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    Its Bright

    I don't want to give up my afternoon rides. I still work; so, I can't ride during the day on weekdays. When I start riding there is still daylight in Houston. Before the end of the ride it is dark. I use my MagicShine. I was heading home on the MUP and a couple of bicyclists yelled "Yowsa that is bright". I then noticed when I met some walkers they were covering their eyes.

    The trail gets fairly dark, and there are fools using it without reflective clothing or lights. I can see them with my MagicShine. I am not so worried that they think my lights are too bright because that is better than hitting them. I also can see the potholes and avoid them.

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    Where are the pics of the light and the "bright" surroundings?
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    Quote Originally Posted by gtragitt View Post
    I don't want to give up my afternoon rides. I still work; so, I can't ride during the day on weekdays. When I start riding there is still daylight in Houston. Before the end of the ride it is dark. I use my MagicShine. I was heading home on the MUP and a couple of bicyclists yelled "Yowsa that is bright". I then noticed when I met some walkers they were covering their eyes.

    The trail gets fairly dark, and there are Darwin Award Candidates using it without reflective clothing or lights. I can see them with my MagicShine. I am not so worried that they think my lights are too bright because that is better than hitting them. I also can see the potholes and avoid them.
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    magicshines rule. I point mine downward somewhat so as not to be right in peoples eyes while still providing the illumination I need
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    I need to be careful not to blind oncoming traffic as I have had cars flash there light at me on more than one occasion even on the low setting. I have two lights, one on the helmet and one on the bars. I need to be careful not to look at an on coming vehicle too. They are awesome lights.
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    I have a Lamp that is bright enough for 35mph offroad so it is bright and it has 3 settings on Brightness of the beam. On the road I rarely use the Bright setting as it only allows about 2 1/2 hours but it is great when I can use it. Shows everything ---except for those beasties just at the edge of the beam. For that reason I have a helmet lamp that looks round corners for me instead of just where the bike is pointing.

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    I have the Magicshine light. I'm just taking my chances that the battery won't explode in a ball of flames. It seems fine so far.

    But it's too bright to be shining into people's eyes on the MUP. I always leave it on the lowest steady light setting, and that's plenty. If there's not much ambient light, and I meet an oncoming rider I will dim the light by partially blocking it with a couple of fingers.

    I've been nearly blinded by an oncoming bright light, so I don't want to do it to anybody else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimF22003 View Post
    I have the Magicshine light. I'm just taking my chances that the battery won't explode in a ball of flames. It seems fine so far.

    But it's too bright to be shining into people's eyes on the MUP. I always leave it on the lowest steady light setting, and that's plenty. If there's not much ambient light, and I meet an oncoming rider I will dim the light by partially blocking it with a couple of fingers.

    I've been nearly blinded by an oncoming bright light, so I don't want to do it to anybody else.
    I think your only concern with the battery will be during recharge. You might consider recharging it outside. The ballistic nylon case may also minimize damage from an explosion.

    I bought a newer style battery with the volt meter. The battery that came with the light head last September is still working fine.

    I like your idea of using a couple of fingers to block some of the light.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimF22003 View Post
    I have the Magicshine light. I'm just taking my chances that the battery won't explode in a ball of flames. It seems fine so far...
    You (magicshine) guys know there's a recall on the battery pack, right?

    http://www.geomangear.com/index.php?main_page=recall
    Last edited by t4mv; 12-25-10 at 10:05 PM. Reason: inserted link for recall info

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    Quote Originally Posted by t4mv View Post
    You (magicshine) guys know there's a recall on the battery pack, right?

    http://www.geomangear.com/index.php?main_page=recall
    That is why I have the new type battery. GeoManGear hasn't provided info on replacing my older battery although it still functions well. The new battery will provide 4+ hrs of continuous high output headlight service in conjunction with my tail light connected with a "Y" connector.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gtragitt View Post
    I am not so worried that they think my lights are too bright because that is better than hitting them.
    I have a Niterider MiNewt Dual on my #2 bike, and that thing is so bright you could signal a 747 with it. About a month ago was riding at 6:00AM in total darkness and a guy on motorcycle coming the opposite direction yelled "Yes I can see you!" as he passed.

    Agree, better to blind folks than to not see (or be seen by) them.

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    I wouldn't worry too much about blinding drivers with your bicycle lights. Oncoming automobiles have a pair of lights averaging between 2000 and 4000 lumens each, if a driver can put up with that your sub 1000 lumen lights won't do much harm.

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