Let There Be NanoLight, the World-Changing Lightbulb

How many engineers does it take to change a light bulb?

One of the sample bulbs from the NanoLight Kickstarter page

The answer: three, and a campaign on the online fundraising site called Kickstarter.

It may sound like the beginning of a really bad joke, but three University of Toronto graduates have made it their mission to not only “change,” but to re-create the light bulb. They called the project the NanoLight, and already it is reshaping the lighting industry for the better.

The NanoLight project was originallyimagined by UT graduate Tom Rodinger, whose resume includes several years working on various solar energy projects. He is joined by product developer Gimmy Chu, and Christian Yan, a general manager at a manufacturing facility in China. Together, these three engineers sought to re-envision the modern light bulb to be eco-friendly and energy efficient. Unlike today’s Incandescent light bulbs, NanoLight bulbs use LED lights, but that isn’t the only difference. Apart from also looking like a strange piece of Three Dimensional art (see the picture above), the NanoLight promises to be “The Most Energy Efficient In the World,” according to a Mashable article.

The NanoLight Kickstarter has already received $227,000 worth of pledges — more than ten times the original goal of $20,000 — from over 4,700 supporters, with 11 days still to go. You can expect to start seeing the NanoLight for sale by July of this year, and Kickstarter backers will be able to get their hands on a NanoLight for $45