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Posted: Monday, January 29, 2007 1:15 am | Updated: 7:52 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Anyone who has fumbled for keys in the dark to open their home or car door may appreciate a new product developed by a Scottsdale company. January Innovations plans to introduce a miniature light that attaches to keys, or other objects a person might use in dark places.

January Innovations, 5906 N. Rocking Road, plans to introduce a miniature light that attaches to keys, tools, the inside of a purse or any other object that a person might use at night or in a dark place.

Called a NanoLite, it measures 0.56 of an inch wide by 0.7 of an inch long and 0.2 of an inch thick, and comes with an adhesive on the back so it adheres to most objects and surfaces. It’s billed by the company as the world’s smallest adhesive light.

“NanoLite fills a distinct void in the consumer market, addressing specific consumer needs when the additional light is beneficial,” said Madeline Canfield, January Innovations co-founder.

In addition to sticking the tiny light on a key, other examples of possible uses are to place it on a fishing knife, on car tools that might be used at night or in an outdoor fuse box that might be opened at night, said Paul Mioduski, the firm’s engineering manager,

The patented device incorporates a light emitting diode that produces a red glow, a lithium ion battery and a recessed activation button on the side that prevents accidentally switching on the light and running down the battery.

With intermittent use the battery should last from one to three years, Mioduski said.

The Scottsdale company has contracted to have the gadget made in China to hold down the cost and also for access to the components, also made in China, he said. The light is expected to be available in drug and hardware stores by April with a retail price of about $3.99, he said. NanoLite is the first of several products that January Innovations hopes will light up the consumer market.

The company was founded in 2005 by Canfield, Mioduski and Valerie Crosby, who are brother and sisters, to transform their ideas into products they believe will find market acceptance. More information on the NanoLite is available at

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