We are a quarter of the way through our KickStarter campaign and the reception has been incredible! We have well surpassed 80k and there are supporters from all around the world. Thank you to all the backers out there for the incredible and generous support that you have given us so far.
On the manufacturing front, we have been working very hard to find all of the suppliers and components needed to support our first batch of orders that are scheduled to ship out in May. Our plan is to line up all the orders so that once we get the needed funding we can pull the trigger as quick as possible. So far, we are right on schedule.
We have been listening! The NanoLight is the first large scale project that has come from our drawing board and as such, we value your feedback immensely. We have received quite a lot of interesting feedback since the launch. Here are some of the top items that came up:
1. Can you make the NanoLight Dimmable?
This is now a work in progress. One of the great things about a dimmable bulb is that when you run a bulb at a dimmed level, it actually takes up even LESS electricity! We are working on a prototype and should have an update for you later on. As with our other NanoLights, our goal is to be able to offer the dimmable NanoLight at a competitive price point and without sacrificing efficiency.
2. Can you use the NanoLight in a fully enclosed fixture?
Most LED light bulbs or CFL’s have a problem of overheating within a fully enclosed fixture, which causes the LEDs to start failing well before their expected lifetime. The reason for this is that these fixtures do not allow for sufficient air flow, thus trapping the heat inside and overheating the bulbs. We cannot claim that the NanoLight will work in absolutely all enclosures, but we can say that the NanoLight emits less than half the heat energy as compared to other LED bubs or CFLs. The chance of overheating is far lessened. After receiving various question regarding fixtures, we realized that these bulbs are going to end up in all kinds of installations. Of course, we want to make sure that the customer gets a long life out of these bulbs so that they pay for themselves over the long run. As a result, we are happy to announce that we have added overheat protection as a standard feature of every bulb. If the bulb gets too hot for whatever reason, it will automatically dim itself to prevent damage or shortened life.
3. What happens to the NanoLight during a blackout or a brownout?
The first part is easy to answer. During a blackout, the NanoLight will shut off. It’s the most energy efficient light bulb. We never said anything about it being able to run when there is no power. We recommend you have a flashlight on hand during a blackout. During brownouts, the story is more interesting. In some parts of the world, brownouts are deliberately invoked by the power company when power demand cannot be met. Many items connected to the power grid draw less power when the voltage is lowered. Thus, a brownout is a measure taken so that a blackout can be avoided. We have a variable AC power source that allows us to simulate different world voltages and brownout events. Some of the feedback has prompted us to do a more thorough study and even adjust some component values in order to extend the operating voltage range as much as possible. We are happy to report that the NanoLight will continue functioning normally with the same light output level during most brownout situations. If the brownout is very extreme to the point that the NanoLight cannot get enough power to function normally, it will dim. Through the various tests, the NanoLight has not failed due to undervoltage.
4. What's with the funky look of the NanoLight?
For many people, it's hard to get used to the look of the NanoLight. We knew right from the start that the look is highly unconventional and we had a lot of uncertainty about how it will be accepted. We were hoping that people would realize that most bulbs are hidden away in enclosures and never seen, and for those people, the look should not be important. In certain installations though, we think the NanoLight is quite fitting, offering a unique futuristic look. We can’t wait to see what people do with these bulbs!
That said, we have not stopped thinking outside of the box, and at the same time, are trying to have a little fun with the look of the bulb. We are considering the idea of imprinting artwork onto the shell of the NanoLight. We are working with a graphic designer to come up with some ideas. We will release some concepts once we hit a funding level of $120k and depending on feedback, we may offer all NanoLights with an imprinted design. This may just be the most energy efficient light bulb and also the most artistic!
Thank you all again for your support! We're excited to get started in making your NanoLights!
The NanoLight Team