Magnic Light provides a new approach to Dynamo lighting. I haven’t seen any like this on the market so far. Dirk Strothmann, the maker, claims that this is the first. The special feature on this light is that there is no friction, and no components (meaning no magnets strapped to the wheel to generate power). We have a review on a Dynamo that is generated with a magnetic component, pretty nifty in itself. The Magnic Light avoids these components by harnessing energy created by the rims as they spin, Eddy currents. Eddy currents are generated by aluminum, steel, and magnesium wheels. Full-carbon wheels won’t work with this unfortunately.
The light being displayed mounts on cantilever brakes. Mounted in this way, when the brakes are engaged, the lights get a bit brighter being closer to the rim. This lets others know that you are stopping, whether they be cars or fellow cyclists. They also offer a light that will mount on the fork if you don’t have cantilevers.
The shell for this is carbon fiber, and the system will include a rear/headlight combo. The Kickstarter page states that a set will run less than $200. Magnic Light is halfway to its goal and has less than a month remaining for pledges.
Click more for pictures of the rear light and a video…