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Old 04-22-08, 09:37 PM   #1
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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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Old 04-22-08, 10:16 PM   #2
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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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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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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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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.

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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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