LED Bike Lights Help Keep You Safe Anytime Of The Day

Posted by Julie Hudetz

Dec 13, 2013 4:06:00 PM

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As we head into the winter months, we must adapt to the shorter days this time of year. In Boulder, as well as many other cities across the country, commuting to work or school by bike is the preferred method of transportation. You might be looking for some daily exercise, maybe you don’t want to deal with parking a car, or you might be interested in a greener method of getting to work. Or perhaps, commuting to work is a New Year’s Resolution you want to set for yourself. Whatever the reason, bike commuting is becoming more and more popular throughout the world. For those of you that want to continue that habit on days when daylight is limited, it will be important to integrate lighting for safety and visibility during your commute.

Here are some tips to consider when planning what bike LED lights you might want to use:

    • A “Tail Light” – When you think about cars, they are required by law to have working tail lights. A Tail Light on your bike is just as important. Red tail lights are the most useful and visible. It is good to have a light that can be in a solid mode or a flashing mode. Most tail lights attach under your seat. For additional safety, you can add a light to the back of your helmet as well. Items by Nite Ize to consider for this category are the SaddleLite Bag, the TwistLit in Red, the BikeLit and the LED Helmet Marker Plus.

    • Handlebar Light: Having an led headlight that attaches directly to your handlebars is another essential item for commuting. You want the light to be at least 150 lumens to provide you enough projected light to see where you are going, but also to allow you to be seen by oncoming traffic. You might want to consider a flashlight attachment system so you can remove your flashlight from your bike and take it with you. The Inova X3A and Inova X2 Bike Lights have that option.

    • Side-view Lighting: This is a category that is often overlooked because we don’t think about cars seeing us from the side. However, it is a very important aspect of safety and visibility. The way to be seen from the side is by using a spoke light. The color of your bike spoke light is not as important as just having lights in your spokes. For that reason, the spoke lighting allows for some fun and “bling” while keeping you safe at the same time. Nite Ize makes SpokeLits and See'Em in a variety of colors.  Their most popular SpokeLit color is “Disco” which changes colors, adding another element of fun to your bike commute.

    • Clothing Lighting: The final area to provide visibility while riding your bike is by adding an LED accessory to your clothing. You might want to have lighting on your wrist or arm, so you can be seen when signaling. An LED vest is another option to ensure vehicles see you. The flashing option is helpful to add to your clothing. Some items from Nite Ize that work well are the SlapLit, the LED Marker Band, LED Sport Belt, and the LED Vest.

  • Day Time Lighting:   The importance of visibility during the day is often overlooked. Even though it is not dark, having a flashing light on your bike makes it much easier for vehicles to see you during the day.  The Nite Ize Twist Lit in the flash mode attached to your handlebars is an easy and safe addition to your daytime riding. You can use your rear tail light during the day as well. Flash mode works best for daytime riding.

Remember, just because the daylight hours are dwindling, that doesn’t mean you need to stop riding your bike to work or school. Just be sure to Be Safe and Be Seen and you can continue to enjoy your bike commute!



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Topics: Visibility and Safety

A Mobile Device Accessory For Thanksgiving?

Posted by Brenda Isaac

Nov 23, 2013 10:30:00 PM


The Thanksgiving countdown is officially on! I can't wait to dig into that juicy turkey and then lie comatose on the couch watching football for the rest of the day. I have to admit that I was challenged by a co-worker to somehow relate Nite Ize products to Thanksgiving for this week's blog posting. Their knowing smile as they walked away from my office told me they were certain that I would find no meaningful connection. But, I've found my connection and it isn't even that much of a stretch - compared to my waistline after dinner that day anyways! Here are a few fantastic Nite Ize products to make this big Thanksgiving holiday more manageable and maybe even just a bit more fun!

Steelie Pedestal - Mobile Device Holder

1) Unless you serve your family Thanksgiving-like dinners throughout the year (um... no) you are going to need some recipes to get you to the dinner table. The Steelie Pedestal Kit is a mobile device accessory that is perfect for attaching to the back of your ipad or other tablet. Just place this universal holder on your countertop at exactly the perfect angle to view your recipe apps while slaving away at the stove. Your friends and family will be impressed by your organization and you will be grateful for the ability to keep your day organized with your ipad while keeping it positioned exactly where you need it with the Steelie Pedestal Kit.

Gear Tie - Reusable Rubber Twist Tie

2) Do you serve wine or sparkling cider with your appetizers or dinner? Everyone has a set of wine charms that they dust off around the holidays, but I think the 3’ Gear Tie is perfect for marking wine glasses! Bonus: they are so versatile that you will use them for wrapping the cord on the stand mixer or twist tying up those leftover bags you send home with your guests. Buy a few extra, trust me.

Flashflight - LED Light Up Disc

3) So, what do you do when dinner is done? Most people I know carefully excuse themselves from the kitchen to avoid doing dishes and then promptly pass out in a chair somewhere. But, have you noticed this NEVER seems to happen with the kids? Keep the little ones entertained and out of the kitchen by passing out a few Nite Ize LED Toys & Games after you are done eating. Send them outside to play a game of Flashflight or toss the MeteorLight LED Ball around the backyard with the dog. This tactic is tried & true at my house and is a guaranteed winner at your Thanksgiving too!

However you choose to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday, please remember – if you get your cousin Terry’s cold from accidently drinking from his glass of cabernet, it isn’t my fault. I reminded you about the wine charms. Happy Thanksgiving from Nite Ize!


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Topics: Mobile Device Accessories, Games & Toys

Halloween Safety Can Also Be Fun!

Posted by Ian Capezzano

Oct 16, 2013 3:43:59 PM

Halloween Safety Costume

Halloween should be scary, but having your heart rate elevated at a haunted house is nothing compared to having your heart stopped by a close call with a car while out trick or treating. Unfortunately, Halloween Safety is not always the first thing parents think about when choosing a costume. Seemingly innocent costumes like a vampire or witch are typically made from dark colored materials. While this may create the desired effect, it also puts a child in danger by making them hard to see after the sun goes down. Choosing the right costume is important to kids. Current pop culture trends and feedback from peers help a child decide what they want to be for Halloween. As a parent, it is more important to ensure that the costume is safe to wear.

Visibility and Safety are rarely concerns for young people. So how do you ensure your kids are safe but still feel cool in the eyes of their friends? You combine nighttime safety into the costume! While this may be easier for some costumes, the general idea is to find elements of the costume that can be adorned with a passive reflective pattern or even LED lights. Scary werewolf or monster costume? Find two bright red LED lights to use as eyes. Want to be a wizard or a witch? Add an LED to the end of your wand. These kinds of active illumination provide additional safety while adding to the appeal of the costume. Whether at the school costume contest or hurriedly crossing the street while trick or treating, nobody is going to miss seeing a child when you add safety and visibility items.

Incorporating LED Safety can also be fun. Taking the approach of thinking safety first, you can find inspiration that already has some elements that make the costume safer. For example, you could make a robot costume and affix LED lights to it. But why stop there? Here’s a Transformer’s inspired costume that uses LED lights to enhance the appearance and increase awareness of the child when walking around at night. 

 

Visit this link for more tips for staying safe on Halloween.

Already have some ideas? Then visit our Visibility and Safety collection to find ways to improve your costume!


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Decoding ANSI Standards for LED FLashlights

Posted by Vickie Anderson

Oct 11, 2013 5:12:00 PM


Did you ever wonder what ANSI Standards really means and more importantly what does it mean to your high performance flashlight? Here is a very simple explanation of the icons and their definitions.

Light Output Light Output – The total projected light output from your flashlight when it has a brand new battery in it. The higher the number or lumens the brighter the light.
Run Time Run Time – With new batteries in your light, how long will it take for the light output to be only 10% of the initial output? Or in other words, it is time to change the batteries!
Range Range – With new batteries in your light, range is the distance in meters that the flashlight beam reflects onto a surface.

Water Resistance Rating - There are three icons that are used to depict this standard.

IPX4 IPX4 – The flashlight is water resistant. This means that it will probably survive the water balloon fight you got into last night, but not survive falling into a river on last weekends rafting trip.
IPX7 IPX7 – This indicates that the flashlight is waterproof. More specifically, it can be submersed in 1 meter of water for 30 minutes. When you fall into a stream with your flashlight, if you get out quickly it will still work.
IPX8 IPX8 – A flashlight with this icon is like the submarine of all flashlights. It can be submersed deeper than 1 meter for 4 hours. Bombs away!
Impact Resistance Impact Resistance – Is simply the highest level in meters that you can drop your flashlight on concrete in the off position. So, next time you climb a ladder and drop your flashlight on concrete I hope you checked the Impact Resistance rating to be at least as high as your ladder.

Now that you know what to look for, take a look at our line of High Performance LED Flashlights. From small pocket flashlights that are great for Everyday Carry (EDC) to Tactical LED Flashlights that can handle almost any situation, we have the tools to help light your way.


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Topics: LED Flashlights

Emergency Preparedness Month

Posted by Brenda Isaac

Sep 25, 2013 12:07:00 AM

Nite Ize Office Flooding

When we originally planned to start the Nite Ize Blog our first article was going to tie into Emergency Preparedness Month which falls each year in September. I wrote a very informative article about packing your "Go Bag" and having a family plan for unexpected emergencies, but at no point did I think I should actually implement this plan personally. It was for someone else. Some poor family in another part of the country that gets hit with strong hurricanes, someone who lives in the middle of the tinder dry mountains who might have to worry about a wildfire, or a family who lives near a fault line who may have to deal with an earthquake. That was last Wednesday. On Thursday my smug, non-emergency having world came crashing down around me.

As the rain gauge filled up for the 3rd time (over 15" of rain) in as many days, and the Colorado front range canyons and communities experienced what the news media have labeled "biblical flooding", it dawned on me that my family didn't have a plan. Not only didn't we have a plan, we were staring straight at an ocean of contaminated water, potential evacuation and road closures, loss of power/water/sewer, limited emergency services, and the words "self-rescue” hanging in the air. It was terrifying. With almost 12,000 people currently evacuated from their homes and thousands of helicopter rescues from mountain communities cut off due to washed out roads, I've heard dozens of stories from friends and strangers recounting the harrowing tales of escape and rescue. The one thing I keep hearing over and over again is "we had no time". No time to pack a "Go Bag", no time to gather important documents & medications, no time to lovingly pack cherished keepsakes, no time to do anything except leave with the clothes on their back and their lives. This is how emergencies happen, and sooner or later chances are that an emergency will happen to you. Basic family preparedness is something you owe yourself and your family.

The government has a great website that provides communication tips and a Family Emergency Plan document for you to fill out as a family. I highly recommend visiting their site: http://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan to learn more.

You can also click here to see a list of items from Nite Ize that you could include in your "Go Bag". A helpful tip: Always choose a flashlight that uses L123 batteries. They have a 10 year shelf life and won't go bad and leak all over your flashlight if you don't use it very often. As I was clutching my INOVA T4R Rechargeable LED Flashlight in the dark last weekend, I was grateful for that piece of safety & security. A week later, my family has an emergency plan, a "Go Bag” and a sense of humility and gratitude having been spared the worst of the storm's damage. I know that next time we'll do better. Please, spend the time right now during Emergency Preparedness Month to make a plan for your family.

Emergencies can happen fast and without warning. Sooner or later, chances are that an emergency will happen to you. Basic family preparedness is something you owe yourself and your family. Our Emergency Preparedness Collection can help make your "Go Bag" even more useful in your time of need.

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Topics: Emergency Preparedness

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