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Location: San Jose, Ca
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L&M ARC too bright for city streets?
I bought the Light & Motion ARC mostly because I wanted a to-see light that would allow me to ride as fast as I wanted and avoid or bunny hop road defects that would otherwise damage one of my tires or wheels. I was leary of buying a lesser product which would leave me wanting more light, resulting in my buying the high-powered light I should've bought in the first place..
Well, the ARC doesn't leave me wanting for light!!! The problem, as it may be, is that it casts so much of it everywhere. It reflects light off of street signs attached to stoplights hanging like 20 feet above the intersection. It reflects light off of street signs on the side of the road until the light head is at around a 70 degree angle to the light pole (horizontal plane). I don't keep the light pointed straight ahead, of course, but rather, I keep it pointed just far enough ahead of me to allow me to ride as fast as I want to, including speeding downhill and I am learning to reserve the high setting for when I'm on an unlit section of roadway.
Even with the above being the case, I think I've got just too much light! I probably just should've gotten the L&M Stella
Does anyone else who has a 500-600 lumen light have this concern? And thanks for reading my novel