Cygolite Dual Cross Pro Li-Ion
I've been commuting about 8 miles each way for a couple months now in a rural area. There is little to no lighting along the roads I ride and they have either no or hazardous shoulders, making seeing where I am going pretty important.
I started with a crappy Bell halogen light from Walmart. It is barely enough to see by at around 6 mph and eats batteries at the rate of around 4xAA per 2.5 hours. I supplemented it with a Cateye HL-520, which has a nice run time, but is nowhere near bright enough and has a very narrow beam.
There is a great LBS nearby and the woman there showed me the Cygolite Dual Cross Pro Li-Ion they just started carrying. She said she could let it go for about $170-180, which is a substantial amount off of MSRP. It's difficult to find reviews of this light, though. MTBR has one very positive review, but most reviews online are of the older models.
So would this be a good light to use for a main light on my handlebars and move my Cateye up to my helmet? My maximum speed is maybe 20-25 mph on a road with no lights or shoulders, and I do not feel safe at all with my current setup.
I have an older model where I upgraded the LEDs, and it is wicked bright. I believe that the newer model that they are selling here already has the brighter LEDs, so it ought to do a fine job for you.
Originally Posted by Port
Well yesterday I decided to go ahead and get the Dual Cross Pro Li-Ion at the LBS nearby. I read some very positive reviews of it and I came out of Christmas with more money than I thought I would have.
Here are some comparison shots. Please note that my camera's sensor is not as sensitive as a person's eyes, so both lights appear to be much dimmer than they actually are. The first is my Cateye EL 520. It has good runtime on four AA batteries, but it is far too dim for my commute in rural Missouri. The light swath is also much too narrow. I will probably be moving it up to my helmet.
This is the Cygolite. Given the overall better brightness and huge lit area in comparison to the Cateye, I'd say this light gives off around 12-15 times the light of the Cateye. It's incredibly bright (especially when I accidentally look into it) and the light swath will be much more usable on my commute. I will be able to see to the sides a little to avoid road hazards, and it lets me see much farther down the road.
Runtime is advertised at 3.5 hours on high or 7 hours on medium. Medium brightness looks only slightly dimmer than high, so I could likely use this to ride long into the night if I need to.
The battery is tiny and weighs only a few ounces. I have it mounted on my stem. The clamp for the light is quick-release so I can take it in with me when I go to work, and it doesn't shake or move around as much as the one for the Cateye.
Overall I'm very impressed with the unit. I was originally considering a Dinotte 600L, but now I feel that would just be overkill and a waste of money for my uses.
I have the Cygolite and the Cateye 520. I mount the 520 on my helmet and the combination is excellent. Easier to read street signs, my computer and the road is better lit in general. I agree that the pictures don't come close to doing justice to either light as you properly mentioned.
Sorry, it's the Cateye 410 on my helmet...Never mind.