The Lumos helmet should get you noticed by motorists with its integrated brake lights and turn signals.

We all like to ride quickly whilst looking good on the bike. This has often been what puts some people off wearing clothing that would make them as visible as possible to motorists.

The Lumos helmet launched last year on Kickstarter with the initial aim of raising $125,000 (approx. £85,000) in crwodfunding. However, the product was a success way beyond its creators expectations, with 6,000 people pledging in excess of $800,000 (£545,000) to bring the project to life.

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And now the Lumos helmet is very nearly available to buy, with those who backed the helmet at the start receiving theirs in September, while anyone ordering now (at the discounted rate of £112 instead of the full £138 RRP) should expect to get their helmet in the post by October. Pre-ordering is done through the Lumos website.

But what is all the fuss about, and what makes the Lumos helmet so special?

Well, like the Torch helmet that hit the market last year, the Lumos helmet features lights integrated into its front and rear, which are mainly there to help you be seen by motorists rather than to help light up the road in front of you.

Watch: buyer’s guide to road bike helmets

However, the Lumos helmet sets itself apart with some of its other features. First off it has orange turn signals at the back of the helmet which are controlled using a remote control that you can attach to your handlebars. The other neat feature is that the helmet features an accelerometer, which means that when you are braking sharply, all of the lights on the back of the helmet will turn red like a car brake light.

Lumos claims that the battery life for its helmet should be around three hours and recharging is a doddle thanks to the supplied USB cable.

  • saimin

    How much heavier is this helmet than other road helmets in the same price range?

  • Roland Lawrence

    Wow there you go then… Turns out great idea, so good in fact it was someone elses 1st… What would be even safer is not mixing 30 ton trucks and 80kg bike + riders. Until the 1970s Holland never really had so many cycle paths. In fact they were planning to fill in the canals of Amsterdam and make into roads…. We need to get with that vibe too.

  • Alex Erwin

    Lumos Patent was filed in March 2015.
    The original Patent was filed in 2014.
    It’s easy to get a certificate when others have done the work.
    Watch this space.

  • Juns

    Either the company did not file for a patent or it is a totally different system, I highly doubt Lumos would have got this far and got all the necessary certificates otherwise.

  • Alex Erwin

    Hi, to answer your question. The Patent is held by a UK company who developed the technology in conjunction with two universities. As you can imagine, a lot of work went into getting the product past all the testing bodies. It was ripped off from one of the universities. Investigations are ongoing to determine how. Lumos will be shut down in due course, and make good the damage caused. The product will be launched soon.

  • chairzone

    Reminds of the Tron movie

  • bikebabe

    Can you give more details? Who has the patent and why have they not marketed yet? I am interested in buying one.

  • Alex Erwin

    This technology has been stolen and counterfeited. Lumos will be shut down for infringement of Patent rights. To all the gullible subscribers, you’ve lost your money !!
    Watch this space.