More Fun in the Dark – Side Lights

A while back, Keri wrote a descriptive article about having fun in the dark with lights.  One of the things that I was thinking about was side reflection, and how most of our lighting is aimed forwards and backwards.   While no one would argue the merits of “been seen” lights on the front and back, what about when you want to be seen from the side? 

Keri did talk about how you can use colored or reflective tape, clothing, or even, getting fun, led lights that attach to your wheels.  Several of you commented on trying out some of the options she listed, but perhaps they were a bit too much (looks or $).

Well, I too was thinking about how to better get side lighting for a bike without looking like a circus, when I ran across this product:  Spokelit LED wheels.   I thought this might be a product worth trying out, and for only $7 apiece I ordered two.

The plastic-encased lights are designed to slide in-between your spokes and be held securely there.  Pressing the center button turns them solid, and pressing again puts them into flash mode.

So how well do they work?  I think pretty good.  I’ve attached a couple of video clips that show the lights in action.  What do you think?

SpokeLit lights from 10 feet away

SpokeLit lights from 30 feet away

Have fun ….. and be seen ….. in the dark!!

6 replies
  1. fred_dot_u
    fred_dot_u says:

    That’s pretty cool stuff. Tiny but effective. How did you get the front wheel to turn faster than the back one?

  2. Mighk
    Mighk says:

    Being seen from the side is of little use. If you’re in front of the motorist riding perpendicular to him it’s way too late to do anything about a conflict. That’s why side reflectors are mostly pointless.

    But side LIGHTS might be useful if they project a wide enough beam. I’m thinking of what an on-coming motorist preparing to turn left sees as I approach the intersection, or a motorist waiting to enter from a driveway or side street on the right. Those are the night-time circumstances when I’ve had the most serious problems.

  3. andrewp
    andrewp says:

    Mighk: I understand what you are saying, but I think these lights can be seen at acute angles — you can see from the vids that you can spot something even when not at a direct 90 degree angle.

    Fred: I think it’s just an illusion — both wheels are going same speed. To me it looks like something galloping in the night!

    I need to try the flashing mode. I think if you are going fast enough, you will get the illusion of a red circle …. will try that tonight. If it looks cool, I will video it and post …..

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