Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Melbourne, AU
Bikes: Cannondale T800, Northwood tandem, 1970s Gitane fixxed 45x16
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L2D CE is brighter than Cateye EL500 (not sure about 530, but brighter acc. to specs) with both a better reach central beam and more sideways light spill. The light pattern seems right to me, really tight focus central beam and maybe 30-45 deg. (total, not each side) dimmer light. Then again, I use a fixed light as well as the Fenix on my helmet, maybe it's the combo rather than the light pattern.
Also, if you put it on your helmet the light spill is good for reading you cycle computer or watch.
One of these (L2D CE) and some duct tape has made me an instant convert after several years of blinkies + dual halogen or cateye (depending on conditions and route).
The weight on the helmet is not huge but is definitely noticable. Mine is currently to the side of my helmet, will move it to the centre and further back for better balance.
Alkalines (duracell) didn't seem to last very long, NiMH (2650 mAH) seem to be fine, haven't tried with lithium AAs ($$$).