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Brecksville inventor makes Lid Lights for kids on ski slopes
LED lights on ski helmets helps parents spot their children

Mark Urycki
Lid Lights come in white and six colors.
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Last week, the ski patrol at Boston Mills and Brandywine ski resorts were awarding pins to skiers who wore helmets for National Ski Patrol Safety Week.  Helmets are becoming common among skiers, especially on kids.
One man who might have gotten an award from parents is an inventor from Brecksville.  He came up with a bright idea for those helmets. WKSU’s Mark Urycki reports
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There was good snow at Boston Mills over the weekend, but everyone’s attention seemed to be on the skiers with helmets that glowed green or orange or blue.

The slopes are well lit at night but each skier pretty much looks black against the snow. That was a problem for Ed Kovach of Brecksville when he came with his two kids and the Brecksville-Broadview Height Ski Club.  

“It popped into my head to put lights on their helmet just so I could find them."

So Kovac rigged up a string of colored LED lights and attached them to his kids' helmets.

“Within a half hour, they came back and asked me to turn them off because everyone was coming up to them and asking where they got them.” Kovac then gave business cards to his children to hand out.

He’s a real estate appraiser but now has a patent pending on the so-called Lid Lights and sells them from his website Light My He approached the ski shop at Boston Mills but it wasn't interested. So skiers at Boston Mills were searching him out to ask to buy them.

Rob Hixenbaugh of  Medina  was one. “My parents are in here and we brought them out here to watch my son. There are a hundred people out here on the slope and they don’t know who’s who. “

Boston Mills has a half dozen slopes and many more lift chairs, but the lights can be spotted from a great distance. Hixenbaugh says the only problem will be the day that everyone is wearing Lid Lights. 

Still, Lid Lights come in seven colors and work on bike helmets too. So for local inventor Ed Kovac, things are looking bright.  

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Listener Comments:

Genius idea!! Congrats Lid Lights!!

Posted by: Marie Green (Brecksville) on February 2, 2013 7:02AM
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