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    Senior Member Spld cyclist's Avatar
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    Anyone tried orange peel reflector for Magicshine clone?

    I have a Magicshine clone headlight with a Cree XML emitter: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008KUXRAW/...447029335&sr=0

    It's a pretty useful light, and a great value, but I'm not wild about the beam. The center hotspot is really bright, but the aura around it is too dim. The angle of the beam works for me. Not too narrow, not too floody. The reflector is smooth. I've tried the wide angle lens insert and didn't like it.

    I have another light with an orange peel reflector, and that has a nice even light pattern, and I would love the clone to be more like that.

    I *think* this Magicshine replacement reflector will fit: MJ-808/808E/808U/Titan Replacement Reflector ? Action-LED-Lights My light looks just like the MJ-808. For $4.95 plus shipping, it might be worth a shot.

    Has anyone tried the reflector in their clone? Was it an improvement over the stock reflector?
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    aka Tom Reingold noglider's Avatar
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    That light sounds awful. This is the one that gets such good reviews?
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    I forgot the point I was trying to make.
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    Senior Member Spld cyclist's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by noglider View Post
    That light sounds awful. This is the one that gets such good reviews?
    It's not awful. It's just that the beam quality isn't as good as it could be.

    In the super-budget headlight category (I'll arbitrarily set a limit of $20), it's essentially a choice between woefully inadequate light and mediocre beam quality (this is what you expect to find at Walmart) or more than enough light for urban commuting (>500 lumens) and mediocre beam quality (this is what you order from China through Amazon). The former is nearly useless, and the latter is actually a very useful light and a fantastic value.
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    aka Tom Reingold noglider's Avatar
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    I've tried using very bright lights with bright hotspots. They hurt my eyes even when pointed down the road for me. And I can't see anything in the dark areas because of the strong contrast.
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    Zoom zoom zoom zoom bonk znomit's Avatar
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    You can DIY orange peel the reflector with polyurethane spray. Don't spray directly, just let the mist settle on the reflector. Repeat if its not enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noglider View Post
    I've tried using very bright lights with bright hotspots. They hurt my eyes even when pointed down the road for me. And I can't see anything in the dark areas because of the strong contrast.
    With my light, there is quite a bit of contrast between the light and dark areas. But I don't find the hotspot hurts my eyes and I can see a decent amount of road detail in the dark areas. So it could be better, but it's at least usable in stock form. Maybe your light was worse, and of course our eyes are all a little different.
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    Quote Originally Posted by znomit View Post
    You can DIY orange peel the reflector with polyurethane spray. Don't spray directly, just let the mist settle on the reflector. Repeat if its not enough.
    Interesting idea, but I'm thinking I would prefer to buy another reflector in case I decide I don't like the orange peel effect on this light.
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