The last few years have brought about an explosion of new LED chips, optical methods, and design tools thanks to the automotive OEMs’ decision to embrace LEDs as an effective source of illumination for headlights. Unfortunately, the majority of bike lights use older CREE LEDs in either bowl reflectors or lenses, which are a number of years behind and only create a circular beam pattern.
The beam pattern is arguably the most important function of a bike light. It should evenly illuminate the ground in front of you, not waste lumens in the treetops, provide a wide field of view, and give you plenty of viewing distance. Compare the Focal Series beam patterns with a typical bike light:
Our Co-Founder, an accomplished Optical Design Engineer, identified the lagging technological progress in the bike light industry. He established a highly-motivated team and designed both Road and Trail Editions of the Focal Series light in an effort to move bike light technology years ahead.
The Trail Edition features a beam pattern tailored specifically for off-road cycling. Laser measurements and analysis were used to determine the angles and intensities necessary to engineer one of the smoothest and most effective beam patterns that an off-road rider would use. A tremendously wide 110° beam pattern will bring a newfound confidence to riding in the woods; even with a single bar mounted light.
The Trail Edition incorporates a unique light carpet, which evenly illuminates the ground from your tire to where you need to see. This prevents the need to compromise between light up close for technical sections or light far away during high speed sections. This creates a much more comfortable riding experience at night, which allows you to attack the trail as hard, if not harder, than during the day.
The Road Edition takes advantage of a uniquely designed reflector which creates a sharp cutoff beam pattern, similar to that of an automotive headlight. The sharp cutoff, coupled with the intense beam light, provides a concentrated down-road illumination which will allow you to see further while avoiding blinding oncoming pedestrians, drivers, or fellow bikers.
Similar to the Trail Edition, this lighting option incorporates the light carpet to help you avoid hazards and debris while riding. For our European customers, we have developed the Road Edition to meet and exceed StVZO requirements for bicycle lights.
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The Focal Series lights are designed using the same reflector technology found in high end automotive headlights (Audi, Porsche, Mercedes Benz, McLaren, and many more.) An automotive-grade high intensity LED chip, aluminized precision reflectors, magnesium die casting, and an optical grade silicone lens are used to deliver a high performance product.
Our team has spent hundreds of hours evaluating every aspect of the Focal Series both during design and simulation. The result is a light with over 96% optical efficiency. This means that nearly every lumen generated is put exactly where you need it. Whether on the road or trail, Focal Series will light the way.
Easy to press oversized silicone button allows you to cycle through five power output levels so that you alway have the right amount of light to best suit your terrain and ride length.
Adaptive Mode uses the phenomenon of "Dark Adaptation" to increase run time significantly without reducing overall perceived brightness. This is accomplished by slowly reducing LED output over a 45 minute time period as your eyes naturally adapt to the darkness. The reduction in output will be nearly imperceivable, but run time is greatly improved.
Thick robust silicone strap and bar pad makes it quick and easy to install the light securely on any bike handlebar size. The neoprene pouch has a single large strap that securely mounts anywhere on the bike frame. A weatherproof snap together power plug completes the installation. Every light comes with a GoPro mount adapter.
Outbound Lighting is a new company focused on bringing you the most cutting-edge lighting solution in the cycling industry. Using the latest in OEM automotive LED components and design methods, we’ve produced one of the most advanced, high performance bike lights on the market.
Our team couldn’t understand why technology for bike lights fell so far behind the automotive lighting technology that we’re so familiar with. Shouldn’t cyclists be able to benefit from technical advances in the automotive lighting industry as well?
Outbound Lighting has taken our expertise from years of working in the aftermarket automotive lighting industry and accepted the challenge to finally bring bike lights into the 21st century.
The Outbound Team has worked incredibly hard to bring you the absolute best and most cutting-edge technology, so you can ride longer and see better. Our mission is to develop bike lighting solutions that allow you to get more out of your riding experience by bringing the best engineering techniques and practices found in OEM automotive lighting.
Over the past year we have spent countless hours designing, simulating, prototyping, and testing the Focal Series light. We have worked our way through the challenges that come with designing a product from the ground up and bootstrapped ourselves the entire way. Now we need to reach out to you, our potential customers, to help finally bring the Focal Series to the market. By funding this project you are helping launch our first production run, and a bike lighting revolution. Let's night ride!
Risks and challenges
The Outbound Lighting team has already developed the product, completed prototypes, secured manufacturing suppliers, and paid for the tooling. Our engineering team evaluated production samples, made small changes, and evaluated the resulting production samples again. We are ready to go for our full production run.
We have years of experience designing and producing LED automotive lighting products, and will assemble all of our products with pride in our hometown; St. Louis, Missouri.
We do not expect any major delays since development, tooling, and production assembly samples are complete. We know that there may be unanticipated challenges along the way; in the true spirit of crowd funding, we intend to be totally transparent regarding any hurdles that we may encounter. We will keep you up to date should any issues arise.
We anticipate delivery to all of our backers by March 2018.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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