Back to School & On-the-go LED Safety

Posted by Katie Sowyrda

Aug 20, 2015 5:46:00 PM

Back to School

There is an almost imperceptible shift in the days, nighttime falls sooner, the leaves are still green yet somehow seem crisper. The summer heat is at its peak, and still a suggestion of change is in the air, a new season is approaching.

The end of summer is a bittersweet time for parents. We all want our children to have the same fond memories of their summers that we do: feelings of unburdened freedom that can only come with youth, sunshine, and carefree fun with their friends. We feel a bit bad for looking forward to our own adult freedoms that come with the fall, until we remember a different kind of excitement and trepidation – back to school.

We can’t prepare them for everything they will face in the upcoming year, the challenges this “tech” generation faces we can only begin to imagine but, as parents, we do our best to send them off with smiles on their faces and the right tools for success.

Back to school shopping starts with the usual supplies, and then we move on to new shoes and outfits for the ever-growing crew. I can’t claim to have the faintest idea what new gadget or device is the cool, must-have item for 10-year-olds this year (I am certain that saying “cool” is also considered very lame by 10-year-olds), but I’m sure I will find out soon enough. However, these are the types of items that concern me the least. As someone whose background is in the preparedness industry and now works at Nite Ize, my mind goes to the “in between times”. These are the times when the kids are heading to and from the bus, the times when they are waiting to be picked up after soccer, the times when riding their bikes or walking to a friend’s house, the times when I need to know that they are safe.

As you may have guessed, I am an anxious mom! Fortunately, working for Nite Ize, I have knowledge of, and access to a lot of products that help to put my mind at ease. Fortunately for my kids, Nite Ize has done a phenomenal job of disguising these safety products to make them look really “cool”.

Exhibit A: The See ‘Em, TwistLit, and SpokeLit LED Bike Lights:

LED Bike Lights

I guarantee, no one can ever claim they didn’t see my kids coming! We have their bikes lit up like Christmas trees! They love it, and I have peace of mind that I’m doing my part to keep them safe.

Exhibit B: Backpacks – as far as I’m concerned, the brighter the better.

BugLit and SpotLit BugLit SpotLit

I have SpotLits clipped to their bags, to our keys, and to just about anything that’s portable. They’re helpful when you need a light, but also add another spot of visibility on the kids as they’re walking home on these shorter days. For the younger kids, I like to wrap a BugLit or two around the straps on their bags. They are cute and fun little characters crawling up the strap, but can be used as a flashlight, or put in strobe mode to give the kids important visibility.

Exhibit C: I like to save the best for last.

SlapLit

SlapLits are my kid’s favorites. That’s right, remember slap bracelets? They’re baaaack! And apparently kids still love them as much as we did growing up (OK, I’ll be honest I might still really love them too). The Nite Ize SlapLits use the same “slap it to snap it” style, but have the added benefit of being illuminated by a red LED that glows and flashes – so as you can imagine, endless fun, and not just for the kids, I wear mine any time I go jogging in the evening.

Whatever your back to school shopping list looks like this year, just remember it’s not only about the “cool” stuff and the new stuff, it’s about the important “stuff” too. So, we do our best to prepare them, send them off with that smile, and now, it’s time to sit back, relax, grab a cocktail, and enjoy the peace and quiet of autumn. Happy back to school everyone!

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LED Bike Lights Help Keep You Safe Anytime Of The Day

Posted by Julie Hudetz

Dec 13, 2013 4:06:00 PM

bike-safety

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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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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