About this project
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STORY: As a bike commuter in the Seattle area, I have spent hundreds of hours in dark, rainy weather. There were many days when I chose to drive a car and sit in traffic because I didn't feel safe on the road. There was no light that I could buy that made me feel safe. This realization led me down the course of reinventing the entire concept of a bike light from the ground up. I needed lights that would give me the confidence that I would be seen in any condition: Day/Night/Rain/Shine.
Through years of design and the newest LED technology available, I've started a company called Orfos to turn this idea into a reality. We are pleased to introduce bike lights with 360 degrees of visibility that can finally compete with car lights, but have the convenience of being portable and rechargeable. We call these lights the Orfos Flares. Designed to perfection, engineered to last, and built in the USA, these lights represent the best that technology has to offer.
INCREDIBLE BRIGHTNESS: Utilizing 9 of the most efficient half watt LEDs available, the RED Flare is 300 Lumens. The WHITE Flare is 500 Lumens. These lights will match the intensity and light dispersion of modern LED car tail lights and daytime running lights. HIGH mode is bright enough to be used during the day or early evening! For rides in the darker hours of the night when eyes are dilated to let in more light, MEDIUM or LOW brightness modes will give extended run times.
360° VISIBILITY: The LEDs are surrounded by a reflective interior, and are entirely encapsulated/potted in optically clear silicone and a clear outer polycarbonate shell. Acting similar to lenses and fiber optics, the light is diffused throughout the case and emits at every angle. The Flares are designed to be seen!
WATERPROOF: Since the Flares are entirely encapsulated, they are completely protected from the elements (water/dust/vibration...etc). A low viscosity silicone is injected inside flowing around the electronics to fill all gaps internally and remove all air. There is literally nothing for water to get into. This is the only no-compromise solution for completely protecting electronics in harsh environments. Outside of the military or aerospace world, this is typically never done. Some scuba-diving friends took the Flares 50 feet underwater for an hour to put them to the test. They definitely did not disappoint! With essentially military grade durability and longevity, these lights are designed to be the last lights you will ever need.
MAGNETIC MOUNTING: I designed an entirely new mounting system that is elegant, versatile, and powerful. The large magnets are N52 grade neodymium, which is the strongest grade of magnet producible. The mount is then over-molded with rubber to prevent damage to your bike. Your lights will remain attached no matter how extreme the terrain is, but at the end of the day, you will be able to conveniently remove them for charging. Each light will come with twelve, premium, weather resistant, nylon cable ties for securing the magnetic mount almost anywhere. Mount to seat posts, saddle bags, helmets, backpacks, rain covers, etc...
RECHARGEABLE VIA USB PORT: Utilizing a micro USB port, you can charge the Flare anywhere that you charge your phone. The Flare intelligently knows the difference between all types of USB chargers to ensure the shortest charging time, and get you back on the road quickly and efficiently. You can get up to 24 hours of usable battery life with a 90 minute charge.
SAFE INTERNAL BATTERY: Not your typical lithium ion, the internal battery is a LiFePO4 cell, which is the safest high capacity battery chemistry that exists. Additionally, it will last 3X as many charge cycles as normal lithium ion batteries. This ensures that you won't need to replace it for many years to come (unlike your phone battery). Since it is a naturally occurring element, it is environmentally friendly.
ELEGANCE: The Flares are designed to seamlessly interface with your bicycle, providing the most beautiful and noticeable illumination allowed by technology. The compact and aerodynamic design concentrates on what is essential, using every millimeter to increase your visibility and safety. Nothing was left to chance. Bicycles are works of art, and the Flare is the perfect complement.
MODES: The Flares have four powerful patterns from which to choose (solid,pulse,blink,hyper), as well as three brightness levels for each pattern. To switch between the patterns, it just takes a simple click of the button on the top of the light. To switch between the brightness levels, simply press the button down for just half a second. This allows you to adjust your visibility to your preference and need. Holding the button for a few seconds will turn it off, and of course, when you turn it back on, it will remember your last pattern and brightness.
POWER SAVER MODE: When the battery is about to die, the Flares will automatically switch to power saver mode giving an extra 30 minutes on LOW (slow pulsing) indicating that it is time for you to charge. LOW is actually ultra bright for night use, so even though it is called "power saver mode", your visibility and safety will not be sacrificed. Please see update #6 for more information.
ASSEMBLED IN WASHINGTON STATE, USA: We have partnered with local assemblers to keep this product entirely assembled and tested in the United States. Not only does this benefit the American economy, it reduces assembly time since deliveries to and from the assemblers can be done by hand.
Each Flare comes with 2 mounts for 2 bikes, 12 premium nylon cable ties, and a micro USB cable.
October /November: CE certification, FCC certification, Fund Kickstarter campaign, and order all parts
November: Assemble Flares
December: Ship! Our goal is to start shipping by Christmas
Material: Optically clear Polycarbonate shell, encapsulated with optically clear silicone.
Lumens: up to 300 RED, up to 500 WHITE
Size: 73.5mm tall, 23.5mm wide, 28.5mm deep
Battery: Custom high capacity LiFePO4 cell
Full Charge time: ~1.5 hours (usb wall charger)
Battery life: (depending on the pattern)
HIGH: 1.5-5 hours (FOR DAY USE ONLY)
MED: 4-10 hours
LOW: up to 24 Hours
Video created by: Pete Clyde, Kayla Clyde, Dillon Gere
As an Electrical Engineer, I have always wanted to design a product that can actually help people. I've spent the past few years absolutely obsessed with engineering the perfect bike lights. Now that they are complete, together we can bring these lights to the market with a successful Kickstarter. Please support this campaign and we can make cycling a safer way to get around - day or night, rain or shine. We share the road with cars. It's about time we have the illumination to match them!
IN THE MEDIA:
Risks and challenges
My day job as an electrical engineer is primarily involved with getting the fastest prototypes and small production runs in the hands of local engineers in the greater Seattle area.
I have hand picked my favorite contract manufacturers, who are both reliable and efficient. I am confident in all of their abilities to scale from a prototype level to a high volume level. I have received quotes for quantities from 10 to 10,000 lights, so no matter what the demand is, things are lined up for production. After many iterations, prototyping is complete and 20 of the final production units have already been fully produced to test the supply chain. There should be no surprises here.
By using local assemblers in Washington State, I am able to decrease lead times even further, using hand delivery of shipments to and from assembly.
Given that there are so many components involved, there is always the chance of long lead times or back-orders. With enough Kickstarter orders, we should be able to overcome most of these issues by ordering directly from each component manufacturer in bulk.
High volume pricing is the only way to make this product realized. With your support we will be able to put in a large enough quantity order for each component to be cost effective.
Please share our link or support this campaign. With these lights, we can make the world a safer place for bikes. Casual cyclists may even become yearlong commuters, by having the confidence of being seen rain, snow, sleet, or shine.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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