About this project
Big light. Small footprint.
U.S. & International (Voltages & Cord Types)
We have created three different versions of the light bar: 110, 220, and 240 volt. The pledge/reward levels are appropriately labeled for either U.S. shipping only, or international (outside U.S.) backers. A couple weeks after this Kickstarter campaign has finished, we will be sending out surveys to all backers, asking for shipping addresses and any other agreed upon order details. Based on your shipping address (or request), we will determine which type of voltage and cord is appropriate.
Future Orders & Accessories
If you need or want more light bars, cords, or connectors, we've got you covered! Our fixtures and more accessories (longer cords and jumpers, etc.) will be available at Amazon.com after shipments start going out to our backers. We will keep you informed.
Klauf is a small team of very good friends, who have known and/or worked with each other for many years. Combined, we have nearly 45 years of business ownership and operating experience. You would be hard pressed to find a team better fit to run and grow a company like ours.
We're a Delaware corporation. During June, we'll be combining our engineering space with a new manufacturing facility in or near the infamous Research Triangle Park (RTP) located in the beautiful Raleigh/Durham area of North Carolina. Research Triangle Park affords us the ability to recruit talent from three major and prestigious universities: Duke, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and North Carolina State University (one of the best engineering schools in the world). With our new location, we'll also be better equipped to pack and ship our fixtures more easily -- to locations across America and worldwide.
Risks and challenges
Given that our lighting fixture uses widely available electronics components, metals, and wire, there is little risk and we expect short material shipping times -- other than a couple weeks delay when a supplier may be short on a capacitor! There may be a shortage with the phosphor diffuser in our fixture, because it's such a new technology. Yet the manufacturer is a solid U.S. company which is gearing up production.
So many U.S. and global vendors are a huge gust of wind behind us and much of the risk is mitigated by the fact that they "want" to help get this product into production and into your hands!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Yes. The light bar has a little rocker switch on the side, near one of the cord receptacles. That way, it can be switched off; independently if it is in a chain or if it is not hard wired to a wall switch/dimmer.
Yes. Once we start fulfilling and shipping our orders to our backers, we will simultaneously be launching our e-commerce site at Klauf.com and Amazon.com. You will be able to purchase more light bars, longer power cords, and longer power jumpers. They were not available at the time of our Kickstarter launch because of the limited amount of rewards we're allowed to offer.
Fear not! Once we start fulfilling and shipping our orders to our backers, we will simultaneously be launching our e-commerce site at http://Klauf.com and http://Amazon.com. You will be able to purchase more light bars and accessories; including longer power cords, and longer power jumpers. Shipping to our backers, however, takes priority over any other orders.
No. The 6" light bar uses only 5 watts (~4.5 watts) of energy. The 12" light bar uses 9 watts.
No. The light bar is meant to use AC voltage, due to its high brightness, and doesn't have any built-in/rechargeable batteries. The tiny LEDs require a specially adjusted current, produced by the light bar's circuit board. While still extremely energy efficient, the current needed would eat batteries like a pig attacking a corn cob!
Yes. If properly installed by a qualified electrician, or someone with very good electrical knowledge, the cord can be safely used for professional-style installation in under cabinet and other uses. A junction box and appropriate strain reliefs (according to local code) should be used for the cord and source wires. The ground wire should also be used to ground the junction box, as well as properly ground the light bar.
Our advice: Use a good and respected electrician! It's much cheaper than you think to install an extra light fixture, switch, or dimmer in your home or office. Electricians are licensed and insured, and they can do this type of work quickly -- sometimes in less than an hour.
The light bar is currently being used in this fashion and in the Klauf offices! We love it! Throw a switch on the wall and all desks illuminate. Nice.
Not really. Theoretically, you can and it's bright enough, but linear lighting should be kept to either indirect, under cabinet/bookcase, portable, or other reachable use. You would also need to create someway for the light bar to cover the large receptacle box and/or install an outlet at the location.
The light bar emits 435 lumens per foot. Typical LED light tape emits 156 lumens per foot. The light bar is self powered, while light tape requires an external transformer. The light bar produces warm fluid light. Light tape produces pixelated light and creates multiple shadows on your work surface. There's just too many things which make the Klauf light bar superior to LED light tape. It would be like comparing a lighthouse to a candle. The light bar is in a class of its own.
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