Lighted wheelchair blingMay 02 04:43
Want people to stare for the right reason? The wUnderGlow Wheelchair Light is just what you need. This snazzy LED light is clipped underneath the seat of a wheelchair and flashes colored lights on the floor underneath, making for some very very cool ground effects.
And the wUnderGlow is only $25 (is easily removeable w/ a clip too). Now, anyone can have their own wheelchair bling, and it won’t take a fundraiser or a rich uncle to get it. The wUnderGlow is created in Europe, but don’t let that scare you off. This isn’t one of those weird Euro trinkets that will take forever to arrive (if you’re lucky) or needs a special charger to get plugged in or some other BS like that. They sell these by the crate load to people in the US.
Ever since I saw a Colours blinged out manual wheelchairs (with no joke - 14k carat pushrims) I’ve been dreaming of a little wheelchair bling in my life. But in a power wheelchair, finding bling of the platinum, chrome or gold variety is near impossible. Apparently power wheelchair-users aren’t cool enough for wheelchair bling.
There was only one, ONE, time I’ve ever seen a power wheelchair with chrome anything on it - and it was a custom job on an Invacare Action MK something powerchair done by a paraplegic wheelchair technician that actually gave a crap. But of course, it wasn’t available anywhere else (and I have yet to hear of any other power wheelchair manufacturers offing chrome/bling body options for their chairs).
That’s why the wUnderGlow rules. Both manual AND power wheelchairs can use it and it’s pretty high up there on the cool factor. Sure, maybe you’d only use it at select events, your nephew’s 5th birthday, church on Sunday, your boss’ retirement party….or at a dance club, concert and of course at night, but for $25, even once-in-awhile bling is worth it.
Now you’ll need to get a sticker that says, “Yes I am blinking colored lights and I am awesome. Get over it.”
Visit this site: wUnderGlow Wheelchair Light
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1. Bob V | May 04 06:36
Hi Tiff, Another very important (and cool) blog. We (wheelchair users) become even more invisable to motorists when the sun goes down. In addition to the "coolness factor", the lights will save lives! For years I used front casters that cast off different colored light when I roll. "Chicks dig em", my daughter thinks they are great and I feel much safer when pushing in to town (1-mile each way) to check my mail.
2. ex-Gooserider | May 10 05:29
If it's metal, it can be chromed, powder-coated, etc. to meet your hearts desire - aluminium parts can be anodized in different colors, and any part can be hit with a paint gun... Check out WheelchairDriver.com for some examples, or pick up a copy of any biker magazine for help in finding places that do chrome and other custom metal finishing. All you should need (if it's your main chair) is a spare set of parts to use while getting bling applied to whatever... Never tried it, but I suspect you could also work a deal with any of the many folks that do custom paint work on show bikes and cars... Doesn't seem like a big problem...
3. Tiffiny | Jun 04 12:05
That's a good tip, ex-Gooserider! (the site and working a paint job deal w/ a local car paint place)
4. rob | Jun 09 09:05
Really awesome post! Funny girl!
5. born handicapped | Jul 19 05:54
that's cool, I'be been using those place anyway wall lights, I got them at the dollar store, and drug stores, they stick onto my powerchair, and you just push the clear plastic button led lights in to turn it on or off.
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Tiffiny Carlson is freelance writer and writes the “SCI Life” column for New Mobility. She's also a C6 quad from a diving accident that occurred when she was 14 years old. A lifelong resident of Minneapolis, Tiffiny has been a writer in the disability community for over 10 years and writes for several publications and blogs, as well as her personal blog BeautyAbility. Her work has also appeared in mainstream publications such as Nerve.com and Playgirl.