Beam Me Up Scotty! The Jimmy Beam Down Lighting System Could Save Your Life

Jimmy Beam Down Light Lighting System JBDL

While many new products-to-market are variations on a theme at best, and gimmicky at worst, the Jimmy Beam Down Light (JBDL) is a true advancement in commuter safety. And in light of the recent cyclist deaths in London (for which over a thousand cyclists recently staged a “die in” in protest) this innovation may be a real life-saver. Check out the glow past the break…

Jimmy Beam Down Light Lighting System JBDL Truck

Designed for multiple formats, including RVs, truck-trailers, and bicycles, the Jimmy Beam Down Light creates a “context” for the width of the commuter (or trailer), giving motorists a far better sense of your presence.

Jimmy Beam Down Light Lighting System JBDL

In testing with cyclists sharing a road with truck drivers, the drivers were quoted in a Dec. 5 BikeBiz article as stating, “[T]he footprint of light surrounding the cyclist helped in judging a safe clearance when overtaking [them].” Compared to a standard commuter light system (for which the JBDL does not replace) the JBDL system is clearly more visible.

Jimmy Beam Down Light Lighting System JBDL Single

The cycling-suitable version of the JBDL is the 12v-24v LED “Single System” which is angularly adjustable allowing customization of the light’s footprint.

For every bright idea there is often a downside. The manufacturer is not currently making information available regarding cycling specific mounting, battery options nor run-times. Regardless, this new approach to safety is surely worth pursuing.

Jimmy Beam Down Light Lighting System JBDL

Additional consideration: in order to achieve a full perimeter of glow, one must purchase four separate “Single Systems” which retail for 73.61 GBP each (aprox. $120) for a grand total of $480 for the set of four. Pricey! But then again, what does a trip to the emergency room cost?


NASH - 12/06/13 - 9:29am

This is a very good idea, also just purchase 4 separate LED lights with an adjustable mount and attach to your bike, hey presto the same thing for a fraction of the cost.

FastWayne - 12/06/13 - 9:34am

kinda pricey, but probably worth it until knock offs spring up. Maybe drunk drivers will aim at the ground and crash into it. lol

CXisfun - 12/06/13 - 9:48am

Love the idea. Cost is high in my opinion, but no one will be saying that from the emergency room after deciding to pass on buying them.

timbo - 12/06/13 - 10:32am

I’d like to see where they mounted the lights on the bikes. It’s hard to determine from the pictures.

Camfagnolo - 12/06/13 - 10:53am

a trip to the emergency room is free in the UK 😉 quite a large and not aesthetically pleasing system…not to mention the price…

puffy - 12/06/13 - 10:55am

Cool. Add a light mounted on a helmet aiming at the rider’s back for more illumination and I’ll pay $500.

jon thomas - 12/06/13 - 11:39am

Since I started riding with 700-3000 lumin lights at night I have had no problems with motorists who statistically kill more cyclist by turning into the path of them rather than running them down. $20-$60

Dalton - 12/06/13 - 12:24pm

@timbo, it looks like they are under seat and maybe handlebars.

CXisfun - 12/06/13 - 12:32pm

Aren’t the lights the big box hanging off of the front of the bars and off the back of the saddle?

Troy K. Holder - 01/29/14 - 11:30am

Kind of bulky, but it is a neat idea.

If they could make it smaller, I would definitely be interested.

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