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Old 03-12-10, 09:49 AM   #1
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LightOn! led headlight

Just installed the LightOn! headlight and am pleased with the design and light output. The headlamp is small and total light output is very good, much better than halogen Schmidt lights I got with the dyno. I have it installed with the tail lamp. The only criticism is that the light is a simple circular beam so that illumination down the road results in a lot of light spreading out above the roadway where it's wasted.

It would be nice if a design improvement was done with a lens that shaped the beam and provided cut-off. Moreover if that lens was rotatable you could then mount the headlamp in any configuration while still putting the light where it's most effective.

I like the easy removal method of the headlamp using thick elastic like the DiNotte lights.

http://lightonlights.com/dynolight/
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Old 03-12-10, 07:45 PM   #2
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The headlights look like a very good design with their claimed 350 lumens would be brighter then the Schmidt. But the tailights "look" like they would not be as bright as the Blackburn Mars 4.
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I'd give that bracket about 3 days before it snapped like a twig on the roads I ride. I've had many metal brackets fracture due to metal fatigue on my ride.
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I'm guessing if the 2AA Mars 4 is a flashing 1watt led it is a lot brighter than the steady state 3led on the unit. I'd say it's about as bright as a PB Superflash but spread across three leds. re. the axle mounted bracket it doesn't make sense to me either. I've got it set under the handlebars.
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I wonder how it compares to the Edelux? I bet the O-ring mount works well. I used a Dinotte 200 with the similar mount and it worked well.

Edelux probably has a better shaped beam.
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I'm guessing if the 2AA Mars 4 is a flashing 1watt led it is a lot brighter than the steady state 3led on the unit. I'd say it's about as bright as a PB Superflash but spread across three leds. re. the axle mounted bracket it doesn't make sense to me either. I've got it set under the handlebars.
I had the Superflash and it was bright but only if looked at straight on from the rear, the more you got off angle then less bright it was till it was almost non-noticeable from the side. However after it broke about 9 months old I replaced it with the Mars 4, the Mars 4 was not only brighter then the SuperFlash from the rear but far more noticeable from the sides due to the separate led's used for the amber sides.

Side note; I sent the Superflash back for warranty replacement about 3 months ago and still haven't received a replacement nor am I getting e-mail responses. I gave up because the $20 I spent for the light isn't worth the time I've spent trying to get a replacement. As far as the Mar 4 durability, so far so good but I've only used it for 4 months so I can't comment on that yet. But light wise the Mars 4 is better then the Superflash by a wide margin.
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kewl, enjoy your new toy!
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I'd give that bracket about 3 days before it snapped like a twig on the roads I ride. I've had many metal brackets fracture due to metal fatigue on my ride.
6 mos. trails, brush, potholes, etc., etc., etc., and bracket no snappie

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6 mos. trails, brush, potholes, etc., etc., etc., and bracket no snappie
That's a clearer photo, and yes, that looks like it would last.
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hey fixed gear, I see you've put a blob of something on the switch, is that recommended?
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hey fixed gear, I see you've put a blob of something on the switch, is that recommended?
Hi LeeG. Umm, well, no I can't say it is recommended by the manufacturer who says it's waterproof anyway (as you know). I put a blob of silicone on the switch for two reasons: 1) I want it watertight, and this seemed like a good idea at the time (it'll peel off easily enough if I've goofed or I just change my mind); 2) Sometimes there are downed branches (and overgrown brush) on the MUT I ride (and sometimes I do try to avoid such stuff, sometimes I don't)--I figure the blob will help keep the switch from getting hit to "off" or bent or even broken off.

I ride with the light on high all the time, so I don't (and now can't) use the "off" or "low" option--and I'm fine with that.

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I'm really interested in checking out this light for MTB riding and commuting. It looks like a great product!
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I'm really interested in checking out this light for MTB riding and commuting. It looks like a great product!
I love it! After years of dealing with rechargeables/halogens, I think this is worth every cent. Apologies if you've already seen it, but here is a link to MTBR Lights Shootout featuring the LightOn! dynolight:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdgNUj4tcgc

I was disappointed that the reviewers didn't mount the light and review after riding. Seems rather a lot on the lazy side. Still a useful vid to help with the decision-making, I think.
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