Who Are We

Engineers First, Bike Enthusiasts Second

GEARED TO SHAPE LIGHT, BECAUSE FEW DO.

We prefer to let our products do the talking, but here goes:

Outbound Lighting was born out of a suburban Missouri basement and an obsession with chasing optical illumination perfection.

We are a team of engineering professionals, bringing our many moons’ experience in the automotive and LED lighting industries to the bike world. (We are not some laymen chasing lumens, cobbling together homemade LEDs with off-the-shelf reflectors and calling them bike worthy.)

No, Sir. Our days, weeks and months are spent in dark rooms designing brilliant lights.

When we’re not obsessively tweaking beam patterns, using Lucidshape™, we are developing our custom hard parts and performing thermal analysis with Solidworks™, or laying out and verifying our driver designs with the help of Eagle™.

All this geeking out culminates in our new 7200+ sqft Chicago headquarters, where every Outbound light is hand-built and put through rigorous quality control checks.

The first time you ride with Outbound Lighting, you will see the difference, guaranteed. Absolute enlightenment or your money back.

Happy trails,
Matthew, Tom and Team

Founder, Owner, Engineer
Matt Conte

The founder of Outbound Lighting and lead engineer. He's had an interesting career designing roller coasters, fighter jets, automotive lighting, and culminating in the development of Outbound Lighting after looking at what was out there, and was convinced that he could build a better light.

A strong passion for rally racing and cars lead him to the interest in automotive lighting. Utilizing the experience of sliding sideways in the woods at 100mph at night to design off-road lighting before setting sights on using that experience for mountain and road biking.

Co-Owner, engineer, test
Tom "Danger" Place

Former CREE LED manager of Package & Test R&D and the Global Applications Engineering Team with multiple LED chip design patents to his name and two passions: mountain biking and lighting.

Founder of the First Braptist Dirt Church in Pisgah National Forest, he’s always out stress-testing our lights in the Phoenix valley desert heat, and now in the PNW wet in his new backyard. A good friend once said “if you don’t know Tom, it’s just a matter of time!” as he is a rare breed of socially-dependent engineer that obsesses over data by day then seeks out party pace group rides by night.  

We bought a van, customized it, and we were excited to get back out into the world and be with our biking community at an event near you - we can’t wait to be together!