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Old 01-29-07, 09:02 PM   #1
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bike lighting for commuting?

Looking for opinions on lighting configurations and
types of lights good for commuting.
More concerned with safety/visibility and durability
than weight.

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Old 01-29-07, 09:15 PM   #2
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This thread, Light Selection Guide, covers the subject ad nauseam. Me? - I use candles. But it does limit my forward speed.
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Old 01-29-07, 10:48 PM   #3
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I have had 50 and even 100 watt headlights and no one commented. One cheapy $12.00 Xenon stobe for a tail-light and I get all positive comments from car drivers, police and even bus drivers. Mine uses about 1 watt and runs off of the headlights main 12 volt battery. GO XENON.
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Old 01-30-07, 10:13 AM   #4
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Ken, can you pass along a URL for that Xenon strobe, or tell us what store to buy it at? Thank you.


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I have had 50 and even 100 watt headlights and no one commented. One cheapy $12.00 Xenon stobe for a tail-light and I get all positive comments from car drivers, police and even bus drivers. Mine uses about 1 watt and runs off of the headlights main 12 volt battery. GO XENON.
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Old 01-30-07, 11:58 AM   #5
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How bout a xenon strobe as an all-directions be-seen light, mounted on top of the helmet?
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Old 01-30-07, 12:15 PM   #6
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How bout a xenon strobe as an all-directions be-seen light, mounted on top of the helmet?
Great idea! School buses now have 360 degree strobes on their roofs for foggy days. I wonder if this would be legal?
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Old 01-30-07, 06:12 PM   #7
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Ken, can you pass along a URL for that Xenon strobe, or tell us what store to buy it at? Thank you.
I have this xenon strobe light on my rear rack.
http://www.allelectronics.com/cgi-bi..._FLASHER_.html
Many posters in the Commuter forum complained about it giving out rather quickly, but mine has been OK for last 3 months. It's certainly going to give you visibility and uses only about 2 watts.
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I use the Serfas CP-1000 package that has a 6 LED front light. The light is plenty bright for the dark and has a strobe feature if I just want to be seen. The rear light is very visible from a few blocks away and the battery life is amazing about as good as I've found. I've owned 2 of these sets and never been disapointed.

http://www.serfas.com/lights/CP-1000.shtml
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Check out Lupine Lights. Probally the Wilma series would be best for commuting, long burn times and very durable.

http://gretnabikes.com/default.asp
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Also, try the Commuting forum. Those guys REALLY love their lights.
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Also, try the Commuting forum. Those guys REALLY love their lights.
OMG, they are fanatics! But this is probably the best source in the entire world for lighting info, right here on BF.net.
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Seriously. I've never seen anything like it.
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