The Indiglo5 is a new headlamp making its way through the crowd funding scene that promises warmer, brighter light in a broad pattern that maximizes visibility in an effort to help you go faster in the dark.
They say it’s the brightest single LED headlight for bikes, possible because they’re using a larger Cree LED than the smaller XML emitter used on many bike lights available today. That lets them claim a whopping 1,800 lumens from a small, self contained package that clips onto your handlebar (and hopefully helmet).
Beyond just being bright, they designed it to have a high CRI rating, which means things will appear closer to how they do in daylight as opposed to the cold, blue-ish light some high power LED lights cast. It’s also broad, spreading the light across the road rather than sending a focused beam far in front of you. That lets you see where you need to go, not just where your handlebars are pointed.
Shine a light on the tech specs and video below…
The prototype used in the video has seen continual improvement. It uses a 5000mAH battery good for runtimes ranging from 45 minutes up to three hours with continuous output. Here’s the breakdown:
- HI – 1200lm – 80-90min
- MED – 600lm – 120-140min
- LOW – 300lm – 160-180min
- PULSE – 12hours
- BOOST – 1800+lm – 45-60min
The pulse version has a double-bump heart rate rhythm, a subtle reminder to drivers that you’re a human being, not a speed bump.
The body is made of machined aircraft grade aluminum with a mil-spec anodizing, sealed to be weatherproof and crash proof. All of the parts are easily replaceable, and they’ll even offer a recycling program in the future if you want to trade it in or simply upgrade the internals. They’re also offering spare external batteries to boost the run times, with a second 5,000mAH battery to double them or a 10,400mAH battery to more than triple them. These connect via external wire. All are externally USB rechargeable with the included charger, and a power reserve indicator light shows what’s left in the tank.
Available mounts include fixed versions for both road and mountain bike bars, a dual Garmin/Indiglo light mount and a simple quick release silicone mount.
The Kickstarter campaign ends in 11 days as of this post, and the early bird deals are gone. But, you can still snag a complete set up for $155 AUD, about $100 off full retail. Check out the campaign here.
Regarding the name, we asked about possible trademark infringements with Timex, and they said they’re aware of it and will change the name if necessary. The Indiglo5 name came from the founder’s former industrial design consultancy, so they just carried it over.