Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Blinded by oncoming bike path traffic.

As technology advances, brighter lights will become available at yet lower prices.

When people buy lights, they don't really know what features they want; but light output can be easily compared. So a 500-lumen light will likely outsell a 300-lumen light for the same price. No manufacturer will sell more lights by saying their product _doesn't_ blind oncoming traffic.

At some point, we have more megapixels on a camera sensor than we need, more blades on a razor cartridge than we need, and way more cogs on a rear cluster than we need. People will soon be riding around with thousand-lumen lights on the fronts of their bikes. Welcome to the future.


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