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Old 12-10-09, 11:30 AM   #1
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Question DiNotte front amber light feedback

I would like to hear your opinions on the DiNotte 140 front amber light. looking to purchase one if reviews are good.

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Old 12-10-09, 02:14 PM   #2
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I can't imagine that it gives any more visibility than a high-powered white LED does in the daytime. FWIW, I run a Cree R2 on my helmet during the day in strobe mode and it's extremely visible to both cars and pedestrians. It cost a lot less than the DiNotte and also can be used at night. I wouldn't ride without it, but I also don't think changing the color would make a whole lot of difference. Just my real world experience. I'm sure someone will soon chime in with some sort of study that says amber lights are better because of XYZ....
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I think the intent of the amber light is that it's quite different from reflected sunlight and other clutter like that. It's less bright than white, yes, but it's still as bright as a car flasher or construction beacon, and you can see those well enough in the daytime.

I've got one, but don't use it much because 1) I'd rather have just one light on the bars, and 2) I usually ride my dynohub-equipped bike when I'm just tooling around town.

It's legally ambiguous, though, as laws regarding bike lights only refer to white in the front and red to the rear. But, I don't think that legality should be a problem.
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I think the intent of the amber light is that it's quite different from reflected sunlight and other clutter like that. It's less bright than white, yes, but it's still as bright as a car flasher or construction beacon, and you can see those well enough in the daytime.

I've got one, but don't use it much because 1) I'd rather have just one light on the bars, and 2) I usually ride my dynohub-equipped bike when I'm just tooling around town.

It's legally ambiguous, though, as laws regarding bike lights only refer to white in the front and red to the rear. But, I don't think that legality should be a problem.
this would depend on where you live and the traffic by-laws regulating what can and cannot be used as lights.
one would have to look it up for their state/province.


personally, I wouldn't buy amber because white works just as well in daytime and can be used at night time as well.
for maximum night time visibility, green works really well, much better than amber.
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