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Our mission - life needs light -
Sparckel is a frontrunner in the field of biodynamic light. As the inventor of the worlds’ first plug & play biodynamic light, Sparckel’s innovation helps the world with the best healthy lighting indoors giving people more energy and a better mood to live and work. Through a better running biological clock, we help people with better sleep, decelerated symptoms of dementia and lessen depression. Known for delivering an unparalleled healthy light experience, a Dutch design aesthetic and simplicity of use, Sparckel is able to light up everybody’s life. Sparckel is headquartered in Eindhoven, High Tech Campus.
We began pioneering the healthy aspects of light to help people back in 2011. There had to be a better way… We launched our first healthy lighting system called Vitaallicht in the beginning of 2012. We received extremely positive feedback from our first test users about the noticeable improvements they had seen in their lifestyle, sleep patterns, health complaints and work energy.
(“Mum, please turn on the sun”, “Fewer problems with ADHD”, “After years, I can finally sleep though the night”, “I feel like working and perform better, delivering a higher quality of work”)
We have now completed the start-up phase and are transitioning into the scale-up phase. We operate at the heart of the ecosystem of Eindhoven: the city of light. A multidisciplinary team has continued to develop the Sparckel system. Our electronics and software development take place in the Netherlands. Our production and assembly is done at Innometaal & Inno-assembly in Eindhoven – a top-quality company that also assembles medical equipment and is capable of supplying in large series. Electronics production and engineering take place at Phuntronix in Soesterberg. We carry out research jointly with Eindhoven University of Technology and Fontys University of Applied Sciences in a Triple Helix setting. And, we run everything from our office at High Tech Campus 10. You are welcome to visit us by appointment. Come and recharge your batteries with daylight and coffee!
It is a privilege to build a company from scratch. We gain energy and satisfaction from hearing our customers telling us how our solutions genuinely help. Their lives have changed for the better – what more could we wish for?!
The idea of Sparckel has come from amazement of how much scientific proven positive effect light has on the health op people and frustration about the old business model.
I learned a great deal while working for Philips Lighting doing European strategic marketing and selling Lighting Healthcare. I would explain that light has visual aspects, will influence your emotions with colors, AND can have healthy aspects.
Medical professionals immediately believed the healthy aspects and wanted to purchase, until they realized how much it would cost…. Installing healthy lighting in the ceiling of a building is costly and complex. The (business case) added value also had to be sold in advance with a PowerPoint presentation or Excel spreadsheet. This was usually an uphill struggle, because light is something that one has to experience.
A few ideology based projects that did get off the ground produced fantastic results. For example, the director of elderly care said “Our patients are much more awake during the day, people sleep better at night with fewer accidents of falling and the staff is less burdened and in better mood! All elderly care facilities should have this type of lighting, because this really works!”
Being a Master of business economics, I analysed the lighting business model with different and sometimes conflicting interests between the user and the owner of a building, architects, end-users, building engineers and electrical installers. This all together led to the idea of creating 'the TomTom of healthy light’ i.e. essentially extract the technology from the building.
Also, when I started to read more and more research articles, I found myself amazed by the extent of the positive impact light had on people. My own grandfather has had dementia and I found it an 'inhumane' way of getting old. Then, reading the proven decelerating effect on dementia with the use of artificial daylight, I knew what we had to do. Make this light available in a simple, easy to use form, with enough light so that it really works.
Chief entrepreneur at Sparckel
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