For About $15, This Reflective Bike Spray Could Save Your Life
Unless you like getting hit by cars. In which case, carry on.
If nighttime is your time to shine, best be literal about it.
Volvo just reintroduced a glow-in-the-dark spray called LifePaint, as part of the carmaker’s Vision 2020 initiative — a concept where “no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo by 2020” (the company’s already introduced various pedestrian and cyclist detection systems for their cars).
LifePaint, originally intro’d in six London bike shops as part of a beta program last year, is a water-based reflectant specifically targeted for use by cyclists at night. The solution, invisible by day, prominently reflects headlights during the darkest hours. The spray works best on textiles (clothes, shoes, helmets, backpacks, dog collars), but not so well on leather. It lasts 10 days and easily washes off.
Though now available online, Digital Trends notes that import fees jack up the price exponentially. But the creator of LIfePaint — a Swedish company called Albedo100 — makes its own version of the spray called Invisible Bright available for order in the U.S., starting at just $14.
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