Osram puts LED technology to work for cyclists

Osram puts LED technology to work for cyclists

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Osram plans to expand the company's lighting portfolio to include LEDsBIKE bicycle lights from July 2014. The front bicycle lights will be available in three illuminance levels and in full compliance with Germany's Road Traffic Licensing Regulations (StVZO).
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The energy-efficient LED technology used in all three models offers hours of light as well as up to 70 lux illuminance, which means they put more light on the road than most bicycle lights on the market today. The LEDsBIKE RX2 rear light will complete the product line. All the Osram lights are equipped with a low battery warning system, are rainproof and have a proven two-year Osram guarantee.

Until recently, bicycles on German roads were required by law to have dynamo generators. Anyone caught violating this requirement could face of a fine of up to 15 euros. Nevertheless, many cyclists already were using battery-operated lights on the road. The law needed to be revised to keep up with technology, because the new lights are not inferior to the dynamo generator in any way. On the contrary, they are based on LED technology, have a higher output and enhance road safety by providing significantly more and uniform light. They improve visibility for cyclists, but also make them more visible on the road.

The three LED headlights from Osram – the LEDsBIKE FX70, FX35 and FX10 – provide light for every kind of cycling: With a special low-beam function and four brightness levels between 10 and 70 lux, the LEDsBIKE FX70 claims the most intense illuminance, making it a good partner on long treks, rough trails and dark roads. As in a car, the bicycle front light has a daytime running light for enhanced visibility during the day, and a brightness sensor that automatically activates the light as soon as it gets dark. Another practical feature: the built-in lithium-ion battery can be recharged with a USB charger.

Weighing 68 grams, the lightweight and compact LEDsBIKE FX35 front light has three different settings from 12 to 35 lux, including a blink mode, making it the perfect companion for offroad cycling tours.

The third bicycle light, the LEDsBIKE FX10, is ideally suited to occasional cyclists in nighttime urban traffic. The illuminance of 10 lux is more than sufficient for riders to see and be seen. Designed as a multifunctional light, the LEDsBIKE FX10 also is easy to remove and use as a flashlight, for example when locking up your bike at night in a dark corner. Like the other two members of this product family, it has a clamp attachment for quick mounting on any handlebars with a diameter between 25 to 35 millimeters. The FX10 and the FX35 have a battery level indicator, the FX70 a charge level indicator.

To ensure good visibility from the rear, the LEDsBIKE RX2 rear light lasts up to 36 hours, ensuring that other traffic can see a cyclist at distances of up to 1,000 meters. The new bicycle lights will be available in July 2014 in cycle shops and DIY stores.

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