The question you should be asking is, “What are revolights?”
revolights, are a bicycle lighting product currently being developed by three California brainiacs. The capitol to bring the product to market is coming from Kickstarter. If you’re not familiar with Kickstarter, they are an internet based funding platform for creative projects. Check out their website for the details.
Back to the revolights… This product looks awesome. An array of LEDs mount to the directly to the rims of your bicycle and output light both in front and back of your bike but also to the sides. These lights both illuminate the path ahead well as make your bike more visible to motorists. The coolest part about this lighting system is that it has the smarts to only light the LEDs pointing forward and back while your wheels are spinning. You have to check out the video to see them in action.
Looking at the photos and the videos, it looks like the revolights do a better job making your bike visible at night than they do illuminating the road ahead. Personally, I think the added attention these lights will get commuters riding in darker conditions would be well worth the cost. They could possibly save your life or at least save you from a potential collision with a driver that, “just didn’t see you.” Another thing I really light about the revolights is that the light is output closer to the ground than a handlebar or even a fender mounted light. I think if you combined the revolights with a traditional headlight and rear flasher you would have a great overall lighting solution for commuting after dark.
What do you think? Do you like the concept? Do you think lights like this will be accepted by the bicycle community? Share you thoughts in the comments.