IB13: Gloworm Shows Off Miniature Lightweight & Customizable High Power Bike Lights
Gloworm is out of Auckland, New Zealand, and has a range of very bright and very small lights – even the largest 3-bulb Xs model is compact and light enough to wear on your helmet. Even better, the lenses can be customized using the included parts to create the beam pattern you want.
Shown left to right above are the CX Commuter (looks like a flashlight), the X1, X2 and Xs. The latter three use one, two or three bulbs respectively and pump out 950, 1500 or 2200 lumens.
The lights are built from CNC’d aircraft grade alloy and don’t use any plastic other than the optics, which are protected by an additional cover lens.
The batteries have built in lights to show power remaining. All models will work with any of their batteries, but each comes with a specific 2- or 4-cell battery, so you’d have to buy spares or upgrades separately. Both the lights and batteries are waterproof, with completely sealed high quality Panasonic rechargeable batteries hiding inside the packs.
Each model includes three optics, letting you customize the beam pattern with a mix of normal, spot and flood. On the X1, you use an included tool that slots into the front bezel…and doubles as a bottle opener. The others’ covers bolt on.
In addition to changing the beam pattern, the output settings can be quickly customized using the button on the units. Each model has two or three modes, plus a special mode, and each setting can be made to pump out any where from 1% to 100% of the available output. The special mode can be set to flash, super dim or beacon. Here are the quick specs:
- 950 lumen
- 58g light body
- Two cell battery
- 2.25 – 48 hour run time
- 1500 lumen
- 80g light body
- Four cell battery
- 2.5 – 48 hour run time
- 2200 lumen
- 110g light body
- High Capacity Four cell battery
- 2 – 36 hour run time
- 600 lumen
- 120g light unit (including battery)
- USB charging
- 1.5-30 hour run time
All units include a handlebar and helmet mount, and they’re working on a GoPro style additional mount that’ll let it sleekly fit into the current crop of helmets with integrated camera mounts.