Ideal Incandescent Replacement LED Bulb Keeps Lights on During Power Outages, Yet Still Works From the Switch

Energy-Saving Emergency Bulb Kickstarter Project Reaches Goal Just Ahead of Las Vegas Electronics Show

Las Vegas, NV January 5, 2013 – SmartChargeTM LED Bulb Kickstarter project from iFi Systems reached its $50,000 Kickstarter goal with over two weeks left to go in the campaign and will move into production later this spring.   First announced at the New York “CES Unveiled” event in late November, the SmartChargeTM Bulb has intrigued the technology industry as an innovative new LED light bulb solution with an interesting twist – the ability to turn the bulb on or off from a wall switch, even when the power is out. The SmartChargeTM LED Bulb will be on display at booth #73107 in the Eureka Park exhibits of the 2014 International CES from January 7-10, 2014 in Las Vegas, NV.

Designed to both save energy and enhance safety, the SmartChargeTM LED Bulb looks like a normal light bulb from the outside but has technology built inside to enable wall switch control of the lights even when the power is off. This feature allows consumers to have light during a power outage when they need it and conserve battery power to extend the time that light from the SmartChargeTM Bulb is available. The heart of the SmartCharge™ Bulb is iFi Systems’ patent-pending Grid & Switch Sensor technology, which is capable of distinguishing between a loss of power due to opening of the line switch and a loss of power from a power grid failure. The SmartCharge Bulb stays lit for over 4 hours when the rest of the neighborhood is left in the dark.

“We’re very pleased that more than 500 people have stepped forward to help fund initial production of the SmartCharge LED bulb, and our Kickstarter campaign reached its goal well ahead of the deadline. Hundreds of people are now anticipating delivery of the world’s first light bulb to not only provide backup lighting, but also memorize how a lightswitch controls the circuit – even when the power is out,” said Shaliendra Suman, CEO of iFi Systems and inventor of the SmartCharge LED bulb.

Light bulb changes in 2014

With new production of most inefficient incandescent 40-watt and 60-watt bulbs coming to a close soon, LED bulbs are the ideal replacement because of their long life and excellent performance. SmartCharge LED Bulbs are rated up to 40,000 hours or 25 years of life (assuming the typical consumer uses a bulb four hours a day.) Installation of the SmartChargeTM LED Bulb is as simple as replacing your existing light bulb with no extra wiring, no ugly control box, and no remote control or expensive electrical installation required. The SmartChargeTM Bulb is expected to carry a suggested retail price of $29.99 when introduced for retail sale later this spring.

“The light bulb industry continues to evolve with manufacturing of most inefficient 40W and 60W bulbs drawing to a close in 2014. While LED bulbs will continue to grow in popularity as incandescent bulbs are phased out, new options like the SmartCharge LED Bulb make sense as replacements. The SmartCharge LED bulb insures energy savings with the advantage of emergency lighting if the power goes out,” Suman said.

“As harsh seasonal storms happen more frequently, so do power outages. When the power goes out, the first thing affected is your lighting. The garage door won’t open, the TV is out and kitchen appliances won’t work, but with SmartCharge Bulbs you’ll never have to worry about being in the dark again. Unlike other safety light bulbs that automatically switch on when the power goes out (regardless of whether or not you are in the room) the SmartCharge Bulb recognizes the light switch’s position to conserve its power and only draws from the battery when needed. That’s different than some other “safety” bulbs that use battery backups. Once power is restored, the SmartCharge Bulb’s built-in battery recharges itself when the switch is on to make sure you’re ready for another power outage or emergency,” Suman explained.

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