ORP’s Bike Light With Integrated Smart Horn


Commuting by bicycle has many benefits and is a good way to get some additional pedaling time into your busy day. However, it is often not the safest way to travel since bicyclists are not as visible on the road as auto drivers. In an effort to increase rider safety, ORP has an innovative new bike light that integrates a horn into a bike light that will aid bike commuters on their travels and make them easier to see AND hear.

The ORP has what they call their patented SmartHorn™ Technology that produces a horn blast with a maximum of 96 decibels, way more than any dinky bike bell can produce. The horn is designed to help riders alert cars, pedestrians, runners and other cyclists to their presence with a simple push on the light’s tail – another patented technology which is unique to ORP.

The light portion of the ORP has 87 lumens and run times of 3 hours (solid), 8 hours (fast flash) and 15 hours (slow flash). The horn has two settings, a “friendly” setting at 76 decibels and a “loud” setting of 96 decibels. Weight is a scant 89 grams and the housing stretches to fit handlebars with a diameter of 26 to 33 millimeters. The electronics are housed in a high impact polycarbonate case that is surrounded by a silicone skin, making it weatherproof and shockproof. Like most small lights these days, the entire unit is USB chargeable.

There is an optional remote switch (+$10) that is silicone bodied with a progressive 2-stage remote wired switch that works both horn and light. The ORP comes in 7 colors including: Glorp, Aorta Red, Snot Green, Frostbyte, Safety Cone Orange, Wail Blue, Asphalt Black.

For more in-depth info about ORP, watch this video featuring inventor Toren Orzeck from Portland, Oregon discuss how the idea for ORP began as well as the design and production of the finished product. Check the 1:55 mark to hear what the two horn settings sound like.

The ORP light with horn sells for $65 and will be available at your local bike shop soon.

Our Take

We look forward to getting a test sample of the ORP light/horn. It is an innovative product and increasing rider safety on the road is definitely a worthy cause. The price may seem high for a small commuter light, but add in the functionality of a loud horn that is accessible at your finger tips and it is not expensive if it keeps riders from getting hit.

From the Manufacturer

“ORP was the brainchild of famed industrial designer Toren Orzeck, whose decades of experience include groundbreaking work at Nike and GE Plastics. Breaking the Sound Barrier.”

For more information, check out Torcano Industries website (www.torcanoindustries.com). Torcano is the distributor of ORP’s light.

About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.

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  • GoGo says:

    Hows the horn sound made?

  • gregg says:

    Good question, GoGo. I will ask and post the answer here.

    A loud horn on a bicycle can be a huge help or a huge hinderance in regards to cyclist/driver interactions. Riders must use this new functionality rationally and reasonably.

  • ginsu says:

    With 96db off horn blast at your fingertips, you better be ready to defend yourself from an aggravated pedestrian.

    Would be funny to see a bicyclist in traffic competing with the car horns in NY city rush hour….”Aye, I’m bikin’ here!”

  • Tobias says:

    Very interesting.
    How do they compare to Knog Blinder?

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