The Blink/Steady light is a kickstarter project, brainchild of industrial designer Benjamin Cohen. It’s a solid, aluminium-bodied product that is perfectly machined to fit onto your seatpost. It has two modes: blink, and steady.
Most other lights are of low-quality construction and as a result water easily renders a lot of them useless. They’re designed like this because they’re so easily stolen, and nobody wants to spend a lot on something which will eventually disappear. This is where Blink/Steady come in – they aren’t detachable.
They’re constructed from two solid pieces of aluminium, one of which is a sleeve which goes around your seatpost and the other is the actual light, featuring a whole host of features (for a light) and attaches to the sleeve with 2 screws.
Let’s delve into said features:
There is a built in accelerometer, which turns the light on after 1.5G of moment. It’ll then stay turned on when there is any movement whatsoever meaning theres no need to worry when you’re stopped at lights. It turns itself off again after 30 seconds of staying still.
The photosensor detects whether it’s night or day, so will only be on when you need it. Things such as headlights won’t lead it to turn off either, according to Cohen.
A Pain to Steal
The light’s body attaches to the sleeve with a choice of small allen bolts or TORX screws, meaning that very few would-be thieves will have the tools to remove it. Most lights just slot onto a pretty much universal clamp anyway, which is why they’re so easily stolen. To remove the sleeve takes extra effort too, you have to take off the light, then the seatpost.
Runs off AAA batteries
No more scrambling for coin-type batteries, plus in tests the light remained on for over 200 hours.
As well as all of these, nobody wants a massive ugly brick on their bike, what most other lights look like. Yes they make the roads safer at night but they’re ugly. Really ugly. These aren’t.
You can find out more over on Kickstarter.