Revolights was originally launched in 2011, and has been revolutionizing bicycle safety ever since. Its innovative design incorporates style, safety, and functionality, and has earned Core77’s Design Award 2012 for Transportation as well as Men’s Journal Gear of the Year 2013.
The idea for Revolights first came to Kent while he was riding his bike home from graduate school at Stanford when realizing that his helmet mounted headlight was very inefficient at illuminating obstacles. The idea dawned to try and create a better headlight; one that could illuminate more of the road but also make obstacles stand out more clearly through low angle lighting. Being both low to the ground and farthest forward, the wheels were a perfect candidate. Revolights was born.
Revolights, now headquartered in Emeryville, CA, was launched through the crowd-funding platform Kickstarter in September 2011, raising $215,000 and becoming the 7th most funded campaign of 2011. This was followed by a second successful Kickstarter campaign in April 2013 and an appearence on Shark Tank in March 2014.
Revolights is sold nationwide through REI and a number of other retailers in the U.S. as well as internationally through distributors and shops. The release of Revolights Eclipse constitutes the fourth generation of our bike lighting system.
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Traditional bike lights focus heavily on forward path illumination, use only a small blinking red light for rear visibility, and provide little to no side visibility. This leaves cyclists vulnerable and drivers straining to see them.
Our approach to bicycle lighting is different. Eclipse is the only 360º bicycle lighting solution that provides a legal headlight, functional brake light, and unmatched side visibility.
Eclipse+ is our long awaited connected version of the Revolights product line. Now with the added technology in Eclipse+, an entirely new dimension of functionality is possible. Eclipse+ will be a different model than Eclipse and will include bluetooth connectivity, new functions, and integrations with the Revolights App.
The Revolights App is currently still in development, but we’ve planned out a set of key features aimed at enhancing your commute, which you'll be able to access through the Revolights App on smart phones as well as a number of wearables with Eclipse+.
While more features are in planning, the combination of Revolights App and Eclipse+ will give you access to a new dimension of functionality, such as:
• Turn Signals • Weather Alerts
• Ride Tracking • Achievement Tracking
• Remote On/Off • Auto On/Off
• Time of Day Sensor • Battery Status
The patented Revolights design consists of four narrow rings of LEDs, two white and two red, which mount directly to the front and rear wheels of your bicycle with the help of four spoke clips per wheel. The lights are powered by a USB-rechargeable battery that snaps directly into the rings.
Each wheel consists of 24 equally spaced bright LEDs, with 8 on at any given moment. A fork-mounted magnet and an integrated accelerometer provide speed and orientation data to the rings, allowing the LEDs to illuminate only when oriented at the front or rear of the bicycle.