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    Senior Member geeklpc1985's Avatar
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    Too many lights?

    Can you have too many lights?

    I have a Trek Disco on my helmet, a Cateye LT-LD500-R on my Marin Novato (Soon will also have a Niterider tail light), a 7 LED Planet Bike, 7 LED Eclipse, and two Cateye LT-LD500-R on my Burly Nomad. Also I have a 5 LED Bell light on my CamelBak. I will add another Cateye LT-LD500-R on the Burly, and some handle bar light soon.

    Does anyone know of any good handle bar lights?

    Will this do too much light on for drivers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by geeklpc1985
    Can you have too many lights?
    If you're blinding oncoming traffic, yes. (e.g. the idiots who drive around with their high beams on all the time) If you could do that you must have some awesome battery pack though.
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    It won't be too much for the drivers, but it may be too much for fellow cyclists, who could get a chuckle out of the christmas tree effect!

    Seriously, light 'em up until you feel comfortable riding in the dark.

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    Yes, you can have too many lights. I recently discovered that the Alberta Highway Traffic Act states that a cyclist riding at night MUST have at least one headlight, but not more than two. I was a bit surprised at that ... but it's the law!

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    Seems some cyclists said some Niterider systems can blind on coming traffic? Not mine...Lately, I have been riding with a good handlebar light, plus my helmet lite..Like being able to single out spots in the road with a helmet light...
    But a concern..Being hit broadside... Been toying with the idea of attaching UFO lights to the handle bars positioned on the side so traffic at 90 degree angles to me can see me...

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    It's not the number of headlights, it's how friggin powerful it is.

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    Tirefly's on the valve stems, a good halogen NiMH headlight and a blinky tailight placed at eye level for the average driver and you're covered sides, front and back. No need to get rediculous about it.
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    but i like ridiculous!!

    I wear some blinkies on my arms, also... got them at a dollar store. more visible from the side, and cheap...
    And I am sure there are other choices I haven't thought of, yet...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Machka
    Yes, you can have too many lights. I recently discovered that the Alberta Highway Traffic Act states that a cyclist riding at night MUST have at least one headlight, but not more than two. I was a bit surprised at that ... but it's the law!
    That law sounds silly considering that she's pulling a trailer with a child behind her at night!

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    Best light I ever saw did not shine on the road itself, but on the cyclist. This was on some rack on the rear and not even especially bright, but it was a somewhat wide beam aimed right at the cyclist. The rider was wearing one of those yellow/green jackets and the light just made him quite visible as a human... not just a bunch of disconnected lights or a UFO.

    Of course he also had a decent headlight.

    Pretty cool idea though.

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    That sounds great until you need to look behind you and get blinded by your illuminator. Even if it not pointed at your head I can still see it hindering your rear view.
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