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Old 09-13-12, 07:49 PM
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bike lights

ok so recently i was searching for bike light. i need a bright one but i don't really want it to be a monstrocity on my handlebars.

i was looking at the serfas tsl 150 light. It looks like this




Retails for about 70 dollar cdn. around 150 lumens of light. Anyone else got any other suggestions or have this light?

i wanted something smaller not too big, originally i had a frog knog light, unfortunately it's not bright enough.
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Nebo Redline tactical light. It's small, a good mounting system, 220 lumens, offers several modes including strobe plus it's got an aggressive tactical face ( nice to be prepared I guess?) runs on 2 AA. I like it and at $35, you can run two for the price of most other lights I've tried. It's really over built.




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I have a small Fenix flashlight (PD22? I'd have to check) with their bike mount, and find it pretty handy. Multiple settings, long-lasting in lower-brightness settings, but high-brightness an option if needed (it'll run 2.5 hours on 190 lumens, which is really really bright). The mount itself if a bit chunky, but really solid, pivots, easy on-and-off - and the light is a handy pocket flashlight, not a single-purpose bike light awkwardly shaped for other applications. Clean-looking, functional appearance. Waterproof, good rechargeable batteries (or lithium - backups in saddle bag), solid quality aluminum construction and glass lens. You can also get a flip on/off diffuser lens for a couple of bucks - which is great, as one of my pet peeves is folks who go on about how important it is to have a light at night and then ride around in the city blinding other riders on Vancouver's sometimes narrow and high-traffic bike-designated streets. I like it.
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I bought two of these, put one on my helmet another on the bars. More light than on my motorcycle. I use a single one for XC skiing in the dead of night in dense woods. Good for two hours plus at below freezing temps. Really, really bright. Some lights are to see, others are to be seen. With these you can see, and cars give the big light beam a lot of leeway. And they are dirt cheap. Shipping takes months though...

https://www.dealextreme.com/p/cree-xm...x-18650-114015
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Best deal going CM.

Got mine in days though.

You could light a parking lot with these.

https://www.amazon.com/CREE-Bicycle-H...d_sim_sbs_sg_1

I use two and a Superflash on the rear.

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I've used lots of battery-powered lights, some good, some bad. They're all stupid, compared with dynamo-powered lights. I finally set up a nice dynamo system and am wondering what took me so long. You just get on the bike and go. It's going to work reliably like this for years. Never charge the battery, never think about it.

The trouble is, they're so unpopular in this country, they're nearly impossible to buy. I got my lights from xxcycle.com in France. Good prices. Delivery took about two weeks.
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I'm partial to the Cygolite Expilion series...400 to 600 lumens, "relatively compact".

I also have (and have used) Lezyne Super Drive and MiNewt 150...much prefer the Cygos.

FWIW...
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My brother uses LiOn tactical flashlight(s) and gave me one similar to this, using 1 x 18650 Lithium. I've only used it once at night, but seemed to work pretty well. The tech on these is changing all the time (getting better). I think the one he gave me was an RC-F4. Make sure to go for the Cree LEDs. You would also need batteries and a charger and mount.

https://www.dealextreme.com/p/romisen...-14331?item=12
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I've got one of these, but in black. It's USB rechargeable, bright enough I guess. Dunno about the run time offhand but it's USB rechargable so who cares for around town use. Just posting it here because it's nice looking, and I know a lot of people coming to this thread will be looking for more "C&V appropriate" lighting. The bracket of course is not C&V but its a nicer looking light I think than the ones posted so far. I think they cost $85.

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Old 09-14-12, 12:11 AM
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Lighting is not a matter of style. It's all about lowering the probability that you will be taken out by a car or truck.

Go big lumens. Check out dealextreme.com.
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i like the serfas stuff - i run 3 - all helmet - 2 250s and 1 500 - oh yeah - i see really well - there are cheaper ways to go i know this - but i have not had any issues with these - all my rides are in the dark basically so my lighting is important
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Originally Posted by buldogge View Post
I'm partial to the Cygolite Expilion series...400 to 600 lumens, "relatively compact".

I also have (and have used) Lezyne Super Drive and MiNewt 150...much prefer the Cygos.

FWIW...

We rode last night with a guy that had the Cygolite, actually two.

Also had two Superflashs on the rear.

Amazingly effective systems.

Looked like a UFO landing on the Greenway!

...and I agree with RFC. All it takes is one accident to change your opinion about lighting.
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battery-powered lights, some good, some bad. They're all stupid, compared with dynamo-powered lights
Really? Stupid? I rarely ride after dark and use 3 different bikes depending on need or mood. With a battery light, I can move it from bike to bike in seconds and since I rarely use the light, it's always charged and I don't have to lug the weight of a dynohub around with me everyday and everywhere. I thought it was an enlightened purchase! I think there is a place for battery, dyno and even carbide, Kero. and candle lamps.....it's all about the application isn't it?
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If you're going to go battery driven, I'll second the opinion on the Cygolite Expilion. I have one on my Waterford and it really lights up the road and the surrounding signs. USB charging is key because I can ride in and charge at my desk at work.

I have a hub system on my other commuter and the "get on it and go" aspect is also great. As noglider said, it'll work without any effort for years. It's not that hard to get a hub system, though; check Peter White Cycles.

My bike came with a Shimano Nexus Dynohub, but I replaced the worthless stock Basta Pilot LED with a B&M IQ Fly RT with Standlight that I bought from Peter. Customer service was excellent. The B&M really lights up the road and the standlight is a big bonus when you come to a traffic light. People tell me all the time, "You left your lights on." You just say thanks, they turn off automtically in a few minutes.
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Originally Posted by gomango View Post
Best deal going CM.

Got mine in days though.

You could light a parking lot with these.

https://www.amazon.com/CREE-Bicycle-H...d_sim_sbs_sg_1

I use two and a Superflash on the rear.

I got two of these last winter, one off Amazon, one from DX. One thing to be aware of - the smooth reflector on the DX light is much more of a spot, while the orange peel reflector in gomango's pic diffuses a little better.
I ended up putting a wide angle lens on the DX light on the bars; the lens really spreads the light out so you see the edges of the road/path/trail, kind of like a fog light on a car. The light with the textured reflector works great on the helmet as a spot/long distance beam.
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I have the Niterider USB Mini Newt and am very happy with it - it isn't the highest Lumen count (maybe 350ish), but it definitely lights things up and cars see it. I use mine in conjunction with the Light and Motion VIS 360 helmet lighting...which I like because it has amber side panels that really show well as well as higher rear lighting. I think the placement is as, or more, important than lumens, and the helmet lighting definitely puts lights where I want them. I like that I can point the helmet light into intersections and spot drivers if needed. Not great battery life though!

https://www.amazon.com/Light-Motion-3.../dp/B003YLTUDA


I used PB battery stuff prior to being hit at night. I don't think this lighting would have made a difference, but it wouldn't have hurt.

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Originally Posted by RFC View Post
Lighting is not a matter of style. It's all about lowering the probability that you will be taken out by a car or truck.

Go big lumens. Check out dealextreme.com.
Can't be said or put any better than that!!

In the morning, I have to merge into traffic that is flying by at 50+mph.. Oh yeah. I have to get in, than try to got to the side or even take the full lane. They GOT to see me. I am running two 1000+lum lights up front, a 1000+lum on my helmet.
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Originally Posted by XLR99 View Post
I got two of these last winter, one off Amazon, one from DX. One thing to be aware of - the smooth reflector on the DX light is much more of a spot, while the orange peel reflector in gomango's pic diffuses a little better.
I ended up putting a wide angle lens on the DX light on the bars; the lens really spreads the light out so you see the edges of the road/path/trail, kind of like a fog light on a car. The light with the textured reflector works great on the helmet as a spot/long distance beam.

Totally agree, but I sort of like the spot feature when XC skiing. For biking, if you can find one with orange peel reflector that would be an improvement. Gomango has found the OP the best deal around.
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The trouble is, they're so unpopular in this country...
That's because Campy never made a dynohub.
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I don't get why most people would need a dynohub...the rechargeable batteries are so good, and light, that the existing lighting is just convenient. Also - most of us have multiple bikes, a dynohub locks you into one bike. I can flick my mount and move it to whatever bike I want. Sorry, but I don't see any advantages to dyno-hub lighting that compensate for the wheel weight, cost and lack of flexibility for me. I can see it for someone touring and doing night distance riding, but I don't think they make sense for most applications and I think the reason they're unpopular is because they're the wrong choice for the majority of riders.
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Good thread! All this is info I was looking for but only got ads for lights with little specs. I knew there had to be lights that could do a good job without costing hundreds of dollars!

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I finally put together enough to buy a Light and Motion Urban 300 (although the Urban 300 has been recently discontinued). After using it for a month, I now know there is no reason to stray from this product. It is USB rechargeable, nice, muted colors, easy on/off ability so you can take it with you, usable side lights (!!), hours and hours of battery life, brighter than any light I have in my house, light in weight and oh yeah, Manufactured in the USA. Not many other lights can claim all of those benefits.

Originally I wanted the Urban 550 or 400 but when I found the 300 on sale, I picked it up a bit apprehensive that it wouldn't have enough lumens or run time. I think back and find it humorous now knowing how fantastic of a product it is. Dare I say the ultimate commuter/touring light?

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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
I've used lots of battery-powered lights, some good, some bad. They're all stupid, compared with dynamo-powered lights. I finally set up a nice dynamo system and am wondering what took me so long. You just get on the bike and go. It's going to work reliably like this for years. Never charge the battery, never think about it.

The trouble is, they're so unpopular in this country, they're nearly impossible to buy. I got my lights from xxcycle.com in France. Good prices. Delivery took about two weeks.
Noglider, what light system did you go with?
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Great thread, very informative.

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My rear blinker kept flying off, and was discarded.

My night vision is not good, so I just don't ride at night.
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Totally agree, but I sort of like the spot feature when XC skiing. For biking, if you can find one with orange peel reflector that would be an improvement. Gomango has found the OP the best deal around.
True, I think I paid 55-60 each last year. I may get another one at that price!
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