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Old 10-31-07, 07:43 PM   #26
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Not totally required, but nice to have.

Headlight = 3.5 hours runtime at full

Taillight = 4 hours run time at full
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Old 10-31-07, 07:43 PM   #27
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Specifically the 13w HID from batteryspace $200.
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Old 10-31-07, 07:48 PM   #28
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Old 10-31-07, 07:50 PM   #29
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RIDICULOUS!

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wait until the 2nd 600L gets bolted on, your adjective is a perfect choice
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Old 11-06-07, 01:28 PM   #30
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H.I.D.
HID is history in bike lights IMHO. LED is very close right now in the same (high) price range and the cheaper LEDs are getting better every few months. LED has so many upsides over HID I cannot see HID being a player in 3 years.
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Old 11-06-07, 01:51 PM   #31
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Old 11-06-07, 02:43 PM   #32
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viper that is a bad ***** setup!!
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Old 11-06-07, 03:35 PM   #33
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Call me Mr. Skeptical, but with a 1W LED? I think not.
1 watt with the right reflector is plenty of power. I had a few Princeton tecs in that config and they were plenty for riding and getting a car's attention.
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Old 11-06-07, 04:35 PM   #34
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1W LED bulb is ok for lighting up near front and getting attention, but they aren't bright enough for high beam use, they simply leave something to be desired. I suspect you would be wanting something better if you ever try 1W only.
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Old 11-06-07, 05:05 PM   #35
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HID is history in bike lights IMHO. LED is very close right now in the same (high) price range and the cheaper LEDs are getting better every few months. LED has so many upsides over HID I cannot see HID being a player in 3 years.
Indeed. But I have a need to see my way home safely in the intervening five years.
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Old 11-06-07, 05:11 PM   #36
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+1. They get excellent reviews. I am surprised that with their fine reputation they are not referenced more. But nobody that I know of in my area uses them.
I have Jet Lites and I've been VERY pleased with them.
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Old 11-06-07, 09:53 PM   #37
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viper that is a bad ***** setup!!
Thanks

I'll be stepping it up a notch just for fun
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Old 11-06-07, 09:59 PM   #38
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140L-Li & 600L-Li
Holy cow that tail light will burn your cornea's.
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Old 11-07-07, 08:55 AM   #39
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Call me Mr. Skeptical, but with a 1W LED? I think not.
It was actually quite amusing, homey was merging. One shot with this sucker into his mirror/window and he stopped cold. It helps that there are no other sources of light out where I ride too. I am considering upgrading to a 3Watt LED in the future.
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Old 11-07-07, 09:01 AM   #40
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Light and Motion Solo Logic, great light and service. I have used mine through several bulbs and years and also replaced the break-away plastic in a couple of crashes. They are personable and helpful on the phone in diagnosing the problem. It's worth the bit extra!
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After TONS of research, I bought this light about 3 months ago, and it's excellent. Charges fast (fully charged in less than 2 hours), you don't have to fear leaving it on the charger, and is bright enough for completely dark roads. I use it every night, and love it.
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Old 11-07-07, 09:11 AM   #41
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I like my Cygolite Dual Cross 300, but I LOVE the L&M Arc HID light.

The difference that I recall between the 200 and 300 is that the 300 has a quicker smart charger. With the 200 I think you need to watch for the battery to finish charging and immediately unplug it or risk damaging the battery. Other than that, I can't remember a significant difference between the two.

The handlebar mounting bracket on the cygolite is garbage, though. You need to wrap something tightly around it to keep the bracket from popping open on the handlebar. I used the velcro that came with it for cable management... just a bad bit of design, though I don't know whether they sell a helmet mount that might be better. It doesn't come with one, FWIW (The Arc has both an excellent handlebar mount, and a very good helmet mount included.)
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Old 11-07-07, 06:01 PM   #42
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I bought a generic Ebay tailight, about $5 shipped. 5 red LEDs with a red plastic cover, 7 modes, takes two AA batteries. The design of this product is puzzling - the LEDs are really bright, but the stupid red lens actually dims them down quite a bit. If the LEDs are red, why do you need a red lens?!

My solution: Take off the clear red cover and smother the whole thing with Saran wrap.

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Old 11-07-07, 06:17 PM   #43
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Due to ViperZ's pics I now need to order a dinotte tail light.
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Old 11-07-07, 07:41 PM   #44
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Exxxcellent!
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Old 11-08-07, 08:33 AM   #45
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I just ordered a NightRider Minewt.X2 from Santa, I'll know more about how good it is after Christmas. But one thing to keep in mind that's often overlooked is optics. Making a ton of light is nice but directing that light to where you need it is equally important. I chose the NightRider because my research indicated it had pretty decent optics and a beam pattern I liked. I'm sure there are other good ones out there, just saying that optics and beam pattern are as much a consideration as raw lumen output.
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Old 11-08-07, 08:59 AM   #46
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I used to think that the PB Alias SC was the bees knees. Then Dinotte had their now infamous weekend sale and I bought the 200L head light and 140L tail light. Count me as those who drink the Dinotte Kool-Aid. I never thought that I would think that a tail light was more impressive than the head light!
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Old 11-08-07, 07:06 PM   #47
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Was the Dinotte sale all that great? Is there a place where the prices were posted? Thinking of getting a Trinewt and a 140L for the rear, but if I can await another sale including a 600L and 140L that may be the way to go.
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Old 11-08-07, 07:23 PM   #48
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Was the Dinotte sale all that great? Is there a place where the prices were posted? Thinking of getting a Trinewt and a 140L for the rear, but if I can await another sale including a 600L and 140L that may be the way to go.
The 200L headlight was 99usd. and the 140L tailinght was like 115 or something like that.
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Old 11-08-07, 08:13 PM   #49
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The 200L headlight was 99usd. and the 140L tailinght was like 115 or something like that.
These both now list for $169 (the "L" is the AA battery version for the 140, and I assume you're referring to the AA version of the 200L). No wonder everyone was talking about the sale.
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Old 11-08-07, 11:36 PM   #50
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Exclamation Yep...

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Specifically the 13w HID from batteryspace $200.
Agreed. See my video at:
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