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3 new bike lights that delight, amaze and give you confidence on the road.  Fully automatic with 360° visibility.  Just ride your bike!
3 new bike lights that delight, amaze and give you confidence on the road.  Fully automatic with 360° visibility.  Just ride your bike!
3 new bike lights that delight, amaze and give you confidence on the road. Fully automatic with 360° visibility. Just ride your bike!
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Monkey Light Automatic: our best bike lights yet

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Proof of Concept

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Design Prototype

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The most effective way to be seen when you ride

Monkey Lights are LED lights that mount on the wheels of your bike.  They're incredibly bright, durable and fun.  All of our Monkey Lights are clearly visible from every direction. By illuminating the wheels, the moving light greatly increases visibility - even on a crowded street.

We're introducing 3 sleek new designs that are ridiculously easy to use.  Our new lights are fully automatic - just ride your bike and they turn on when you need them.  These 3rd generation lights fit nearly any bike and they're more affordable than ever.

Since 2007 we've been making cycling more safe and more fun for everyone.  Join us - help fulfill our vision by pledging your support and sharing this project with your friends! 

Our A30, A10 Combo, and A15 Lights
Our A30, A10 Combo, and A15 Lights

 

Automatic Awesomeness

All of our new models reliably turn on when you need them.  Just ride your bike.  Our unique triple-sensor technology detects wheel rotation and light levels.  It won't accidentally turn on if it just gets bumped on a bike rack.  If you still want a power button, our A15 & A30 lights let you choose between Off, On, and Smart-Auto-On yourself.

Total Convenience

Our lights include a stainless steel strap for locking the light onto your spokes.  You can't forget your lights when you leave home or work, and you can't lose them.  The USB-battery capsule pops out for indoor charging, and should last for months between charges.

You may only need to charge your light 4-6 times per year. (A10 and A15 models)

Confidence on the Road

We've talked to thousands of our customers around the world.  They tell us how much they love our lights, and how confident they feel when they ride.  No matter where you ride, it really helps to know that you'll be visible from every direction.

360° Visibility
360° Visibility

Durable and Affordable

The best bike lights shouldn't just be for an elite few.  Our products feature a solid rubber molding that lasts for years in the worst conditions.  We give you a 3-year warranty.  Our new Monkey Lights fit nearly any type of bike and are more affordable than ever.  (Check minimum wheel size in the specification chart.  Bicycle wheels with spokes are required).

Waterproof and Iceproof
Waterproof and Iceproof

 

Dust and Mudproof
Dust and Mudproof

Sleek and Functional Design

Our new models are thinner than ever.  Our solid rubber molding lets us make our lights thinner than any type of plastic shell.  The lights last for years and won't crack or scratch.

A10 & A15: Smaller than a typical wheel reflector, these lights put out 25 - 40 lumens of light.

Patented Hub-Mount Battery: Our hub-mount battery offsets the (small) weight of the light and minimizes rotating weight.  This keeps your wheels balanced and responsive when you ride.

A30: The A30 is less than half the size of its predecessor, yet it packs all the functionality and more.  A30 introduces a new molding method that lets us create a more rounded, aerodynamic profile.

How our A30 will look compared to its predecessor
How our A30 will look compared to its predecessor

 

What our A10/A15 will look like on your spokes
What our A10/A15 will look like on your spokes

 

Colors & Themes

A10 Combo: Set of 2 lights with a classic look: White on your front wheel and Red on your back wheel.

A15: Full color: includes 8 colors and 5 simple themes that you can change anytime with the press of a button.  Themes include solid colors, stripes, and blends.

A30: More light, more color and more fun. The A30 includes over 40 amazing patterns that display as you ride. Use the buttons to change anytime - or leave the light in shuffle mode. The A30 is bright & visible at any speed, and the patterns are visible from 10 to 40 mph (15 to 65 km/h).

The A30 includes all these, and we're making even more!
The A30 includes all these, and we're making even more!

What our testers are saying

We've rolled out prototypes for riders to test in real conditions.  They loved what they experienced.  Now we're ready to reach out to the Kickstarter community to get these lights out onto the market.  And we're offering them an affordable price so they can be accessible for any rider.

How do I use it?

1) Install your light: Mount your light and battery to your bike wheel and secure with our anti-theft strap.

2) Ride your bike.

That's it.  

With the A15 or A30, you can change colors or patterns if you like, or just leave your light in shuffle mode.

How does it work?

Each light contains a row of ultra-bright LEDs.  The light is bright and visible at any speed.  Once you start rolling, colorful effects and patterns are created within your wheel.

The light attaches to your spokes, and the battery pack secures to your hub.  The light turns on automatically when your wheel starts to spin in low light conditions.  The battery is USB-rechargeable.

Monkey Lights 2007 - 2017
Monkey Lights 2007 - 2017

Specifications and Details

 

 

Which light is right for me?

Pledges and Rewards

We need your support to bring these new products to life.  We're offering a discount off of retail price and a special message on the light itself for our Kickstarter backers - Thanks!!

Project Timeline

We plan to start shipping these lights in June or July 2017.  See our timeline below:

Stretch Goals

Stay tuned!  We'll update this section with stretch goals when we're ready.

About Us

We've been making Monkey Lights since 2007.  We design, test and manufacture at our facility near San Francisco, California.  We're real people and we all use our bikes to get around town.  We're dedicated to making your bike ride safer and more fun.

We joined the Kickstarter community in 2011 when we funded our M210 Monkey Light.  We followed that up with our Monkey Light Pro in 2013. We sell our products around the world, and we've been blown away by the positive feedback that we've received.  Our M232 now has a 4.5-star rating on Amazon, with 277 five-star reviews.

Help support our vision by sharing this project with your friends!

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Risks and challenges

Not everything goes perfectly. We have experienced a couple of road bumps along our journey so far, and faced our own set of challenges like many other crowdfunded projects out there. We've delivered 2 Kickstarter projects so far and look forward to applying lessons we've learned as we bring our new 3rd generation of products to life. We'll share our story with you as we go.

There are a number of potential risks:

* Reliability risk - We know our lights will be solid, but we are making significant changes to our battery pack. We plan to offer a 3-year warranty and want to make our lights bombproof enough to live up to that. If we discover any problems in testing, we will continue to iterate our designs until our thorough standards are met. This may manifest itself as a delay in schedule.

* Appearance - In testing, we may decide to redesign parts of the lights. This may result in a product that may look slightly different than the prototypes we're presenting in this campaign.

* Supply chain - Making these lights isn't possible without a global network of component suppliers. We'll be working with companies that we already have a relationship with to minimize the risk of supply disruptions.

* Manufacturing - We already operate a manufacturing line and we've tested our new prototype designs on the line. Even so, the new designs are not finalized and there is a chance of unforeseen challenges in manufacturing the lights.

We've planned our timeline knowing that these risks exist. We are approaching this project with humility, but with confidence in knowing that we have successfully brought 2 previous generations of lights to market.

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FAQ

  • Yes, all of the lights will come with our new USB-rechargeable battery.

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  • Monkey Lights fit wheels with spokes. They're designed for a maximum speed of 40 mph (65 km/h). A10 and A15 fit 16" and larger wheels, the A30 fits 20" and larger wheels. Adult bikes, kids bikes, bike trailers, cargo bikes, electric bikes and trikes.

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  • It's a little messy because of shipping charges, but we recommend that you back the highest-value reward level that you want, and then add an additional amount for for the other reward that you want. If there's a big difference in the shipping charges, we can work that out via PayPal after the campaign (hopefully) funds.

    Please send us a quick message (or comment) to let us know that you did this, so we can keep track. Thanks!!

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  • Yes, we will make sure they are backwards-compatible and that they use the same power connector.

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  • We will include 2 power connectors for each battery so that you can connect 2 lights to a single battery. Keep in mind that battery runtime will be lower..

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  • You could probably physically fit the lights onto a motorcycle wheel, but we are designing these only for bicycles (and other human-powered vehicles, such as tricycles, strollers, and unicycles) and do not recommend them for use on motorcycles.

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  • Our current prototype is about 165mm (6.5") long. We'll be iterating this prototype a bit to try to maximize fit on different wheels, but the length most likely won't change too much.

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    Thank you

    Thank you for supporting our vision of easy bike visibility for all! We'll publicly thank you and put your image on a bicycle wheel. (If you'd like to remain anonymous, that's fine too)

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    Current customers: USB battery upgrade

    * For owners of M232, M210 and M204 Monkey Lights only.
    * Upgrade your battery pack to our new USB-rechargeable pack!

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    A15: Full Color Bike Wheel Light

    * 1 light for your front or rear wheel
    * Includes 8 colors and 5 themes
    * Limited edition backer message
    * Retail Price: $35.

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    Current customers: 2 x USB battery

    * For owners of M232, M210 and M204 Monkey Lights only.
    * 2 units of USB battery upgrade
    * Upgrade your battery pack to our new USB-rechargeable pack!

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    A10 Combo: White and Red Lights

    * 2 lights for both your wheels
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    * Retail price: $60

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    A30: Full Color Bike Wheel Light

    * 1 light for your front or rear wheel
    * Includes 40+ themes and 16 colors
    * Limited edition backer message
    * Retail price: $60

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    2 x A15 Light (for both wheels)

    * 2 lights for both your wheels
    * Includes 8 colors and 5 themes
    * Limited edition backer message
    * Retail Price: $70.

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    A30 light + A15 light (for 2 wheels)

    * 2 lights for 2 wheels
    * For E-bikes with a large hub-motor
    * Retail Price: $105.

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    3 x A15 Light (for 3 wheel trikes, etc)

    * 3 lights for 3 wheels
    * Includes 8 colors and 5 themes
    * Limited edition backer message
    * Retail Price: $105.

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    Earlybird: 2 x A30 Limited Edition

    * 2 lights for your front and rear wheel
    * Includes 40+ themes and 16 colors PLUS a custom, limited edition theme only for Earlybird backers!
    * Limited edition backer message
    * Retail price: $120

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    2 x A10 Combo (2 bikes x 2 wheels)

    * 2 red lights and 2 white lights
    * Outfit 2 bikes, front & rear
    * Or, outfit 1 bike with 2 lights per wheel
    * Limited edition backer message
    * Retail price: $120

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    2 x A30 light (for both wheels)

    * 2 lights for both your wheels
    * Includes 40+ themes and 16 colors
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    * Retail price: $120

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    4 x A15 light (2 bikes x 2 wheels)

    * Outfit 2 bikes, front and rear
    * Or, outfit 1 bike with 2 lights per wheel
    * Includes 8 colors and 5 themes
    * Limited edition backer message
    * Retail Price: $140.

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    3 x A30 light (for 3 wheel trikes, etc)

    * 3 lights for 3 wheels (trikes / trailers / etc)
    * Includes 40+ themes and 16 colors
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    * Retail price: $240

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    2 x A30 light + 2 x A15 light

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    4 x A30 light (2 bikes x 2 wheels)

    * Outfit 2 bikes, front & rear wheels
    * OR: 1 bike with 2 lights per wheel
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    * Limited edition backer message
    * Retail price: $240

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    5 x A10 Combo (5 bikes x 2 wheels)

    * 5 white lights + 5 red lights
    * Retail price: $300

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    10 x A15 Light

    * Super pack for custom rides & special projects
    * Retail price: $350

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    4 x A30 light + 4 x A15 light

    * 8 lights total
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    10 x A30 Light

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    * Retail price: $600

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