A Kickstarter project called Light Sentry is looking to make automation of your home indoor and outdoor lighting smarter and more accessible. Light Sentry is the brainchild of Sonne Industries and founder Bill Dom. Unlike other systems, Light Sentry uses a natural light sensor to detect available natural light. It then adjusts the artificial light to the optimum intensity level. It replaces the timing system in other lighting solutions. This way if there are clouds or a dark thunderstorm your house is fully lit. The dimming of lights if there’s natural light also saves you money. In fact, the company says you can save 32% on your lighting costs. Each light or appliance is plugged into portable power gates plugged into a socket. The Light Sentry Hub can be controlled by a Mac or Windows PC. The system is designed to be DIY for installation and you don’t need a technician.
The Light Sentry system starts at $159 for a kit including the Light Sentry Hub and 2 Power Gates at early bird pricing. Retail pricing for this kit is expected to be $250. Pledge levels go all the way up to $10,000. The project is looking for $100,000 in funding and goes until June 14th.
You can find their Kickstarter project here.
Light Sentry- Redefining Lighting Control
Introducing the Only System to Use Daylight and Time to Automatically Trigger “On, Dim, Off” Lighting Functions
Naperville, IL May 14, 2014 – Sonne Industries, LLC, is redefining lighting control by introducing the first-ever system to automate indoor and outdoor lights throughout your home or business by using levels of darkness, not just the time of day. The Light SentryTM uses a Natural Light Sensor to automatically power lights to desired intensity levels. The patented system adjusts to environmental conditions, seasonal variations and time for worry-free operation.
￼￼￼The versatile Light Sentry system has many applications including porch lights, landscape lighting, fans, night lights, holiday lighting, small appliances, game consoles and more. With Light Sentry users will save energy, improve safety and enhance their lifestyle. According to the Residential Energy Consumption Survey (2009), appliances, electronics and lighting make up 35% of US households energy usage representing $1,400 in annual costs. Smart Light Sentry users can save an estimated 32% in energy for a single 60 watt bulb used 5 hours per day.
The Light Sentry is a simple, do-it-yourself installation with the Natural Light Sensor placed in an area of sunlight exposure and the Portable Power Gates plugged into any outlet, with the lamp or appliance plugged into the gate. Then, with the use of a PC or Mac computer, the Light Sentry Hub syncs user preferences and power gate commands. In a matter of minutes, the Light Sentry now customizes your “light style” to meet your lifestyle needs.
“Until now, lighting automation has offered small screens, smaller buttons, settings based on time, and remote control. In other words, a homeowner is being controlled by their lighting when it should be the other way around,” commented Bill Dorn, Founder, Sonne Industries. “The Light Sentry takes the hassle out of your smart home with never-before-seen convenience, patented protocol, and cutting-edge design. Our customers will have a sensible, smart home lighting control system while promoting more eco-friendly lifestyles.”
Light Sentry launches today on Kickstarter with an expected delivery at the end of November 2014. The funding goal is $200,000 with pledge levels ranging $5 – $10,000.
About Sonne Industries LLC
On the surface, Light Sentry is about nature-and-need working together to create a convenient, safer living space. At its heart, Light Sentry is about creating – and sharing– low-cost, smart- solution technology that promotes convenience, enhances safety and delivers long-term, savings.
What if the life of a single light bulb could be extended by 75%? What if the draw on the local power grid could be reduced, or even more impressive, what if yearly electric bills could be reduced by half or more? Led by Bill Dorn, Founder, CEO and President of Sonne Industries, it was these very questions that first brought Light Sentry to light – and to life.
The parent company of Light Sentry, Sonne Industries LLC was founded in 2007, with the development and patenting of Light Sentry following soon after. Currently led by Bill and his Bob Cavanaugh, CFO, and Dan Tarullo, Business Development, Sonne Industries continues to be the foundation for the cutting-edge, life-changing technology advancements that are the cornerstones of the Light Sentry family of products.