We’ve featured some LED light innovations on these blogs before, most recently with our blog on the Aura system that incorporates LEDs into the rims of a bike wheel. These recent innovations have concentrated on making the bike seen at all angles with high intensity lighting.
Along these lines, LED by LITE is another potentially newcomer to the market. LED by LITE (catchy name) consists of LED bulbs that sit on a bicycles front forks (white bulbs) and the seat stays (red bulbs) on the back of the bike.
The LED lights come in the form of a strip which is stuck onto the forks and seat stays of the bike via a velcro system so they can be removed when the bike is parked up or not in use. The LED bulbs themselves are silicon-encased to protect against the weather.
Where LED by LITE comes into its own is that the lights can be used to tell a fellow cyclist or motorist of a left or right turn. A wireless unit mounted on the handlebars of the bike has left and right buttons so if you press the left button, the left front and the left rear right strips will flash on and off. As with any bike light system, there are continuous and modulated flash modes.
The LEDs are powered by a 12 Volt Lithium Ion Battery Pack which can be charged with the wall adapter or from a computer using a micro USB cord. The battery pack sits on the bike and can be place behind the saddle.
The inventors Rick and Brandon Smith are raising funds via Kickstarter as they aim to take LED by LITE into commercial production.
We have a LED lighting solution in our webstore that allows a bike to be seen 360 degrees by other car drivers on a night time ride, check it out here.