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  1. Spanninga Pixeo Xds (Standlight version)

    Spanninga Pixeo Xds (Standlight version)

    $17

    Spanninga (a dutch company) has developed a dynamo tail lamp that is perhaps the most versatile that we have come across. Although the Spanninga Pixeo is designed primarily to fit on the rear mudguard of a bicycle, its small form factor makes it a good pick for mounting bicycles without racks or mudguards. IDC has worked with Spanninga to put together a package that will allow the Pixeos we sell to be mounted on seat posts and cantilever bosses as well as rear mud guards.

    For its size, the Pixeo packs quite a punch as photos of the beam pattern show. Indeed, unlike the average battery powered blinkie - i.e. 99% of rear lamps on the market - its beam pattern is optically engineered to meet the demanding German StVZO regulation for bicycle rear lamps. (Please note that the Pixeo is a steady light and does not have a blink setting which would be disallowed under the StVZO regulation.) In tune with its counterpart for bicycle headlamps, the StVZO requirement for tail lamps derives from the data-rich and extensively studied field of automotive safety. Drawing from its subfield relating to passive lighting in tail lamps, the light emitted from the Pixeo is shaped to form a rectangular pattern (see wall photos) in order to minimize the waste of light going in directions (mostly upwards), which would do little to enhance bicyclists’ conspicuity. Specific brightness requirements at multiple points within this rectangle must also be met, which have been developed based on extensive real-world experience relating to optimizing bicyclists’ conspicuity vis-à-vis vehicles approaching from behind. No less important - indeed perhaps even more so - is that fact that the Pixeo also directs a portion of light diagonally and sideways. Indeed, automobile-bicycle accident collision research underscores how sideways and frontal conspicuity can be more important that rearward conspicuity. In short, the Pixeo is not just another bicycle tail lamp, but one that has been optically engineered to deliver conspicuity and safety based on extensive research and experience in the field of passive lighting for automotive safety for rearward lighting.
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  2. AXENDO 60 Xdas Bicycle Dynamo Lamp

    Spanninga Axendo 60 Xdas (standlight/automatic/DRL) dynohub bike headlamp

    $55

    The Axendo 60 excels with the uncommon double led optics design inherited from the legendary (but sadly discontinued) Phillips Saferide line of bike headlamps (just Google/YouTube it). The Axendo 60 optics earns kudos from aficionados of German StVZO compliant dynamo headlamps and your average Joe precisely due to the sheer homogeneity of the broad, far reaching and bright carpet of light it produces. The first thing you will be struck by when riding this lamp is how well it maintains an even brightness on the road surface from far ahead all the way to up to your front wheel – particularly in comparison to Axendo 60’s “high lux competitors”. This feat of light “bending” engineering was helped along by the double led design because the small physical size of the LEDs it uses, which although less efficient than physically bigger cutting edge LEDs, have a higher brightness to surface ratio allowing optics engineers not only to better “sculpt” its trapezoidal beam pattern but to vary its intensity by assigning higher intensity further ahead and less nearer to the cyclist allowing for better tracking of oncoming obstacles from a distance to the near field without dramatic changes in illumination.

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  3. Spanninga Elips Xds dynamo bike lamp

    Spanninga Elips Xds (Standlight version) dynohub bike rack taillamp

    $18

    Instead of taking the humdrum industry standard approach of emitting raw and unadulterated light via high-intensity single point LEDs which can be harsh and distracting to other road users - particularly other cyclists in group night rides - the Elips relies on high-end "light piping" optics technology to produce an even and clearly discernable, if not gentlemanly, "ring of light". Spanninga acquired this technology from the no longer produced but widely acclaimed Phillips LumiRing.

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