Time for a change.
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: 6 miles inland from the coast of Sussex, in the South East of England
Bikes: Dale MT2000. Bianchi FS920 Kona Explosif. Giant TCR C. Boreas Ignis. Pinarello Fp Uno.
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Originally Posted by bjlaw
Just had my 53rd birthday. It's still very dark in the mornings and my headlight doesn't seem to work as well as it used to, or is it my eyes? I just can't see the road as well, especially on unlit bike trails.
I'm looking for suggestions on a new headlight. Lets assume price doesn't matter. What is the best light you all have tried? LED is a joke. I have tried many. The price is good but you get what you pay for. I've heard Niterider makes great lights. BUt I need confirmation from others who have actually used the lights. I've seen prices on "good' lights from $50 to $500. I care about safely commuting, not night mountain bike riding. I need about 3 hours of ride time in the winter.
Any help would be appreciated.
Will agree about LED's---BUT-- There are two LED's that work. one is the cateye EL500 and the other is the cateye EL300. These both have around 25 hours life to 4 AA batteries and work well enough, when used together, to be good enough for offroad. When we go offroad we use these but also use a SMART lighting system that has a 10w spot and a 2.4w flood lamp. The Smart lamps only gets switched on when it gets technical as they only have a life of 3 hours and our rides go over that. Those cateyes are good, but as I have said, do get supplemented by another lamp when it gets tricky.
Now if we are talking about the best lamp around then it has to using one of the "New" Luxion bulbs and Lion batteries. I did a ride in October that was 40 miles offroad, but the folohardy did 80 miles. I know it was sponsored by this light manufacturer, but their lights were great. Web site of http://www.use1.com/exposure/
Compared to other lights about, these are a bit cheaper, but every bit as good. That high power by the way puts car headlights to shame.
Now Helmet lamps--- The best light you can have from my experience. Not legal on their own, but everywhere you look is lit up. No dark corner where you have just passed. If I had a choice it would be a helmet lamp-- with the strongest bulb going and a lion battery, and a legal lamp for the bike.
I have tried the cheap rechargables. Bulb strength of 10w is a minimum but one 10w is not the same as another 10w. I broke the EL500 cateye (Only a 1w led) and replaced it with a twin lamp by Niterider. 10w spot and a weaker flood and a rechargable battery. The weak flood is useless, the 10w spot is ok, but not as good as the EL500, and battery life is only 1 1/2 hours. From my experience-- Cheap lamps will always have a draw back. That is why I am hoping that Lion batteries will get cheaper by next Autumn. I will persevere with my current lights this winter, even If I do look like a christmas tree when going over the hills.
Hiyosilver posted a link at the bottom of the above link. Almost missed it with all the other links but it is
http://www.mtbr.com/spotlight/lightshootout/ This is the one to look at as it has prices and beam levels.
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Last edited by stapfam; 01-24-06 at 02:20 PM.