Holy smokes this thing is bright! (Cygolite 740)
New commuter, just wanted to brag about my new light....
So i'm new to commuting. Been doing 15 miles/day since May. In the summer months i had a headlight just because i felt like i needed one for safety. My naive answer to that was an el cheapo $10 walmart special. Now that winter darkness is here, i've been feeling very unsafe with it. So after much searching and countless hours on BF, i upgraded to a Cygolite Turbo 740. It's amazing how different my vision is. Seriously, i can't fathom how i got along before!
Now, i'm not trying to start any debate about how my light is better than yours, because honestly, i don't know the difference. This is my first high-output light. I just wanted something bright and rechargeable. I searched and searched and did hours of research, but in the end i just made an impulse purchase. I'm pretty sure that i will be please for years to come. I think I'm going to have to be, because that sucker wasn't cheap.
I love the wide field of vision (probably about 80 degrees) and i honesty think that anything brighter would be overkill. After more hours of use, i might find more things that i feel it's lacking, but for the time being, i just wanted to brag. I would certainly give two thumbs up for this little amazing light.
Next up, helmet light! And a cygolite hotshot (rear) to pair with my PDW Dangerzone.
Last edited by nashvillwill; 01-02-12 at 09:47 PM.
Congrats on the light! I use to use a maglight clamped to my handle bars then finally splurged on a magicshine....I nearly peed myself I was so excited. The difference in light was substantial. I am envious of your new light and ,in time, will relegate the magicshine to the helmet and purchase something a bit brighter...
From a Walmart to a Cygolite is indeed a big jump. No intermediate step for you. One and done.
There is no such thing as too much light as far as I'm concerned. I run a Dinotte XML-3 up front and a 300r in back. If & when Dinotte makes a brighter headlight that is not larger in size than the XML-3 I will upgrade to it.
Just wait until you get your helmet light! It'll be another "how did I live without it" moment!!
I was using a "Walmart special" this past summer and fall. Thought it was a decent light until it failed to show the pothole I was about to ride into. No serious damage to the bike, only to my pride. Didn't do much night riding after that. I will definitely be looking for something much brighter and of better quality once I get back out on the road/trails this spring.
I know there are a lot of good quality lights to choose from, so I'll definitely be doing a ton of research first.
I got a little Cygolite 380 and I am amazed at how bright mine is, too. Yours must melt pavement if it's a 740. Cygolite is a very high quality USA-built light with USA-built CREE led's. None of that crap from China. (Now someone is gonna reply that it's only ASSEMBLED in the US....!)
So, it's time for a one week review. I still love this light! The light output is amazing, and i still say that i honestly can't imagine ever needing more. I think anymore would just blind drivers and possibly make things more dangerous. A few things i've noticed;
-The handlebar mount is very adequate. I tend to shift it up and down quite often, which is easy since I'm able to keep the tension on the mount just right to hold it still, but able to shift when i want it to. I typically keep it more towards the ground in dark riding (solid mode) and shift upwards more into the drivers eye during daytime (flash mode).
-The battery mount could use some improvement. Currently, it is attached with a Velcro strap which easily wraps around my head tube. While the Velcro is pretty easy and efficient, i would prefer a more rigid plastic "clip". But, the Velcro is pretty versatile.
-I haven't pushed the limits of the battery yet, since i have a pretty short commute. I've charged it before each ride (about 1 hour round-trip) and it has performed flawlessly at full brightness. I've noticed the low battery indicator flashing at me a couple of times, but only on "boost" mode. When i switch to a different mode, it stops flashing.
-Rode in the rain once, with no problems.
-Love the look and feel of this light.
-I love the wide beam pattern of this light. I don't know how it compares to other high-output lights, but it's great. There is a very defined and bright center, then a wide low intensity zone. I think it makes a perfect "see" and "be seen" light. I can keep the center focused on my path, while the wide flood is just enough to illuminate all of those reflective street signs in front of me. That really helps to grab the attention of traffic approaching me from behind. Especially on flash mode.
Again, this is my first high-output light, so i don't know how it compares to others. However, I would certainly recommend this light to anyone wanting an "all-around" light. The price is a little steep (paid $170), but i think this will be the only "main light" i buy for a long time.