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Licht combines bike lights with bar grips

Licht combines bike lights wit...
Licht grips feature headlights, turn indicators and brake lights
Licht grips feature headlights, turn indicators and brake lights
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Each Licht grip/module combo weighs in at 180 g (6.3 oz)
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Each Licht grip/module combo weighs in at 180 g (6.3 oz)
The Licht headlights put out 125 lumens
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The Licht headlights put out 125 lumens
Licht is IP55 waterproof (meaning it can withstand low-pressure jets of water)
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Licht is IP55 waterproof (meaning it can withstand low-pressure jets of water)
Licht's 65-lumen brake light automatically illuminates whenever the bike is stopping, thanks to an integrated accelerometer
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Licht's 65-lumen brake light automatically illuminates whenever the bike is stopping, thanks to an integrated accelerometer
Licht grips feature headlights, turn indicators and brake lights
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Licht grips feature headlights, turn indicators and brake lights
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It's important to use bike lights if you ride at night, but not everyone wants them cluttering up their handlebars, nor do they always remember to attach them when heading out before dark. Well, that's why Licht was created. It's a set of handlebar grips with multi-function lights, that are always on your bars.

Each Licht unit consists of a silicone grip that stays on the bars permanently, along with a cylindrical electronic module that can be removed for battery-changes. That module contains two user-supplied AA batteries which sit inside of the hollow handlebar, along with the LED lights themselves, which protrude out the end of the bar.

Controlled by a built-in thumb switch, those lights include a 125-lumen headlight that can be set to high-, low-output and flashing modes; a 28-lumen turn indicator visible from the front and rear of the bicycle; and a 65-lumen brake light that automatically illuminates whenever the bike is stopping, thanks to an integrated accelerometer.

Each Licht grip/module combo weighs in at 180 g (6.3 oz)
Each Licht grip/module combo weighs in at 180 g (6.3 oz)

Each grip/module combo weighs in at 180 g (6.3 oz), is IP55 waterproof (meaning it can withstand low-pressure jets of water), and should run for 20 to 50 hours on one set of batteries, depending on the operating mode – an indicator on each grip shows the charge level.

If you're interested in getting a Licht setup, it's currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign. A pledge of US$63 is required, with delivery estimated for July if everything goes according to plans.

The product can be seen in use, in the video below.

Prospective backers might want to also check out the existing Lumma, Brightspark and WingLight grip-light systems – they offer some of the same features, along with some different ones.

Sources: Licht, Kickstarter

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2 comments
Bricorn
Nice idea, but. Every bike I've ever owned has fallen over fairly regularly, either when riding, or just falling over when I thought it was parked safely upright. I see nothing to indicate that this will survive even a simple drop - that could prove expensive.
DaveWesely
Finally a bike light I would pay for! No quick release to encourage theft. Turn signals. Wide illumination that can be seen from the front and back. Standard AA batteries for ease of charging and replacement. LED and silicone to withstand abuse. Nice!