Personal Active Safety Lighting System Helps Workers See And Be Seen

Personal Active Safety Lighting System Helps Workers See And Be Seen
Halo Light from Illumagear

The Halo Light 360-degree personal active safety system from Illumagear attaches to any hard hat, enabling the wearer to see and be seen in all directions.

Rooted in the construction industry, the concept for the light ring emerged about three years ago when Max Baker, CEO of Illumagear, sought a safer, more efficient way for him and his colleagues to work in low-light conditions.

“My co-founder, Max, came from construction,” says Andrew Royal, president and chief product officer for Illumagear. “From his experience on job sites over eight years, he began looking for ways to improve worker safety.”

Unlike reflective gear, the Halo Light, launched in 2014, actively illuminates the worker without the need for a secondary light source. 

“Reflective vests are standard requirement for visibility on many job sites, but that’s a passive system,” Royal says. “Other than when an 18-wheeler comes bearing down at you with its headlights, you’re often as dark as night.”

The 9-ounce portable light system also frees up hands and eliminates shadows in personal work areas.

“As we first started to develop the product, we saw people essentially buying a camping light and tying or duct taping it to their hard hat. We thought we could do better,” he says.

Visible from about a quarter-mile away, the diffused LED light ring, made of PC ABS plastic, features a tension-spring mounting system, single-button functionality and four light modes: Halo, HI-Alert, Task and Dim. IP67 rated against dust, dirt and water, the Halo Light has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that lasts 12 hours on full power (276 lumens) and breakaway, quick-release battery cord.

“We look at the product as having a dual value proposition, which is ‘see’ and ‘be seen,’” Royal says. “‘Be seen’ is first and foremost for everything we do as a company. It’s about making sure people get home to their families. We have crane operators tell us they can finally see the guys down below. It’s critical that people see you because, unfortunately, every day two people are dying on job sites in the U.S.” 



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