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Cycling illumination unlike the rest. Put them on, forget about them and ride.
Cycling illumination unlike the rest. Put them on, forget about them and ride.
Cycling illumination unlike the rest. Put them on, forget about them and ride.
639 backers pledged $66,386 to help bring this project to life.

Shipping Update II


Hello Kickstarters,  

We hope that all of you who have received lights are riding them.

At this point, all of the single lights and the gloss white sets have been shipped with 2 category exceptions. If you have not confirmed your address with Kickstarter, please do so. European backers see below.

Remaining matte black sets left the factory yesterday and are in the air as we type. These lights will ship to remaining backers next week. Thank you for your patience.

Remaining brushed chrome sets are scheduled to ship the week following. The factory has yet to commit to a specific day as of this writing. This finish should shine - we set up a whole new polishing facility to achieve it.

The chargers sourced for the EU have faced CE certification issues (the lights pass fine). For those in Europe wanting their lights as soon as possible - if you're okay with receiving a US-style charger, we can ship you a US version which would arrive sooner. Note: any USB source will charge the lights; you don't necessarily need to use a wall socket. Send a message to if this works for you.

For our German backers, we are still working through meeting the new regulations but we don't yet have a timeline for shipping. If you have a non-Deutschland address, we can ship your lights there. We are also happy to refund those German backers until we have a solution. Notify of your preference.

In Other News

The lights have received some nice mentions and a few accolades in the past few weeks.

-They just won a top Spark! award for Product Design and are now being exhibited at the Spark Awards Pavilion at the China International Industrial Design Fair, November 30–December 3 in Shenzhen.

-Prolly just put up a post on the Sparse show bike, a steel/carbon road bike by Icarus Frames. You can see that and several other Sparse-kitted bikes on our Flickr page @ridesparse. Send us your own pics of the lights on your bike and we'll repost.  

-Bicycling Mag included Sparse lights in their 2013 Gift Guide.

-WIRED just posted a positive review.  

Outside of vigorous management of the production and fulfillment, we've also been setting up sales relationships out in the world, and a few of us have (finally) returned some attention to developing the next round of Sparse products. Wish us luck and stay tuned.  

Thank you again for your patience.

Nicolas Stoop, mitch miller, and 2 more people like this update.


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    1. Steveoath on December 24, 2013

      Any word on CE certification yet?

    2. Colin Owen + Sparse Creator on November 20, 2013

      Hi backers- This is Ryan, the dude on the team handling shipments. If you have a question about shipment, please email me directly at Using the comment sections makes it hard to help as it is a public forum. Every situation is different based on award and region of the world, so handling it personally will work better for all us. Due to the flood already in our general mail box. , please give me ample time to get back to you. I'll attempt a 24 hour return.

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      David B on November 20, 2013

      I need to change my Shipping address, i have changed delivery locations since August. How do i do that?

    4. Colin Owen + Sparse Creator on November 20, 2013

      @Robert @Cooper @Lee You guys are good to go. Just a few people haven't responded to the initial survey with their shipping address.

    5. Robert Saunders on November 20, 2013

      How does one "confirm your address with Kickstarter"?

    6. Cooper Marcus on November 20, 2013

      I've not received my lights - how do I "confirm my address" or otherwise fix this? Thanks!

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      Lee R Sowers on November 20, 2013

      How do I "confirm my address with Kickstarter"?

    8. Simon Woodacre on November 20, 2013

      Any news on when you'll be shipping the matte black to Australia? Latest I heard you were having issues with CE certification, was this just the charger or the lights themselves?