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Old 01-01-13, 05:55 AM   #1
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Good, relieble, robust and bright headlight for 300 USD

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I want to get a headlight for my bike. I want to spend no more than 300 - 350 USD and get a good device which can turn a dark night into day

To be serious, I want a light which can help me ride on the trails, fields and singletracks in the winter (the device should operate well in the low temperature conditions) and summer (it should be rain-proof and do not fear to get in the dirt). And, of course, I want a wide, well-balanced beam and bright "warm" light.

What models do you recommend?
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Old 01-01-13, 09:58 AM   #2
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I use two Cygolite Expilion 700 lights which sell for $120 ea here in the US. Total of 1400 lm with both on boost, or run one high and the other flashing, then switch for longer run time, etc.. Put both on the bars or one on the bars and one on the helmet (good for MTB)... Also get complete redundancy by having two separate lights.
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It's definely a good idea to get two separate lights - one for helmet and the other for handlebar mount. Thank you, Looigi! I'm going to get a set of two MagickShine lights: MJ-872 + MJ-880.

What do you think about this combo, guys?
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It's definely a good idea to get two separate lights - one for helmet and the other for handlebar mount. Thank you, Looigi! I'm going to get a set of two MagickShine lights: MJ-872 + MJ-880.

What do you think about this combo, guys?
Thought you said " And, of course, I want a wide, well-balanced beam and bright "warm" light."??
Suggest you read the good, bad , and ugly. This isn't the same light, but it outlines some of the issues with 'hot spots'. http://swhs.home.xs4all.nl/fiets/tes.../index_en.html

So there are spreader lenses available for some MJ models and they're fairly effective. You might want to pick some up after taking a few drives.

http://www.action-led-lights.com/col...ide-angle-lens

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There are a number of sites with various beam shot photos which can give an "idea" of what the beams look like. A number of them are being discussed in the following thread:

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ens-Comparison

Reports on MS lights have been variable. In my case, I prefer a light with an integral battery rather than having a separate battery pack. This does generally limit run-time, of course.
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It's definely a good idea to get two separate lights - one for helmet and the other for handlebar mount. Thank you, Looigi! I'm going to get a set of two MagickShine lights: MJ-872 + MJ-880.

What do you think about this combo, guys?
I've owned Magicshines in the past and they are pretty good product. I've used them in winter conditions but not too much in the rain...it's very dry here. They work fine in snow storms and I never had a water infiltration issue with them. The beams are wide for my tastes. They are, roughly, a 30 degree beam which is too much spread for off-road riding in my opinion. In town, I feel that the wide spread makes them too diffuse under street lights. I felt that they don't do a good job of illuminating potholes and obstacles like a tighter beam does.

As for these two models, the MJ-880 would make a better helmet mounted light than the MJ-872. The standard Magicshine mount is tall and a big light like the 872 would catch on overhangs. I'm not a fan of mounts on any of the Magicshines for that matter. The o-ring can get loose in cold and they aren't all that tight when it's warm. I've changed my mounts to either an old Niterider slider mount or a Marwi mount. This guy tells you how to convert to the Marwi mount and sells the parts. The Marwi helmet mount is a very good mount with a low profile and easy adjustability. I had to do a little surgery to the mount to get the back of the light to push down far enough but the mounts are plastic and easy to cut.

Finally, I don't know if you can get them in Russia but consider looking at something like this light. I've used them in snow but not rain...again it is dry here...so I can't say that they will stand up to a deluge but they use the same connectors as the Magicshine and seem tight. The light on this particular model is going to be very tight...about a 12 degree spot. If you look around for the 'orange peel' reflectors, those are a wider flood in most cases. Ideally, you could use a flood (or 2) on the bars and the tight beam on your head. They can be converted to the Marwi mounts in the same way that the Magicshine can be.

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When I decided to spend that kind of money I bought a DiNotte 1200L. I don't really think about it very much, it's perfectly reliable and has sustained many hours of constant exposure to rain and road grime.

Certainly there are cheaper options, but if you just a 'mount and forget' light and have the money to spend, consider it.
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As for these two models, the MJ-880 would make a better helmet mounted light than the MJ-872. The standard Magicshine mount is tall and a big light like the 872 would catch on overhangs. I'm not a fan of mounts on any of the Magicshines for that matter. The o-ring can get loose in cold and they aren't all that tight when it's warm. I've changed my mounts to either an old Niterider slider mount or a Marwi mount. This guy tells you how to convert to the Marwi mount and sells the parts. The Marwi helmet mount is a very good mount with a low profile and easy adjustability. I had to do a little surgery to the mount to get the back of the light to push down far enough but the mounts are plastic and easy to cut.
Thank you for the useful info, cyccommute!


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When I decided to spend that kind of money I bought a DiNotte 1200L.
Yes. Do you think that one light (Dinotte 1200L) will be better than two Magichines (one on a helmet and the other on a handlebar)?


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For 200 USD (the price of MJ-880) I can get Serfas TSL 1500. Will it be the better option? If yes, what light to use in combination with it?
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