Tack: The One True Light for City Living
Tack: The One True Light for City Living
A sleek sustainable do-it-all lamp for fast-moving city dwellers living in small homes. Transform your space with this mobile light.
A sleek sustainable do-it-all lamp for fast-moving city dwellers living in small homes. Transform your space with this mobile light. Read more
Tack is a lamp designed for modern urbanites. Tack features simple and tool-less installation, adaptability to transform one space into multiple environments and with a petite size, can be easily brought to your next home. By responding to contemporary needs, Tack is an ideal lighting solution for fast-moving city dwellers.
Tack is born out of my frustration with existing lights on the market. Table task lights occupy desk space and do not provide uniform diffused lighting, while ceiling lights cast your shadow on your work unless you positioned yourself towards it. After I failed to find a light that addressed these problems, I went to the shop and made my first prototype. I was very encouraged by the feedback I got for that first version. At the same time I discovered that Tack could address issues that modern urbanites face. The project became more than just a task light and quickly evolved into the Tack Lighting System.
After speaking to local and overseas manufacturers, I became confident that Tack can be produced cost-effectively. I am reaching out to the Kickstarter community to bring Tack to the next level. Together with the Kickstarter community, we will be producing our first production run of Tack, limited to 2000 pieces. Together, we can transform Tack from a prototype into an actual product living in your homes.
GET ON WITH LIFE
Setting up and removing Tack is a breeze. Forget tools, Tack uses standard 3M command stickers to install the magnetic mounting strip on any wall surface. The whole process takes only seconds and you're on to your next adventure.
TRANSFORM SMALL LIVING SPACES
With the magnetic wall mount, Tack can be positioned on the wall in different ways to create spaces for work, play or something else altogether. Tack can also live off the wall. Its possibilities are limited only by your imagination.
OPTIMAL LIGHT FOR ANY ACTIVITY
Despite its small size, Tack is 2-3x brighter than existing task lights (1200 lumens). The integrated control is simple - tap to turn it on or off, hold to adjust brightness up or down. Dimming is continuous, ensuring that your space is optimally lit. Tack remembers the brightness you set previously and turns on to that setting.
ALWAYS ON STANDBY
When Tack is turned off, the touch switch glows blue and becomes a nightlight. No more exasperated fumbling in the darkness to switch on the lights. Tack is ready for you when that eureka moment strikes, even during the darkest nights.
MORE ROOM FOR YOU
Space is a luxury for city dwellers. Tack is petite and can live on the wall, freeing up space for your work, activities and the objects that you hold dear.
MADE FOR FREQUENT MOVERS
Modern urbanites frequently move from one home to another. Tack is about the size of a water bottle and can easily be packed into a luggage or even a backpack. Wherever your ambitions take you next, Tack comes along and maintains continuity in the spaces you inhabit.
What's Included & Specifications
Tack Lighting System = 1x Tack Lamp, 1x Magnetic Mounting Strip, 1x Power Supply & 2x 3M Command Adhesive Strips.
Housing: Matte Finish Extruded Aluminum in Silver, Gold* or Rose Gold* (*check out "Goals" section below)
Diffuser Lens: Matte Natural (non-colored) Die-cut High Density Polyethylene
Light Output: 1200 lumens
Color Temperature: 4000-4200K Natural White
Power Consumption: 12W
Minimum Expected Life: 15 years (average daily use of 6 hours)
Use Environment: Indoor only
MAGNETIC MOUNTING STRIP
Die-cut 16-gauge Mild Steel with Protective Powder Coat
Plug: US Two-pin
Color: White Injection Molded Parts with Silver-grey Fabric Braided Cable
Input: AC 100-240V, 50-60Hz, 0.3A
Output: DC 12V, 1A
I am reaching out to the Kickstarter community to be a part of Tack's first production run, limited to only 2000 pieces. This is to ensure that every Tack that is shipped meets the highest standards and reaches all the backers on time.
MINIMUM GOAL: $60,000
Our minimum funding goal of $60,000 will enable us to pay for tooling and costs for the first production run of approximately 1000 pieces. At this funding level, we can offer only the Matte Silver finish.
STRETCH GOAL 1: $90,000
Our first stretch goal of $90,000 will enable us to produce an additional 400 pieces on top of the minimum goal (total 1400 pieces). At this level we will add a Matte Gold finish.
STRETCH GOAL 2: $115,000
Our second stretch goal of $115,000 will enable us to produce an additional 300 pieces on top of the first stretch goal (total 1700 pieces). At this level we will add a Matte Rose Gold finish.
I am limiting all of the rewards that come with Tack Lighting System(s) to add up to a total of 2000 pieces. This is the maximum quantity we are making for the first production run, so get ‘em while they last!
Shipping: After the Kickstarter campaign has been successfully funded, shipping will be paid separately on our partner fulfillment platform, Backerkit. See the rewards options for shipping estimates.
Backerkit: We have decided to partner with Backerkit after speaking to other project creators, who are all ardent fans of the service. Backerkit will help to streamline the fulfillment process, therefore ensuring that everyone gets Tack on time! Additional perks include add-ons and post-campaign flexibility, such as topping up to select from available colors.
International Shipping: Backers from outside of the US are responsible for all applicable taxes, tariffs and custom fees (e.g. VAT, GST, etc).
Important Dates for Backers
March 01-15: Backerkit Surveys to pay for shipping and confirm shipment location.
Tack is not the work of an individual. I am grateful for everyone who has helped me throughout this entire process.
RISD for providing me all the knowledge and network I needed to make this happen. I am currently a senior in the Industrial Design department and I graduate in June.
Ben and Asher for mentoring me every step of the way.
Justin and everyone at OCTO for giving me a great start.
Lukas, Matt, Micah, Alec and Nikolas for giving me great tips about crowdfunding and Kickstarter.
Adam for teaching me what aluminum extrusions are all about.
Rob, Danielle and the RISD Media Team for the RISD blog feature.
Skye, Molly, Linus, Antonio, Marina, Jim, Minsoo, Jiahong, Emily, Ben, Matthew, Brandon, Mircea, Jane, Sarah, Carly, Ryan and Joe for their advice, support and feedback throughout the design process.
Greycork for letting us to using their awesome space for filming.
Skye, Molly and Emily for starring in the film.
Victor, Emily and Katie for helping me out with the film and being awesome roommates.
Victor for directing and producing a beautiful film, staying up till the wee hours to make sure everything is done right and helping me through thick and thin.
Tack Team for helping me with the Thunderclap and being so supportive during this whole process.
My family for being ever supportive of my endeavors.
Xinying for her constant and unwavering support.
Everyone else who have helped in one way or another. Sorry for not being able to name you, there are just too many!
YOU & The Kickstarter community who will help make this happen. Let's do this!
Risks and challenges
Manufacturing Tack is complex - there are multiple components made by different manufacturers both within the US and abroad. I have done my very best to ensure that once the funding is raised, I can make the calls and begin production. That being said, there can still be hiccups that might happen along the way.
Over the past few months I have requested samples for the parts required to make Tack and chosen only the highest quality parts and the best people to work with. In terms of manufacturing costs, we are almost certain that with the funding raised we will be able to produce this at scale. However, even the smallest manufacturing error that can amount to significant cost - I will try my very best to ensure that our tooling design is perfect eliminate this. On top of that, there can always be manufacturing delays that are outside of our control, which may affect our fulfillment date.
SHIPPING AND FULFILLMENT
To ensure that we have timely fulfillment and prevent delays, I have established a partnership with local freight and logistics company J. F. Moran. I am also working with Backerkit, a fulfillment service platform, that all backers will get familiar with once we are successfully funded. There are many perks to using Backerkit, including a more transparent and seamless shipping experience. It also offers some extensibility with your initial rewards choice.
COMMITMENT TO TRANSPARENCY
Once our campaign is successful, I will make sure to update you guys at every important step of the journey so that everyone is properly informed and we can all celebrate the significant moments together. I will also try my best to respond to any questions as soon as I can.
- (30 days)