Power outage LED lightbulb prepares to enter mass production

January 29, 2016 // By Paul Buckley
A LED lightbulb that can operate normally even when there is a power outage is seeking crowdfunding support to fund its mass production plans.

SmartCharge Light is preparing its second-generation of energy efficient LED Light Bulbs for shipment in spring 2016, with initial sampling already under way.

The SmartCharge LED Bulb looks like a normal light bulb from the outside, but it has technology built inside to enable wall switch control of the lights even when the power is out with no extra wiring required. SmartCharge lets the consumer have light during a power outage when it is needed and is also capable of conserving battery power to extend the time that light from the SmartCharge Bulb is available.

The second-generation product builds on the success with the SmartCharge Light, which claims to be the world’s only light bulb with 'Switch and Grid Sensor' technology that enables the switch to operate normally (on/ off) even when the power is out. And it provides up to four hours of backup light thanks to a built-in battery.

“Significant improvements are coming for SmartCharge 2.0. Nearly twice as bright at 650 lumens as the original SmartCharge light bulb, SmartCharge 2.0 will also carry a lower suggested retail price less than $25. With the 2.0 version of SmartCharge, one wall switch can now control multiple bulbs on a circuit,” explained Shaliendra Suman, CEO of SmartCharge Light parent company TVL International. “The bulb works on all supply voltages between 110 V and 240 V, so it can be used in any country in the world. The consumer can also put the bulb in charge-only mode, where the back-up battery is recharged without the bulb being lit.”

“We’re now operating a crowdfunding campaign on IndieGoGo to raise the $50,000 needed to put the product into mass production, and we’re very pleased with initial reaction to our second generation SmartCharge product,” said Suman. SmartCharge has applicable UL, CE, FCC and ROHS certifications and the company is looking for distributors all over the world. A limited number of samples are available for distributors to test.