September 28, 2007
World's brightest — and most expensive — bike light
Wrote Reed Albergotti in today's Wall Street Journal:
Bright Lights, Big Price Tag
Like most athletic gear these days, bike lights are getting lighter, more complex and more expensive.
This fall, a few well-padded bikers are lining up to buy the "Betty" [above], a blindingly bright light that retails for as much as $1,185. The Betty, made by Germany's Lupine Lighting Systems, generates so much heat that if a rider isn't moving fast enough to create wind, the light will automatically start dimming itself to prevent the light from overheating. At 1,400 lumens, it's about as bright as a car's headlight, the company says. There's a wait-list of up to two weeks for the light, which is made up of seven LEDs.
Lloyd Chambers, a software engineer in Portola Valley, Calif., used to commute home from work with two military-grade tactical flashlights strapped to his bike and helmet. But these days, he's strapped a Betty on his helmet instead. He says it's impossible that anyone could miss him, but he gets strange responses from pedestrians. Recently, cycling home from work, he turned to look at a pair of teenagers walking into a grocery store. Says Mr. Chambers: "I heard one say 'What is that? A car driving sideways?'"
rikoshea wrote, "Here are a few
this morning [September 27, 2007]
on my way to work, not the sharpest but you get a good idea of how even the beam is, not one hot/cold spot to be seen!"
FunFact: My crack research team went deep on the Lupine website and learned that the Betty got its name from "The Flintstones."
From the site: "Betty, the big sister of Wilma has an advantage of a couple of years life experience over Wilma."
Now I ask you: Where else are you going to find out stuff like this?
September 28, 2007 at 01:01 PM | Permalink
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