The arm wrestle as we inch closer.
We've been back in Shenzhen for the past few days, and as always it's a stressful but exciting time. The factory is humming along as the tooling continues and we await the first batch off the line.
Having done the rounds on Monday though, the 500 initial units are behind schedule, which is frustrating, as the UL/CE certification can’t commence without them. This isn’t down to any single factor, more a combination of many little things (e.g. minor component swap outs, power supply performance tweaks, correcting texture samples, serial number printing, end of line test gear, etc, etc).
The revised date for the initial 500 is now June 14th and considering certification takes three weeks, all going well we should be in a position by July 8th to push ‘go’ on the main run and starting rolling shipping as the bulbs come off the line.
This is has been frustrating but as I have to remind myself we're creating the assembly line, not just the first batch. Once this first 500 are tested, certified and we're 100% happy with it all then we’re in a good position to crank a lot of these things out in a short amount of time and get them on their way to you! :)
Probably the only people in the world happy with the few extra weeks are the software team. Damn them (note: we do love them), but having a few extra weeks up their sleeve gives them time to refine, test and build more stuff before submitting to the app store (and Google Play). For example, the ability to issue over-the-air firmware updates to the bulbs was always going to be a push for us, but we’re now confident this will make the cut.
The other thing we wanted to show you in this update was some real-world examples of how your bulbs will perform in the wild. Here’s a comparison we took of LIFX on one of its brightest settings vs some other bulbs we had at hand.
‘Images taken using identical camera settings for each bulb. With rubber chicken control’
So, apologies again to keep you waiting. The bottle neck has caused us a headache but it's something we'll push through and it's good to know we're inching ever closer.
Next update will be before June 14 when we're back in Shenzhen again and I'll report back on these dates as we guide the production through this tricky phase, and onto the fun part, eating Congee at the hotel, wait, no, sending these on their way to you!