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Lumos smart bike helmet makes indicating easy

My normal front and back bike lights remain, and I wouldn’t get rid of them as that’s where drivers expect to see bike lights. But this helmet adds a much appreciated extra layer of visibility.

In a thoughtful design, there are also left and right flashing indicator lights in the shape of arrows, embedded on the rear left and right sides of the helmet.

The turning lights are operated by a wireless remote control mounted onto the handlebars. (Easily attached and removed.) So when you turn left, press the left button on the remote and the left arrow lights up.

A wireless remote clips on to your handlebars.

A wireless remote clips on to your handlebars.Credit:Eloise Mavian / Francesco Rachello / Tornanti.cc

The only small problem with this is that when you turn your head to check for traffic, drivers behind lose sight of the indicator light. But it’s only momentary, and a moving helmet means the main rear light will be moving, which draws attention.

As a confirmation of turns, there is a small light strip just under the front hood of the helmet, for you to see. The helmet also beeps when the turn signal is on.

Also, half the front white light strip will flash yellow for turns, which is a great idea as I like drivers on the other side of the traffic lights to know what I’m doing.

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Any firmware updates are downloaded through the Lumos app, which also has a battery level indicator. Unfortunately the helmet itself does not.

Another great idea is the automatic warning lights feature. A motion sensor in the remote sends a signal to the helmet for  all the lights at the back — triangle, left and right arrows — to turn solid red to indicate when you are slowing down or stopping.

Up until this point using the helmet was easy, but this feature (which is still in beta) needs some finessing. I found the button pressing sequence to activate the automatic warning lights overly complicated, and then it didn’t work consistently.

The helmet comes in charcoal black, pearl white, yellow, an electric lime, and a beautiful cobalt blue. Both the helmet and remote are water resistant.

I found the helmet comfortable to wear, and it can be adjusted so it fits snugly. It weighs 380g.

The helmet takes about two hours to charge, and lasts between three and six hours depending on your selected flashing pattern.

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