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Old 07-25-06, 03:35 PM   #1
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Anyone have a Nashbar Brilliant II headlight?

Hi all, has anyone used the Nashbar Brilliant II headlight (http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?sku=15178). I've seen these 5-LED high-intensity lights for much higher prices, and wondering how well the Nashbar one works. I ride mostly in well-lit areas, but I'd like something that's bright enough to crawl along in the pitch black at 5-10 mph if necessary!

My current headlight is a 1 W PlanetBike light with an unacceptably short runtime, and would like to find a good compact replacement.
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I had the older model that ran on 3 AAA batteries. The batteries lasted a long time and it was pretty visible in flashing mode but would not be sufficient as a head light for anything faster than walking. However it only held up for a couple of months before it stopped working.
It looks like the new model uses brighter LEDs and 2 AA vs. 3 AAA. I still don't think your going to want to use it as a headlight. I consider my Cateye EL500 to be the minimum headlight. That is a 1W LED that burns through 4 AAs in 10-12 hours. If the Brilliant II can last 17 hours on 2 AA it is not near as bright.
Consider getting recharageable batteries for you Planet Bike 1W. That way you still have the brighter light but don't have to worry about using up batteries.
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I had the older model that ran on 3 AAA batteries. The batteries lasted a long time and it was pretty visible in flashing mode but would not be sufficient as a head light for anything faster than walking. However it only held up for a couple of months before it stopped working.
It looks like the new model uses brighter LEDs and 2 AA vs. 3 AAA. I still don't think your going to want to use it as a headlight. I consider my Cateye EL500 to be the minimum headlight. That is a 1W LED that burns through 4 AAs in 10-12 hours. If the Brilliant II can last 17 hours on 2 AA it is not near as bright.
Consider getting recharageable batteries for you Planet Bike 1W. That way you still have the brighter light but don't have to worry about using up batteries.
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Thanks for the tip! I ordered the Cateye 1 W instead!
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I got the Nite Hawk Nomad Headlight from Nashbar. I think for the money it's a nice headlight. It well be a lot better then any LED light.
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The brilliant II looks uselessly dim if it can last for 26 hours on 2AA's. Instead of buying another light, I suggest you keep your Planet bike 1W, and buy some rechargables which will not only last longer than alkalines, but save you $$ in the long run.
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I got the Nite Hawk Nomad Headlight from Nashbar. I think for the money it's a nice headlight. It well be a lot better then any LED light.
http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...eid=&pagename=
That Nomad looks like a very inexpensive light. You would want to get recharageables for it for any kind of real use but it would be a good solution for an entry level light.
It is probably about as bright as two 1W LED lamps but it is not much better than "any" LED. There are now 3W and 5W LED headlights on the market that are as bright or brighter than 10-20W halogens. Ofcourse they are well over $100 vs. the $20 for the Nomad from Nashbar.
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