New venture sees the light

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A collaboration between a Cornish inventor and a local design and manufacturing company has resulted in a new lighting product hitting the shelves in under nine months.

Sleeklight claims to be the first touch sensitive LED light-pull on the lighting market.

The light-pull requires a gentle touch or tap before illuminating and staying bright for one minute, before fading out.

Sleeklight is the brainchild of Falmouth business man, Nick Bailey, who was becoming increasing fed-up with lights left on overnight in his family home.

Teddington’s Group sales and marketing director Julian Furbank (r) with Nick Bailey and the Sleeklight touch sensitive LED light-pulls
Teddington’s Group sales and marketing director Julian Furbank (r) with Nick Bailey and the Sleeklight touch sensitive LED light-pulls

His frustration led to thoughts of using a low ambient light source that only stayed on for a short while. After finding such a product did not exist in the market, Bailey sought out a design engineer and potential manufacturer to help develop his ideas and discovered St Austell-based Teddington Electronics Ltd.

Bailey said: “I spoke with a dozen companies before I found Teddington Electronics. Their design engineers knew instinctively what was needed – not only do they have the ability to design, develop, test and monitor electronic products, but more importantly for me, Teddington Electronics also have a substantial manufacturing facility.

“This meant that the product could be designed, developed and then manufactured all in the same place without having to get any other third parties involved.”

With financial and marketing assistance from Truro-based Get Set For Growth, Bailey secured an additional private investor. With a complete team onboard Sleeklight was invented, manufactured, packaged and being delivered to its first customers in the US within a nine-month period.

Teddington’s group sales and marketing director, Julian Furbank, added: “Nick had a truly innovative idea and we relished the opportunity to bring that idea to life.”