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Bright IdeasBy Bright Ideas
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Bright IdeasBy Bright Ideas
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$687
pledged of $10,000pledged of $10,000 goal
9
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, February 4 2015 4:22 PM UTC +00:00

About

Hi! Thanks for stopping by our Tiny N' Mighty Bike Light System Project! Here's our tale:

We have been selling bike lights, wholesale and retail, for over a decade, always listening to our customers' thoughts about what can be improved. We've now put all these ideas into one set, designing our very own Tiny N' Mighty bike light system, loaded with exclusive features! If you ride at night or the early AM, this set is for YOU! It is trendsetting! It is revolutionary! It is Tiny and Mighty! Read on about all it's exclusive features, below.

We've been working on Tiny N' Mighty since April 2013. We loved the idea of a tiny light system (front & rear lights & control console) operating on one rechargeable battery, but we wanted the lights to be really bright and functional. We worked with the factory to make them the brightest possible while retaining their tiny size, with a long lasting rechargeable battery (up to 19 hrs). We tested and tweaked the first sample ourselves, to make it just perfect.

However, we wanted another unbiased opinion as well. A year ago, we sent our second prototype sample off to Steve S. in Florida for testing. Steve's bike is his only means of transportation. He loved the light system and has been using Tiny N' Mighty every day since. (see his fantastic review at the end of this page). Thank you Steve for a ton of feedback that we have implemented in the final product!

We then tested and filmed the third and fourth prototypes, which we found to be super. (Video was filmed by Moshe Shindler from MintMedia and edited by Show Time Multi Media.) Clarence from Brielle Cyclery, NJ, (speaker in the video) suggested that O-rings would be the best and easiest mounting system (we originally had Velcro®-style mounts). We therefore have made this change to the lights as well. We have chosen rubber O-rings that are super durable in the harshest weather conditions.

We are now working to produce our first 500 sets with all of the features listed below. We need your cheering to make it happen!

Light's High & Low Beam
Light's High & Low Beam

 More About These Amazing Lights

We've included all the features the serious rider seeks, for visibility and safety you can count on. These lights are tiny, at 1 inch, 1 oz. each, yet Mighty, at 650 lumen for the front light and  150 lumen for the rear light.

The CREE LED white headlight is 650 Lumen in High mode, and 250 Lumen in Low mode. The CREE LED red rear light is 150 Lumen in High mode ( no worry, that's super bright for a taillight, yet not too bright to blind drivers as they approach you) and 50 Lumen in Low mode. Each light has flash and steady modes. Flash mode is 3 HZ

Both lights are controlled by the 2-button control console that mounts to your handlebar or can be kept on your person. Each light operates independently of the other. The unique feature of this console is that it shows which mode both your lights are currently in so you will have no unpleasant surprises or mishaps - "I thought my taillight was on and in truth it was off the entire ride!". You cannot see behind you while you ride, but you can see the console in front of you! And of course, the console is tiny and lightweight too. It weighs only 1 oz, and measures only 1" x 1.75".

We have also added side-view windows to each light to give you critical conspicuity from the sides - so important when you approach intersections. We want drivers to see you from ALL directions, not just front and back. Statistics show that most bicyclist/auto accidents occur from the side, not the front or back. All together, you have 360 degrees of visibility!  (  For your safety, the front light does not have a window facing upward, so as not to shine in your eyes and impair your vision of the road ahead!)

Both the front and rear lights can easily mount to your helmet should you prefer that, with the enclosed helmet straps and mount adapters.

Both lights - front and rear - operate off of the same rechargeable Samsung 8.4v battery pack. More about that soon.

Each light has 3 modes: Hi, Low, and Flash. Hi lights the way. Low conserves power. Flash grabs attention while saving power.

We have added a low battery indicator as well. The console control buttons switch colors to let you know what percentage of the battery remains, with a special flashing warning light when the battery has less than 10% of power remaining.

We have added a Memory feature too, so the light remembers the last mode you used and goes right back on to there on your next ride.

Another super feature we have added is automatic shutoff, to prevent needless battery drainage. If you are stationary for more than 5 minutes, the system will shut off!

We have chosen a brand name and powerful battery pack so you can enjoy a long ride time. It is a UL listed Samsung 8.4V/5200 mAh, and weighs only about 8 ounces. It has overcharge protection for your safety.

The front light can last 4 hours on Hi mode, and over 10 hours on Flash mode. The rear light can last 9 hours on hi mode, and over 19 hours on flash mode.

The lights and the battery pouch are all water resistant (not waterproof).

We have also included a 2 Amp UL listed charger for quicker charge time. In only 3 hours, you can be up and riding once again!

This entire super Tiny N Mighty Bike Light System will retail for only about $200, a steal of a deal!

We offer an optional D/C (car) charger as well, for your convenience!

Of course, all this backed by our warranty - 2 years on the lights, 1 year on the accessories. Even after that time, we are always here to help - no need to worry.

All accessories are included - O-ring mounts, cables, charger, helmet strap etc. Here's the full list:

1 Front Light (1 oz, 650 lumen), 1 Rear Light (1 oz, 150 lumen) 4 Rubber O-rings, 1  Control Console, 2 x 4’ extension cords, 1 x 5200 Samsung rubber battery pack (8 oz), 1 x New 'Wetsuit' battery pouch, 2 x 90° swivel Clip adapter, 1 x Helmet mount, 4 x cable ties, 1 x 2 Amp charger,  Manual.

Full Tiny N' Mighty System
Full Tiny N' Mighty System
Box, prototype (current light is stronger than what is written on box))
Box, prototype (current light is stronger than what is written on box))

 Manual (1st Draft, current light is stronger)

Designed and tested in USA. Produced in China.

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See what Steve S., Fl,  said after testing the original prototype Tiny N' Mighty:

"(I have spent hundreds of hours testing over 3 dozen different taillights and over 2 dozen different headlights in the past 2 1/2 years. And that's not counting the various reflectors. You don't want to know how much of my own money I have spent on this project in the name of "bicycle light science". But it's been great fun. Someday I hope this work for my own benefit will pay off in saving other peoples' lives in addition to maybe saving my own.) 

After testing the light you sent me the taillight is fabulous and finally there is a bicycle taillight that is bright enough (that does not cost more than my bike) that cars can really see.

   The headlight is great too. I use it on my helmet and have not tested it on my handlebars. I have a second headlight on my handlebars which I put in flashing mode and use the headlamp on steady mode. I use it on full power on dark streets and low power on well lighted streets where there are more cars since it is so bright. It is especially useful when a car is approaching from the side. I can turn my helmet light to face the approaching car(I shine it at the ground in front of the car and not directly into the driver's eyes so as not to blind them). This really gets their attention. I once had a car approaching from my right at an intersection(the most dangerous place for a bicycle) and the car literally came to a full stop 100 feet from me to let me pass in front of it. Now that's a light I can feel safe with at night! Before I used your light I used to follow my mother's advice when I was a kid to get home before dark. With that light, and some side light/side reflector protection, I now feel safe riding at night(except for the drunks and drivers who fall asleep at the wheel and drift over into my bike lane). A helmet light is also very handy when I'm checking house numbers when I'm looking for a house address. And I can look around corners. Even car headlights can't do that! "

Steve Scott

QUESTIONS WE RECEIVED FROM BACKERS AND THE ANSWERS

Jan 8th: RE Light Beam

Q:Does the front light have a horizon cutoff or is it a spherical beam? With a bright light, I don't want to blind oncoming traffic.Do you have any pictures of the beam pattern?

A:I got you two answers. The first answer is from the bulb manufacturer, and the 2nd is from our main tester Steve in Florida:

1-Light beam will have horizon cutoff. Below is the Light beam pattern and angle test from the lab. To avoid blinding oncoming traffic, you should adjust the light to shine towards the path. Most riders will do so, to insure the beam lights the path.

2- Don't know for sure, but as soon as you send me the latest version I will check it out. I suspect it is a spherical pattern and does not have a horizontal cutoff to protect oncoming drivers from being blinded. However, I doubt it is brighter than regular car lights. Also, tiny N MIGHTY has a "high" and "low" beam switch just like on cars. So if the bike is approaching an oncoming car on a dark country road the rider can easily switch to the "low" beam mode from the console on the handlebars. Also, since bikes ride on the far right of the road, except when in a left turn lane, the brightest of the bicycle headlight will not be nearly as glaring to oncoming cars as lights from a car that is in the center of the road and the left car headlight is even closer to incoming traffic, especially on roads with only one lane on each side. 

  And with tiny N MIGHTY the same works for the taillight. I always keep my taillight in flash mode. If I'm stopped in traffic with a car immediately behind me I can simply hit the console on the handlebars to switch to low power for my taillight so as not to aggravate the driver behind me with a bright flashing light and just as easily switch back to flash when the traffic starts moving again. Now if I want to do that with other lights I have to get off my bike, put it in "park", put the kickstand down, walk to the back of my bike and change the switch on my taillight from flashing to low power and then get back on my bike and reverse the entire process when traffic starts up again. Needless to say that's not practical at all so I never do it. But with tiny N MIGHTY it's a snap to do!
Steve Scott

Jan 7th: RE Helmet Mount

Q:This light system looks really interesting and I may look into getting the system for my bike to work commute time beginning in the spring. One question is that you mention front/rear lumens – first 650/150 and then later 518/92 and lastly 600/150, which is correct? How does the cord work when using the front light on the helmet? Tim

A:The updated correct Lumen amount is 650/150. If you would like to use it on your helmet there is a special mount for that (included). You can keep the battery on your belt or your bike (however you are more comfortable). The light also comes with a wire extension, if needed. I have also received the following reply from Steve or main tester:

Instead of connecting the headlight on the handlebars to the junction box you just connect it to the light on your helmet. I put the cord for the headlight through the air vents in the top of my helmet and out through the back and down the right side of my bike. I looped it around the frame so it would hang down the right side of my body and not in front of me and then tied it to the frame on its way to the junction box. I much prefer to put the headlight on my helmet in steady mode so I can see where I am going and have a different headlight mounted on the handlebars in flash mode for other drivers to see me(and as a backup in case I forget to charge my main headlight). But the beauty of the tiny N MIGHTY light system is you can mount it either way you prefer and can easily change it whenever you want for different riding situations, i.e. city riding on bright and busy streets, country riding on dark and deserted roads or on wilderness trails. Steve Scott

Risks and challenges

We hope our biggest challenge will be keeping up with the demand for this great light system! Once we have the funds, this light will be produced in quantities of 500 sets at a time. We are hoping to have them by April when the weather starts to get warmer. If there is any delay, we will inform all our wonderful supporters. As we've written above, we had testers try out the prototypes on the road, tweaking according to their findings to make this the very best. This is our fourth prototype now. We are a company that cares for your safety and that stands behind our products, as you can read in our many customer testimonials on our website http://www.DontGetHit.com/testimonials.html . If any issues come up, we will do our best to make sure you or the recipient of your gift is happy and the issue is resolved.

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