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    "53 LED" bike lights

    Anyone tried one of these?
    http://cgi.ebay.com.au/53-LED-Super-...QQcmdZViewItem

    Are they bright enough to see by? I'm looking for a cheap solution to navigating unlit bike paths at night.

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    Just because they're "more" doesn't mean that they're "more brighter" (to use really bad grammar.. ). It'll be a wider-looking light source, but that's about it.

    Brighter is brighter. More dim keychain-quality LEDs are just more LEDs, but they're no brighter -- they won't give as much distance as a good, bright single high-power LED.

    Save up and get something nice like a Fenix or Dinotte, or at least a half-watt or 1-watt light from any number of other companies.

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    i just don't understand why they don't make them like christmas tree lights so you can wrap them around you for all angles visibility.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevage View Post
    Anyone tried one of these?
    http://cgi.ebay.com.au/53-LED-Super-...QQcmdZViewItem

    Are they bright enough to see by? I'm looking for a cheap solution to navigating unlit bike paths at night.

    Thanks,
    Steve
    What's your price range?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevage View Post
    Anyone tried one of these?
    http://cgi.ebay.com.au/53-LED-Super-...QQcmdZViewItem

    Are they bright enough to see by? I'm looking for a cheap solution to navigating unlit bike paths at night.

    Thanks,
    Steve
    I haven't tried that particular bike light--but I have seen a couple of the multi-LED flashlights like that, and they put out a very even, very short (10-15 foot) broad beam. They are fairly good for doing video taping/photography at close ranges, because they don't produce harsh shadows--but as flashlights (or bike lights) they would do pretty lousy, because the light doesn't cast very far.

    LEDs put out a rather directional amount of light, and they need to have a proper reflector to cast well. The LEDs in that 53-led thing don't have any reflector at all.

    Something that has a single LED in a proper reflector (like a Cateye HL-EL530) would throw light a LOT farther.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ziemas View Post
    What's your price range?
    Not sure. I'm vaguely in the market for all sorts of accessories (pedals, shoes, rack bag, computer, knicks, reflective stuff...) so it's more a question of bang for buck.

    I currently have a "powerbeam" mounted on my helmet, which is pretty useless for unlit paths - I can just detect whether there's a big object on the path, but that's about it. If I could greatly improve that situation for $20, goodie. If it was going to cost me $50+, I'd procrastinate instead.

    I do have a couple of cheapo camping head torches with battery packs. I might try one of those and invest in rechargeables and charger. They were pretty crappy for camping (too heavy to be comfortable), but might be ok bike-mounted. Weird thing is they have 2 LED's and one incandescent bulb, and you can only use one or the other.

    Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevage View Post
    Not sure. I'm vaguely in the market for all sorts of accessories (pedals, shoes, rack bag, computer, knicks, reflective stuff...) so it's more a question of bang for buck.

    I currently have a "powerbeam" mounted on my helmet, which is pretty useless for unlit paths - I can just detect whether there's a big object on the path, but that's about it. If I could greatly improve that situation for $20, goodie. If it was going to cost me $50+, I'd procrastinate instead.

    I do have a couple of cheapo camping head torches with battery packs. I might try one of those and invest in rechargeables and charger. They were pretty crappy for camping (too heavy to be comfortable), but might be ok bike-mounted. Weird thing is they have 2 LED's and one incandescent bulb, and you can only use one or the other.

    Steve
    The best bang for the buck is the Fenix LD2. There are many threads about it.

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