Electronics, Lighting, & Gadgets - Cheap-o 1 Watt Bicycle Light
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12-17-08, 12:03 PM
Hi everyone, this is my first post here. I probably should have started by posting in the "post your rig" thread, but I haven't taken pics of my bike yet.
I was searching for some 1 W bike lights, and I managed to find this one:
Has anyone tried this light, or seen it working? If it really is 1W, then I would have to say it is an incredible deal. What do you guys think of this light?
Not very bright and they want more money for shipping and first item charge than what the light costs. Go to DX and check out there bike lights. Free shipping and no charges just for purchasing an item.
If you want a real flashlight purchase a P7 multi-mode flashlight, battery's, charger, and bike mounting clip.
12-17-08, 01:50 PM
I've seen them going on eBay sometimes for $4 total with shipping included. Can the brightness be beat for that price?
12-18-08, 11:53 AM
I've never seen that light, but the folks at *********.com ****ing hate it. A few of them jumped on that "deal" when it came out and just about everyone's broke. If the mount didn't break off, it was the actual plastic housing that destroyed itself on the first pot hole. Also, it apparently likes to turn itself off with the slightest jiggle.
12-18-08, 11:54 AM
So I don't know why you can't say the name of the forum I was referring to, but it's t a r c b i k e dot com.
12-18-08, 12:00 PM
You can get a Chinese made flashlight that puts out about 200 lumens for $27 shipped from shiningbeam.com. That is suitable for city riding in which you have street lights or in rural roads at lower speeds. If you want to pay even less then that, you can get a Planetbike 3 or 5 led light for $15-$20. These are 'be seen' lights and work fine in strobe mode, but are not powerful enough to light the road, even in the city. However, I've encountered a few cyclists using them, and the strobe effect did a good job of drawing my attention.
12-18-08, 12:13 PM
I tried that site f a r c b i k e dot com and couldn't find it. I think deal extreme has some 900 lumens light for cheap, but I just need one that is extremely low maintenance that I can just replace if I lose it or it gets damaged. I'm just wondering if it really is a 1 Watt LED.
12-26-08, 11:47 PM
Hey guys, I decided to order one of these lights since I just paid $4 total with shipping included, and must say that for under 5 bucks, you can't go wrong with these. It really is a 1 watt bulb. I'm gonna take pics a bit later to show y'all.
12-27-08, 03:16 AM
I had a headlight (one that straps to your head) that looks like that. It was claimed to be a 1 watt LED and I suppose it was; if I had to guess it was like 25 or so lumens. It was okay but I wouldn't ride my bike with it, not enough light nor a particularly good pattern. For $20 bucks shipped you could have a 150-170 lumen (depending on battery type, takes 3 different ones) flashlight and put it on your bars with a big o-ring. I have such a flashlight on the way now but not for my bike, have better suited lights for my bike.
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