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Old 05-21-13, 08:23 PM   #1
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An observation about lights

Late last summer, when I found myself riding in the dark, I bought myself two lights after doing some research, mostly here on the forum. What I bought was a Lezyne 450 lumen (claimed and real), and a cheaper Keygos Cree XM-L light (1200 claimed, but probably only about 500-600). These lights were deemed blindingly bright by everybody that commented, usually in a good way. I really stood out in the crowd, and was by far the brightest light out there.

I was riding tonight and was just noticing how many riders have lights that are just as bright now. These things have caught on. It is all for the good.
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Old 05-22-13, 10:36 AM   #2
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400+ lumen bike lights in the < $50 category have just sprouted like mushrooms on eBay in the last 6 months or so. I bought one and it's super impressive - brighter than the Magicshine I've had for 3 years now, about the same quality. Beam pattern is more spotty but a replacement lens fixes that for another $6.
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Old 05-24-13, 11:19 PM   #3
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~Snip~ Beam pattern is more spotty but a replacement lens fixes that for another $6.
Where do you find these Lenses? I'm Really interested in being able to adjust beam pattern!

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Old 05-25-13, 09:42 AM   #4
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Where do you find these Lenses? I'm Really interested in being able to adjust beam pattern!

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http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=bl_sr_sp...S&node=3375251
They work great, especially when combined with an xml thrower.
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Thanks no motor?! I'm going to check em out!

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Ooh, I didn't see that they had a red one now.

That's the place I bought from though I did it through eBay. Comes from Action LED Lights either way.
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You're welcome. The bike path I ride on has skunks by it in the summer, and the wide angle lens lets me see them in time to avoid them.
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I'm seeing more and more of them but they haven't exactly caught on like wildfire. They really are totally blinding after dark, not necessarily in a good way. On the bike path or MUP they are downright disrespectful. If you're duking it out on the road after dark I think they're fine. I look forward to bike headlights that employ a cutoff shield like in automobiles.
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I'm seeing more and more of them but they haven't exactly caught on like wildfire. They really are totally blinding after dark, not necessarily in a good way. On the bike path or MUP they are downright disrespectful. If you're duking it out on the road after dark I think they're fine. I look forward to bike headlights that employ a cutoff shield like in automobiles.
Most dynamo powered lights follow the German law and have a very defined pattern that won't shine in oncoming eyes, if they're aligned correctly. These Chinese battery powered ones do not.
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