Edelux headlights for a hanging attachment are now available. The hanging attachment allows mounting them more securely underneath a front rack.
Most German bikes mount their lights above the fork crown (below). That is how most headlights are designed, including the Edelux. This “standing” headlight attachment is a simple way of doing it, but the headlight puts a significant load onto the attachment. Gravity pulls the “standing” light downward, so it tries to rotate around its attachment bolt. This force, together with the vibrations that occur during the ride, tend to loosen the bolt over time. If that happens, the light will tip forward.
In addition to that concern, a handlebar bag obscures a fork-mounted light, so randonneur bikes need different solutions. Mounting the light on the front fender (below) leaves it exposed and vulnerable, for example, when the bike is leaned against a wall. Furthermore, the bag can move on bumps and push the light forward.
The best solution is to mount the light underneath the front rack (below), where it is more protected. The lower beam also makes it easier to see road irregularities.
However, you cannot simply hang your headlight upside-down from the rack. Good lights like the Edelux have optics that project more light down onto the road than upward toward the sky. Turning them upside down inverts the beam pattern: Now you would shine more light into the sky and into the eyes of oncoming traffic than onto the road!
Until now, riders had to figure out ways to mount their “standing” headlights with brackets or other sub-optimal solutions.
Together with Schmidt Maschinenbau, we have developed “upside-down” Edelux for “hanging” attachments. (You have seen prototypes on the photos of our own bikes.) Now there is a production version of the “hanging” Edelux available. We just received our first shipment.
In addition to the inverted beam orientation, there are a few other differences to the “standard” Edelux:
- No taillight connector: The taillight connector of the standard Edelux is on the triangular mount and faces down. On the inverted light, the connector would face up, and water would pool there. To avoid the risk of having water seep into the light, the taillight connector has been eliminated.
- No daylight sensor: The sensor that automatically switches the light on and off does not fit into the upside-down light, because the screw for the mount is located where sensor usually sits. In any case, mounted underneath a handlebar bag, the light sensor is shaded by the bag, which makes it less effective. (It turns on the light at most times, whether it is dark or not.)
Otherwise, the “hanging” Edelux lights offer the same long, broad and bright beam that allows descending at up to 80 km/h (50 mph) in the dark. They are equipped with a standlight function that keeps the lights illuminated for several minutes after the bike stops. In addition to being perfect for a bike with a front rack, these “hanging” lights also work well if you mount your light on the handlebars. Hanging from the bars, the light is less likely to get bumped, and it keeps the tops of the bars free for your hands. And of course, we also carry the “standing” model.