What are Knuckle Lights?
Knuckle Lights are the first and only L.E.D. lights designed to be worn on the front of your hands, in a perfect position to light your path and be seen on your next run or walk in the dark. Knuckle Lights are an ideal alternative to a headlamp or carrying a flashlight during runs, walks or other activities.
The extra-wide flood beams move with the natural motion of your arms, providing an even, steady amount of light that illuminates the entire area in front of you.
We launched the first version of the product a few years ago and were able to carve out a great niche in the running industry market. We took the feedback from users of that original version and went back to the drawing board and have now completely reinvented Knuckle Lights. New L.E.D. technology has also given us the chance to make this new version much brighter and best of all, rechargeable!
We are extremely excited about this new version of Knuckle Lights and truly believe it is the best possible lighting option for running and walking in the dark. Read on and we believe you will agree.....
Each set of Knuckle Lights includes 2 units that are held comfortably on to your hand with a soft silicone strap. The straps are easily adjusted to fit any size hand and even over gloves. The units connect together magnetically so that they can easily be stored, and even used as one unit if preferred. The units are super lightweight, less than 3 ounces each, and hardly noticeable during your run or walk.
Each unit is 140 Lumens on high power, so you get a super bright 280 Lumens combined. Lumen-per-dollar this is by far the best value on the market (check out our comparison chart below). The L.E.D. pattern is a WIDE FLOOD BEAM, so it puts out light in all directions, providing a steady, even light in front of you that does not bounce around, even with your arms moving. Most headlamps and flashlights are spot beams, so you get a concentrated spot of light on the ground, but not much else.
Since the units are on the front of your knuckles, the light is closer to the ground than other options, providing a greater amount of light right where you need it. Also, with the lights on your hands you can easily point the light in any direction.
There are 3 power settings available: High, Low and Blinking. Cycle through the settings with a click of the power button; hold down the power button for 2 seconds to turn the units off.
Never change batteries again! Knuckle Lights are completely rechargeable with a unique, easy to use charging base. Simply place the units on the charging base after each use and they will always be fully charged and ready to go when you are.
The charging base has a USB cord that can be plugged into your computer, but also comes with a wall adapter for plugging into a standard outlet.
Battery Life: 4 Hours on High Power | 8 Hours on Low Power | 14 Hours on Blinking
Huh? What does IPX-6 mean? To achieve this standard the product must pass the following test: heavy splashing and rain - This test sends water at all angles through a 12.5mm nozzle at a rate of 100 liters/min at a pressure of 100kN/m2 for 3 minutes from a distance of 3 meters. Must not fail or show water seepage. IPX-6 is a higher standard than most headlamps and flashlights, which are typically only IPX-4.
Basically, this means Knuckle Lights can be used in any type of weather and will not leak or fail. Though not rated for underwater use, Knuckle Lights can be submerged for up to 10 minutes with no leakage.
How Bright Are Knuckle Lights?
Compare Knuckle Lights to Popular Running Headlamps
Knuckle Lights are the best option for your next run or walk in the dark. The units give you an incredible amount of light at the best price-per-lumen. Even better, they are not a bulky, uncomfortable headlamp!
What's Included With Each Set of Knuckle Lights
A few years ago I was training for a half marathon. With young kids in the house and a busy work schedule the only time I could run was at 5am, long before the sun came up. I tried carrying a flashlight but didn't like to have to hold onto something while running. I tried a headlamp, the light was okay, but about a mile into the run my head would start to hurt--I wasn't comfortable having it strapped to my head and just didn’t like how it looked or felt.
I gave up on the headlamp but knew for safety that I needed to have a light. So I took my headlamp and strapped it around my hand. It worked well and I thought it would be cool to have one on each hand, so I bought another utility headlamp and had my first set of “Knuckle Lights.”
I would have been happy with the headlamps on my hands, but the straps were too big and not very comfortable. Also, the headlamps were spot beams and my arm swing caused a lot of movement of the beam. I thought a wide beam would be better, as it would light the whole area in front of me, instead of watching the spots of light bob around in front of me. So I scribbled a few designs, had a prototype made, which worked great, and here we are…
Prior to Knuckle Lights, I was a sales executive and manager for several large shipping and international freight companies for over a decade. I also started and solely managed a start-up company from 2005-2008. I graduated with an MBA from George Fox University and have the knowledge, experience and skills to lead Knuckle Lights to success. I am also an active runner, participating in multiple events per year, my favorite race being the half marathon.
I am excited to be leading the sales effort for the Rechargeable Knuckle Lights, as I have over a decade of experience selling to large retailers such as Costco, Wal-Mart, Fred Meyers, and others. I truly believe that Knuckle Lights would fit perfectly on the shelves of any of these retailers. I will be starting with growing our presence in Running Specialty Stores and at the same time gaining space at National Sporting Goods retailers such as Sports Authority, Sports Chalet, etc. and then introduce into the national chains.
Why a Kickstarter Campaign?
We introduced our Rechargeable Knuckle Lights to Running Retail Specialty stores at a national expo in December 2015 with overwhelming results! We met over 300 running stores during the event who were excited and anxious to carry this new product in their stores. We already have had our first version of Knuckle Lights in many of these stores and they are ready to take the rechargeable version immediately.
Getting enough inventory from the factory is going to take a large amount of upfront capital. In addition, as with any manufactured product, we need to pay the product mold fees before full scale production can begin. These mold costs are significant. This is why we need your help to bring this new product to life!
Risks and challenges
We have done our best to mitigate the risks and challenges for this project. This is a brand new product though, designed from the ground up, and as with any newly manufactured product there is always a risk of manufacturing problems or delays. There will likely be some manufacturing problems that arise while we start full production that could cause us to have to change some component or tweak the design slightly. These changes could potentially cause a delay in manufacturing.
However, it is important to point out that we work very closely with our factory and have used them consistently for multiple years to manufacture our original Knuckle Lights. While timelines are often a concern for Kickstarter projects, we are confident that we have carefully prepared for any potential delays.
We trust our factory completely, as they have always been extremely reliable for us during manufacturing of the first Knuckle Lights and have also been exceptionally quick to make adjustments to the product when necessary, with quality always being the top priority. We have laid out a realistic manufacturing timeline and included extra time to allow for issues that may arise along the way.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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