We’re nearing the final bend now, and it’s hugely exciting to be at this point! Yesterday the production line fired up and produced the first full batch of C-Samples and here they come!
To get to this point, is incredibly exciting and I’m hugely grateful to everyone in our team who’ve been here with me in China, and the team at home for continuing to refine the hardware and the app at home.
Marc in particular has had a huge month spending all of it between Shanghai (over seeing manufacture of the control boards) and here in Shenzhen doing anything and everything required to support the production team at the factory and get the bulbs working perfectly.
And boy do they work well! This for me is the most fun part, taking them back and testing them in the hotel and having all the parts working seamlessly together. This is the part I look forward to sharing most, so stay tuned on this one!
The next big step for us is the certification process, CE, UL and we sent the control board away for FCC (wireless) certification today! In total this process will take (3-6 weeks) then the moment they’re approved we hit go on the production run and then off they go to you.
One thing we’ve done that will expedite this too is pre-purchased all the necessary components so that as soon as certification is passed we can hit go, as opposed to then ordering them all after certification. So, for us right now, amongst the excitement and jubilation at having a small batch in our hands it’s still in fingers crossed and over to the certification bodies to do their thing!
That being said, I’m absolutely chuffed to be at this point and incredibly grateful to all you folks for bringing this to life, being part of it all, and encouraging us along the way!
I could go on for hours about these past two weeks and all the steps involved to get to this point! We’ve been busy redesigning power supplies countless times; working on our GU10 downlight version and tooling; staying up till 4am each morning talking to the app guys at home as they push through one last iteration (I gave them a reprieve from my June 30 deadline by a few weeks while we run through certification); doing end of line testing and making sure each and every unit meets our quality control spec but I think the end-result is what we’re all looking forward to, and that end result is going to rock! So much so, I’m wearing this hat, and I’m still smiling.