Motorcycling is a dangerous hobby. You expose yourself to a battlefield when you ride a motorcycle. The best you can do to protect yourself is to be cautious at all times and wear proper riding gear. Of course, there is a variety of riding gear available in the market to keep you as safe as possible. Another very important element that plays a key role in your safety is visibility. And to make sure that you are visible to others, Held has come up with a very smart idea in the form of the Held Light System.
Held Light System (HLS) is the latest development from Held to make motorcycling even safer. It includes a set of illuminated LED modules that are integrated into a motorcyclist’s protective clothing to improve rider visibility significantly in poor light. The HLS technology makes a key contribution to accident prevention when travelling at night or in foggy and rainy conditions. Unlike reflecting strips, which can only reflect light that shines on them, the optic fibres in HLS emit their own light constantly.
So there are fibre optic tubes that consist LEDs. These aren’t just any LEDs, but are of high quality made by the multinational German company OSRAM. These tubes along with the LEDs can be integrated into all Held “LED Prepared” products. The LEDs at the front, meaning on your chest, illuminates white light whereas the ones at the back glow in red. This improves your visibility thus making you safer.
HLS is quick and easy to install. The LED set is inserted via the open zip in the rear compartment of the jacket or vest. Then the ends of the white optic fibre are fed in through each opening in the chest area of the garment from the inside and passed through the entire length of the mesh tube. The red optic fire is threaded into the back of the jacket or vest in the same way.
Once all four LED modules are in the correct positions, the USB cable is passed through the cable feedthrough in the jacket or vest. The system is now ready to use. Since HLS set comes with a USB cable, it can be plugged into any kind of power source like a power bank, phone charger of your bike, etc. It can work for around 7 hours when being connected to a 4000 mAh battery.
We really like the whole concept and the idea behind it. Held has used its out-of-the-box thinking and utilized the available resources and tools to produces something spectacular and beneficial to a large number of people. What do you have to say about it?