From: Car and Driver Magazine - August 2001
"In Michigan, we're blessed with a lot of traffic signals suspended over intersections on cables, and at considerable height. This makes 'em hard to see -- particularly from something as low-slung as a sports car-- when you're sitting there waiting for the light to change. Keeping track of the green, yellow, and red requires neck contortions more suitable for an ostrich than a human.
Fortunately, the free-enterprise system has once again inspired someone to solve this pain in the neck. It's called LightInSight (513-561-5875; www.lightinsight.com), a wide-angle Fresnel lens made from flexible, optical-grade plastic. It sticks to the inside of the windshield, it's unobtrusive --less than two inches high and seven inches wide-- and it gives you a look at the traffic light without any neck stretching.
It's also cheap" -- $17.50 -- and can be transferred from one vehicle to another.
From: Kevin Kelly’s Cool Tools
I bought a souped-up Mini Cooper from a car-enthusiast friend. As I sat for the first time in the driver's seat, I noticed what looked like an irregularity in the top of the windshield. Peering more closely, I saw it was a little Fresnel lens. "What's that for?" I asked. "It's the coolest thing," he said. "I found it on one of the Mini sites. It lets you see when the light turns green without having to crane your neck." Sure enough, it does. Another friend was riding with me a few weeks later became so enamored with the device, I peeled it off and gave it to him. While waiting for a replacement I had to bend my neck sideways and lean forward to see the light when I'm first in line. What a pain compared to just sitting back comfortably and waiting for that little red dot in the lens to go green.
The manufacturer says LightInSight works for all kinds of vehicles and is "especially helpful for taller drivers, drivers in smaller cars, delivery vans and trucks, and drivers with a mobility problem, such as a neck or back problem."
LightInSight is self-adhering (assisted with a wet paper towel), easily removable and reusable. It measures 7" by 1-1/2."
-- Steve Leveen
Date: September 04, 2006
From: "A Miati Club Member"
Date: Sat Jul 21, 2001 1:38 pm
Subject: LightInSight - This Works!
I saw a reference to this device in the latest Car and Driver, and decided to give it a try. It works! It allows you to see traffic lights that would otherwise be blocked by the windshield frame or top.
No more craning your neck! All the usual disclaimers apply, no connection, etc.
Sent: Friday,November 09, 2001 8:33 AM
I wanted to pass this note on to you regarding my purchase of two LightInSights. I am on the road quite often as an insurance broker and find this
product to be an invaluable tool. I often travel in various cities in the
mid west and time is very valuable to me. The product allows me to
efficiently move when a light turns green while reading directions and not
having to lean forward to see the change. My wife has also learned to enjoy hers as well. She travels with two children in car seats and often has to be leaning backwards at lights to tend them She is able to see the light turn green and still be attending to the children. Great product, when do you go public? I want in!
Sent: Friday, March 29, 2002 3:01 PM
Subject: LightInSight is perfect for the Miata
I read about LightInSight in Car & Driver so I had to get one when I bought my Miata a couple weeks ago. Man, what a difference. Bye-Bye stiff neck at traffic lights! I couldn't believe how small it was when it came, or how great it worked when I stuck it to the windshield. Mazda should make it a standard feature! Thanks for the fast delivery of a great product.
New Miata and Light In Sight owner