magic magnic microlights illuminate your bike wheels with physics

magic magnic microlights illuminate your bike wheels with physics

seemingly like magic, you can turn your bike into a smart, illuminated bicycle by exchanging the brake pads for ‘magnic microlights’, developed by dirk strothmann. with no friction, batteries or cables, it provides endless energy that lights up the front and back wheels. furthermore, the lights can be adjusted to illuminate the cyclist and/or to shine on the road ahead.

all images courtesy of dirk strothmann



the system is the world’s smallest contact and frictionless bicycle dynamo, which is integrated with lighting inside the brake shoe of a calliper brake. the patented technology functions by following the practice of eddy current induction; a magnetic wheel in a generator, separated from the bicycle rim by a narrow air gap, induces temporary magnetic fields even in non-magnetic aluminum bike rims, when it is moving at high speeds. ‘magnic micolights’ do not need any batteries or external cables, it can be fitted and work on any bicycle.



the ‘magnic microlights’ all feature a brake light setting that, when they are applied, the lights brighten up to warn drivers and other road users behind. similarly, when turning, the lights signal the change in direction, flashing like a car indicator. the smart devices also include speed data transmission, crash detection, and navigation technology.


dirk strothmann is currently seeking funding for his ‘magnic microlights’ development. find more about the product and support its campaign here on kickstarter.

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
    all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    technology news

    keep up with our daily and weekly stories
    492,672 subscribers
    - see sample
    - see sample