Sparse | Fixed Light System

Earlier this month, Sparse contacted me about a innovative Fixed Light System they created. Intrigued by this secured system, they sent me a few samples to check out… so stay tuned for a write-up.

“These lights were designed from the ground up to improve your daily grind. Unlike other lights, Sparse lights integrate onto your bike. They have been engineered to the highest performance specifications and behave as a component of your bicycle. The chassis of the lights is cast zinc. The metal chassis is joined by polycarbonate lenses, sealed with a silicone gaskets, and is on installation, locked into the bike. The lights won’t jostle, rattle, or interfere with your cables. They’re solid, sealed, tamper-resistant, and stupidly bright.”

The Spacer Light replaces a spacer beneath your stem. The light fits both 1″ and 1 1/8″ steer tubes. This mounting keeps the light pointed in your path of travel, visible above the shoulder line of cars, and out of harm’s way. The integration makes it also very difficult to steal. The source of illumination in the Spacer Light is a 3 Watt white CREE LED. The light has 3 modes, On (solid), Off, and Blink. It has a run time of 4 hours in the ‘On’ state, and 8 hours in blink. The beam is focused forward to illuminate the path of travel as well as laterally to catch the attention of anyone near the roadway.

The Post Light slips over and clamps onto your seat post. The light fits the most common seat post sizes – anything from 27.2mm – 31.9mm. There is no way to remove the light without removing the seat post. The source of illumination in the Post Light is a series of board-mounted red LED’s – 2 face rear and 2 to the sides. In total, they add up to 2 Watts of output (100 Lumens). The Tail Light has 3 modes, On, Off, and blink.

Both lights are fueled by a rechargeable Lithium Polymer battery like the one in your phone. The charge is designed to last a minimum of 4 hours – enough to get you to and from work for a week. At that point, you park the bike in the vicinity of an outlet and refill the battery. We’re shipping the lights with a 6′ micro-USB cable and a region-specific wall-adapter. At moment of purchase, you must specify region. For North America, Japan, and a few countries in Asia, choose UL. For the EU and Russia, choose EU. For the UK, choose UK, And, for Oceania, choose SA. This is not a detailed list. If you are unsure of your nation’s standard, send us an email. For countries with several standards you get to choose. Also, our product works with any USB power source. So, you can plug the lights into any wall plug such as with one from a smartphone. Note that if you preordered before we listed all the charger types, we are shipping your order with the charger we understand to be most common in your country.