How it begins
I am an entrepreneur that have a vision of a better world. It was about a year ago where I discovered crowed funding websites like indiegogo and kickstarter.com plateforms that allows me to dream big, and make what was impossible before, possible.
This is my 4th project, also the most promising and biggest project I have so far. It all begins 8 months ago, simply when I argued with my girlfriend who should go switch off the light when we were both in bed....
This is how the idea of a Bluetooth lightbulb comes to life. For 8 months, I have been working with my engineer friends, sourcing the right supports and sharing my vision with a group of talented and innovative partners, we are now only steps away from completing the Lumen, it will be the world first RGBW, Bluetooth controlled LED smart bulb.
What is Lumen
The Lumen Smart Bulb combines the practical utility of a standard white bulb, the party fun of multi-coloured lights, and the longevity and costs savings of an LED bulb. All of this, within a single package that works with existing standard bulb sockets already in our homes. Everything can be controlled easily from a proprietary application in our mobile smart phone, available for both ios and android devices.
Not Just a concept
The Lumen Smart Bulb is more than an idea. Tabu has been developing the Lumen Smart Bulb for some time. With an existing and perfectly functional prototype, the Lumen Smart Bulb is in its final stages - light-years ahead of the competition and a mere two steps away from reality.
What so special about Lumen?
We never want to create a gadget or a decoration. We want to create something that is truly useful in our daily life. That why we created the RGBW LED light.
‘W’ represents white. Unlike the usual RGB lightbulb which mimic "white" light by combining RED, GREEN and BLUE light, The Lumen has included 6 Watt white LED light that generates over 400 lumens of light. It create a perfect warm-white light that is great for daily usage.
‘RGB’ stands for Red, Blue and Green. The Lumen Smart Bulb can create light in absolutely any color one fancies from the full color spectrum.
Power saving and long lasting
400 lumens is the equivalent of a traditional 60W lightbulb, at an unbelievable one-tenth of the power consumption, Lumen is able to create the same amount of light, translating to obvious electricity savings.
The Lumen Smart Bulb is LED and rated to 30,000 hours, or 20 years*, say goodbye to frequent bulb changes.
Bluetooth 4.0 Controls
Why Bluetooth 4.0? BT 4.0 is the new trend and they are available in all the new apple device and the new Android models. It allow to establish a direct interaction between the device and Lumen, which just make everything so much easier. Unlike the previous bluetooth version, pairing is done in a very fast a automatic manners. Bluetooth 4.0 also have the advantage of multi control capabilities and with a range of up to 30ft, you control all the Lumen bulbs in your home right from the palm of your hand whether you’re in the bed room or the living room.
Party mode transforms your living room into a dance floor with flashing lights that change color to suit the music playing.
Sleep mode simulates calming moonlight to improve sleep and enhance rest.
Wake mode starts very dim, gradually getting brighter till it reaches maximum intensity at the stipulated wake up time, just tell Lumen how long you want the process to take, 5 minutes or even an hour.
Ambient mode creates the perfect conditions for a romantic date or a quiet evening at home.
When time goes by, we will add additional features to our application. :-)
Simple, Easy, Plug and Play
Existing market solutions for advanced lighting systems that try to do what the Lumen will do require complex wiring and clunky control boxes fixed at a certain point in the home, and are expensive.
The Lumen Smart Bulb works with existing standard E27 and E26 bulb sockets. It’s a truly plug and go system that’s affordable and absolutely easy to install. Simply screw it in place of your existing bulb, and its ready to be controlled from the app in your smart phone.
The bluetooth module built into every bulb means that, no routers or complicated configuring is required, nor will you require an additional remote control for your radio frequency controlled bulbs.
Why Crowed Funding?
This is my 4th projects posted on a crowed funding website, I have experienced some of the best community support from the backers. Both good comments and constructive advice, allow me to build better product. Creating a product is difficult with many challenges. Sometime, supports from a community is what get me going and be more determine.
What is the Funding for?
We have clear plan and well evaluated the cost of the product down to the individual component.
- Ordering Prototypes for testing: $5000
- Safety certificate application (CE, UL, TUV): $25,000
- Initial Software and Engineering deign fee: $30,000
- Other License cost: $8,000
Hardware Tooling: $10,000
Minimum Order Quantity: $12,000
shipping, handleing and other cost: $10,000
We need your support:
This revolutionary bulb is only possible through total designing from scratch. Every internal component from the LED, PCB module, to the bluetooth module, to the control unit, and even the transformer module, is custom made and brand new. We have already achieved this through an experienced engineering team and in collaboration with our partner, Signeo lighting, with their decades long experience in delivering quality, internationally certified lighting solutions to the market. A product of this complexity and potential requires exacting and extensive testing for performance and reliability, which are indispensible qualities of any Tabu product.
Because of the different procedures for applications across different certifications, we cannot rule out the risk that delivery to certain countries might be delayed. However, our existing working prototype and application (currently for the iOS, with android compatibility to come later) gives us strong confidence that we will be able to achieve delivery by 2013. Kickstarters, together let’s redefine lighting the world over.