With so many jobs requiring long hours and erratic shifts, many individuals only have time to go for a serene or exercise-driven bicycle ride after dark. Reflectors do their part in keeping the bike visible, but a more luminous option comes courtesy of the Magtenlight, a magnet-powered light made for bicycles.
Consisting of a white LED that attaches to a bike’s front wheel and a red LED for the rear tire, the Magtenlight is as easy to install as it is to use. “Just clip the magnets to the wheel, attach a rather clunky generator unit to the front forks and bingo, let there be light,” says Red Ferret. Inhabitat points out that the system is frictionless, meaning the Magtenlight doesn’t saddle the rider with extra friction that bogs down the smoothness of the ride.
A traveling speed of 15 km/h causes the generator to hum along at 150 RPM, but movement isn’t always required for the Magtenlight to operate: light will beam from the device for as long as four minutes after your bicycle has halted, ensuring that any breathers you need to take won’t be conducted in pitch blackness. More importantly, the brightness of the light will enable oncoming motorists to notice bicyclists far in advance.