We can't believe we only have one week left to go! It has been an incredible ride and has far exceeded our expectations. We're well beyond 1000% of our initial goal with still some days to go. We are learning and growing so much from this experience. Needless to say, we have realized that there is a great demand for this type of product in the world. People are thinking green and we absolutely love to see it! The money that we have raised on Kickstarter is going to be used for even better things. Please keep watching us because we are dreaming big. However, first and foremost, our top priority is to deliver the first batch of NanoLights to the backers on time.
Update on Manufacturing Progress:
We are progressing very well with the manufacturing setup and are happy to still report that we anticipate on time shipments. For the past few weeks, we have been diligently overseeing the LED packaging process and performing extensive tests on the sample order of LEDs that we have received. The LED that we're using in our bulbs is the most critical part of the NanoLight, so we are taking extra care in ensuring a high quality product. Our standards are very high. As well, we are working with the assembly factory in defining every aspect and detail of the manufacturing process. This factory is run by a German guy and we expect nothing less than German perfection. The bill of materials, which includes sources of all parts, is getting close to final. We have conducted our first meeting with the staff of the assembly line to start to train them on the assembly steps. The testing and quality assurance procedure is very much defined now. Each NanoLight will go through a few stages of testing which ensure that the power consumption and light output are within tolerances among other things. About 5 hours of testing and burn-in will be performed for each NanoLight. Although in some ways it is sad to see the Kickstarter campaign coming to an end, at the same time we are truly excited to be entering the next phase. The funding will be released to us sometime in the second half of March. At that time we will pull the trigger on the large scale manufacturing. In the mean time, we will continue optimizing the process and making samples on a small scale to ensure an efficient manufacturing setup.
Dimmable Feature Update:
The dimmable version of the NanoLight is currently still a work in progress. We have worked out several of the technical details and have a prototype that is already functional and dimmable. We are now a lot more confident that a dimmable version of the light bulb will see the light of day in the near future. That said, we are holding off on the official announcement because we once again want to bring exciting innovative features to the world. Like we are reinventing the light bulb, we also want to reinvent the dimmable light bulb. Since our Kickstarter project is drawing to an end in a week, we are not going to launch this new dimmable light bulb during this campaign. We feel that the dimmable light bulb deserves it's own launch. Please wait for it… we promise you will not be disappointed.
We have received a lot of questions about what kind of LEDs we are using. So far we have not revealed very much at all. To say a bit more, the LEDs are in many ways our own design and are not something you can buy off the shelf. Many of the parameters that define the LED are under our full control. We are working with a few vendors that supply parts to make the LEDs and ultimately the LED is assembled into a working light source. Of all things, the greatest effort has been expended in designing the LEDs. We haven't stopped. We have gone through several iterations of making samples and testing using a range of parameters. We have evaluated several tradeoffs that are inherent in LED design and we are very proud of what we will be able to deliver to you.
Color Temperature is now Warmer!
Originally we announced that the NanoLight will produce a "bright neutral white with a bit of warmth". More specifically, we chose a 4000k color temperature that puts the white color at about what you get outdoors in the evening sun. This is a very pleasant white colour that is versatile in your home. However, we admit that a 4000k color temperature is not ideal in the bedroom. In the bedroom, people have become accustomed to even warmer light for extra comfort. What we want least is for our backers to receive their NanoLights, install them in their bedroom and then realize that the light color is not quite what they expected. For this reason, we have decided to lower the color temperature to 3500k. The light output will be more appropriate for the bedroom and will still be perfectly usable throughout the home. We want as many of our backers as possible to love their new NanoLights. From a technical point of view, we have managed to do this without sacrificing efficiency and there will be no extra cost to our backers. For the Kickstarter project, we need to limit the complexity of production to only one color temperature but in the future we will offer more color temperature choices.
A New Reward - The World's Most Efficient Light Bulb!
When we announced the NanoLight to the world on Kickstarter, we called it the world's most energy efficient light bulb. As far as we knew, this light bulb was more efficient than anything we have seen anywhere on the market, by a good margin too. However, we thought for sure someone would at least attempt to challenge that claim and point out something that is more efficient, something in existence that we have overlooked. Well, it has been almost 2 months and the NanoLight has made news stories around the globe, but no one has challenged it's efficiency yet. It looks like the NanoLight really is the most energy efficient light bulb out there. But… speaking very literally, there can only be one single light bulb that can be crowned for being the world's most energy efficient. And… we will offer that light bulb now as an extra reward. In this last week in our Kickstarter campaign one person can take that bulb. We guarantee that from all the light bulbs we produce, this bulb will be the best single NanoLight. It will come with a testing report and a certificate of thanks that will describe some of the things that the generous contribution will allow us to do. The backer can also request a particular design or imprinting of text onto the shell of the light.
Let's have some fun! …and at the same time help with an important purpose. We want to get as many NanoLights out there as possible so that the world can start saving electricity and lowering greenhouse emissions. For this reason, we would love to see as many uses for the NanoLight as possible. At this stage of the game, we badly want to learn how our product is being used so that we can inspire more people to use it that way or it may point the way to future product innovations. Once you receive your NanoLight, please please take a photo of it in action. We want to see your photos. The world wants to see your photos. We are going to hold a contest (details to be announced) and in return we will be sending out a bunch of free NanoLights to some of the best entries. As entries, we will also accept hand or computer drawn artwork that depicts the NanoLight. Help us come up with some great uses for the NanoLight. We will learn from each other to make the world more green.
One week to go! please continue to share our project with your friends and family.
The NanoLight Team