Let there be lights: Crowd-funded lighting campaigns.
Take a peek at these awesome Kickstarter and Indiegogo projects.
Here's a list of crowd-sourced home lighting projects I'm really excited about. Some of these campaigns are fully funded, while others are still soliciting pledges. Have a favorite? Let me know in the comments section.
Alva LED lamps
This Kickstarter campaign still has 10 days to go, and it has nearly doubled its original $12,000 funding goal. This design team crafts custom-blown glass LED lamps that look a lot like original Edison bulbs. They wanted to merge thoughtful design and modern lighting technology; I think the company achieved its goal. You can pledge a minimum of $1, but you'll need to drop at least $480 to get one of these original creations.
Dodecado multipiece lamp
Here's an intriguing interactive light fixture made of modular LED blocks, or Dodecados. One Dodecado can attach to other Dodecados, creating a custom, multipiece lamp. Each fixture comes with a power deck that can accommodate up to eight individual LED blocks, which have 149 lumens and 1.05 watts each. With just shy of a month left to go, this project is pretty far from its $61,000 (CAD) goal, but I'm selfishly hopeful. That way, there's a chance I can review one.
Forever LED Light
Forever LED Light is offering a suite of five dimmable cool touch bulbs that promise to never burn out. There's an 8-watt pear-shaped bulb, an 11-watt spotlight, a 6-watt small spotlight, a 3-watt round light, and a 3-watt chandelier light. According to Forever LED Light, these are the only LED bulbs that come with a lifetime guarantee. Hm, curious.
Heat Pipe Lamp
This bulb claims to have a better light angle (330 degrees compared with 140 to 160 degrees) and consume less energy than other LEDs (8 watts compared with 12 watts). It also produces 1,080 lumens and comes with dimmer capabilities — not bad at all. This $50,000 Indiegogo campaign still has about two months to go and had earned $290 last I checked. Thanks to Indiegogo's flexible funding, the Heat Pipe Lamp will still get all of its pledged funds even if it doesn't reach that $50K mark. Hopefully that means I'll see Heat Pipe Lamps whether it gets fully funded or not.
Ilumi claims to be world's smartest lights
This campaign still has 44 days to go on Kickstarter, and it has already exceeded its $25,000 funding goal by over $10,000. And I can see why: it's a Bluetooth-enabled LED bulb that can be controlled via the Ilumi Android or iOS app. Hooray for crowd-sourced home automation lighting. I can't wait to compare Ilumi lights to the Philips Hue.
LIFX light bulb
LIFX is an energy efficient LED bulb that you can control remotely using the LIFX app on yourAndroid or iOS device. This Wi-Fi-enabled bulb can change color to set the mood — it's anotherPhilips Hue-esque concept that piques my interest. The original target was $100,000 and the final funding tally hit $1,314,542. So, yeah, things went very well for LIFX on Kickstarter. Early shipments have already gone out, but you can still preorder a LIFX bulb for $89.
This 16-inch LED lamp can be powered by remote control. It has 16 different color options and three power levels. Funding for this low-wattage LED lamp ends on October 21, and pledges of $75 or more will get a Lightree (if the project reaches its $3,000 funding goal). It's a cute project — I can easily picture a Lightree in a child's bedroom.
Not only is the NanoLight neat-looking, it only uses 12 watts of electricity to generate more than 1,600 lumens. That's on par with a 100W incandescent bulb, but way more energy efficient. The funding period ended earlier this year and exceeded its original $20,000 goal by over $250,000. Want. That is all.
The Question Block Lamp
8-Bit Lit's Question Block Lamp is a tribute to old-school gaming, and I strongly approve. Just tap the bottom of the lamp to power it on or off. The successful campaign ended in July, but you can still preorder a Question Block Lamp and mounting kit for just $49. Very sneaky, 8-Bit Lit, appealing to my nostalgia like that.
Ube WiFi Connected Smart Light Dimmer
Here's something that reminds me a lot of the Belkin WeMo Light Switch I recently reviewed, except that this Ube switch is dimmable. This Kickstarter campaign was successfully funded back in April, but you can still preorder an Ube WiFi Connected Smart Light Dimmer starting at $79. Watch out, Belkin!
ZG-1 LED lighting system
The ZG-1 is a lighting system that separates the light emitter from the light diffuser — what a novel idea. In fact, the light diffuser bulb can actually be unscrewed from the light emitter, making the bulb reusable and highly customizable. There are just a few days left on this flexible-funding Indiegogo campaign, but the design team will receive all of the funds raised, even if it doesn't meet the $15,000 goal. Hopefully, that means that I'll get my hands on a ZG-1 regardless.
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