DELPHOS — A new startup company out of Delphos was created for the same purpose as many other small businesses: to figure out a way to solve a common problem.
For Slim Light Designs owner Craig Ebbeskotte, the problem was finding a lighting source that was easy to install and did not sacrifice head room.
“I got started because I was redoing my basement and I was looking for some type of lighting,” Ebbeskotte said. “I put in can (or recessed) lighting, but with that you lose a lot of head room for your drop ceilings. I looked all over the place trying to find something else, but I never could find anything.”
With no available lighting sources that did not sacrifice head room, Ebbeskotte decided to create his own design. He found some strip lighting and converted it based on his own configuration and expertise in the electronics engineering field. He named it Slim Light.
“I had a mold made up about two years ago, and that was the start of it,” he said. “Officially, the business went live in January of this year.”
Slim Light is described as a non-intrusive LED light panel that allows homeowners and contractors to upgrade their lighting projects with just a portion of the space typically required for effective lighting in basements, offices, schools and more.
According to Ebbeskotte, the plug-and-play lighting system not only saves space but also provides easy installation.
“This product provides an easy install for the average person who wants more lighting in a space like a basement, where the usual install would likely require an electrician, as well as the creation of a drop ceiling to install all of the components of a regular LED lighting solution,” he said. “There’s nobody building anything of this nature, so it’s a whole new style of product.”
The Slim Light’s magnetic base attaches to drop, suspended, T-bar and acoustical ceilings. It contains 33 individual LED lights, which Ebbeskotte said is the ideal brightness for each room. In addition to the brightness and adaptability, he said the installation process is quick.
“I installed an eight-light kit in my basement in a fraction of the time it would take for a typical lighting project,” he said. “When I did the room for the first time, I was able to tear out all the old lighting and put in the new stuff in less than two hours.”
The Slim Light is available in white, black or a number of custom colors, and comes with a three-year warranty. It is available in three hues, including warm white, pure white and cool white, and offers multiple light diffuser options. It has a class 2 power supply, and up to eight units can be connected.
The Slim Light can run up to 50,000 hours with a 1,000 to 1,500-lumens output per strip, depending upon the hue. An eight-unit kit, which lights a 12-by-16-foot room, starts at $254, with additional options for remote dim and a wire blackout kit.
For more details, visit slimlightdesigns.com.
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