GLOW: The Smart Flashlight, Lamp & Lantern
The Adaptalux Glow is the ultimate home lighting accessory. Smart Sensing Technology, 9 selectable modes and wireless charging.
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, August 25 2018 8:00 PM UTC +00:00.
The Glow is the adaptable smart light for the home and outdoors. It combines a flashlight, lamp and lantern into the ultimate portable light. Smart sensing technology detects its position and switches dynamically between the flashlight and 9 selectable lamp modes.
Before we get started, if you have any questions about this project or just want to chat, you can message Sam & the team, we would love to hear from you!
The Adaptalux Glow is the ultimate multi-functional smart flashlight, lamp and lantern. Sleek modern design and functionality in a classic flashlight profile with a multitude of features - the swiss army knife of portable lights.
Change the Lamp Colours - Press the control button to switch between lamp colours - cyan, green, red, amber, warm white, deep blue, purple and mixed white (which creates amazing coloured shadows and rainbow effects.)
Control The Brightness - Use the + and - buttons for fine brightness control from 0-100% for both the lamp and the flashlight.
Magnetic Head - Attach the Glow to metallic surfaces for extra handy light in hard to reach areas.
Weather Proof - Go outside! The robust and hardy aluminium body can survive the elements.
The Glow has been designed from the ground up encompassing it's dynamic smart sensing technology – fluidly switch between use as a flashlight and a lamp.
The Glow senses when it is being used as a flashlight or a lamp, changing instantly when it is needed. This makes it easy to illuminate your surroundings quickly and instinctively.
When the head is not set against a surface, the flashlight beam will be active. Set the head of the flashlight face down and the lamp will activate without leaving you in the dark.
Twisting the head chooses one of 9 unique lighting modes, most of which will utilise the smart switching when picked up or placed down (more about the modes below).
The Glow has an 18650 Lithium Ion rechargeable battery. This is easily accessible for replacement, so you can be prepared for long periods without power.
An included USB wire means you can charge your Glow from a phone power pack, or car charger, as well as a mains outlet.
The Glow can also be charged wirelessly using the custom designed magnetic base station.
When charging, a soft glow will emit from the base of the stand to help you find the Glow if the lamp is switched off.
The base station can be attached with screws or adhesive pads to most surfaces and walls. The magnet in the head keeps the glow securely attached to the base station at any orientation, even upside down.
(We removed the circuit from the base station in this video, for ease of demonstration.)
Using the supplied sticky pads to attach the base station requires no disassembly.
As standard, the Glow charges using the supplied USB - DC cable and fully charges within 2-3 hours from a mains power supply.
The symbols along the head mark the various modes, including off (far left). Twist the head to select one of the 9 modes, the arrows indicate if the flashlight or lamp will be in use when the Glow is picked up & placed down.
Twist the head to dynamic mode to turn on the default function for the Glow. Dynamic mode allows you to use the Glow with either the flashlight, or the coloured lamp in the handle at a moment's notice.
The smart sensor technology detects if the glow is being used as a flashlight or lamp and switches between the two automatically.
Pick the lamp up and it becomes a flashlight, put the flashlight down and it becomes a lamp. Easy!
Candle mode works just like dynamic mode when using the flashlight, but when placed down, a natural flame-like flicker will provide a beautiful candle effect.
Set the mood on a quiet evening at home or at the camp site, without the need for an open flame. The colour and brightness of the lamp can be changed using the control buttons for a relaxing atmosphere.
Set the Glow down in nightlight mode and the coloured mood lights in the lamp will dim to a low level. The nightlight can then be set to off, a low light, or a soft and soothing, pulsing light.
Need something in the night? Pick up the nightlight to activate the torch, find your way without needing to turn on the lights. A good mode for leaving on the charge stand, with the torch ready to go!
Fall asleep and wake up naturally. Alarm mode uses the LED lamp to simulate sunset and sunrise. Set the number of hours you would like to sleep for, and the lamp will slowly dim down to nothing. When the timer is up, the glow will slowly bring coloured light into the room to aid with a natural and energising sleep cycle.
The flashlight will illuminate when picked up if you need something in the night, without interfering with the lamp timer.
The LED Lamp will transition through all of the colours when placed down in this mode. You can vary the speed of the transition using the control buttons. (the .GIF below is much faster than normal)
A relaxing and mesmerising mode to use in a darkened room, or a great way to add some colour to that dull corner without the slow warm-up times and heat hazards of a lava lamp.
Like the other modes, the LED flashlight will still activate when picked up, and the lava colours will start again when placed back down.
Switch to this mode to use the Glow as a lantern for camping, working in dark environments or just to get the most light possible. This mode will lock on both the flashlight and lamp so the smart sensor will no longer switch one off in favour of the other.
Use the included lanyard (hand strap) to hang the glow in your tent, campsite or camper to create a spotlight with an ambient coloured glow.
Force the lamp on. Use this mode to disable the dynamic switching to the flashlight when the glow is away from a surface, or if a particular surface interferes with the sensors. You will be able to change colours and brightness of the lamp in this mode, as usual.
This setting is also great as an alternative to lantern mode if you just want an ambient coloured light and not the torch beam at the same time.
Twist the head until it stops to activate this mode and lock the flashlight on in any situation. The dynamic sensing will be deactivated and the beam will stay on regardless of environment or position.
This mode ensures you always have a powerful torch/flashlight at your disposal in the easiest to select mode. Press the control buttons in this mode to change the brightness of the beam and toggle an SOS flash for attracting attention.
The Glow is designed with a modern elegance, to be on show around your home, even when it's not being used.
When turned off, the colour of the metal core can be seen through the diffused window so you can match it to your tastes and decor. The lanyard screw on the cap, and the highlight ring on the head will match the core colour.
We will send surveys after your pledge to choose from the following colour options for the Glow;
- Rose Gold
The Included wrist strap can be removed and changed to suit your needs, we plan to offer premium wrist straps, belt clips and a diffusion cap as they are developed, there will be an opportunity to add these to your pledge before the end of the kickstarter, look out for an update soon!
The glow is made from robust and long lasting materials. Aerospace grade aluminium, scratch resistant optical glass, and rigid polycarbonate make up the majority of the external shell.
The aluminium core serves to house the battery, balance the handle, and most importantly, dissipate heat from the LEDs away from the electronics in the head. This means the Glow will always stay cool and never suffer from overheating issues. Less heat on the LEDs increases efficiency, prolonging the battery life and the overall life of the product.
You can take the Glow outdoors without worry. The glow is built to survive and be used in all kinds of situations. An accessory for your motorhome, or an all-in-one camping light that can brave the elements.
A magnetic ring in the head of the glow means you can attach it to metallic surfaces. On it's side, or upside down, the glow will support it's own weight.
You can attach the charging stand to a wall, the roof or an under -utilised spot, like under a shelf. The glow will magnetise to the stand and hold it's self at any angle. We will supply the stand with 4 self tapping wood screws, and a self adhesive pad for tabletops and furniture.
Battery life - Of course, in a product with so many varied functions, battery life varies greatly depending on how you use it. For the Lamp we are aiming for 7 hours of moderate, constant use. With only one light in use on medium brightness, you can expect longer and all 5 LEDs on max brightness, you can expect a shorter battery life. For the flashlight, we looking at 8 hours of constant use.
Tint (colour temperature) - We are aiming for a pleasing warm light from the flashlight LED. These prototypes have a cool white LED, but following some valuable feedback from many flashlight enthusiasts, we will be testing with neutral and warm LEDs going forward.
Brightness - As we will discuss below, we are still finalising aspects such as the specific brand of LED in the flashlight (Cree or Nichia) and the placement of the lens in the head. We aim for between 600 and 1000 lumen output, more than enough for normal use.
We have already been through several prototypes of the Glow, using techniques like 3D printing to quickly test and revise new ideas, new methods and fix issues as they arise.
Our current designs and prototypes are fully functional and only require bug fixes and refinement from this point onward. The final product will be manufactured using the same materials and processes as the master prototypes you see on this page. We are very happy with the quality of the prototype parts so far and will continue to work with our established manufacturing partners to bring the Glow into full production.
We already plan to make several improvements to the current prototypes that you see on this page. For example there won't be a seam on the handle that is apparent in some images, as well as reducing spaces, finalising internal lens placement and specific brand of LED in the flashlight. There will also be an indicator on the handle to make it easier to tell which mode is selected.
We will be keeping our backers informed throughout this refinement process, and look forward to all of your feedback as we progress together!
Pledge Stacking - Want more than a particular pledge award allows? No problem, just double up your pledge amount to get 2 or more of the same reward. Please message us after your pledge to confirm the rewards you would like.
Additions - If you want to customise your reward further, you can add the following amounts to your pledge to get additional extras added you your reward. For example, a Family Pack with 3 chargers = £330 + £20 + Shipping.
Please message us after your pledge if you have any questions regarding your pledge amounts and extras.
At Adaptalux, we are passionate about product design and innovation. We use LED technology to make life easier and more beautiful with uniquely useful products that adapt to suit your needs.
We have already completed 3 successful Kickstarter campaigns for our first range of products, the Adaptalux Studio. The Glow is a totally new product line for us, and will move our company into the amazing world of home and lifestyle lighting. (Don't worry, we aren't leaving the studio behind, we have lots of plans for that too!)
Our small, dedicated and passionate team are always around to answer your questions and talk about all things lighting.
We would really like to hear your thoughts on the Glow, any pledge from £1 upwards lets you join in the conversation in the comments, or message us and we will get back to you personally!
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Risks and challenges
We are aware of the many challenges surrounding kickstarter funded projects. We have 3 fully funded campaigns under our belts, but this will (hopefully) be our most successful to date.
This will likely mean having to scale our production significantly to manage a higher volume of units. We are dedicated to quality and want to be proud of our creations, so we design and assemble everything here in the UK. If production requires more hands to meet the demand, we will endeavour to keep our assembly in-house and in the UK. This should prove cost effective and keep quality high.
We have worked with our external manufacturing partners since our first campaign in 2015, so we have strong relationships and are aware of the many pitfalls of bringing a product to market. Even with these ties already in place, as with anything, things can always go wrong and unexpected circumstances can cause delays. We have accounted for test runs and many sample sets to be produced before the final production run to minimise the risk of delays and budget problems.
Product testing is a big part of the production process, the Glow will be CE and FCC approved, and funds permitting, we will also seek an Ingress Protection (IP) rating for the weatherproofing. We understand this is a very expensive process however and will only be sought if it doesn't compromise the likely-hood of the rewards being delivered.
No matter the challenges we face between now and delivery, we will be keeping our backers informed via project updates and posts to our website. If you have any comments or concerns, we are easy to get hold of via our social media channels, the web chat on our website, email, and of course, kickstarter comments and messages.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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