototype light up was amazing. The performance of the Eliza Light is better than I expected and I'm confident in being able to deliver the project.
I've brought this project to Kickstarter in order to help scale up the production of the Eliza Light. The cost of all the fabrication processes are a direct function of the volume (number of units) being produced. This will allow me to bring down the unit cost and share the Eliza Light with a wider audience (including you!).
The first way to help is simply to back this project. I've put together a wide range of reward options to choose from. Please know that every bit of your support is appreciated.
Secondly, please share this project with your friends. Your social networks are critical to the success of the project. If you've got a little writers-block, here's a tweet for you:
http://bit.ly/elizalight #Elizalight A folded brass #lamp that loves light. Now on #kickstarter #lighting #design @wesmeyer
Eliza Light: Most backers will receive an Eliza Light as a reward for their support. This will be the lamp shown in the video and images on this page. It is made of brass with white screen printing on the faces. It is powered by a micro-USB cable. The cable and wall charger are not supplied.
Mini-Eliza Thank You Card: Backers will also receive a brass thank you card that can be folded to make a 1/4 scale Eliza Light. This will come flat and you get to fold it yourself. The cards came as a result of some unused space being left on the brass sheets from making the lamps. It's an extra way to show my appreciation for your support and make the most of the materials in the project.
Bespoke Eliza: I will work with Backers at this level to create a bespoke Eliza Light. Design options will be different ways of treating the surface of the lamp. This could include different colours for the faces (other than white), laser engraving, all brass, etc. I'm really excited to see what ideas of the community may have. If you want to cover it diamonds (and you're willing to supply the diamonds), lets try it out. The chassis and electronics will remain the same as the standard Eliza Light.
Following the successful funding of the project on Kickstarter, a number of things will happen:
- Final Prototype (January 2015 - March 2015): A final pre-production prototype run will be commissioned. The current prototype is almost perfect, but it revealed a few adjustments that would aid production and make a better final product. Three of the units from this run are on offer to Backers as a special reward
- First Production Run (March 2015 - May 2015): Ordering of parts, tooling and manufacture will be carried out for the first run of Eliza Lights
- Bespoke Eliza Design (March 2015 - May 2015) Work with select Backer on their bespoke Eliza Light design
- First Run Finishing (June 2015 - July 2015): Each Eliza Light is hand assembled, finished, tested, and made ready to ship
- Shipping First Run (July 2015): The Eliza Lights make their way to Backers
- Second Production Run (August 2015 - September 2015): Ordering of parts, tooling and manufacture will be carried out for the second run of Eliza Lights
- Second Run Finishing (October 2015 - November 2015): Each Eliza Light is hand-assembled, finished, tested, and made ready to ship
- Shipping Second Run (November 2015): The Eliza Lights make their way to Backers
What sort of light is Eliza?
Eliza is a 'companion light'. It's perfect by your laptop as it doesn't produce screen glare but helps you read a few notes or keep track of your tea. It adds a splash of light to any room and its warm relaxing light makes the perfect light for settling down to bed. It's not a task light, but you can comfortably read a few pages with it.
How is it powered?
Eliza is powered by a standard Micro-USB cable running at 5v 1 Amp power. This is the type of port typically used to charge most Android, Blackberry or Windows phones. You can use most standard wall chargers or plug Eliza directly into the USB port on your computer. WARNING: You SHOULD NOT use higher-powered chargers, with an output above 1 amp, to power Eliza (including the ones that come with larger tablets).
Does Eliza come with a power cable?
No. Eliza wants you to recycle your old USB charger. Tens of thousands of these chargers find their ways to landfills every year. There is a very good chance you have one around that isn't being used, and Eliza is how you can give it new life. If you don't have one, ask someone. Your friends, family, the IT department at work...people really want to get rid of these things!
Is Eliza made from a single sheet of folded brass?
Actually Eliza is made from two sheets of folded brass. The design was always seen as a 'brass origami', and could be made from a single sheet. However due to the specific sheet sizes of the raw metal, I found that we could produce half as much waste by separating the design into two parts.
I'm from the US. I live in the UK now. My wife is from here and our daughter was born here. I have all respect for the manufacturers here in the UK, and elsewhere in the world. The reason I'm building the Eliza Light in the US is because my connections there go back many years and I have relationships that I know I can trust to deliver the project at the level of quality we all expect. I will be in the US for the final production and assembly of the lights.
Very special thanks to everyone who has helped get the project this far: My very patient family, Thomas Østerhus, swanowl.com & Jeff Rutheford.
Risks and challenges
I've taken every step to ensure the project can be delivered in a timely manner. I'm working with vendors I know and trust and I've successfully completed the first 'real' prototype using the same vendors and processes to be used in final production. With this in mind, things can always change. I have delivered projects all around the world and I trust my own experience and instincts to guide the delivery through any challenges that may come up. I will keep backers informed and up to date.
The lamps will be manufactured in Albuquerque, NM (USA). US and most international orders will be shipped from there. There will be a drop shipment of Eliza Lights made to the UK, with UK and EU orders being fulfilled from London. Please understand that all import taxes and duties, etc. are not included in your pledge and may be collected by the local authorities during shipping.
The Eliza Light will carry the CE certification. For many countries (EU, Canada, Mexico) this is sufficient to ensure entry for import purposes. However, please note that I can not ensure that the Eliza Light complies with every global electrical certification requirement. If you are unsure about this, please contact me directly.
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