- Welcome to Lumos Co-Creation Series
- Part 2: Versatile Bike Lights
Hello and welcome to our new format of delivering content about our upcoming products to customers and fans of Lumos. This is a way for us to show you what our product roadmap looks like for the year, but more importantly gives you the opportunity to be involved and help shape our products with us so that we can build the best solutions catering to your specific needs. We’re hoping this will be a really fruitful exercise and we’re excited to co-create with you to make the best Lumos products yet.
Hi, it's me again. - Bilal, co-founder of Lumos
At the end of our Ultra Kickstarter campaign, we ran a survey about what you wanted to see from us in the future and the feedback we received from you was clear; more lights, things with a battery (not quite sure why this specifically, but it came up numerous times) and more cycling accessories. So we set to work planning out our next round of products. If there’s something we’ve developed a fair amount of expertise on over the years of running Lumos, it’s lights. So naturally it made sense to think about this more deeply. We also constantly hear from our customer-base that ‘you can never have too many lights’, and we agree! So bike lights it is!
Yayyy to your first contribution to the process!
Now, because we’re Lumos, we don’t just want to do any ol’ bike lights. We’re really serious about innovation here, so delivering something special in this category is absolutely our main objective. We’d love to push the bike light market forward, just like we’ve done with cycling helmets. So let’s begin with a bit of theory and go over our mission and how we go about thinking about developing new products.
As humans, when we’re in the dark, our eyes are always searching for recognizable elements and are looking to identify patterns and make sense of things moving around us. We’re particularly adept at spotting faces, or if it’s in the dark, looking for a pair of eyes. It’s a survival trick we learned over the years of being chased around by predators during the night.
When you have two lights that don’t look like they’re connected, your mind doesn’t immediately associate that they’re part of one entity. However, when those two lights are moving in unison together, the human mind can more easily comprehend that they belong to the same body. The distance of those two lights also helps us to determine the size of the entity. If the lights are close together, we naturally assume a smaller object and a larger object if they’re further apart.
By spreading out the lights on a rider, we create a larger silhouette that becomes far more visible on the road. Drivers will assume you’re big, and are more likely to give you more room.
Comparing one light placement vs two or three lights that are spread out
Since we also have helmets that are smart, we’re able to create a whole cacophony of synced lights which all flash in glorious unison.
Something that our customers love about our helmets are the turn signals, so you can bet those are also going to be a key feature of our smart lights.
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As you can probably tell, we’ve already made a few early prototypes and have been busy testing these with a few Ultra Kickstarter campaign backers and the initial responses have been very positive. I’ll be sharing more details on how the design has evolved in a future post, but we’re not done yet.
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That’s it for now. We’ll be updating you on our progress through these posts, but if you’re really excited and want to get more involved, feel free to join our Discord server and see a lot more of what’s going on behind the scenes (you might even hear about a few other products that we’re working on).
I read a study once that found that a constant light with a “pulsing flash” (ie, the light is always visible with bursts of brightness) was easier for people to track in the dark. when the light goes out, even momentarily, our brain has to work harder to continue tracking that. I think someone else mentioned something similar to this in these comments. Would love to see that research incorporated into any new lights and possibly an update or option for the helmet.
It would be good if we can have lights using something like the Magnic lights. No need to worry about charging the lights. (To have it compatible with Carbon rims too).
Not so much a commuter – but a road day touring cyclist – therefore weight , bulk. Size , wind resistance are all factors to be considered in design .,
I find that strobe flashing lights are not nearly as effective as ramped pulses that fade in and out of intensity. The fading pulses are easier on other road traffic, and on night reflections, especially at night. I wonder if fading can be incorporated into current and future products?
I like the idea of camera and recording capability. There’s so many inconsiderate vehicular drivers on the road.
Please add a projector light that would cast a picture of a bike on the road. This will let the other road users to be cautious when approaching from rear, or overtaking or while initiating turns.
In the dark I look like a radio active Christmas tree – lights back and front, Lumos helmet, lights on my back pack and lihhghts at the handlebar ends. So I can safely say I’m all in favour of lights that keep people safe. But certainly agree that the environmental footprint of any new product needs to be considered
With all the lights on the helmet, you might want to look in adding cameras on the front and back of the helmet for safety.
my ultra nice helmet.fault no turning lights on front. when rideing your bike you needall the support for safe cycling. suggest make a turning that we can fit 2 our ultra wirelessthat will work with our ULTRA THEN ULTRA WOULD BE PERFECT tks
Will be interested to see what the final product becomes, but agree with others. This needs to consider the Circular Economy so that they are long-lasting and repairable. Plus easily recycled or reused at the end of its purpose in life.
Great thing! How about that enlightens the rider. attached to the saddle (e.g. mounted on the saddle bars below the seating), facing frontwards and upwards thus shedding light on the riders back, on top maybe even below to make the bike visible? Same thing for front lights, just vv. ;-)
Fully agree with Felix, steady lights are the best and easies up with evaluation of distances. Flashing lights are also vanishing in the traffic stream and may even be harmful e.g. for people with epilepsy.
White light(s) ahead and red one(s) behind. Yellow light sideways might be good too.
Turn signals in the helmet are great, but would be good to have in the bike as well, synchronised of course ; ).
I like this shift towards designing more lighting on bikes. I worry though, that we’re contributing to the waste crisis by simply adding to the number of lights that are on a bike. I’d like some lights that are 1). Long-Lasting 2). Easy to repair, or replace components of and 3). Are placed tactically to require the least number of lights to create max effort. I don’t need to be a Christmas tree on the road.
Partner with Patagonia, by having them supply long sleeve cycling shirts with custom thin pockets that would hold LUMOS’s light modules that can be inserted where ever, when ever needed!
Would like a front signal light for my Ultra helmet. Could mount on front of bike.
Foldable compacted helmet with lights will be way super cool!!! This will be three steps ahead of all helmet design!
Would be good if while cycling I could charge devices, e.g. lights on the bike, power banks or phones.
Helmet tech is fine but adds weight to be supported by the neck. How about something at shoulder level? A bib or necklace maybe.
When will Lumous start shipping to Australia, again? Got given a discount code but couldn’t use it because the shipping option for International excluded Australia.
Have you experimented with the noticeability of steady vs. flashing lights? In my experience, it is much more difficult to spot and clearly identify cyclists with flashing lights (front or back) than with strong steady lights.
Also, on narrow roads / cycle paths over-strong headlights can blind other cyclists.
Great idea when will they be ready for sale
I’d prefer the standard: white light to the front, red to the back, yellow to the sides.
(As most drivers are not used to the marine standard with port and starbord in red and green ;-) )
I would be happy if the helmet could also have yellow warning lights that could be switched on via the remote control. Possibly press left and right at the same time.
As a firmware update also for the helmets of the first generation.
really great idea having them pair with the helmet so everything is in unison
Turnsignals, which matches with Roadcycle handlebar would be great :-)
I would like to see the lumos matrix with a bright color (orange, yellow instead of black or white) and lights on the side.