The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well these days with thousands of new startups and individuals creating new products and services in hopes to find solutions to the many things that plague our existence. While there is almost never a lack of ideas among these entrepreneurs, the biggest drawback is having the money to get started and to produce the product(s) they dreamed up.
This is where a relatively new idea called crowd funding was born and has since grown like gang busters. Crowdfunding is an unique concept in which a person or startup business is able to raise needed capital without having to go to a bank or seek out a venture capital firm to get the needed money. Kickstarter is one of the most widely known of all the crowdfunding groups and it is also one that has led to the most number of success stories.
This article will be focusing heavily on five specific kickstarter projects that deal mainly with use of LED technology in their products. Many people choose Kickstarter for the fact that there is plenty of brand recognition and they are more likely to reach a larger group of individuals familiar with how crowdfunding works.
One built in advantage to using Kickstarter with an emerging technology like LED lights is that a company or individual can easily gauge the acceptance of their ideas and concepts based on the numbers of signups that they are receiving of the Kickstarter page. Since these are generally preorders for their product, it is pretty safe to say that the person is interested in their product upfront.
Here are our top 5 Kickstarter projects that deal with LED lights:
Earthy 360° Flowing Aqua Lamp
This unique Kickstarter project uses LED light technology to help produce an incredible light display and combines it with other sensory activities to help set the perfect mood for any room and situations. Without the versatility of today's LED light technology there is no way that the Earthy 360° would not be able to deliver the amazing lighting show.
The unique lighting system produces light in over 15 million colors using the included smartphone app and the built in controller unit. The unit features soothing bubbles and a floating acrylic planter tray for adding some flowers at the top of the lamp.
The Kickstarter project was set up and they received and they received pledges from backers that more than doubled the amount of money they were requesting and according to the site rules it is completed. The project asks for backers to pledge any amount over $1 and they give special considerations for those backers who pledge amounts at four different dollar figures and give a unique gift for pledging that specific amount.
BULLET | World's Smallest LED Flashlight
This Project created on Kickstarter to help the person raise enough funds to get their business off the ground. As with all projects that are established on the site, the creator of the project is looking for backers to help them by pledging any amount of money over $1. This unique project is for a small, compact LED flashlight and is small enough to clip anywhere and provide an amazing amount of light.
The light features an ultra bright LED bulb, which is twist activated and is in the shape of an actual 9 mm bullet. To make it more convenient to carry they included a ring at bottom so that it can be attached to a keyring, lanyard or clipped to a belt loop using an aftermarket carabiner. The LED light is powered by by three disposable LR41 button batteries and produces a bright, 15 lumen stream of light in the direction you point.
While a backer is able to pledge as little as $1 dollar, the person who set up the project set up several unique pledge levels and offer to ship one or more Bullet LED Flashlight(s) based on the amount they pledge.
GlowBowl - Motion Activated Night Light For Your Toilet
The creator of the GlowBowl uses today’s LED light technology to solve a problem that many homeowners have been dealing with for years, being able to find the toilet in the middle of the night without having to turn on the bathroom light. Imagine having a night light for your toilet which the color of the light can been changes to 7 different colors by a touch of a single button.
The light clips to side of bowl and RGB light hangs over the rim of the bowl and the control portion of the light hangs outside of toilet. The control portion contains all of the circuitry, batteries and motion detector. When you get close enough to activate the motion sensor the light turns on and depending on the setting you select, it lights up. Selecting the special carousel setting it will cycle through the 7 different colors (blue, yellow, purple, white, aqua, red, and green).
The Kickstarter project easily reached the goal that they established when they originally created the it with the help of over 500 backers which pledged at $1. Those backers who believed strongly in helping them and were willing to pledge a higher amount of money they were rewarded with a number of units based on the amount of money they pledged.
The Lampster | A Lamp with Attitude
This Kickstarter project was incredibly successful for the person who set it up, since it was originally established it has attracted more than 6100 backers and they raised more than $1.3 million dollars. According to the project they were looking for capital in order to complete the project.
The Lampster is in the shape of a robot that is custom molded out of a metal material and is custom painted using a proprietary paint process. The head of the robot houses the LED tractor bulb which features two modes of operation; white LED and RGB Color LED Light. The head and light rotates 360° so that you can light up your subject wherever it is. The light is powered by 120v power cord using the attached 4 foot tangle-free cord. The lamp can be controlled by touch or by using an app loaded on a smartphone including the color of the LED light.
The backers of the project are asked to pledge at least $1 and for those will to pledge more they set up select levels and offered rewards based on the amount they were willing pay.
LitraTorch - World's Most Versatile Adventure LED Light
The highly successful Kickstarter project attacked more than 1000 backers and raised four times the original $25,000 they were looking to raise in order to get their product off the ground. The Litra Torch is powerful portable and wearable LED light that can be used in a variety of ways. This all aluminum, fully contained and waterproof light can be mounted on a number of different locations similarly to the Go Pro™ camera.
The light features a powerful magnet which means it can be securely stuck to a number of metal surfaces. It also includes a belt clip, a silicone housing and has an available bike mount. The light is also adjustable with 5 different light levels from 100 lumens up to 2200 lumens. The basic package also includes a diffusing cap that creates a unique dimmed light effect.
The Kickstarter project is setup to accept pledges from backers from $1 dollar and includes a number of reward levels based on how much the backer chooses to pledge. The custom packages include different accessories with a value depending on how much is pledged.