or my path to enlightenment. After seeing another "which light should I buy thread" I thought about all the lights people have used and discarded over the years, and how that might make a good thread. I started without any lights, figuring I didn't need any lights since I only rode during the day and didn't go very far anyway. As I got to be able to ride farther and faster, I started riding later too and realized a light would be a good idea. My GF had a road toad and rear blinky she wasn't using, and put them on after she suggested I start with these. It was a huge improvement, and I liked being able to see the ground about 2 feet in front of me when I had to go over curbs. That joy lasted a few weeks, and that light is no longer used after it got replaced by the 1,500 candlepower version of the Cateye EL530. This at least had the ability to make you see stars when you looked directly into the beam, but still didn't really provide much usable light to ride by. I gave that light to a friend, and told him not to expect too much after he gets used to being able to see a slight bit better with it. A Fenix L2D (the forerunner to the LD20, and the light to have for a while) later joined the Cateye on the handlebars, and I finally was able to see what I'd been missing all along. The Fenix led me to get rechargeable batteries, and I never got that good at keeping 6AAs charged using a 4 place battery charger. I must have been really good the next Christmas, because I got a Terralux Lightstar 220 and a first generation Magcishine then. The Terralux is my helmet light, the Magicshine is on the handlebars and I still use the L2D at times.
That's how I got to my current level of lights, how'd you get to yours?