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Location: Perth, Ontario, Canada
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I also had two sets of Trek lights fail. Following is a review I wrote on my webpage:
"Trek Celestial Light Set
Reviewed on Nov.23, 2001
This set contains one Celestial Headlight, and a Disco 5 LED Tail Light, both with batteries. I purchased this light set for biking back and forth to school when I have night classes. However, I didn't even get to use the headlight, because it was broken before I had a chance! At first glance, I was very impressed with the attachment system that Trek had designed to mount the headlight to the bike. However, this attachment broke (in two places) before I even got to use the light! It appears to be made of very cheap stiff plastic, and it just snapped for no reason! Also, it's been sitting here on my computer desk so I remember to take it back and get a refund. Since it's sitting here, I tend to play with it when I'm bored. I've managed to break the plastic a third time, and I didn't abuse it in any way - simply unscrewed the bolt and the plastic around it cracked. Maybe I got a dud...but I doubt it. I can't hardly comment on the rest of the light (ie. brightness, battery life, etc.) since I never got to use it. As for the taillight, it seems a little bit better. Again, the mounting system is interesting. The taillight has a softer plastic band that attaches around the seatpost, and a screw type mechanism which tightens the stap down. Seems to work well. The light has two modes - solid light, and a flashing mode. I tend to use the flashing mode, since I feel it will get attention better than a solid light. Again, I haven't had this for long, so can't comment on it more than that, and since I plan on taking the set back for a refund, this is likely all the info I'll have on it. For $35 I think you should be able to get a better light set. Two thumbs down on this one.
Update: November 23, 2001: I took the light set back to the store where I purchased it, and in return got a brand new set. I figured it'd be worth a try, just in case I did get a dud. When I got the set home, I put the batteries into the rear flashing light, and it didn't work! So, I tried everything I could possibly think of, and it still wouldn't work. However, the front light worked fine (just like last time) and the attachment didn't break (but of course I only had it out of the box for an hour or so, and it didn't leave the couch.) So... my overall opinion of this is that the quality control must be non-existant in order for me to have had two set of lights which didn't work. I would say three thumbs down on this if I could. Buyer beware I suppose. Don't assume that because Trek makes good bikes that they make good accessories (of course they probably don't even make them at all - I'm sure they just slap their name on a piece of junk)"
Just my two cents...