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Introducing the Eclipse!
This is the first blue projected LED desk lamp using Remote Phosphor Technology (RPT). This design oriented light uses high performance LED technology to use just 2-3W of power yet performing like a 15-20W incandescent lighting fixture. This fixture is super compact, super slim, and highly efficient which makes it ideal for just about anywhere you want stylish lighting. Whether it is your desk, kitchen, bedroom, bar, or tradeshow booth you won't be disappointed in this fixtures sleek design.
The main goal of this simple and affordable lamp was to showcase a new generation of lighting. I wanted to move away from traditional lighting designs and didn't want to recreate another LED retrofit bulb. Instead I wanted to use LED lighting in a new and interesting way while maintaining functionality. Whether you want to learn more about the technology or want a highly functional lamp you will love this. I've spent countless hours getting the lamp to this point and I am sure you will be impressed!
How it works...
The Eclipse uses a small blue LED at the base and the Total Internal Reflection (TIR) optic projects the light up to a phosphor disc. The disc absorbs the blue light and converts it to white light. With the LED deep in the base and phosphor disc only converting the light, the fixture remains completely cool to the touch. The controller is a custom circuit using a high efficiency LED driver and an Atmel capacitive touch sensor. This sensor allows for the entire fixture itself to be the switch. By touching any aluminum part of the fixture you can turn on or off the lamp.
Remote Phosphor Technology (RPT) is impressive and more than likely you have already seen the technology being used in street lighting, LED retrofit bulbs, and even photography lights.
I am blown away by the reception of the Eclipse and have far exceeded the goal, but I want to make it better. Stretch goals offer a great way to further reduce the manufacturing costs and allow me to offer additional cool features!
This feature will use a low power LED to slightly illuminate the recess in the base to make it easier to find the Eclipse in a dark room. This in addition to the touch anywhere feature of the lamp will end the frustration of trying to find a light switch in the middle of the night.
(Picture coming soon!)
The Eclipse is the first of its kind and hopefully it will bring on a new generation of lighting. But what if you could make it YOURS? That's what this goal is all about. If we can reach this goal, we can personalize the base with your name, or anybody elses. Backers will also have the option of having the Eclipse logo etched. Take a look at the pictures of some of the prototype bases that have already been etched. I will be coming up with a group of fonts and character limits to ensure that it looks perfect when you get it.
(Want something even more special? Like artwork or photo etched? Please send a quick message, we are currently working on also providing these features.)
Laser etching permanently marks the surface with a white lettering. The clear anodize (silver) version doesn't contrast as much as the colors do, but it still looks great. If you want a picture of what it will look like send me a message.
From the source...
We've upgraded the LED! We are now using the latest generation of industry leading CREE products that use their patented SC³ Technology™ (Silicone Carbide) that boasts a 20% upgrade in lumens per watt. This change was necessary from the "Clean the Beam" section of this page. This latest generation allows for better optical coupling with the TIR lens to produce less light spill as it is being projected up to the phosphor disc. It has a slightly tighter beam angle and even more light focused which means there will be more of a hot spot in the center of the phosphor but its worth it. Great technology plus great optics equal a great light!
What's your vote gonna be?
We've hit the goal!!! How exciting! Now we get to start playing with a little bit of color. With the COLOR and DUO reward levels, backers will be able to cast a vote and actively participate in the colors of the Eclipse. These pledges will still have the option of the Black or Clear, but here is a quick sketch of the Eclipse along with a picture of just the bases in color. Are these the only options? NO. I have just spoken with the anodizer and they are excited to bring any color (or just about) to the Eclipse lamp. Thanks American Anodizing!
Mix and Match? If we can get enough interest we may be able to mix colors. For instance, if you wanted a motorcycle theme and wanted an Orange base with a Black stand, send me a message! I can't wait to start calculating the votes at end of the campaign. Thanks!
LDI Las Vegas - Nov 22-24 http://www.ldishow.com
Our dear friends at Spotlight America will have the ORANGE Eclipse lamp @ Booth 960. This is one of the most high tech lighting expos in the world and we are glad to be apart of it! Thanks Yvonne and Jeff Mateer!
LDI 2013 WAS A SUCCESS!
Thanks to Yvonne Mateer for making this happen. Everybody really liked the Eclipse. The three gentleman in the upper left had a chance to check out the prototype and have since backed the project. If you are visiting the page from LDI 2013 send me a quick message. Thanks for your support!
Making the Eclipse...
From the drawing board to the creation. The Eclipse lamps are 100% designed, machined, and assembled in the USA! The bases are machined from billet aircraft grade Aluminum 6061 using my Tormach 1100 CNC machine. However, I have a developed a great working relationship with several local machine shops that would love the project if the volume demanded it. Once machined, the bases and phosphor stands are then sent to a local shop for the final finish and anodizing.
I have designed the electronic circuitry primarily by myself with some help of a very talented Electrical Engineer, Gary Kuntz. I have soldered all the boards to date and now need to design an SMT board. The Eclipse electronics use a standard wall power supply, switch-mode Buck converter, and an Atmel chip to capture the capacitive touch sensing.
(This video should be corrected, please send me a quick message if it is still generating some display problems on your device.)
How much light can one light light?
I am sure the question will be asked, so how much light is actually emitted from just 3W? Its really difficult to give an accurate number but I think these images are the next best thing. The camera I used was a SONY NEX-3 with all the settings identical going from picture to picture. This should give you a good understanding of light output and beam shape. This is a new concept and there are challenges! There are some blue beam artifacts that you may notice in the image. Although it looks cool, my goal is to eventually reduce these through more optical research.
Whats cooler than being COOL! ICE COLD! (well almost...)
Here is a quick photo shoot with a Fluke thermal imaging camera. The Eclipse lamp was left on to saturate for a hour before these pictures were taken. You will see the lamp never gets warm to touch and if you look close you can see the minimal heat being generated from the light conversion of the phosphor. Now thats cool!
Clean the beam...
The entire reason behind the name of the Eclipse is because of this picture right here. This picture is taken looking straight up into the phosphor. Optics are difficult and even though roughly 95% of the light is is being focused onto the phosphor there are some random rays making it past the disc. I love the effect this gives and I am working on taming this to make a more uniform halo.
Let the smoke out...
You will see the blue beam in several of my videos and pictures. Naturally you will not see this unless some sort of fog or smoke is introduced. For much of my content I used a $30 fog machine however anything will work. If you have a spare minute, here is a quick video where I borrowed my daughters humidifier to demonstrate some of the cool effects the Eclipse can generate.
Optical Safety of LEDs...
This topic is very important to me which is why I have dedicated a section to it. Like any lighting method there are always safety concerns. Just like mom said never look directly at the sun or don't touch the light bulb. NEVER look directly down into the LED. This fixture is really low power (2-3W) however it does use a blue LED in the range of 445-455nm. This is why I have provided a link to a recent document from the Department of Energy explaining some of the scrutiny blue LEDs have been exposed to. In short, because of the collimated beam coming from the base I will be applying a "Caution" label to the lamp before shipping.
October: Campaign commences... emails and status will be tracked constantly. If there is a trend reaching the goal, I will begin preparations.
November: Campaign funded and the full scope of the project is realized! Custom anodized colors votes are calculated and selected. Board layouts and custom fixtures will be nearing completion or completed. First article production units will be underway and nearing completion. All materials will be ordered subsequent to first piece approval.
December: Production machining will be ramping up. Items will be anodized. Initial units will be shipping to test packaging and any quality concerns along with backer feedback.
January: Production machining is still continuing. Units will be shipping.
February: Production machining is completed. Final units will be shipped.
March: All units have been shipped and any errors or discrepancies will be addressed.
• up to 6 W power
• interchangeable AC blades
• universal input (90~264 Vac)
• single regulated output from 5~15 V
• over voltage and short circuit protection
• UL/cUL, GS, RCM, CCC, PSE safety approvals
• level V efficiency
The Eclipse will be shipped in kit form. It only takes two set screws to assemble and it wasn't reasonable to pay $10-15 to ship it assembled. Please take a look at the picture to get an idea of what you will be receiving. Assembly instructions will be included!
Risks and challenges
I have over 12 years of manufacturing experience and realize all the challenges when taking a product from concept to production. I believe there is no better communication method than face-to-face which is why I have kept as much of the manufacturing local and internal. I have also verified supplier levels for all of the off-the-shelf components and the only risk component are the phosphors which I am working through right now. There are always hurdles and I will let you know immediately if an issue will potentially affect the schedule or quality of the project. I have a great team of people behind me that are willing to lend a hand in the event the schedule falls behind. I will be providing a real-time Gantt Chart to backers to answer any timeline questions. If you have any questions or concerns please send me a message!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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