i-Brix wireless lighting back on Kickstarter

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Back in 2015 we told you about a very cool lighting system -- i-Brix -- that powers lights wirelessly, thus negating the need to route wires through your models.

The 2015 campaign was unsuccessful, but it's just been re-launched on KickStarter and this time it looks like it'll reach its more modest funding goal: it's already half-way to achieving it with 45 days to go.

The i-Brix system consists of a 10" 'Power Base Plate' that you position under your model, and small LED lights fitted in transparent 1x1 bricks. They are powered wirelessly from the plate, and can be positioned up to 8"/20cm above it. You can illuminate static models without the need for cables everywhere but also you could light up a moving fairground ride or similar which would be tricky using wired lights.

It's exciting stuff, so I encourage you to read more on Kickstarter and pledge your support.

16 comments on this article

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By in Sweden,

Very cool! Cleaver idea

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By in Australia,

It seems like a good idea but "Wallet says noooo"

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm one of those "string of LED lights", so something like this is perfect for me. Count me in!

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By in United Kingdom,

Big fan of this project - pledged.

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By in United States,

I want these so much...then I remember: ninjago movie cmfs, ninjago city, assembly square, new tx-130, old fishing store, new destinys bounty...maybe if I still have money in 44 days.

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By in Netherlands,

Unfortunately they don't ship outside of the US...

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By in United States,

Also huge fan of this project - pledged! And can't wait for my kit!

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By in United Kingdom,

"Unfortunately they don't ship outside of the US..."

You're mistaken - as well as the U.S. they also ship to Canada, the EU and Australia.

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By in Portugal,

Indeed, they've confused everyone with their FAQ:
"To ship out of the US, there may be certain regulations that must be met in order to sell & ship an electronics product to another country. We simply do not have the resources to take the steps that could be required to meet these requirements for so many different countries."
But it seems they do indeed ship outside the US: UK was an option for me for +$25.

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By in United States,

Cool in theory... What's the catch?

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By in United States,

I would totally buy into this, except the price point is way too high. Not saying the tech isn't expensive for them to make, and very cool. I'm just not willing to drop $4+ per light, especially considering I only want white, and there isn't a white-only option, which means I have to buy the XL bundle and end up with half the lights being multi-colored.

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By in United States,

Backed this last time and was quite sad it did not reach its goal. Went for the XL kit this time to try to put it in my modular buildings. However, I did notice the XL kit is actually a worse deal than the lower tier ($149 for two bases and 40 bricks versus $69 for one base and 20 bricks). So it's about ten dollars more for the XL versus two of the full kits, but as I understand it, Kickstarter does not allow you to pledge for more than one reward.

Edit: @dougts In the updates, he says you can choose if you want the white or colored lights in higher tiers, which implies you can get all white for the XL kit.

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By in United States,

@myscrnnm I contacted him directly about ordering 2 bases and 20 lights. This is my second time pledging and I hope it happens this time. Wireless lights would be a dream come true!

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By in United States,

Highly looking forward to this. This will offer the flexibility I'm looking for and offers playability for kids. Outside of smartbricks, this seems to be the best lighting technology add-on for LEGO. I'm glad it's back on Kickstarter! I will gladly push off some LEGO purchases to get this!

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By in Canada,

Definitely worth backing. The ability to easily illuminate your lego model wirelessly is amazing. The 8" limitation is obviously restrictive, but I'm sure later down the road, technology will catch up and increase the wireless charging distance. Hope these guys are the ones to do it too.

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By in United States,

Hello Brickset Users!

First, I'd like to thank all of you that have taken part in backing our Kickstarter campaign. I really enjoy reading posts discussing our system, including any questions that people may have.

I like to do my best to address questions that arise, whether it's on Brickset or on the KS campaign site itself. It's been a busy project thus far, reaching over 67% of our goal already (in less than one week!)

"What's the Catch?" - If I hadn't personally been working on developing this product, I'd be asking the same thing. But it is indeed very real and it really DOES work! Although you don't need to know my life story, it's been a project nearly 10 years in the making.

"Cost per brick" - Our expected retail "price per i-Brix 1x1" is around $3/each. You'll also be able to purchase packages of i-Brix add on bricks where the cost per piece is even less. Given the technology being used, we have tried to keep the price per piece as low as possible while offering a great-performing product. As we continue to develop the product and see higher volumes required for production, the costs may improve.

i-Brix isn't the only way to add lights to structures or projects, but it is the only system that will enable you to do it without wires or batteries in your bricks.

Feel free to send me a message if you'd like - or you can email us to [email protected]

Thank you again to everyone that's signed on to support our campaign!

Dustin

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