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    You might want to consider a nice solid beam surrounded by a pair of PB Superflashes. Maybe $70 total investment, and I have a really hard time believing you'd be missed.

    I think retinal damage to the driver behind you is more likely.

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    I have 3 PB superflashers....but just ordered the fenix red filter for my p3d. So I'm planning to use the fenix in steady mode and flash the PB's....

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    Quote Originally Posted by n4zou View Post
    Here you go.

    Seoul 2.5-watt RED LED on star circuit board from mouser.com $4.60 + shipping.
    http://www.mouser.com/search/refine.aspx?Ntt=889-r32282

    3W 19-Mode Universal Regulated Circuit Board for Flashlights. $4.26, shipping is free!
    http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.7882

    Doing it yourself, priceless!
    Yeah i would use a regulator circuit if i could get them cheap over here in Finland.

    And i don't have the skills to make my own, well an efficient one.

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    I've considered building a triple tail light LED system using reflectors like the IMS20 for nice long range penetration and uber eye searing. Tho I am still looking into that as I am thinking of having the top two 20mm reflectors as spots and the bottom one in this triangle close formation being a 20mm but wide angle reflector for close-mid range searing and coverage. Perhaps I've gotten a bit mad with the idea but heck it's your safety on the line here. Ever since I got the Dinotte tail light when I put thaton HIGH in solid mode everyone takes the left lane about 10 car lengths away on two lane streets or gives WIDE passes on single lane streets. Obviously this is only good on the roads as on the bike path and trails it's a waste of the light and no one would wnat to ride with or behind you for obvious reasons.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kf5nd View Post
    The Niterider rear tail-light used to be the gold standard before the DiNotte, and it's still quite good. I have one, and I feel pretty safe in traffic. I might go for the DiNotte anyway, though. Or wait for just-as-good but less expensive competitors to emerge, which is inevitable.
    Yeah but why wait? Will your safety be more important in the future than it is now? Besides, unless you're well-connected to the players in the bike and other recreational lighting market, there's no telling if there even is someone who wants to compete with Dinotte for our $$$. The inevitability of a new product seems plausible but it is still presumed.
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    I vote for a Xenon strobe, lots of reflective tape, and white clothing.
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    Previous posters have made excellent recommendations, so I won't go there. Which ever light you end up going with, make sure that you place it in a visible location. I constantly see this guy who uses a good CatEye tail light, but his HUGE seat pack covers the light almost completely, rendering it useless. After you get the light of your choice mounted, step back and see how effective it's positioning is.

    my $0.02.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbs View Post
    I use the CatEye LD1000 and get feedback that I can be seen. It's pretty bright and at $35 +/- it's tough to beat. At this price I've considered getting a second and mounting one on each of my bags.
    I have one and it's VERY bright. If you set both the arrays to "steady on" it makes a good flashlight.

    BTW, do they make high power LEDs in yellow? I'm getting tired of being flashed by brights from behind in my car. I'd like to make something to flash em back with !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BearSquirrel View Post
    I'm getting tired of being flashed by brights from behind in my car.
    Slower traffic keep right.

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    LD1000 x2 + superflash x2 + 4 other rear facing lights keeps me safe.

    For the money, the superflash is the best deal around. It can be found for ~$19 no tax no shipping if you google.
    The LD1000 and it's replacement are nice, too, but they go for ~$40.
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    The Superflash is a bright rear light if viewed from directly behind, problem is that once you go off center the light becomes increasing dimmer to almost non-noticable from the side. The Cateye 1000 solves that problem but it eats batteries fairly quickly and is pricey. I own the Cateye LD600 and mounted it vertically; this light is very bright not only from the rear, but even to the side; this light cost only about $15 and I have mounted 3 on my bike to form a triangle. A triangle of light is more noticable then one single light, thus for about $45 you would be very will lit up from behind as well as from the sides.

    Also bar end lights are pretty decent as well, they give off some side light as well. Combined the bar with the rears and you would be extremily noticable. In fact I bet you that if you looked around at other cyclists in your area at night you will find that most have no rear lights and the few that do have a single dim cheap $3 blinky; thus you would be the brightest on the road.

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    I am a year-round commuter in New England, travelling part of the way on a busy highway, the rest on very dark and lonely country roads where people drive a whole lot faster than they should. I decided my safety was well worth the money, and I took the leap and purchased a DiNotte taillight. It is preposterously bright: so much so that a neighbor told me she thought I was an ambulance when she saw me from a distance. I have since bought a DiNotte helmet light and a fork-mounted headlight as well. Not cheap, but well worth the safety and peace of mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aaron Lansky View Post
    I am a year-round commuter in New England, travelling part of the way on a busy highway, the rest on very dark and lonely country roads where people drive a whole lot faster than they should. I decided my safety was well worth the money, and I took the leap and purchased a DiNotte taillight. It is preposterously bright: so much so that a neighbor told me she thought I was an ambulance when she saw me from a distance. I have since bought a DiNotte helmet light and a fork-mounted headlight as well. Not cheap, but well worth the safety and peace of mind.
    This summer I had a chance to ride with Brainsan who had a Dinotte Taillight, as well as the 600L. Yes, this taillight was so "preposterously" bright that we couldn't ride in back of him. I later was riding in NYC in traffic and a few cars came dangerously close to me doing the usual quick lane changes. Needless to say, I understood why people buy this light, I got one myself - it is the best choice for safety!

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    this just in


    the Dinotte works great during the day. another case
    of ..."it's far better than any previous light"

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    get an $6 walmart taillight and a 10aa battery holder $5, it will power the light for over an hour and be just as bright as a car brake light. plenty bright to be seen during daylight

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    That Xenon strobe I mentioned can cost less then $10 and run off of a 9 volt battery or wire into any 6 to 15_ volt system. One of these days I've got to put my tail light and 100 watt headlight on You-tube.
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    If it's not bright enough for sunglasses, it's not bright enough.
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    2 PlanetBike Blinkies on strobe, 1 mounted on the support arm for my rack on each side of the tire. A Dahon (sp?) rear light mounted to the rack. 2 flashing and 1 constant does draw attention.

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