I need some help.
I rode home tonight using my Planet Bike Alias HID for the first time in total darkness. It was fine, but admittedly, less illumination than I expected.
I regularly ride at night on a combination route of pitch-black MUP, ambient-lit MUP, and streetlight-lit bike lane and in traffic. Moderate to heavy car traffic on the street.
I want a bright light, but want to pay no more than $500. I only need 2 hours of run time on high, though I'll occasionally use longer run times with lower settings. I love Planet Bike products and their service, but I'm considering selling the Alias HID.
I'm looking at the Hope Vision 4 LED. I like its specs: On high, 960 max lumens at 2 hours; claimed waterproof connectors; and secure looking, quick release bar mount. $410. Beam output shown in the link below.
I also like the Lupine Tesla 4, but something about those thick rubber band mounts bug me (my DiNotte tail light, which is fantastic, has one). Shouldn't a decent light have a decent mount and not a rubber band that will someday deteriorate and break -- always at the wrong time? Good specs on the Lupine Tesla 4 though: On high, 700 lumens at 3 hours. $488. Beam output shown in the link below.
I'm leaning towards the Hope Vision 4: Brighter, cheaper, better mount, though lower run time.
If anybody has any input or opinions regarding overall quality, real brightness, beam pattern, anything else between the two, or other suggestions, I'd appreciate reading it.
Here is a good link to some beam output comparisons, courtesy of mechBgon: http://terrengsykkel.no/index.php?id=2440
A) Anybody know the approximate lumens of the Planet Bike Alias HID? It has a "Welch Allyn 10 watt High-Intensity Discharge bulb with Solarc technology." Couldn't find it online.
B) Will the Hope Vision 4 LED and Lupine Tesla 4 be perceived as much brighter than the Planet Bike Alias HID? In other words, though the Planet Bike Alias HID may have less lumens, does its beam pattern make up for that weakness?
I don't have experience with anything but cheapie LED lights, an old Planet Bike Insight 15w halogen, and my Planet Bike Alias HID.