All photo credits: Led by Lite
Continuing our ungoing peek at new bike lights we turn our attention to the LBL (or Led by Lite). Unlike the recently mentioned Fibre FlareFibre Flare and Bike Glow, the LBL, whilst also strip lighting, does not use a tube through which light is directed. Instead it comprises four straps of silicone encased light emitting diodes (LEDs) for each of the bicycle's forks. The fledging company, who plan to start selling their lights in early 2011, reckon their system is the first 360° light systems for bikes.Nine red LEDs on each rear fork is partnered with 12 white LEDs on each front fork, and when seem from a distance the two light straps merges together giving very noticeable illumination fore and aft. Led by Lite claim that light is cast 18 metres (60ft) to the front and 12m (40ft) sideways. Curiously no figured is offered for the rear.
Power is provided by 12 volt battery pack with options of rechargeable lithium (to retail for about 110 Euros (approx $145 USD), or via a AA battery array, which is expected to cost 75 Euros (~$100).
The straps fit onto clips which are velcroed to the forks, and the battery pack mounts under the bike seat/saddle. It looks like it might be a tad fiddly to remove all the various components, if you chain you your bike to a city lamp post for any length of time, to overcome theft. But maybe it is easier in real life than suggested by watching the promotional video.
The silicone encased LED straps are waterproof, but we're not sure about the battery pack assembly.
However, the LBL looks like a bicycle lighting system worth keeping an eye on.
Led by Lite, first espied at GearCaster
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