Paul Cocksedge's Double O bike lights
slot securely around a D-lock

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London designer Paul Cocksedge has launched a set of circular bike lights on Kickstarter that can be locked to a bicycle by slotting them over a standard lock (+ movie).

Double O bicycle lights by Paul Cocksedge

Cocksedge said he wanted to design a stylish light that also confronts issues associated with theft and glare resulting from light sources that are too bright.

Double O bicycle lights by Paul Cocksedge

"I've used many bike lights but I feel some things could really be improved," the designer explained. "The inspiration for Double O comes directly from the shape of the bicycle. I wanted something that almost looked like the bike had designed it itself."

Double O bicycle lights by Paul Cocksedge

The round lights feature a polycarbonate shell with a robust silicone backing housing 12 LEDs that are more spaced out than the densely arranged ultra-bright bulbs used by many other bike lights.

Double O bicycle lights by Paul Cocksedge

Cocksedge said this configuration produces a bright glow that is less dazzling for other cyclists and car drivers. "We use more LEDs at less power, which means the harshness is gone but the brightness hasn't," he said. "There is no compromise, you can see and be seen."

Double O bicycle lights by Paul Cocksedge

A button on the back of the light enables the user to switch between steady, flashing and eco modes.

Double O bicycle lights by Paul Cocksedge

The lights contain magnets that allow them to clip onto a bike mount when in use and snap together to protect the LED surface when they are removed from the bike.

Double O bicycle lights by Paul Cocksedge

Once attached to one another, the two lights can be slotted over a typical D-lock and locked up with the bike so cyclists don't need to carry them around.

Double O bicycle lights by Paul Cocksedge

Cocksedge has launched a campaign on crowdsourcing website Kickstarter aiming to raise £75,000 to fund prototyping, tooling and manufacture of the product.

Double O bicycle lights by Paul Cocksedge

Photography is by Mark Cocksedge.

Here's some more information from the designer:


Paul Cocksedge launches the Double O bike light on Kickstarter

Today Paul Cocksedge Studio® launches its second innovative design on crowd-funding platform Kickstarter. Following on from the success of the Vamp®, Paul has this time turned his attention to bike lights, creating a product that will revolutionise the market and provide an intuitive and practical solution for cycling enthusiasts and leisure users alike. Cycle safety was a crucial element in the design and the resulting product is a simple, safe and secure light for everyday cycling.

Double O bicycle lights by Paul Cocksedge

Double O, named after its distinctive shape, is inspired by the form of the bicycle and the fluid motion of cycling. Double O attaches magnetically to the bike-mount supplied, making it super easy to get on and off, minimising any fiddling that gets in the way of the flow of cycling. It consists of two 'O' shaped lights, one white light for the front, one red for the back. When not in use, these magnetically connect together to protect the LED face.

One of the most common problems with bike lights is the safe keeping of them whilst a bike is locked up. The unique shape of the Double O allows users to thread the lights through a D lock and leave them secured along with their bike, eliminating the need for cyclists to carry their lights around with them.

Double O bicycle lights by Paul Cocksedge

Most existing bike lights use ultra-bright LEDs which are packed too closely together. This causes a very bright light which is blinding for car drivers and approaching cyclists. Double O tackles this issue by using 12 LEDs which are spaced out creating a bright yet soft glow, enabling cyclists to be seen without dazzling others. The light has three modes: steady, flashing and eco which can be changed via a push button.

Double O is made from a polycarbonate shell with silicone backing and is extremely robust and hardwearing. Bike lights come in all shapes and sizes but none as practical and as stylish as Double O's. These powerful lights are very likely to be the last ones you'll ever need to get for your bike and also do away with batteries as they are USB chargeable.

Double O bicycle lights by Paul Cocksedge

Paul Cocksedge says: "As with so many people, cycling is an essential part of my life, and cycling safety is crucial. I've used many bike lights but I feel some things could really be improved. I wanted to design a bike light and the inspiration for Double O comes directly from the shape of the bicycle. I wanted something that almost looked like the bike had designed it itself."

  • oskitz

    Very clever!

  • neezed

    Yes brilliant! But still, cannot wait to read what the naysayers will have to say to this. ;)

    • Erik Schwan

      I only doubt the magnet strength. One pothole and it seems like you’ll be pulling over to pick up your light. I’ll stick with my Flea and just take it off when I park.

  • Danielle Scutt

    Finally a bike light that looks good on a bike. Congrats x

  • Anna-lena

    Thanks Paul for designing a bike light that’s not just for the ‘toy boy’ market. Refreshing!

  • Atheneum

    Good stuff. But I believe that every bike should have its own built in lights.

  • Theremin

    So clever and aesthetically appealing!

  • Gemma Gleick

    Looks pretty magnetically sturdy. On the kickstarter page it shows someone riding down some stairs!
    Love the way it looks like a polo ;)

  • olof

    Why? Wouldn’t it be easier to pop it in you pocket or bag? IF you have to take it out and loop it, it can’t be such a good design. I would think that a light which stays put and can’t be taken away is surely the ticket?
    Don’t get me wrong, it’s pretty but don’t sell it like a functional breakthrough.

  • Will

    Revolutionise the market place?

    … it’s a bike light. A nice bike light, one that city cyclists will buy for sure, but it’s not going to disrupt the market place. Let’s enjoy it for what it is.

  • FLEC

    I think (again) this dude is doing marketing more than product design in a serious way. Lock your lock outside, in town, and let’s see in one year if after all the hits, and bad treatment that could happened, I would be curious… I believe this stuff will break quite quickly, and nobody spoke about it, but it’s very very big! The lezyne light is very small and could makes you blind.

    The lock thing making the design…remind me the Levi’s collection to attached your lock. A gimmick, again. And try to take a picture with a U lock taking the wheel, the frame, the lights, and then the pole. It will be a mess to pull it off.

    • alessandro rocca

      Geez Flec, you’re on a negative vibe! Have faith in the dream. I think a lot of your comments are relevant, but if you read the press release they are answered.

      I have the lezyne light and it’s tragic! So bright and piercing, it’s an aggressive toy – and it got pinched.

  • http://www.bikelightsuk.com/ Adam Jackson

    The circular lights look really smart. The best part is the balanced configuration that makes it possible to keep the brightness limited, making the bright glow less glittery for motorists and other cyclists.

    Also, the idea of using more LEDs with low power is a good one. I think the Double O light that can be attached to the bike through a magnet will be highly helpful in saving time. Full marks to such a unique and useful road-safety concept!