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    NiteRIder Lighting

    I know, I know another lighting thread....I'm curious about anyones experience using the Niterider taillite thingy....that has to apparently plug in to their system...I just looked on their site and didn't even see it. Performance had it in the latest cat. they sent me. Said it must be used on 2002 or newer unit. I'm thinking about trying either the two headed LED they have or the Blackburn one that's out now when I get done building my 'mongoloid' front rack(for my lunch box/cooler).

    Just wondering if it's even worth messing with....or if I should stick with multi blinkies.

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    I've got one. On their site, it's under Online Store. First of all, be aware that you can NOT use the NiteRider taillight with the NiteRider MiNewt LED headlight systems. I asked NiteRider and they said no.

    You can actually buy brighter separate blinkies nowdays. The "hot spot" of a $11 Planet Bike Blinky 5 is right up there with my NiteRider, amazingly (using fresh Alkaline batteries, that is... it would drop some as they reached middle-age). I guess LED technology is moving right along.

    The benefits of the NiteRider include that it is always running on strong batteries (unless you run your headlight dead). If you want one, AEBike has it cheaper: http://aebike.com/page.cfm?PageID=30...ils&sku=LT9030 You could use it with a NiteRider single-beam halogen, or dual-beam halogen, or with a NR HID, but not the MiNewts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mechBgon
    I've got one. On their site, it's under Online Store. First of all, be aware that you can NOT use the NiteRider taillight with the NiteRider MiNewt LED headlight systems. I asked NiteRider and they said no.

    You can actually buy brighter separate blinkies nowdays. The "hot spot" of a $11 Planet Bike Blinky 5 is right up there with my NiteRider, amazingly (using fresh Alkaline batteries, that is... it would drop some as they reached middle-age). I guess LED technology is moving right along.

    The benefits of the NiteRider include that it is always running on strong batteries (unless you run your headlight dead). If you want one, AEBike has it cheaper: http://aebike.com/page.cfm?PageID=30...ils&sku=LT9030 You could use it with a NiteRider single-beam halogen, or dual-beam halogen, or with a NR HID, but not the MiNewts.
    How does the Blinky 5 led compare to the Superflash? Did you do that on a video somewhere?

    My thought was that if he was considering the price of the Nightrider, a $19 light Like the Superflash, (or two) would still be less $$$.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2manybikes
    How does the Blinky 5 led compare to the Superflash? Did you do that on a video somewhere?

    My thought was that if he was considering the price of the Nightrider, a $19 light Like the Superflash, (or two) would still be less $$$.
    I'd shoot a comparison video except I gave my Blinky 5 to my little sister just the other day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mechBgon
    I'd shoot a comparison video except I gave my Blinky 5 to my little sister just the other day.
    OK.......pick one.

    As good?

    No?

    Not sure?

    Time to feed the dog?
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    The Blinky 5 isn't as quite bright as the SuperFlash when comparing their hotspots, but it wasn't too far behind, and when I did a direct comparison to my NiteRider Universal, and also my older NiteRider Defender (the old chunky grey one), it was brighter than they are.

    So the Blinky 5 falls inbetween the NR and the SuperFlash, with the added benefit of a big lens for a big visual target, PLUS it's a pretty decent-sized reflex reflector as well. All things considered, a nice deal for the money, as long as the person doesn't need one that bolts onto a regular reflector bracket.

    One other factor I'd like to research, is whether lower voltage affects the brightness of the SuperFlash the way it affects the LD1000 and other regular blinkies. Because the SuperFlash uses a Luxeon main LED, I was wondering if the voltage to the Luxeon gets regulated, which might help it stay bright with aging batteries, or with 1.2-volt NiMH rechargeables. Maybe I can test that with a run-down set of AAA's... OH, and I have some, too!

    Check back for a report in a while here Oh, and it's ALWAYS time to feed the dog!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mechBgon
    The Blinky 5 isn't as quite bright as the SuperFlash when comparing their hotspots, but it wasn't too far behind, and when I did a direct comparison to my NiteRider Universal, and also my older NiteRider Defender (the old chunky grey one), it was brighter than they are.

    So the Blinky 5 falls inbetween the NR and the SuperFlash, with the added benefit of a big lens for a big visual target, PLUS it's a pretty decent-sized reflex reflector as well. All things considered, a nice deal for the money, as long as the person doesn't need one that bolts onto a regular reflector bracket.

    One other factor I'd like to research, is whether lower voltage affects the brightness of the SuperFlash the way it affects the LD1000 and other regular blinkies. Because the SuperFlash uses a Luxeon main LED, I was wondering if the voltage to the Luxeon gets regulated, which might help it stay bright with aging batteries, or with 1.2-volt NiMH rechargeables. Maybe I can test that with a run-down set of AAA's... OH, and I have some, too!

    Check back for a report in a while here Oh, and it's ALWAYS time to feed the dog!
    Thanks mech.

    That's a good idea to test the effect of the batteries.


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    I have the universal from NR tail light. It works very well and has very little battery drain. It is very bright and visible in daylight. The seatpost mount is very good, the rack mount is OK. You do have to run a wire up to the battery and connect it in to the supplied adapter where the headlamp plugs into the battery. I've zip tied the wire to the brake cable that runs along my top tube to keep it neat and out of the way. The tail light looks white when it is off but glows bright red when it is on. It blinks or shines steady. Since it plugs into the rechargable battery and has virtually no draw I run it all the time. I also have a backup AA battery powered tail lamp just in case.


    http://www.niterider.com/store_taillights.shtml

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