Lunar Cyclelights: a new concept that takes the bike light to a new level
A new innovative front and rear lighting unit for bikes called Lunar Cyclelights has been launched.
The Lunar Cyclelights cast a social distancing perimeter of light on to the ground around the cyclist which should not be encroached. This creates a safer environment for the cyclist and provides a greater visual assistance to motorists.
Jim Thomson, director of Lunar Cyclelights Limited (LC), invented the lights to help cyclists be more visible to motorists and to help cyclists stay safer by projecting up to a 1.5 metre area.
He says: “Cycling has become one of the nation’s favourite pastimes. More children and families enjoy cycling and more people like to cycle to-and-from work as part of a healthy and active lifestyle.
“When the nights draw in cyclists employ front and rear lights, which let approaching motorists know they are there but doesn’t highlight the area needed around them to be passed safely.
“The Lunar Cyclelight is a ground-breaking cycling accessory that makes sure the cyclist is visible. The visual effect is obvious, while the immediate prompt it gives to both driver and cyclist to be mindful of safe distance is subtle, but highly effective.”
The Lunar Cyclelights’ 1.5 metre ‘keep clear’ area has been advocated by West Midlands Police and Police Scotland. The West Midlands Police website reads: “We are experimenting with running #OpClosePass (see note to editors) into the fading light using the innovative #Call4Safety (Lunar Cyclelights) downlighters set at 1.5 metres. This will make it quite obvious when a driver has passed too close if they encroach into the displayed halo of light that surrounds the cyclist. On testing, the “halo” of light around the cyclist, seems to reinforce our desired modified driver behaviour as #OpClosePass intended, so we may end up with fewer offences.”
The Lunar Cyclelights are available as a set of forward-facing lights attached to the handlebar and rear-facing lights that can be attached to the seat post or may also be obtained separately as a front or rear unit.Each Lunar Cyclelight including the battery weighs approximately 212 grams in total and made from a sturdy composite plastic. The battery alone weighs approximately 82 grams, is USB rechargeable and takes up to four hours to charge. Once fully charged it uses LEDs (light emitting diode) and works up to six hours on one charge using a selection of six modes some of them flashing, and three hours using the continuous lighting option.