GENEROUS SUPPORTERS

A special “Thank You!” to the following generous contributors for making the Nanoleaf possible!

We sincerely appreciate your generosity and support!

$1000 Joseph Chu
$1000 Pavel Stoev
$1000 Joseph Ip
$1000 Matthias Seidl
$1000 Stephen Watson
$1000 Peter Klose
$1000 Izumi Family

 

$570 Andreas Niacholas $480 Konrad Wee $333 Steffen André Langnes
$300 Cale Nishimura $300 Pierrick J Seguin $300 Steven Foster
$300 Lumina Domestica $300 Eustache Diemert $300 Michael Galesky
$300 Charles Burns $300 Danny Kam $300 Thomas Johnson
$300 Lynn Chou $300 Senad Brkic $300 Kimberley Gandy
$300 Herbert Eder $300 Andrew Pann $300 Kevin Coleman
$300 Frank Kurisu $300 Gary Ricard $300 Ji Hye Baek
$300 Alva Duckwall $300 Eduardo Marinho Christoph $300 Cuauhtemoc Yescas
$300 Kim-André Skukkestad $300 Richard Month $300 Vincent Dascher
$300 John Driggers $300 Doug Skinner $300 Patrick Jordan-Smith
$300 Adam Waese $300 Kimberley Gandy $300 Peter Karwacki
$300 Salpy Kelian $300 Jeanne M Keith-Ferris $300 Joseph Boudreau
$300 Ian Miller $300 Loïc Schneider $300 David Currie
$300 Sheldon Goodheart $300 Edward Pien $300 Douglass Sharp
$300 Dave Bagnarol $300 Russell Carroll $300 T Paul Davis
$300 J Simpson $300 Bonaventure Saptel $300 Marie Christine Encisco-Villegas
$300 Denis Grant $300 Thomas Meyer $300 Pak Hoi Tung
$300 Sam Keller $300 Marcie Rodinger $300 Arteshow-Switzerland
$300 Carl Men $300 James & Donna Benoit $300 Jared Casey
$300 Carly Sheil $300 Simon Jonathan Morton Davis $300 Jorge Marcos
$300 Moe Alwazzan $300 Jeffrey Roche $300 Paul Zaklukiewicz
$300 Jeanne O’Connell $300 David Hoantee Peng $300 Francis Asuncion
$300 Andrew Payton $300 Gravviti $300 Sam Sutcliffe
$300 Slavko Panezic $300 Brett Friedman $300 Alexandre Correa
$300 Rod $300 Jay Welshofer $300 Marc Weill
$300 G A Bedard $300 Oliver Gabler $300 Shoichi Ozawa
$300 Romain Bonnaventure $300 Acdahan $300 Arnold A Burgemeister

FAQ’s

Q1) Is the Nanoleaf Dimmable?

Ans.  The initial models of the Nanoleaf are not dimmable, however due to popular demand, we have started working on a prototype that is dimmable.

 

Q2)  What are the Dimensions of the Nanoleaf?

Ans.The Nanoleaf is slightly larger than a incandescent light bulb but smaller than equivalent CFL lights. Exact measurements are:

110mm Tall (including the base) x 77mm Wide (at the widest point)

4.3″ Tall x 3″ Wide

 

Q3) Is the Nanoleaf available with bayonet fitting?

Ans.At the moment, we can only offer the Nanoleaf with the Edison fitting. Due to the great numbers of backers/orders, our small team will focus our priority in the mass production and therefore do not wish to add anymore elements at the moment.

However, we plan to introduce the bayonet fitting as soon as we get the first deliveries on their way! Rest-assured!

 

Q4 ) Does the Nanoleaf work in 120AC and 200-240AC?

Ans.Yes, absolutely! The Nanoleaf was designed to operate under different country standards. We tried our best to introduce a new product that could be used in as many countries as possible. Please do note that there are two different models so be sure to select the right one for your country.

 

Q5)  Does the Nanoleaf ship internationally?

Ans.Yes! We ship everywhere! For orders over $100, we offer free international shipping.

 

Q6)  What is the weight of the Nanoleaf?

Ans. The Nanoleaf weighs 85g.

From the samples we have seen, a leading brand CFL (100W equivalent) weighs about 150g.

 

Q7) What is the CRI of the Nanoleaf?

Ans.There is always a trade off between efficiency and CRI.

For the moment, Nanoleaf’s CRI is about 70 and we are working to increase this factor as much as we can WITHOUT decreasing the efficiency.

 

Q8) Can you use the Nanoleaf in a fully enclosed fixture?

Ans.Yes! We have added an over temperature protection circuit to our Nanoleaf which allows it to work in a fully enclosed fixture.

Most LED light bulbs or CFL’s have a problem of overheating within a fully enclosed fixture, which causes the LEDs to start failing well before their expected lifetime. The reason for this is that these fixtures do not allow for sufficient air flow, thus trapping the heat inside and overheating the bulbs. We cannot claim that the Nanoleaf will work in absolutely all enclosures, but we can say that the Nanoleaf emits less than half the heat energy as compared to other LED bubs or CFLs. The chance of overheating is far lessened. After receiving various question regarding fixtures, we realized that these bulbs are going to end up in all kinds of installations. Of course, we want to make sure that the customer gets a long life out of these bulbs so that they pay for themselves over the long run. As a result,we are happy to announce that we have added overheat protection as a standard feature of every bulb. If the bulb gets too hot for whatever reason, it will automatically dim itself to prevent damage or shortened life.

ABOUT US

About us

Award winning team customizing in home & garden design. We have vast experience of both small and large scale projects.

Company

Nanoleaf is the product of a green technology start-up company. Our vision is to create a better world through conservation and to preserve the planet that we love. We are constantly working on energy efficient products that promote and encourage people to live more green. We hope that one day our great grand children can go on their own adventures and experience the wonders of mother nature in the same way we can today.

Our first line of products to hit the market is the Nanoleaf LED light bulbs (formerly known as the NanoLight on the popular crowdfunding site KickStarter). We were lucky enough to receive an overwhelming amount of support from the KickStarter community when we debuted our light bulb there in January of 2013, which allowed us to start mass production. Our ultimate goal is to revolutionize the lighting industry with our innovation and to light up the world while preserving our planet.

Like any start-up company, we have the talent and ideas, but we need funding and support!

Mission

The focus of our company is energy conservation. We center every aspect of our work at the Nanoleaf around creating higher energy efficiency, reducing Carbon foot-prints, and creating ecological value in all of our products. At the most fundamental level, our purpose is to create energy efficient LED lighting that is innovative and economical, so that our planet can have a brighter future.

Our Values Guide Us

Our company values guide the decisions we make, and require that we constantly improve the products and services and value that we deliver in everything we create.

Commitment

We create products that are sustainable for our planet.

LED lighting is still in its early stages, which unfortunately means costs are high. However, there is no limit to how much energy the world can conserve together if we were to make the move to LED lighting on a global scale. We aim to spread the knowledge of the positive impact switching to LED bulbs can have on our planet, while also fight to keep cost low and affordable for our consumers.

The Nanoleaf is committed to delivering energy efficient solutions that work for everyone. Our ability to think outside of the box and our dedication to perfection enables us to deliver products that is both usable and economical. However, our true accomplishments are in the ecological impacts that our products will have on our planet, and the inspiration that our products bring to you. We hope to inspire more to join us in the movement for a greener future.

Customer Focus

We are focused on customer needs.

Here at the Nanoleaf, your feedback and needs are imperative to us. We are constantly listening and improving ourselves in order to produce a product that is superior in energy efficiency, longer lasting, and easily lovable. Our goal is to have our products reach as much of the world’s population as possible.

Our experts

Technology Solutions Architect
B.Sc. McMaster University | Ph.D, University of Toronto

 

TOM RODINGER

Product Development Manager
B. Sc., University of Toronto

GIMMY CHU

Operations Management
B. Sc., University of Toronto

CHRISTIAN YAN

Support

It takes more than just talent and ambition to build a successful business. Funding is a vital part in growing our company to its full potential. We strive to produce the best quality product for our consumers. Your support will help introduce our green products to more homes and buildings in the world, and help us change the future of lighting for the better.

Product

P E R F O R M A N C E

Ultra Bright & Energy EfficientThe first bulb of its kind to achieve 1600 lumens of brightness using only 12 watts of electricity (100W incandescent replacement). Similar bulbs that produce the same amount of lumens consume at least 20 watts of electricity.

Omnidirectional LightingThe NanoLeaf bulb projects light 360 degrees like an incandescent light bulb, providing the perfect lighting solution for all selections of lamps.

Instant-on CapabilityNo need to wait, the NanoLeaf bulb reaches maximum brightness the instant you flip the switch.

Coolest Bulb in the WorldWith little energy wasted as heat, this bulb stays cool without the need for a bulky heat-sink. You will never burn your hand when you touch the NanoLeaf bulb.


 

B E N E F I T S

High Efficiency = Large $avings

Using the NanoLeaf can save up to 88% of electricity than incandscent bulbs, and thereby lead to a dramatic decrease in power costs. Money and energy can also be spared in maintenance and replacement costs due to the long NanoLeaf lifespan.

Longevity = Less MaintenanceThe NanoLeaf can last more than 30,000 hours of usage, compared to 1,500 hours of incandescent bulbs. On average, the NanoLeaf LED bulb lasts 10 times as long as CFL bulbs, and 133 times longer than incandescent bulbs. The longer lifespan of the NanoLeaf bulbs will dramatically reduce maintenance costs and decrease long-term operating costs compared to traditional incandescent light bulbs.

DurabilityThe NanoLeaf bulbs are far sturdier than incandescent or CFL bulbs since it does not use fragile components such as glass and filaments. The NanoLeaf is able to withstand shock and vibration.

 

SafetyThe nanoleaf utilizes a customized over-temperature safety feature to ensure the bulb never overheats, and is safe to use within fully enclosed light fixtures. In addition, the nanoleaf’s ability to stay cool reduces the potential for safety risks such as burns and fires.

Environment FriendlyThe NanoLeaf bulbs are made from non-toxic materials, unlike compact fluorescent lighting (CFL’s) that uses mercury that may pose a danger to the environment.

FutureLEDs are poised to replace traditional incandescent light bulbs. LED bulbs are rapidly becoming the preferred lighting solution of both professionals and residential users. LED technology is continually advancing and improving. The future of lighting resides in LED bulbs, so lead the revolution by switching to one of the most unique LED bulbs in the world – the NanoLeaf bulb.

 


 

D E S I G N

Made with PCBThe NanoLeaf is the first LED bulb made with printed circuit board technology. Its unique design convention allows for the many color and design options on the bulb’s surface, as well as a more innovative circuitry design on the inside.

Color TemperatureThe NanoLeaf brightens up any room with a warm white color temperature of 3500K. It’s perfect for the living room, dining room, kitchen and anywhere else requiring bright comfortable lighting.

Heat-Sink FreeUnlike other LED light bulbs, the NanoLeaf does not need a heat sink. The NanoLeaf bulb is able to operate at such high efficiency that there is very little energy wasted and lost in the form of heat.

 

S P E C I F I C A T I O N S

 

Nanoleaf 75W Equiv.

 

SHAPE A19
FITTING E26/E27
POWER 10W
BRIGHTNESS 1200Lm (75W Equivalent)
EFFICACY 120 Lumens / Watt
LIFETIME 30,000 hours or ~25 years (based on 3hrs/day)
COLOR TEMPERATURE 3500K – Warm White
WEIGHT 100 grams
MATERIAL Printed Circuit Board
POWER SOURCE AC
BULB TYPE LED
USAGE Indoor Use Only
VOLTAGE 100-140V or 200-270V
COLOR OPTIONS White or Black
DESIGN OPTIONS Solid, Leaf Design
FIXTURES & POSITIONS Safe for use in fully enclosed light fixtures
DIMMABLE No
COLOR OPTIONS White or Black

Nanoleaf 100W Equiv.

SHAPE

A19
FITTING E26/E27
POWER 12W
BRIGHTNESS 1800Lm+ (Brighter than 100W Equivalent)
EFFICACY 150 Lumens / Watt
LIFETIME 30,000 hours or ~25 years (based on 3hrs/day)
COLOR TEMPERATURE 3500K – Warm White
WEIGHT 100 grams
MATERIAL Printed Circuit Board
POWER SOURCE AC
BULB TYPE LED
USAGE Indoor Use Only
VOLTAGE 100-140V or 200-270V
COLOR OPTIONS White or Black
DESIGN OPTIONS Solid, Leaf Design
FIXTURES & POSITIONS Safe for use in fully enclosed light fixtures
DIMMABLE No
CRI 70

 

Deluxe Nanoleaf 1800+ Lm

SHAPE A19
FITTING E26/E27
POWER 12W
BRIGHTNESS 1800Lm+ (Brighter than 100W Equivalent)
EFFICACY 150 Lumens / Watt
LIFETIME 30,000 hours or ~25 years (based on 3hrs/day)
COLOR TEMPERATURE 3500K – Warm White
WEIGHT 100 grams
MATERIAL Printed Circuit Board
POWER SOURCE AC
BULB TYPE LED
USAGE Indoor Use Only
VOLTAGE 100-140V or 200-270V
COLOR OPTIONS White or Black
DESIGN OPTIONS Solid, Leaf Design
FIXTURES & POSITIONS Safe for use in fully enclosed light fixtures
DIMMABLE No
CRI 70

KICKSTARTER UPDATE #13: PRODUCTION ISSUES RESOLVED | REVISED DELIVERY SCHEDULE

Dear Backers,  

As is now more than obvious, we are behind schedule. Thank you very much for your patience and understanding while we continue to resolve some problems and start producing light bulbs at a fast pace once again. Here is a recap of what has happened since May: 

We produced our first set of light bulbs, over 1000 pieces, and started shipping these out in June. Production was starting to go smoothly and although we were a month late with the first batch, we were hoping to ramp up production so that we could deliver the rest of the batches on time or early. However, a few weeks after the first set of light bulbs went out, we received a few reports of light bulbs that died soon after being received. We asked the Kickstarter backers to return the bulbs and we spent some time analyzing and identifying the cause of failure. In the meantime, we paused production. We discovered a problem with the controller IC behavior and we implemented a workaround that fixed the issue. Although this issue didn’t affect a large percentage of bulbs. 

So about August time, we gave the go-ahead for the second, much bigger, batch of production. Thousands of bulbs were ordered. About a month later after bulbs were emerging from the pipeline and started their burn-in testing phase, again we noticed that bulbs were failing. This time, the rate of failure seemed higher. We continued burn-in to gauge a longer term estimate of the failure rate. 2 – 3 weeks on burn-in and bulbs were still failing. We couldn’t ship these bulbs knowing that they might not last all that long out in the field. Therefore, we halted the production again. 

The clear symptom was that in a failed bulb we always found that one of the LEDs had failed and broke the current flow to the rest of the LEDs. No other failed components were found. We first looked closely at the power supply. Although the current to the LEDs is regulated very tightly to prevent any flickering of light, we saw that there is an overshoot of current at the time the bulb is turned on. We thought that this may be the culprit: a surge that overloads the LEDs and causes one to fail. We implemented a soft start feature so that current is ramped up more slowly with zero overshoot upon power up. We produced about 100 bulbs with the soft start to check if the problem was solved. However, the failure rate was not improved and we were still stuck and it was already October. 

The next course of action was to look at the LEDs in detail. These types of LEDs are made on a mass scale and the methods are tried and true, or so we thought. We spent a solid week just looking at failed LEDs under a microscope. We set up several tests to isolate the problem. This is where science and well controlled experimental technique was essential. To make this story short, we discovered that the cavity inside the LED that contains silicone was slightly under filled. This caused an air void near one of the gold wires. The gold wire electrically connects the LED die to the package housing so that the light producing chip can get power. During operation, the light bulb heats up and the silicone inside the LED expands, causing pressure onto one side of the gold wire. Because of the air void, there is no counter pressure to keep the gold wire in place, and it bends on a microscopic scale. Upon repeated thermal cycling, the gold wire is bent back and forth until failure. With great sadness, we declared the approximately 150,000 LEDs plus the hundreds of light bulbs that we produced unusable. It was like being in the middle of a graveyard of LEDs and Nanoleaf bulbs. Yes, saddening, that is all to be said. 

Having identified the problem, we asked for some changes to production in order to drastically improve the reliability of the LEDs. There were three changes that we made that are aimed to strengthen the region of the site of failure dramatically. We did another small production of LEDs, enough for about 60 bulbs and these bulbs have been in burn-in testing for about a week now and so far zero bulbs have failed, whereas before, bulbs started failing after only two days of burn-in. As you might guess, we are extremely happy to see this result. We actually do expect some non-zero failure rate. Like with any product on the market, each part has a certain failure probability and thus a perfectly reliable product is impossible to make. We hope you can see from our story that we care very much about the quality of our Nanoleaf bulbs and we will continue to study points of failure in order to improve long term reliability to the best it can be. 

So, we hope that this Kickstarter update will be taken on a very positive note. We have already asked the facility to start production of new LEDs with our changes. There are a lot of LEDs to be re-made and this will take a bit of time. Production will start this week. The printed circuit boards are already made and ready to go and just waiting for new LEDs. We have a revised production schedule as follows: 

Revised Production Schedule
Revised Production Schedule

Please note that shipping time is approximately 3 – 4 weeks depending on the destination. 

We are quite embarrassed and sorry that we have had to delay these bulbs several times now. We want to get these Nanoleaf bulbs out to the backers desperately. We have been pushing all the production people to bump priorities and get things moving as fast as possible. Thanks so much for your support and patience. 

Sincerely, 

The Nanoleaf Team 

KICKSTARTER UPDATE #12: NANOLEAF SHIPPING STATUS UPDATE

Hi Kickstarter backers, 

There’s some good news and some bad news. The good news is we have started shipping out bulbs again. We shipped about 100 bulbs this past week and will continue to do so in the next few weeks (the week of 10/1 is a national holiday in China and our manufacturing facilities have been put on hold). 

The bad news is, we have some quality issues that we’re dealing with. As you all know, we offered three different brightness of bulbs – 1200 Lm, 1600 Lm, 1800 Lm. Of the three types of bulbs, the 1200 Lm bulbs are having some problems during the “burn in” test (a series of stress tests lasting for several days). We are working on identifying the problem and we have been going through several iterations of fixes. Unfortunately, with each fix, we need to manufacture a new set of at least 20 bulbs and put them all through several days of stress tests to see what percentage of them fail, right now we’re at a 15% failure rate for the 1200 Lm bulbs. Our goal is to get the bulbs to a failure rate of less than 2%. Unfortunately, with the 1200 Lm bulbs, it seems like we still have a bit more work to do, but we will send out another update once we fix that problem to keep everyone in the loop.

In the meantime, the 1600Lm bulbs and 1800Lm bulbs are ready to go and they will be shipped out in the order that the pledge was placed. For those of you that ordered the 1200Lm bulbs, please bear with us while we ensure a high quality final product before shipping out the bulbs. For those of you that have already received a 1200 Lm bulb, do not worry as your bulbs are ones that have passed the burn-in test. Typically we have found that if a bulb were to fail, it will fail within the first few days of usage. If you do experience any problems with your bulb, please do not hesitate to log a support ticket athttp://support.thenanoleaf.com and one of our representatives will help you through the problem. 

On a side note, we took the feedback of our backers and added a top cap to the packaging in order to stabilize the bulb during transport. We also made the packaging thicker to reduce the risk of damage during transport. See below for an updated picture!

Thank you all for your continued patience and support.

The Nanoleaf Team

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KICKSTARTER UPDATE #11: MASS PRODUCTION UNDERWAY

Hi Backers,In the past 8 months, our company has gone through some major positive transformations and it is largely thanks to the contribution and support from our awesome KickStarter backers. With the funds raised from KickStarter, we were able to start mass production and really get our invention on its feet. With our last update, we shared with you some pictures of the completed bulbs and we have been shipping them out as they come off the line. It’s been a while since the last update, so it’s time to share with you a few more exciting things that have been going on in our NanoLeaf world:
Production
Our NanoLeaf factory has been hard at work with manufacturing and assembling all the NanoLeaf bulbs for our backers. We’re currently in the process of streamlining our inventory receiving / inspection, production & material flow, safety / automation procedures, and most importantly, stringent testing procedures. We place heavy focus on the quality of our product, so we’re making sure that we eliminate as many manufacturing defects as we can through our meticulous testing and quality control, even if that means that we have to delay our production schedule a bit. We are constantly taking feedback and improving upon our system as well, so all feedback from our backers have been greatly appreciated.With our first batch, we had discovered further problems with the PCB, related to some of our tolerances not being met in the milling of the PCB shape and LED holes. This led to a few issues during final assembly, namely difficulty of inserting LEDs and folding the bulbs into their final shape. We have changed to a new supplier of PCBs for the next production batch. However, the process of working with the new supplier to iterate through several samples has cost us time. The new supplier is now producing PCBs that we are satisfied with and production is continuing.
New Support Page
As with any hi-tech product, issues affecting a small percentage of bulbs are inevitable. Despite our quality control and 4-hour burn-in testing, and even though bulbs leaving our factory are fully working, we have received word from a few backers that their new bulbs have been damaged during transport, simply don’t work, or work for a short time and then fail. For anyone experiencing an issue, please log a support ticket atsupport.theNanoLeaf.com so that we can keep track of all the symptoms that our backers are experiencing and give personal attention to each case.
First Batch of Bulbs Shipped
We have shipped out about 90% (~1000 shipments) of the batch of bulbs that had an estimated delivery date of May. We have printed labels and shipped bulbs in the order that the pledges were made using a procedure that relies largely on automated data processing. However, there were many cases that could not be handled automatically such as cases that had address changes, special characters in names and addresses, pledge amounts that didn’t correspond to the pledge categories, or choosing a voltage that is inappropriate for the destination country. We resolved these cases manually, but often resulting in the shipment losing its priority in the shipping sequence. We are very sorry to those backers that pledged early but have not received a bulb yet. The other complication was that we didn’t have exact numbers of black vs. white bulbs at the time that we started manufacturing. We had to make an estimate. Turns out that we made too many black bulbs and not enough white ones. Please know that it is our top priority to ship out the rest of the May bulbs.
Tracking Numbers
With over 6000 backers, it is essential that we automate as much of the shipping and handling part of the process as possible. It took a bit longer than we had hoped, but we now have the necessary software in place to send out tracking numbers. We have sent tracking numbers to all of the May backers that we have shipped to. If you have not yet received a tracking number, your bulb has not yet been shipped and we apologize for the delay.
Revised Shipment Dates for July / September / October bulbs
We believe that we have now ironed out the quality issues with the PCB. We are in the process of manufacturing the bulbs for the remaining 10% of the May batch, as well as the the July and September batches. A few of you have messaged us asking for the tracking number, and we really appreciate your enthusiasm and excitement to finally be able to get your NanoLeaf bulb, but please know that we are making and shipping these as fast as we can. We will send out the tracking numbers once the bulbs ship. Our next manufacturing run is underway and we expect that the next set of shipments will start going out in September. We really appreciate your patience as we work through the complexities of making and shipping over 6000 bulbs.
Research and Development – The Dimmable Version
Our R&D department has not stopped working on developing the next version of the NanoLeaf. We are aiming to launch it at the end of this year and with it will come several product innovations & improvements. We have gotten lots of great feedback from our backers so we’re working to incorporate them into the next version. Please stay tuned!
NanoLeaf Website
We’ve given our website a complete makeover to better represent our brand as well as to provide an easier and more enjoyable user experience. A few of the changes that we have made to the site include: more pictures, better and more comprehensive presentation of our product details and specifications, as well as an improved overall look and feel of the website. Feel free to check it out: http://thenanoleaf.com. If you need more light bulbs, October pre-orders are being offered via our web-store. However, we won’t be fulfilling these orders until after all the bulbs go out the the Kickstarter backers.

 

User Feedback on the website is also greatly appreciated. Please send feedback to [email protected]

Distribution
In the last few months, a large number of distributors world-wide have reached out to us about distributing the NanoLeaf bulbs. We’re excited to know that there are others who share our passion in promoting energy efficient products. We are working hard with many of these distributors to get our NanoLeaf bulbs available more widely in different countries!
Photo Contest

The rules to the NanoLeaf photo contest has been posted on our Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/theNanoLeafPlease go there for the official rules, prizes and other details. We look forward to seeing your awesome submissions! Here is an example entry from one of our backers:

University of Toronto Solar Car Team

Here is a small factoid: the NanoLeaf team (the three of us) met while we worked on the solar power car for the University of Toronto back in 2006. A lot of our project management and engineering skills were learned from that very project. There, we also discovered our passion: renewable/solar energy, power electronics , and other green technologies. Years later, we founded our company with a goal of bringing efficient lighting, and solar power technology to more people. But even further, we strongly believe that if we are going to solve some of the worlds key problems, we need to start by supporting the education of the younger generation. The NanoLeaf is a proud sponsor of the University of Toronto’s Solar Car Project. We have been working closely with them in developing the solar power controller technology for their solar car, which will race 3000km across Australia this October. Most recently, we have been running tests with them in the Bombardier labs in Toronto to put the final touches on the car. The car is an eye opening demonstration of what is possible with Earth-friendly technologies. We strongly support their cause and believe that this is something worthwhile. Please take a moment and support this team of young students who are trying to bring inspiration to the world:http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/all-charged-up-and-ready-to-go
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KICKSTARTER UPDATE #10: NANOLEAF BULBS ARE SHIPPING OUT!

Hi Backers,

After several months of hard work, we’re proud to announce that we have shipped out our very first KickStarter reward! We will be shipping out orders non-stop for the next few days to get our first set of NanoLeaf bulbs on their way to their new owners.

SHIPPING

The NanoLeaf bulbs will be travelling via Swiss Post. To make tracking your reward easier, we are setting up a system that will email you an automated email with the tracking number of your NanoLeaf package upon shipment. 

Once the orders are shipped out, if there are any issues with the delivery, we would recommend you first try contacting Swiss Post directly. If it is something beyond their control, simply send us a message via KickStarter and we would be happy to help.

PACKAGING

The NanoLeaf bulbs will be delivered to you in our eco-friendly packaging. To facilitate easy recognition of what’s in the box, 3 colors are used on the packaging to denote the 3 different models of bulbs (from least brightest to brightest, the colors are blue, green, and yellow). A window is cut in the box so that you can see the actual light bulb. To distinguish the voltage version of the bulb, the appropriate voltage will be checked on the printed checkbox on the packaging.

When your NanoLeaf bulb arrives, please double check that you have received the correct voltage and design as per your order. Although plugging a 220V version into a 120V socket will not hurt the bulb, the brightness will not reach the optimum level. On the other hand, plugging a 120V version into 220V socket will quickly end the life of the bulb (we have tried this). Do not hesitate to contact us if you run into any problems with your order.

FREE SWAG!

Inside each of the NanoLeaf bulb box, you will discover 2 NanoLeaf stickers. Feel free to represent your NanoLeaf pride!

PHOTO CONTEST

We haven’t forgotten about the contest that we announced in an earlier update. We are printing a reminder about it onto the NanoLeaf packaging box. Contest winners will receive prizes in the form of free NanoLeaf bulbs and other goodies! 

To enter the contest, all you need to do is take a photo of your NanoLeaf light bulb in its new home. There are two ways to enter the contest:

1) You can follow us on Twitter, then tweet up to 5 unique and original photos using #mynanoleaf, and tag us @theNanoLeaf.

2) You can ‘Like us’ on Facebook, then upload it onto your Facebook page and tag us in the photo .

We also accept drawings / paintings / artworks that depict the NanoLeaf bulb in some interesting/creative way.

The contest details will be posted on our Facebook page:http://www.facebook.com/theNanoLeaf, and our website: http://thenanoleaf.com. We will send out a Kickstarter update notifying you once we do. 

An example of the type of picture we are looking for: 

WARNING LABEL

We have put a lot of work into ensuring that the NanoLeaf light bulb is safe to use. However, we strongly urge everyone to read the warning before operating the NanoLeaf bulb. We have printed all the relevant warnings onto the box itself in an amusing and entertaining way. PLEASE READ IT before connecting your new light bulb. Thanks in advance for taking safety very seriously.

JULY BATCH OF NANOLEAF REWARDS

We have started the production of our next batch of bulbs! We’ll be sending out the surveys for the July batch in the next few weeks. Please make sure to return your survey as soon as possible upon receiving it.

Thank you all for your patience and support, we couldn’t have done it without you. And we’ve included some photos for your enjoyment. 🙂

Until next time, live green Kickstarters! 

The NanoLeaf Team

KICKSTARTER UPDATE #9: FINISH LINE IS NEAR!

Hi Backers,

Time to give you another inside look at what’s happening in our NanoLeaf world! So let’s get started:

PRODUCT LABELING AND LEAF DESIGN

After preparing our circuit boards, they were sent to be engraved with various product specifications. In a small section of the light bulb, we have labeled the lumens, power consumption, and voltage. This way, each light bulb has its specific characteristics clearly marked so they cannot be mixed up. With the two regional voltages (North America 100-140V / Europe & Asia 200-270V), three different brightness levels, and three different colors/designs, it made for a total of 18 different variations of the light bulb. (that’s a lot of information to keep track of!) It demonstrated once again how important it is to have organizational skills! Whew. The good news is, everything came out looking great! 🙂

SURFACE MOUNT TECHNOLOGY (SMT)

After the engraving comes a process called SMT(Surface Mount Technology) in which all of the electronic components are placed onto the circuit board and soldered into place.

The SMT that we’re doing has three basic steps:

  • Step 1. a “solder paste” is first put onto the locations where the components will be placed.
  • Step 2. a robot places all the components in the appropriate locations.
  • Step 3. Finally, the circuit board goes through a “reflow oven” that heats up the board to the point where the “solder” (made of tin, copper, and silver) melts and permanently fixes the components electrically to the circuit connections on the board.

In order to melt lead-free solder, the circuit board must get heated up to about 260 degrees Celsius which is much higher than the heat requirements for solder that has lead. This is where we ran into some slight problems.

We started with an initial test batch of white bulbs, but the heat burnt the paint turning our white color into a beige color. 🙁 The white paint used for our circuit boards was not designed for this high temperature and the supplier did not tell us this in advance. The normal process using lead-based solder is done at a lower temperature, but we did not accept to use lead due to its toxic nature in the environment. We tried varying the temperature, all to no avail.

We decided to not continue with the beige boards, although to some the colour is still passable as white. We promised white light bulbs to the backers and that is what we will deliver.

Fortunately, the supplier was very helpful to make new circuit boards for us with better paint. However, we still lost two weeks of time. Our new schedule is to ship the first set of NanoLeaf light bulbs in early June. We are terribly sorry about this delay but we will do our best to meet this new schedule.

BACK ON TRACK

Since then, we worked with the circuit board supplier to change the paint that was being used to a special high quality white paint that is able to withstand higher temperatures and the problem was solved! A new batch has been made and we are now back on track. We may decide to start offering beige bulbs just to clear up some extra inventory. 😉 By the way, no problems at all with the black circuit boards!

The second time around, the surface mount technology process went smooth and we made over 1000 pieces. The whole process is rather interesting, not only because we are making NanoLeaf bulbs, but because this is the same process that has been used for decades to make the vast majority of high tech electronics that we all use every day. We took a quick video to show you the SMT robot placing the components onto the circuit board (see below).

We’re at our final step in the manufacturing process now and the new NanoLeaf bulbs are about to come to life – hopefully in the next two weeks.

PACKAGING

We have almost completed the design of our eco-friendly packaging and the boxes will be sent for printing and die cutting imminently. To facilitate easy recognition of what’s in the box, we decided to use 3 different colours on the packaging to differentiate the 3 levels of brightness (from least brightest to brightest, the colors are blue, green, and yellow). There will be a window cut in the box so that you can see part of the light bulb inside and from that can tell weather the bulb is black, white, or has the a leaf pattern engraved. Finally, to distinguish the voltage version of the bulb, there will be check boxes on the package with a check mark placed beside the appropriate voltage of the bulb inside. When your light bulb arrives, please double check that you have received the correct voltage and design as per your order. Although plugging a 220V version into a 120V socket won’t hurt the bulb, the brightness will not be full. On the other hand, plugging a 120V version into 220V socket will probably quickly end the life of the bulb (we have tried this). Please, notify us of any problems and we will assist.

That’s all for now, look out for an update in the next few weeks once our completed NanoLeaf bulbs are ready to be shipped!

The NanoLeaf Team