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The Sunn Light promotes healthy living and creates vibrant spaces by continuously changing color and brightness in rhythm with the sun.
The Sunn Light promotes healthy living and creates vibrant spaces by continuously changing color and brightness in rhythm with the sun.
The Sunn Light promotes healthy living and creates vibrant spaces by continuously changing color and brightness in rhythm with the sun.
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The Sunn Light is a smart LED light fixture that continuously changes color and brightness in rhythm with the sun. Sunn automatically mimics what's going on outside - down to the minute - to help your body tune in to rhythms found in nature. Sunn fills an entire room with high-quality, diffuse light and transforms it into a vibrant and healthy space.

We’re down to the final days of the campaign, so this is your last chance to pre-order Sunn Lights at the Kickstarter price. To celebrate our journey we're offering a "final days" promotion. With your support we can unlock stretch goal #3 soundscapes, allowing you to wake up to audio synced with your Sunn Light.

                 
     

Escape dark, wintery conditions and enjoy balanced spring days or longer summer days. Via the Sunn app, you'll be able to change the season of your Sunn Lights to your favorite time of year.

Get even more in tune with what's going on outside and enable your Sunn Lights to match the lighting of weather conditions in real-time. You'll be able to turn this feature on/off, meaning you can bring the weather you want into your space when you want it.

Wake up to gradually increasing sonic landscapes or fall asleep to fading ambient sounds. With Sound Scapes, you'll be able to pick your favorite songs or choose from a list of natural, Sunn-curated sounds and add them to your Sunn Light's morning alarm (Sunn Alarm) and sleep timer (Ember Fade).

Learn about the amount and quality of light you've received and get tips on how to better use Sunn Lights as a part of your daily light intake to minimize seasonal sluggishness and fatigue and ease your transitions between waking and sleeping. Our Light + Health Dashboard will serve as your personal guide to get the lighting your body needs and visualize your lighting routines.

Enable the Sunn app to learn the patterns of your sleep phases and incorporate them into your personal dashboard, morning alarms, and sleep timers. By analyzing your sleep cycle, Sunn Alarms will be able to wake you up during the lightest phase of your sleep, and your dashboard will make recommendations on how to improve your wellness and sleep cycle with light. 

When designing the Sunn Light we drew on the following principles to explore ways of bringing natural lighting cycles indoors.

Sunn provides comfortable and soft illumination that slowly changes quality as the earth rotates. The diffusive surface is designed to provide a uniform luminous surface and a gentle, comfortable light distribution. The unique shell edge casts a gentle halo around the fixture. Sunn appears to float in your space.

The sun is our original light source and one of the most universal cues we use to tell time. From the very beginning, we sought to translate patterns from the lighting environment we evolved with into the indoor settings we now reside in.

In contrast to the haste of much of modern technology, we crafted Sunn to emanate the slow changes and gentle dynamics found in natural lighting cycles and connect us with the cosmos.

Sunn lights conserve green both in your wallet and around the earth. At 105 lumens per watt, Sunn lights illuminate a room more efficiently than your old lights at a fraction of the cost. And because they last over 20 years, they will pay for themselves several times over.

There is a growing body of knowledge around the impact of light on health. Substantial research findings indicate that proper lighting can promote a healthy sleep-wake cycle, helping you sleep better at night and feel better during the day. Here's why.

Light entering our eyes regulates the body's circadian system and many of our waking and resting behaviors (Lucas, R. J. et al., 2014). Recent studies describe a melanopsin based photoreceptor in human eyes that influences the body's circadian 'clock' system. These melanopsin photoreceptors respond to light stimulation, with a peak spectral sensitivity in the blue range (447 - 484nm) and can suppress or promote the body's production of melatonin based on the context of exposure.

We've grown accustomed to the dynamic nature of sunlight over the course of the day as the earth rotates and over the year due to the earth's tilt. Sunlight's changing color, brightness and quality help to inform our internal clocks and environmental awareness of the time of day. Sunn lights correspond to these continuous changes to help guide our daily rhythms and activities.

To learn more about the latest thinking in light and health, check out this article from The Economist.

The Sunn app controls Sunn lights and will be available for iOS and Android.
The Sunn app controls Sunn lights and will be available for iOS and Android.

Sunn lights automatically adjust to the color of sunlight at your location and time. As soon as you install the lights and download the app, they immediately start producing the right light at the right times. Over time, the lights learn and adapt to your specific needs to provide the perfect light for you.

Sunn lights can be adjusted to the lighting conditions from a different time of day.  It’s perfect for those days when you have to deviate from your usual sleep-wake cycle, perhaps due to a flight across time zones or a late night work session. 

Sunn lights can be adjusted to change your location to experience the lighting conditions of anywhere in the world. It's great for those dark dreary days when you wish you were someplace warmer and brighter.

With Sunn Alarms, getting out of bed in the morning has never been easier. Say goodbye to beeping alarms and start your day with a sunrise. The Sunn app enables you to set alarms on your lights, which smoothly brighten and adjust to the conditions outside to help you wake up with ease.

Set a sleep timer and let Sunn lights ease you into bed. With Ember Fade, your lights gradually dim as you approach bedtime. Reminiscent of the embers of a campfire, the warm glow helps you wind down and provides a natural indicator to your body that it's time to get ready for sleep.

And if you need to get up in the middle of the night, simply shake your phone to activate Moonlight Mode, which provides just the right amount of illumination to guide your way without disturbing others. It also preserves your night vision, making it easier for you to fall back asleep.

Lighting is important for overall well-being. That's why we’ve made the Sunn app compatible with the Philips Hue and LIFX color-tunable lights.

To get started, simply hang a Sunn light on the wall, plug it in and turn it on.  Instantly, Sunn lights fill an entire room with high quality diffuse light. 

We recommend hanging a Sunn light on the wall similar to a framed photo or painting.
We recommend hanging a Sunn light on the wall similar to a framed photo or painting.
We recommend plugging the light directly into an outlet.
We recommend plugging the light directly into an outlet.
We recommend professional installation for a no-cord aesthetic.
We recommend professional installation for a no-cord aesthetic.

Here are the reward levels you can choose from when you support this campaign (select your reward from the sidebar at the top of this page.)

"Time Travel" and "Total Solar Eclipse" rewards include trips to Iceland.
"Time Travel" and "Total Solar Eclipse" rewards include trips to Iceland.
SunScape Photo. Share this campaign then send an email to hello@sunnlight.com to receive a high-resolution version to use as your desktop wallpaper.
SunScape Photo. Share this campaign then send an email to hello@sunnlight.com to receive a high-resolution version to use as your desktop wallpaper.

Two years ago, we had a dream to create a light that would put people in touch with the rhythm of the sun. We sought to build a lighting experience that would make people happier and healthier, one that would bring the outside back inside. 

Conceptual sketches of the Sunn app's UI design.
Conceptual sketches of the Sunn app's UI design.

Sunn first took roots as a graduate student project. As part of Cornell University Sustainable Design, we were awarded a grant by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to put a skylight into any room and any building using fiber optics and solar trackers. 

An early render of the Sunn concept.
An early render of the Sunn concept.

Then, we joined eLab, an on-campus accelerator, to bring our vision to market. During the program we pivoted to focus mostly on innovative software. After graduation, we raised money from angels to begin building what is now Sunn. 

The Sunn team presenting early prototypes at the 2013 World Science Festival.
The Sunn team presenting early prototypes at the 2013 World Science Festival.

Leading up to this campaign, we've been working with a partner to manufacture a high quality light fixture that harnesses the power of the software we've built. With their expertise in making beautiful lights at scale, we're able to offer multiple Sunn lights here on Kickstarter.

We'd like to thank all of the amazing people who have helped us transform our ideas into reality. We couldn't have made it this far without your incredible support.

We've completed production-quality versions of both Sunn lights. This means we've sourced and completed tooling for many of the large components which is typically the largest hurdle in bringing a product to market.  

We’ve also completed the first version of the iOS app as well as the cloud-based backend that will support the Sunn app on iOS, Android and web platforms. 

John and Sunn Plus.
John and Sunn Plus.

Become a founding member of the Sunn community and let's makes the final steps happen.  Specifically, we need your support for the following:

  • To complete both iOS and Android versions of the Sunn app

  • To finalize the electronics to operate reliability with the Sunn app

  • To certify the products (FCC, UL, CE) to ensure safe operation

  • To update the packaging to make sure it arrives safely at your door

  • To procure materials and components to meet our timeline

We have signed a memorandum of understanding with our manufacturing partner and have outlined the work ahead of us. We’ve agreed to a schedule and are confident in our ability to deliver on time.

Our manufacturing partner has operations that span Europe, Southeast Asia and North America. They are experts in producing high-quality products for multiple industries. In fact, it's likely they have made some of the components inside your LED TV. 

Our manufacturing partner is standing-by ready to produce Sunn lights and help distribute them globally. 

All shipping within the USA is free of charge. For international shipping, there is an additional cost. International shipping costs do not cover customs fees, duties, or additional costs associated with your country. If a shipment to your country proves to be impossible, we will fully reimburse your order.

Sunn lights will have a 5-year limited warranty. View the details here.

Risks and challenges

As we move towards production, we will continue to refine our hardware and technology on the basis of ongoing user testing and user experience research.

Results of our testing, and any corrective actions, may cause a delay in delivering a product to you on time. Fortunately, we have the resources and expertise to resolve any issues quickly if and when they occur.

We want you to know that we are putting our reputations on the line with friends, family and those closest to us. We would not be running this campaign without being certain we can meet or exceed everyone's expectations. Thank you in advance for your understanding, trust, and support.

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    SUNN HERO:
    Be a hero and help turn on the Sunn. You'll receive early access to the Sunn app (compatible with LIFX and Philips Hue smart lights) as well as a spot on sunnlight.com as a founding member of the Sunn community.

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    SUNN SHIRT: Get a soft cotton light gray American Apparel t-shirt with a subtle Sunn logo reminding you to stay in rhythm with the sun. Unisex available in S, M, L, XL. American Apparel recommends women order one size smaller. US shipping included.

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    SUNN HOODIE: Get a soft cotton light gray American Apparel hoodie with a subtle Sunn logo reminding you to stay in rhythm with the sun. Unisex available in S, M, L, XL. American Apparel recommends women order one size smaller. US shipping included.

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    SUNN 19 EARLIEST BIRD: Get one 19-inch Sunn light. Help us get started! US shipping included.

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    SUNN 19 EARLY BIRD: Get one 19-inch Sunn light. Perfect for almost everywhere. US shipping included.

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    SUNN 19: Get one 19-inch Sunn light. This is a special Kickstarter price. Planned retail price is $349. US shipping included.

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    SUNN PLUS 24 EARLIEST BIRD: Get one 24-inch Sunn light. Help us get started! US shipping included.

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    SUNN PLUS 24 EARLY BIRD: Get one 24-inch Sunn light. Perfect for larger spaces. US shipping included.

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    SUNN PLUS 24: Get one 24-inch Sunn light. This is a special Kickstarter price. Planned retail price is $449. US shipping included.

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    SUNN BETA: Love being first? Get a Sunn and Sunn Plus before it goes to market and help shape the Sunn experience for everyone. We'll send you both versions no later than February. US shipping included. You'll also receive one of the first production models for 3 Sunn lights total.

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    TIME TRAVEL: Fly back in time and over the North Pole while watching the midnight sun on a special flight from Iceland to Alaska in late summer 2015. Includes roundtrip travel, lodging and 3 Sunn Lights.

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    TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE: Travel to Iceland for a VIP viewing party of the total solar eclipse on March 20th, 2015. Includes roundtrip travel, lodging and 3 Sunn Lights.

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