Cleveland CycleWerks and Darkside Scientific have partnered up to offer the first motorcycle with LumiLor Electroluminescent Paint which lights up when powered by a low-charge electrical current. LumiLor has the potential to make motorcycles much more visible at night. It has been used on the tank mounted to the back of the motorcycle above as a demonstration (it is not a Cleveland CycleWerks motorcycle).
Cleveland CycleWerks, an Ohio-based manufacturer of small bobber and café racer style motorcycles powered by 229cc single-cylinder engines, is partnering with Darkside Scientific to offer the first motorcycles with electroluminescent paint. Darkside Scientific has a patent-pending coating process that will illuminate when energized by an electrical current. The company’s patent-pending coating technology, Lumilor Electroluminescent Paint, is applicable to almost any surface and is claimed to light up with the ease of flicking a switch. According to Darkside Scientific PR, Cleveland CycleWerks will be offering the electroluminescent paint as a custom option on their motorcycles in the near future.
Until then, Darkside Scientific is offering an opportunity to own the very first motorcycle painted with LumiLor, a Cleveland CycleWerks Heist model, for a $15,000 donation to its indiegogo funding campaign. The new collaboration, called Sith CycleWerks, will help the start-up company further develop and promote the electroluminescent technology. The campaign targets companies and corporations looking for a unique way to brand their product like painting their logo on the Sith CycleWerks Heist. Darkside Scientific said it will donate $2500 of the $15,000 price tag to the Wounded Warriors Project.
The LumiLor electroluminescent coating system is used with simple driver electronics to light up any surface. It is based on “aqueous-based polymer technologies” to achieve the effect and requires no special tools or expensive equipment to apply. Darkside Scientific claims it can be “custom-animated to flash in sequenced, strobed, and sound activated modes” and says it can be applied to metal, wood, fiberglass and plastics. The company is touting its ability to be applied to a variety of shapes and compound curves as well, a useful fact for its application on motorcycles. LumiLor is claimed to be energy efficient, powered by a touch of electrical current, and is safe and cool to the touch.
Darkside Scientific is currently looking for partners in the architectural, automotive, consumer products and industrial markets to help manufacture, distribute and apply LumiLor. They are seeking to raise $250,000 with their indiegogo campaign to help “evolve from a well-equipped garage to a state-of-the-art EL Coatings Lap to advance R&D on the technology.”
A motorcycle that lights up at night at the switch of a button? Every day is seems like reality creeps ever closer to science-fiction. But if it can help a motorcyclist’s visibility at night without sacrificing the quality of a custom paint job, it’s got potential. Motorcyclists lighting up their bikes with LEDs is already a hot fad. LumiLor’s use as a new medium for artists to explore is also being touted as a selling point. Is glow-in-the-dark paint motorcyclists can turn off and on with the push of a button the trend of tomorrow? We’ll soon see.