A Company Born of Innovation

NiteRider didn’t jump into the bike lights market, we created it!…That’s a bold statement we know, but it’s true. Twenty Five years ago Tom Carroll, the founder of NiteRider, figured that putting his ultra bright surfing headlamp on his bike was a good idea. (Yes that’s true too – Tom being a fanatical surfer wanted to extend his surf day so he designed a water proof helmet light)

At the time no one had ever considered the benefits of putting high powered lights on to bikes – go figure, everyone was literally riding around in the dark. Twenty Seven years after mounting his first light on a bike, Tom remains at the helm of the business, designing and driving innovation that other light companies continue to follow.

NiteRider is proud of the fact that when mountain bikers, road cyclists and urban commuters, think of lights, they turn to the one company that continues to re define bicycle lights in innovation, quality and performance; NiteRider.

Before you buy your next bike light, compare the list of our industry firsts with other bike light manufacturers, and ask yourself, who has been in the business the longest, who has a reputation as providing incomparable customer service and who is the most trusted name in this game?

NiteRider Tom Carroll Owner and Creator of the company
NiteRider Founder, Tom Carroll

NiteRider Innovation Firsts

  • FIRST HIGH WATTAGE DUAL BEAM HALOGEN LIGHT DESIGNED SPECIFICALLY FOR HELMET MOUNTING. WE HAVE PATENT # DES. 326,924 FOR THE “HELMET LAMP” ISSUED ON 6/9/1992.
  • FIRST BIKE LIGHTING COMPANY TO PARTICIPATE/SUPPORT 24 HOUR MOUNTAIN BIKE RACES AT THE 24 HOURS OF CANAAN. NITERIDER IS STILL THE LEADING SUPPORTER OF MOST 24 HOUR MOUNTAIN BIKE RACES IN THE USA.
  • FIRST BIKE LIGHTING COMPANY TO CREATE/DEVELOP THE MEANS TO CHARGE MULTIPLE LIGHTING SYSTEMS AT RACE VENUES SPECIFICALLY TO SUPPORT OUR CUSTOMERS AT 24 HOUR RACES.
  • DEVELOPED THE FIRST DIGITALLY CONTROLLED, RECHARGEABLE BICYCLE LIGHT SYSTEM CALLED THE DIGITAL PRO12. AWARDED US PATENT # 5,999,491 IN 1999.
  • FIRST DIGITALLY ACCURATE 8-STEP FUEL GAUGE.
  • FIRST RESERVE TANK.
  • FIRST WITH OVER DISCHARGE PROTECTION.
  • FIRST WITH PLUG-N-FORGET CHARGING.
  • FIRST WITH LAMP SOFT STARTING.
  • FIRST WITH LAMP OUT DETECTION.
  • FIRST WITH DIGITALLY CONTROLLED MULTIPLE LIGHT LEVELS.
  • FIRST WITH SAFETY FLASH MODES.
  • FIRST WITH CONSTANT LAMP BRIGHTNESS.
  • FIRST DIGITALLY CONTROLLED LIGHT SYSTEM FOR THE OUTDOOR INDUSTRY – THE DIGITAL EXPLORER.
  • FIRST DIGITALLY CONTROLLED LIGHT SYSTEM FOR THE SCUBA DIVING INDUSTRY – THE DIGITAL NR 4000.
  • FIRST BIKE LIGHTING COMPANY TO INCORPORATE THE BATTERY CHARGER INTO THE BATTERY PACK AND ALLOW FOR SMART-CHARGING, MORE ACCURATE FUEL GAUGING AND DATA-LOGGING.
  • FIRST SOFT VINYL BATTERY CASE USED ON OUR DIGITAL NITEOWL AND DIGITAL HEAD TRIP BATTERIES. IN A FEW YEARS IT BECAME AN INDUSTRY STANDARD COPIED AND USED BY MANY OTHER BIKE LIGHT MANUFACTURERS.
  • FIRST BIKE LIGHTING COMPANY WITH A QUICK RELEASE, CAMLOCK HANDLEBAR MOUNT.
  • FIRST BIKE LIGHTING COMPANY WITH A BACK LIT REMOTE SWITCH AND AN LCD DIGITAL DISPLAY OF MODES, WATTAGE LEVEL AND THE REMAINING CHARGE ON THE BATTERY.
  • DEVELOPED THE FIRST HID + LED LIGHTING SYSTEM FOR BIKING CALLED THE FLAMETHROWER.
  • FIRST LED BICYCLE LIGHT WITH USB CHARGING.
  • FIRST LED BICYCLE LIGHT WITH OVER 1200 LUMENS.
  • FIRST DIY BICYCLE LIGHT (USER PROGRAMMABLE LIGHTING SYSTEM).
  • FIRST LED BICYCLE LIGHT WITH OVER 3000 LUMENS.
  • PRO 3600 (3600 LUMENS) DIY BICYCLE LIGHT.
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