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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.

    Thanks

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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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    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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    Ken, can you pass along a URL for that Xenon strobe, or tell us what store to buy it at? Thank you.


    Quote Originally Posted by ken cummings
    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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    How bout a xenon strobe as an all-directions be-seen light, mounted on top of the helmet?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cerewa
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by kf5nd
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Sammyboy
    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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