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Offline Makerthink

Advices needed for bike light design
« on: May 02, 2018, 11:13:30 pm »
Hi all. I am once a designer on lights and now working on 3D printers. So one day I got an idea, why not making a bike light again?

I have these ideas about the light I hope to make:

1- The retail price range will be $200~300 because I hope it can be a replacement of an expensive Germany brand.

2- The optic part, will take a solution from automotive industry.

3- The case it self will be CNC machined and 3D printed to fit some special needs, and to make it as light weight as possible.

4- The power supply will be from an external USB power storage device I hope. Of course we will enhance the waterproof structure.

How do you think about these ideas? Please let me know!
Thank you all.


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Offline Pat Lamb

Re: Advices needed for bike light design
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2018, 09:47:05 pm »
You want to replace German lights that cost $100-$300 with a design that sounds just like the German lights and costs $200-$300?  Other than you might make it, did I miss anything?

Offline Makerthink

Re: Advices needed for bike light design
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2018, 09:51:39 pm »
You want to replace German lights that cost $100-$300 with a design that sounds just like the German lights and costs $200-$300?  Other than you might make it, did I miss anything?

My English is limited so I might misunderstood some thing.
My basic idea is:

Set a price range, and set the right features for a light worth that price.


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Offline paddleboy17

Re: Advices needed for bike light design
« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2018, 11:56:58 am »
I have a set of MagicShine MJ-808s (no longer in production).  I thought they were awesome, 1200 lumens, 10 degree spot, 2+ hour battery, and under $100 (US).  In my mind, this is what you would have to beat.
Danno

Offline RussSeaton

Re: Advices needed for bike light design
« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2018, 06:34:48 pm »
To follow up on Pat's comments.  Starbike sells the Schmidt SON Edelux 2 for 139 Euro.  Which roughly translates to $139 USD after removing VAT and converting Euro to USD.  Its considered a very good generator light.  The Supernova is 165 USD.  Considered one of the brightest generator lights.  The Busch Muller lights are 20 to 125 USD.  I think the higher dollar ones are brighter, but all work fine.  I have two Cyo on a bike.  The Germany brands ONLY make dynamo lights.  So that is what I listed.  Germany companies do not make battery powered lights.  You have to go to China for those.  Not sure what you mean with the power supply.  Battery?  Dynamo?  USB is just a computer connection.  USB does not tell us where the power, juice, electricity is coming from.  You could have a thousand square feet of solar panels on your bike collecting solar power and feeding the electricity into the light via USB port.  Through a battery.

Offline DaveB

Re: Advices needed for bike light design
« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2018, 07:05:12 am »
I believe the market for high priced bicycle lights, like the former Cat-Eye "Stadium Light", is over.  Excellent quality dyno-hub lights sell, as Russ noted, for well under $200 and extremely bright battery power LED lights (1000+ lumens) are under $150.  I don't know what your new light will bring to the market that isn't already there at well under your projected price point.

The current trend seems to be adding other functions like cameras to existing lights.