While the idea of an illuminated helmet is as common as brakes and pedals on a bike, not all lighted helmets are the same when it comes to safety.
For instance, it’s a bit surprising but very few helmets have front lights to help oncoming vehicles see their riders. Some have reflectors that reflect light but do very little if a vehicle has a busted headlight or little visibility.
Frontline visibility is just one of the problems the Lumos Ultra helmet aims to solve. By marketing itself as the new standard for bike helmets, it ticks out a lot of issues bike riders have when it comes to safety.
Visibility in Light Design
The biggest problem the Lumos Ultra addresses is visibility. Clicking the switch at the back of your helmet activates three bright LED lights.
The first LED light is located at the front of the helmet. Apart from letting oncoming traffic know you’re there, it illuminates the road in front of you so you see where you’re going. It also adjusts to put out a solid stream of illumination or flickers on-and-off for added attention.
The other two LED lights are red, located on the back quarters of the helmet which, like the rear lights of a vehicle, signal your presence to those behind you.
The most unique aspect of the rear lights is how they are used as turn signals. Using either the included handlebar remote or a downloadable Apple Watch app, you signal your intentions to drivers.
A mentioned, the lights adjust manually, track the distance you’ve travelled, and check the remaining battery left all through the smartphone app (you can’t use your smartphone to make turn signals though).
With the lights on, the Lumos Ultra’s battery lasts up to 10 hours before a charge is needed via the USB-C charging port located at the back of the helmet.
The Lumos Ultra improves on a lot of things the original Lumos helmet pioneered. It’s lighter (370 grams, to be exact), is compatible with more accessories like sun visors, has more ventilation, and most importantly, is a heck of a lot cheaper than the $179 Lumos (the Lumos Ultra costs $99).
The Lumos Ultra hit $60,000 funding goal on Kickstarter in four minutes and they’re heading toward $2.5MM. It’s already fully-funded, so if you want to check out this customizable illuminating bike helmet, visit the Lumos Ultra Kickstarter page.
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