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Captivating light & art piece that interprets Edison's light bulbs and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Touch on/off switch Pure steampunk!
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Franken Edison Light - It's Alive!

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Hi Kickstarters! Fresh off the heels of our last project Lumia - an eighth art, we're back with another lighting inspired project. This time, instead of LEDs, we're using Edison bulbs.

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Project Inspiration:

What do Thomas Edison and Mary Shelley have in common? I was watching Thomas Edison Kinetogram Frankenstein (1910) on YouTube about a year ago and I was inspired to come up with an art piece project that would embrace Edison light bulbs and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein novel.


It was through the production facilities of Edison Manufacturing Company movie studios in the Bronx New York that Mary Shelley's creation was first projected into cinematic existence.

Edison Manufacturing Company Bronx Studio
Edison Manufacturing Company Bronx Studio

But how to combine these two different concepts that are so unrelated? I started searching various Edison light bulb designs and watching the original 1910 Edison Kinetogram movie again plus other various other films of Frankenstein. For the Edison bulbs I chose a round bulb and empirical cylinder bulb.

In the various Frankenstein films that I watched to bring the monster alive, two separate spheres were used to send lightning bolts to the monster's body to bring him ALIVE (a.k.a. Van de Graaff generator) so I came up with two separate mouth blown glass spheres with the Edison bulbs inserted inside.

 It is set up like a seesaw and can go up and down and rotate to adjust the light patterns. It is constructed out of aircraft grade aluminum along with stainless steel fasteners. Some parts are anodized others are not. The parts that are not anodized have been hand finished to bring out the machine age look.

Prototype
Prototype

My friends that have seen the prototype of the light and extemporaneously called it the Franken light with no hints from me ,so I settled on that name but I added Edison. So, now I call it the Franken Edison Light.

Axial Bulb                              Lineal Bulb
Axial Bulb Lineal Bulb
Prototype taken in the evening showing the successful Lumia Kicstarter project in the background
Prototype taken in the evening showing the successful Lumia Kicstarter project in the background

Specs & Dimensions:

Each bulb is 60 watts and 300-350 Lumens.

Also available for 220-240V 50Hertz with appropriate adapter plug at no additional charge.

How the funds will be used:

With your help to complete the project all funds will go directly towards the final development and manufacturing of the Franken Edison Light including buying components and materials

Each Franken Edison Light consists of two 8" (20.32 cm) mouth blown globes with two Edison bulbs (one axial and the other spherical) that are handmade with a professional touch.   The lamp structure is a combination of anodized and machine-age milled aluminum surfaces.  Also includes a three touch on/off with three levels. It's not just a light but a piece of artwork.

The plan:

All of the design work has been completed by me in California. The manufacturing work will be handled by my experienced team here in Healdsburg, CA, led by me. The target delivery is October 2014. I'll update you on the progress as we hit our milestones.

Many thanks:

I'm very excited about producing this lamp in California while having you appreciate its history. Designing products is my passion. Please share our project with your friends. We proud to say MADE IN USA!

Thank you and thank you for sharing our project!

Dale

Risks and challenges

If there weren't any risks, it wouldn't be novel, original or any fun.

Moving from prototype to production is rarely easy but having the experience of bringing projects to production is not new to me. Doing this for the first time is always filled with unknowns, fortunately this is not my first time. I have built trust over the last 30 years working with reliable partners that deliver. We would rather have the chance to deliver your Franken Edison Light earlier rather than later. You may be familiar with our Lumia lamp project that was delivered early and on time.

I am targeting delivery for October which allows us some time from when the project ends, funds are delivered and components ordered. I'd rather be honest from the start rather than annoying everyone with delays.

If you're in doubt drop me an email, I'll answer your questions.

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    EXTRA EARLY BIRD LIMITED EDITION - Be the first of 20 to pre-order your Franken Edison Light. ***Two Edison bulbs and Touch Off/On three level brightness INCLUDED.

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    Pre-order your own Franken Edison Light. ***Two Edison bulbs and Touch Off/On three level brightness INCLUDED. Retail price will be $490.

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