A patented, Do-It-Yourself, central lighting control system that uses time and sunlight to trigger lighting events. Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on June 14, 2014.
About this project
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!
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
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.
Did you notice the different watches in the scenes? ALL KICKSTARTER projects!
Light Sentry Portable Power Gate Triggered by LIGHT!
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
- 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
- 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
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
Rewards for Backers
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The Natural Light Sensor, the Light Sentry Hub and the Portable Power Gates are not hard-wired to power, so "NO" for these devices. When available, the Wired Power Gate and Light Switch will be connected directly to your home's electricity; if you are comfortable working on electrical connections, as long as you follow the instructions...most do-it-yourselfers should be okay.
If I am installing a Light Switch or a Wired Power Gate, should I turn off the power to that switch/outlet?
No, but then all of your events will be triggered by time alone. This could work for store lighting, fragrance dispensers, allowing power to garage door openers, denying access to game consoles during study-time (to name a few examples).
Absolutely. The Light Sentry is scalable and devices can be added at any time.
No, however there will be a Portable Power Gate - Outside very soon.
Yes, if they are DIMMABLE CFLs and DIMMABLE LEDs.
You never lose the programming! The Light Sentry is built with components that remember the program FOREVER!
- (31 days)