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Think Tekk, LLCBy Think Tekk, LLC
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Think Tekk, LLCBy Think Tekk, LLC
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About

We are making product improvements and plan to re-launch on Kickstarter in March 2015. 

Please check out the latest developments and follow us at:

http://www.light-bandit.com/

Sunlight you control

Sunlight shining through a 3 ft x 3 ft window (1m x 1m) provides as much light as one hundred light bulbs! However, most of that light never makes it to where it is needed most. Wouldn't it be great if you could capture sunlight and transport it to anywhere in your home? Well now you can, with the Light Bandit.

The Light Bandit sits on a window and collects direct rays from the sun. It concentrates this sunlight into a flexible optical fiber that “pipes” the sunlight to wherever you want it (for a detailed technical description of how it does this, skip to the bottom of the page). The fibers plug into special light fixtures that are just like artificial fixtures - except instead of plugging them into a wall, you plug them into the Light Bandit. For the first time, you can have a lamp that lights your home and uses ZERO energy. 

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All rewards come with e-mail updates on the product development effort. Available rewards are shown below. (NOTE: If you are a member of the Backer Club, you will get a free T-Shirt and a free handheld demonstrator with any purchase over $75!):

Better health, better homes

Many people are not fully aware of the powerful influence sunlight has on our health and well being. Besides reducing a home’s energy bill, bringing natural sunlight into your home can help your family get a better night’s sleep, can reduce stress and improve mood, can reduce eye strain when reading, and can improve concentration. It’s no wonder that homes with abundant natural lighting are desired in nearly every housing market around the world and are associated with comfortable, relaxed living.

The Light Bandit improves on natural sunlight by giving you CONTROL over where and how the sun illuminates your home. Light fixtures that use light rods (to mimic a fluorescent tube) and fiber reflectors (to mimic a light bulb) accept the optical fiber from the Light Bandit to deliver area lighting, focused task lighting, plant lighting, and aquarium lighting - and more light fixtures are being developed by our partners and will be available soon. 

But you don’t have to stop there. With our DIY kit, you can make your own light fixtures or decorative lighting displays and use sunlight to create something entirely unique to your home!

Now it is easy to deliver the benefits of sunlight to anywhere in your home with all the convenience and simplicity of an artificial lamp. Not familiar with all the benefits of natural light? Check out these interesting articles to learn more:

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When will I get my Light Bandit?

Good things come to those that wait... but we'll be doing everything we can to reduce that waiting time! Manufacturing optical molds takes time and we have assumed a VERY conservative schedule and delivery date (we don't want to be a campaign that is late with its product). As the schedule progresses, we'll update you to reflect any speed ups in when your product ships. A very simplified version of our project schedule, with critical milestones, is shown below:

How does it work?

Warning! This section gets technical. If you are ready to get your geek on, here’s the scoop on how the Light Bandit does what it does:

The image above shows the main components in the Light Bandit. Sunlight enters the Light Bandit through a special mirror, called a Fresnel mirror(1), on the front of the product. The mirror has a special etching on it that transmits half of any incoming light while reflecting and focusing the other half. When sunlight first encounters the mirror, half of this sunlight passes directly into the Light Bandit where it is reflected by an array of small mirrors(2 - see image belwo)) underneath the Fresnel mirror. Using two low-cost motors to move a Translating Sheet(3) and Rotating Rods(4), this mirror array slowly tracks the sun throughout the day.

A light sensor and motor controller in the base of the unit(5) ensures that the mirrors are always oriented such that they reflect the sunlight back toward the Fresnel mirror parallel to the mirror’s optical axis. Half of this reflected light then gets re-reflected and focused by the Fresnel mirror into small optical channels that concentrate the sunlight into a larger optical fiber at the side of the product(6). These optical channels have a special coating on them that rejects the infrared portion of sunlight. Since plants, animals, and humans cannot see infrared light, this light is not desirable as it only heats up our living spaces. Once in the optical fiber, the optical fiber transmits the light much like a pipe transmits water. Light can be transmitted up to 30 feet from the Light Bandit. 

Special light fixtures incorporate an optical element that scatters the concentrated sunlight. These elements are integrated into the light fixture and can look like light bulbs, but they're not! You do not need to provide any electricity needed to operate the Light Bandit. The device is safe, it is not hot to the touch and the light emitted is harmless to your eyes.

Who invented this?

The Light Bandit was invented by Think Tekk, LLC, in San Diego, California. We’re a team of engineers with over 50 years of combined experience developing and manufacturing solar products. We’ve been working together for many years and we are seasoned designers that know how to take a technology from prototype to product. 

Our team includes Dr. Duncan Earl – one of the original inventors of fiber optic daylighting. You can check out Duncan’s street creds (and his changing hairstyles over the years) in the links below. Rest assured, this product will be delivered on time and as promised.

Risks and challenges

Our team consists of experienced product developers and manufacturers and we have established the key partnerships necessary to bring this product to market. However, all projects have risks. Here are the potential risks that we see to a successful product launch:

PRODUCT APPEAL: The Light Bandit is pretty bulky right now. It needs to be slimmer and more appealing. Getting a "look" that everyone likes is sometimes difficult, especially with a product for the home. We'll be bringing in engineers with a specialty in aesthetic design and we'll be soliciting your input, but there is always the possibility that some will not like the way the final production unit looks.

MANUFACTURING DELAYS: The Light Bandit has a fairly sophisticated Fresnel Mirror that requires a precision optical mold to be designed and manufactured. We know this will take a few months and we have accounted for that in our schedule. However, any unintended flaws in the mold would require a re-work that could delay delivery by a month or two. We have a close relationship with the world experts in Fresnel lens/mirror molding and plan to leverage their expertise to ensure our mold is designed and manufactured on time. If manufacturing delays are encountered, we will be keeping our customers informed every step of the way. We will share the cause of any delays, our steps to react to or mitigate them, and any updates to the product release date.

The more support we can raise the more options we will have for handling unexpected project delays. Please tell your friends about this technology through social media and e-mail and share this page.

We can't wait for you to experience how cool controlled sunlight can be and we THANK YOU for your help!

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    Sunny greetings from San Diego! We'll send you an e-PostCard from the team along with our eternal gratitude. Plus we'll add you to the e-mail updates that highlight project developments, early product testing photos, and the latest product release information. Thank you for catching our vision!

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    Become an official Light Bandit! Get a T-shirt with the Light Bandit logo on it and show your friends that you support this cool, new, green technology. The T-shirt is a great ice-breaker at parties and you'll also received all project updates and release information.

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    Get a handheld sunlight concentrator plus ten feet (3m) of 3mm diameter optical fiber. Use to demonstrate to your friends how easy it is to concentrate and distribute sunlight using optical fibers.

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    Channel your inner Luke Skywalker! Includes product updates, a 3 foot (1m) light rod that looks a lot like a "light saber," 5 feet (1.5m) of 10mm diameter optical fiber, and an LED flashlight to demonstrate how concentrated light can be transmitted and spread.

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    Channel your inner Darth Vader! Get more fiber and more SWAG. Includes product updates, a Light Bandit T-Shirt, a 3 foot (1m) light rod the looks a lot like a "light saber," 10 feet (3m) of 10mm diameter optical fiber, and an LED flashlight to demonstrate how concentrated light can be transmitted and spread.

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    The "Do-It-Yourself" Special! This package includes the Light Bandit plus 15 feet (4.5m) of 12.5mm diameter optical fiber, 5 feet (1.5m) of side-glowing "neon" fiber, and a 1 foot (30cm) light rod for you to make your own custom lighting displays. Of course, you'll also get project updates and bragging rights to your unique and awesome creations!

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    Early Bird Special! Get the Light Bandit for your home. You'll get a Light Bandit plus 20 feet (6m) of 12.5mm diameter optical fiber, a fiber-compatible lamp, and project updates. Everything you need to bring controlled sunlight into your home!

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    Get the Light Bandit for your home. You'll get a Light Bandit plus 20 feet (6m) of 12.5mm diameter optical fiber, a fiber-compatible lamp, and project updates. Everything you need to bring controlled sunlight into your home!

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    Plant Growers Special! Need more light for growing more plants, this package includes a set of four Light Bandits plus four 20 feet (6m) optical fibers (12.5mm diameter), and four light rods. Of course, you get all project updates as well. Happy growing!

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    Become a Light Bandit team member for a day! You'll join us at our facility in beautiful San Diego, CA to discuss your own ideas on how this technology can best be developed and applied. Got a better idea or an improvement on the technology that you really want to explore with our engineers, then this reward is for you! You pay the airfare and we'll take care of the hotel and travel in San Diego. You'll also get one of the first Light Bandits we ship along with 20 feet (6m) of fiber and a compatible lamp.

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