While many lights try to help illuminate your wheels, with Revolights, your wheels are the lights. Now, Revolights has taken their wild looking and very noticeable Eclipse LED wheel add-on and introduced Bluetooth to add features and expand their functionality through your smartphone. While outside the box, you can’t argue that these things stand out, and isn’t that exactly what you want?
Beam down past the break to see how the Revolights Eclipse+ works and a video of it in action…….
We first saw Revolights’ Eclipse rim mounted light system back in 2012. It consists of rim mounted pieces containing 24 LED lights per wheel that mount just inside the rim and a hub mounted battery pack. Through magnets and an accelerometer, the LEDs light up from the side, forward and rearward directions casting a light on the wheels as well as the ground in front and behind you. While providing 360° of illumination the Eclipse+ also produces enough light to see where you’re going. The folks at Revolights are once again crowdfunding their new Eclipse+ version through their Indiegogo page, which takes the latter system a step further with Bluetooth integration to connect it with your smartphone.
While more features are in planning, the combination of Revolights’ smartphone app and Eclipse+ will give you turn signals, remote & auto on/off, a time of day sensor and real-time battery status. It will also offer Ride & Achievement Tracking as well as weather alerts. You can program it so the Eclipse+ will automatically turn on when you approach the bike when it picks up the signal from your phone.
The Revolights Eclipse+ system retails for $249, but if you act fast, they’re offering an early bird special at $219. Though not as cheap and as easy to install as a mid-level front and rear light set up, the additional visibility the Eclipse’s 360° of illumination added to a dedicated commuter bike may not be a bad investment. They’ve also teamed up with Pure Fix Bicycles to sell bikes through their Indiegogo page with the Revolights Eclipse+. For $599, you can get a Pure Fix Coolidge Bicycle with the Eclipse+ already installed.