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A patented, Do-It-Yourself, central lighting control system that uses time and sunlight to trigger lighting events. Read more

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A patented, Do-It-Yourself, central lighting control system that uses time and sunlight to trigger lighting events.

Naperville, IL Hardware
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The Light Sentry™ uses the intensity of sunlight and time to provide complete, convenient and automatic lighting control to provide convenience and safety for you and your family while reducing the use of electricity...

...you might say that the Light Sentry allows you to align your LIGHT style with your LIFE style!

LIGHT style synced with LIFE style
LIGHT style synced with LIFE style

How It All Began...

The concept first came to me when I realized that my lighting needs were controlling ME!

  • our daughter wanted her closet light on as a night light and the closet light was controlled by a wall-switch
  • we wanted our front porch and garage lights on at night so friends could walk to the front door safely
  • we wanted our landscape lights on at night to deter intruders and showcase Doreen's green thumb
  • my mother-in-law needed a night-light on after we all went to sleep to make her way to the privy or the fridge
  • we wanted lamps ON inside the house to make it look like we were home, when we weren't
  • we forgot to turn the holiday lights ON
  • we forgot to turn the holiday lights OFF
  • as Spring arrived our timers turned the lights on TOO EARLY
  • as Fall approached our timers didn't turn the lights on soon enough
  • I became annoyed with devices that had small screens and smaller buttons
  • I was tired of crawling behind furniture to reset timers

DIY Simplicity

If you can plug in a lamp and access the internet, you can install a Light Sentry system for your home or business!

Light Sentry Portable Power Gate Triggered by TIME!

The video below demonstrates how a PPG controls a lamp by using TIME settings.  You will see the light POWER UP, DIM, BRIGHTEN and POWER DOWN using the User Interface commands.

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Light Sentry Portable Power Gate Triggered by LIGHT!

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This video demonstrates the unique value of the Light Sentry - lighting control triggered by LIGHT!

Light Sentry Components

Saving Money by Dimming Lights!

Using the dimming feature of the Light Sentry will help to lower electric bills.  Hundreds, if not millions of lighting configurations exist in homes and businesses.  Whether using incandescent, dimmable LED or dimmable CFL light bulbs DIMMING LIGHT BULBS SAVES MONEY!

In addition to the three examples of savings cited below, dimming a light bulb extends its life.  Dimming a light bulb to 50% can increase the life of the bulb by a factor of 20!

Is the Light Sentry Safe to Use in My Home or Business?

Absolutely...provided all instructions are followed.

Prior to manufacturing, Light Sentry products will be CERTIFIED and appropriately labeled to indicate that they meet-or-exceed all regulatory requirements for consumer and industrial applications of electrical, radio frequency and software products in the United States and Canada.

Testing, Compliance, Certification and Documentation

   RoHS Compliant

   US Standards

  • FCC 47 CFR Part 15 Tests and Subpart B
  • UL 244A   - Solid State Controls for Appliances
  • UL 498     - Attachment Plugs and Receptacles
  • UL 60950 - Safety of Information Technology Equipment

   Canadian Standards

  • ICES-003 Tests and Certifications
  • CSA C22.2 No.14           - Industrial Control Equipment
  • CSA C22.2 No. 42          - General Use Receptacles
  • CSA C22.2 No. 60950-1 - Information Technology Equipment

History & Evolution

After research, proof-of-concept, discovery and modeling, these were the very first prototypes that I received from the University of Dayton, Design and Manufacturing Clinic Engineering teams.
After research, proof-of-concept, discovery and modeling, these were the very first prototypes that I received from the University of Dayton, Design and Manufacturing Clinic Engineering teams.
Next, we updated the components, refined the housing and created these prototypes.  We wrote, tested and re-engineered the Scheduling Interface.  Versions of these have been operational in my home since August of 2013.
Next, we updated the components, refined the housing and created these prototypes. We wrote, tested and re-engineered the Scheduling Interface. Versions of these have been operational in my home since August of 2013.
These are the PCBs inside of the housings above.
These are the PCBs inside of the housings above.

Light Sentry is Patented

Awarded on October 5, 2010 the US Patent protects the way that the Light Sentry operates – the collaboration of sunlight (darkness), a central hub, and control devices.

Where We Stand

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Risks and challenges

The development of the Light Sentry has been ongoing for more than 3 years so that when introduced, we would be able to deliver our promises.

We believe that the design, test, re-design, re-test, tweak, test...has effectively mitigated most of the potential challenges.

The failure of FCC compliance testing (minimized because of the quality components we have chosen) could delay production. Should we experience an FCC-compliance challenge you will be notified and we will provide a revised timeline.

Should any of the Light Sentry devices fail the UL standards tests (unlikely because of the experience of our engineering team and manufacturer's expertise) we could experience a delay in our production schedule. Should we fail to meet UL standards for safety we will advise you of our challenge, specify new componentry and provide a revised timeline.

In the event that our manufacturer cannot adhere to our production timeline, shipping our products to you as stated could be delayed. If this is the case, we will work with our manufacturer, share the challenge with our backers and provide a revised timeline.

The Light Sentry is sophisticated technology with many components. Our greatest challenges could be the appropriate power, communications protocols, interference and effective communications ranges. Bright minds helped to develop our patented technology and genius minds are updating and commercializing the product for production.

With your support...
...We will get this right!
...We will produce and ship on time!
...We will meet our budget!

Our delivery schedule includes time to manage unexpected bumps and hiccups. While there may be new potholes that we didn't expect (it has been a harsh winter all over the US), every member of our team and our vendors have reviewed this presentation and believe our promise is reasonable.

Please know this...COMMUNICATION is important to me (ask my vendors, team and family), I will post updates as to our progress, especially as they relate to the Projected TIMELINE above.

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    Our thanks, and we will show our appreciation with a mention on our website www.theLightSentry.com and save you a spot on our mailing list.

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    ***NEW for KICKSTARTERS ONLY***
    1 Light Sentry Hub - 1 Natural Light Sensor - 1 Portable Power Gate...programmed (by one of our engineers) to your exacting specifications. We will recognize your support on our website and add you to our mailing list. MSRP $229.97

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    1 Light Sentry Hub - 1 Natural Light Sensor - 2 Portable Power Gate...programmed (by one of our engineers) to your exacting specifications. We will recognize your support on our website and add you to our mailing list. MSRP $309.96

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    Time-and-Time Again Starter Package - If you are only interested in time-triggered events, this is the good starter kit. You will receive a Light Sentry Hub and 2 Portable Power Gates. We will recognize your support on our website and keep you on our mailing list. MSRP $250

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    Time-and-Time Again Starter Package - If you are only interested in time-triggered events, this is the good starter kit. You will receive a Light Sentry Hub and 2 Portable Power Gates. We will recognize your support on our website and keep you on our mailing list. MSRP $250

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    The Light of Night! - 1 Natural Light Sensor, 1 Light Sentry Hub and 3 Portable Power Gates to control interior lamps and fixtures. A starter system using all of the features of the Light Sentry technology. We will recognize your support on our website and add you to our mailing list. MSRP $390

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    The Light of Night! - 1 Natural Light Sensor, 1 Light Sentry Hub and 3 Portable Power Gates to control interior lamps and fixtures. A starter system using all of the features of the Light Sentry technology. We will recognize your support on our website and add you to our mailing list. MSRP $390

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    The Light of Night PLUG-N-SEE! - EVERYTHING in The Light of Night...delivered to you already programmed (by one of our engineers) to your exacting specifications. We will recognize your support on our website and add you to our mailing list. MSRP $440

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    Let There Be Light! - 1 Natural Light Sensor, 1 Light Sentry Hub, 5 Portable Power Gates to control interior lamps and fixtures. A system using all of the features of the Light Sentry technology for 5 lamps/appliances. We will recognize your support on our website and add you to our mailing list. MSRP $549

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    Let There Be Light! - 1 Natural Light Sensor, 1 Light Sentry Hub, 5 Portable Power Gates to control interior lamps and fixtures. A system using all of the features of the Light Sentry technology for 5 lamps/appliances. We will recognize your support on our website and add you to our mailing list. MSRP $549

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    Let There Be Light PLUG-N-SEE! - EVERYTHING in Let There Be Light...programmed (by one of our engineers) to your exacting specifications. We will recognize your support on our website and add you to our mailing list. MSRP $599

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    Builder/Distributor/Designer Package - Qualified builders and distributors can put together packages that can be used as add-ons for your clients or construction projects. Let's talk about the details and what works for you.

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    Light Up the House & Visit the Factory - This package includes: 1 Natural Light Sensor, 1 Light Sentry Hub, 10 Portable Power Gates, Programmed per your instructions (by one of our engineers) AND you will join me when I visit the factory in Feng Gang China which is near Dong Guan City in the Guan Dong Province. Sonne will secure a VISA and pay for all transportation including coach airfare, hotel transfers, all accommodations and meals. We will even spend 2 nights in Hong Kong!

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Funding period

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