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Old 05-02-09, 09:32 PM   #1
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white light mounted to front of helmet

I ride with a front light on my handle bars, a tail light attached to the seat post and a self-leveling tail light on my helmet for maximum visibility.
I onced saw a discussion on mounting a white led light on the front of your helmet which apparently helps when you try making eye contact with a driver at night.
However I can't find a compact white led light that neatly attaches to the front of a helmet.
Any ideas?
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Old 05-02-09, 09:42 PM   #2
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I ride with a front light on my handle bars, a tail light attached to the seat post and a self-leveling tail light on my helmet for maximum visibility.
I onced saw a discussion on mounting a white led light on the front of your helmet which apparently helps when you try making eye contact with a driver at night.
However I can't find a compact white led light that neatly attaches to the front of a helmet.
Any ideas?
Thanks
I use a Fenix flashlight attached with rubber bands to the helmet. Check out the electronics, lighting forum.
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Old 05-02-09, 11:29 PM   #3
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However I can't find a compact white led light that neatly attaches to the front of a helmet.
Any ideas?
Planet Bike Sport Spot works well on the front of a helmet (using the helmet strap, which is not pictured).


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Old 05-03-09, 06:58 AM   #4
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Planet Bike Sport Spot works well on the front of a helmet (using the helmet strap, which is not pictured).


i use this helmet light as well. mine has a velcro mount that loops inside helmet. to me this is a good addition to light system. be safe,be seen!
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Old 05-03-09, 08:07 AM   #5
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I have a Princeton Tec Aurora light on my helmet. It has three LED's, runs on three AAA batteries, and has five modes: Bright, Medium, Dim, Slow Flash, Fast Flash.

Here is a link to an ad for the light I have, although I bought mine in a Bike Shop:

http://www.campingsurvival.com/praubili.html
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I am using a rayovac 1 watt led head lamp on my helemt. I cut the straps off of the light and put some good velcro on the light and helmet and just stick it on the front when I ride home at night.

The light uses 1 AA battery that is good for 2 hours. I use us 2500mAh nimh recharable batteries and that gives me 2.5 hours of runtime. On my bars I have a planet bike alias 15 watt halogen system and the led is as bright as the halogen. The only difference is the Led is whiter and has more spot and the halogen has more flood.

when I am on the bike I have the light on my helmet overlapping my halogen light on the road. I like that I can turn my head and see what is off to the side of me and I can use it to grab the attenion of motorist. I initally intended to use this as a temporay solution unitl I could buy a real helmet light but it works so well I have been using it for the last 2 years. I work swing shift so my commute brings me home at midnight every night.

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One other thing I forgot to mention. This light is strong enough to point and light up the reflective surface of car license plates and makes them real easy to read.
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One other thing I forgot to mention. This light is strong enough to point and light up the reflective surface of car license plates and makes them real easy to read.
So does the Serfas Guppy, but it's not retina-searing, either. DOT-quality reflective surfaces reflect pretty well.

Half of the benefit of adding a head-mounted light is that it gives another reference point to your size, distance, and speed. A single light (that is, if you only have one, no matter where it's mounted) can look like a stationary spot if it's only seen in a short glance.

Honda put a video on their site a few years ago about their experimental motorcycle safety concepts. Wait until about 4:50 where they talk about lighting, and picture their high-mounted light as similar to a cyclist's helmet-mounted light.
http://world.honda.com/HDTV/ASV/ASV-3-motor/index.html
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That was an informative video
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Hemlet mounted lights a nice for lighting where you intend to go (turns, etc), but I think it's rather stupid and obnoxious to point them in a drivers eyes in some feeble attempt to "make eye contact". Do you like drivers hitting the high beams in order to illuminate you?
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Hemlet mounted lights a nice for lighting where you intend to go (turns, etc), but I think it's rather stupid and obnoxious to point them in a drivers eyes in some feeble attempt to "make eye contact". Do you like drivers hitting the high beams in order to illuminate you?
I didn't know that I would have to spell it out in exact terms. What I mean by grabbing attention with the light is that it moves around while riding. If I look left and right the light moves. That moving light is what grabs the attention of motorist. I never said I pointed it at them in the face.
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Hemlet mounted lights a nice for lighting where you intend to go (turns, etc), but I think it's rather stupid and obnoxious to point them in a drivers eyes in some feeble attempt to "make eye contact". Do you like drivers hitting the high beams in order to illuminate you?
If someone is driving in such a way as to make me fear for my safety, they get full "eye contact" with my helmet light. I don't do that with just any driver.
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