About this project
"You spent a lot of time curating the thinnest, most stylish items to place on your desk — don't ruin the effect by lighting it all with a behemoth of a lamp. The Piccolo LED task should blend perfectly into such an environment." Uncrate
"With desk space continually viewed as valuable real estate, Piccolo has created the ultra-thin LED Task Light to ensure that vital elements are not overrun by more utilitarian devices." Hypebeast
"Ever had desk lamp envy? There's a first time for everything. Introducing Piccolo, a task light that holds its own against your collection of anodized aluminium tech toys." GearHungry
Piccolo is a new LED task light that delivers great quality lighting, designed with materials and details to fit beautifully into a home or office environment. Piccolo provides a warm, soft light. Nothing harsh or blue. No crazy shadows. No intense, overly bright spotlights. The light is warm and uniform with plenty of intensity. The perfect light for your work space.
Piccolo is designed with an economy of form that belies the complex engineering that it took to develop this modern light. An important goal was to make Piccolo as finely scaled as possible. The body of Piccolo is less than ½” in diameter. It practically disappears it is so small. This sets Piccolo apart from all other LED task lighting products.
It would have been much easier to compromise and make Piccolo larger, or less powerful. The development time would have been far less. But the point of developing Piccolo is to push the boundaries of what LED lighting can be and to help redefine expectations for modern lighting.
Beautiful Materials & Finishes
The design of Piccolo features quality materials and finishes. Whether it is etched glass, Italian marble or high quality anodized aluminum, Piccolo uses only the best materials available. By engineering the smallest possible structure I am able to use these fine materials and still bring Piccolo to you at affordable prices. Great things do come in small packages.
Touch Switch / Dimmer
A touch switch at the end of Piccolo allows you to continuously dim Piccolo to any level from maximum brightness to full off.
Piccolo is equipped with 6’ of power cord so it can easily reach a wall outlet. When powering from your computer use Piccolo’s clever cord organizer to wrap up the excess cord and keep your space organized.
A surprising feature of Piccolo is that it can be powered from any laptop computer (or universal charger) with a USB jack. As LEDs have become more and more efficient it is now possible to provide excellent levels of task lighting with only 2.5W of power.
If you need a little more light and have an unused USB wall charger you can put it to use powering Piccolo. The light output will be about 35% greater this way. Piccolo conforms to the USB 2.0 standard for power draw with sophisticated electronics allowing it to sense available power.
International Shipping & Taxes
Shipping to Canada & Mexico: add $20 to pledge amount.
Shipping to EU Nations: add $40 to pledge amount.
Shipping to Asia/Pacific: add $60 to pledge amount.
No Shipping List: Due to excessive fees or restrictions there is no shipping to China, Brazil, South Africa, and Vietnam. Other countries may be added to this list after the project closes. In the event that your country is added to the No Shipping List after the project closes your pledge will be refunded.
Applicable taxes & duties will be due at the time of delivery and paid by the recipient. For Backers pledging for multiple lights please add the single lamp shipping cost now. When final shipping costs are known I will ask you to pay any difference at time of shipment.
Electrical Certification: Piccolo will carry the CE mark, which is sufficient to ensure entry into all EU nations, Canada & Mexico. However, for non-EU countries there is a chance that entry will be denied without local electrical certification compliance. If you are unsure about this issue please contact me before you pledge.
Manifold Lighting - Your Support is Critical
Piccolo has been in development now for about 2 years, and is ready to go into production. It will be the first product of my new company, Manifold Lighting. I have a long experience as both a designer and manufacturer of lighting products, having previously been in charge of operations, engineering, and R&D for two leading suppliers of task lighting to the office furniture industry. It takes a lot of money to start a manufacturing business, and Kickstarter funds are critical to the launch of both Manifold Lighting and the Piccolo LED task light. This money will be used on the following items:
- Production Tooling
- Certification Testing
- Initial Inventory
Piccolo will be assembled in the USA from components sourced domestically as well as from overseas.
Risks and challenges
With any new product there are always unforeseen issues as it moves toward production:
Quality - The hardest thing to get right. Suppliers need to understand expectations and be able to deliver on them. Suppliers are identified for all of Piccolo’s components and these suppliers have already supplied either prototype or production components that were used in the prototypes that you see here on Kickstarter. I am confident that Piccolo will meet or exceed your expectations for performance, fit and finish!
Certification Testing - Until certification is granted production tooling cannot be finalized, and therefore could impact schedule. I have managed this process for many different lighting products and understand what it takes to achieve certification. That being said, each project is different with potential for delay.
But with a lot of hard work, careful attention to details, and your financial support Piccolo will be in production next June as expected.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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