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Kickstart for Blaze Burner - the ‘best back light for bikes’

Wednesday 25th November 2015

A Kickstarter campaign to raise funding for the production of ‘Blaze Burner’, described as ‘the best back light for bikes’, has already surpassed its £35k target.

Designed by graduate entrepreneur Emily Brooke, who also produced the Blaze Laserlight, the crowd-funding project was launched on 18 November and has already received 948 backers, pledging more than £57,000.

On passing the target, Emily Brooke said: “Yesterday was a milestone for us - we passed our funding total for our original Laserlight campaign of £55K and in just 5 days! Truly amazing, thank you! We feel this officially welcomes the Burner as a worthy next member of the Blaze family.”

The original Blaze Laserlight gives an early warning to drivers and pedestrians of a cyclist’s presence and was featured on BBC The One Show in 2013 on the back of another successful Kickstarter campaign.

Following the wave of media attention and interest when the concept was first unveiled, Emily Brooke presented Laserlight at the 2014 National Road Safety Conference.

The new Blaze Burner benefits from 100 Lumens of red or white light across a bank of 24 LEDs, providing ‘best in class illumination’.

The LED layout is designed to give a diffused spread of light across 180 degrees horizontally, ensuring that those behind are not dazzled and crucially that cyclists are as visible from the side as from the back. Other features include an intelligent light sensor, a magnetic snap bracket, a spherical rotation bracket and aluminium casing.

The Kickstarter page includes a video showing the Blaze Burner in action.

 


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I have no problems with bikes showing lights day or night it should help conspicuity. However they do appear to becoming brighter and brighter. I already have problems with single vivid front flashing lights when I have to stop looking towards them as they are so bright and that is not a good thing. Now we have 100 lumens and that's bright. I question what would happen in a city scenario after 3pm when it's dark and there are multitudes of high lumen rear lights flashing indiscriminately into one's face as a driver. I hope that it doesn't induce a problem such as photo sensitive epilepsy or similar visual problem. Could cause an accident, couldn't it?
Bob Craven Lancs....Space is Safer Campaigner

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LED cycle lights have been around for some time, and they are far more effective than the old incandescent bulb lights. Would I pay £30 for one? No, not when there are many available for less than £15, and some less than £2.
Derek Reynolds, Salop.

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