Found: Icarus Bike Lights – 300g System with 700 Lumens!

Since our recent review of the Light & Motion SECA 1400, a number of you have emailed or commented about smaller brands or DIY projects that claim to compete with the big brands on lumens and battery life. Having tinkered with various bulbs, housings and batteries myself over the years (and melting a few reflectors in the process), I love seeing what others come up with.

Icarus Lights is a relatively new brand out of Portland, OR, that’s managed to get a whopping 700 lumens and some massive battery life out of a miniscule package…and they’ve got some new projects in the works to expand the line and functionality. The icing on top? You can customize the beam pattern on their website during the checkout process with a slider scale that shows actual photos as you move it so you can get it just the way you want. Very cool.

The icing on top of the icing is the battery pack…it’s carbon fiber.

If you’re already familiar with them, you’ll wanna jump past the break for pics of their brand new batteries, and if you’ve never heard of them, our Q&A with founder Pat Gerke will fill you in on how it got started…

carbon fiber lithium ion li-ion bicycle light battery pack for mountain biking, commuting and road riding

This little 200g carbon fiber Li-ion battery pack powers the 700 lumen lights for a good long time.

How long have you guys been around?
I started Icarus Lights a bit over a year ago and spent the past year doing R&D, searching for the best connectors, switches, and optics I could find. Finally, I launched my website this past September.

How’d you get started?
Icarus Lights was born mainly because I wanted a better light for my buck. I was in the market for a new light, and couldn’t find anything that seemed worth the purchase. One brand used cheap connectors, another had a reputation for failure, and so on. So I began fiddling, which turned into a hobby, which turned into a passion, which turned into Icarus Lights.

super lightweight mountain bike light

The entire light unit comes in at 100g, and the mount is just 10g, making for a very lightweight bike light system.

Are you making them in-house? Where?
I do all of the machining and assembly, quite literally in house, here in Portland, Oregon. The lights are completely hand made by myself in my garage. I try to work with as many local vendors as possible in the Pacific Northwest, and keep everything sourced from the U.S.

I’ve committed myself to a small-run, hands-on approach rather than farming them off overseas because it enables me to keep my lights up to date with the latest and greatest. I can quickly and easily implement changes when the newest generation of LED’s roll out, whereas larger brands have to modify large production runs, or make an entirely new model altogether. And I think there’s something romantic about creating something with your own two hands; something that speaks to quality and craftsmanship.

Do you have a helmet mount available?
Unfortunately we don’t currently offer a helmet mount, but have one in the works. We’re also getting close to releasing a killer new taillight as well.

What’s the warranty?
The lights themselves have a lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects and failure, and the battery pack has a 6 month warranty simply due to the degenerative nature of Li-Ion batteries.

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The mount fits both standard 22.2 and oversized 31.8 handlebars.

Pat also wanted to share a little holiday cheer, so if you’re interested, here’s a little deal just for our readers:

I’ve been running some holiday specials.  I’d love to extend it to bikerumor’s reader base if you’re open to it. If you want, your readers can enter in the coupon code “bikerumor” (case sensitive) at checkout to receive $50 off their order.  The coupon is set to expire on 1/10/11.

Comments

Dicky - 12/23/10 - 6:10pm

No disassemble Johnny Five.

Johnny Five is alive!!!

Dicky - 12/23/10 - 6:11pm

Danger Will Robinson!!!

Ghost Rider - 12/23/10 - 9:31pm

I want one just for the 1950s-throwback robot face on the front of the light…so cool!!!

Icarus Lights - 12/23/10 - 10:15pm

Glad you guys dig the robot look! We wanted to give the lights a little personality. Just let me know if you have any questions :-)

Tony - 12/25/10 - 11:31am

Love the lights! 700 lumens? That’s like riding around with a stadium spotlight bolted to your bike! Awesome. Me want!

Nick Burklow - 01/05/11 - 3:11am

I love this city, and all the great bike stuff that is made here!

lenny - 11/19/12 - 6:32pm

bender lives!

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