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Another Cateye EL500 review.

Old 10-28-04, 09:08 PM
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Another Cateye EL500 review.

I took some pics from about 250 feet away of the 2 cateye EL500's mounted to the front of my bike. In case anyone's wondering, they're good for rides around 10-12 mph or so but no more. The beam is very directional. you can see them for about 20 degrees or so and that's it. My old halogen 10 watt you could see for about 120 degrees. I have the 2 beams aimed 6-7 degrees "towards" each other.
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Old 10-29-04, 08:35 AM
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I just bought an EL500 and had my first night ride with it last night (unlike slvoid, I only have one).
My experience was similar -- it's adequate for my urban commute, which is mostly lit by street lights and car headlights. Also, I know where all the big potholes are

In the few places where it gets darker, the light was ok, but I had to slow down a bit to feel comfortable. If my whole ride was in the dark, and my eyes had time to adjust, it might be fine, but it's not bright enough to compensate for the sudden change from staring into car headlights to dark road.

Also, I'm running it with NiMH rechargeables that have been in my EL110 forever, so they may be running a bit low.

In summary -- for city riding or well-lit areas, the light is fine, and plenty bright to be seen by. If you ride on dark streets, it may not be enough -- but since I live in the Boston area, I don't have any dark streets to try it on, so I can't say for sure.
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Compared to the EL200 or EL300 which have 3 and 5, respectively, LED's using their old opticube lens pattern, the EL500 has very LITTLE side visibility. You can see it from the side but it's not glaring like the other 2.
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The one advantage the EL300 has over the EL500 is the mere size of the light head. More people will notice a larger source of light then a source of light from a real small area.
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Originally Posted by slvoid
I took some pics from about 250 feet away of the 2 cateye EL500's mounted to the front of my bike. In case anyone's wondering, they're good for rides around 10-12 mph or so but no more. The beam is very directional. you can see them for about 20 degrees or so and that's it. My old halogen 10 watt you could see for about 120 degrees. I have the 2 beams aimed 6-7 degrees "towards" each other.
Wow, you really do have a lot of free time at work!
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Old 10-30-04, 08:17 PM
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Originally Posted by ultra-g
Wow, you really do have a lot of free time at work!
Shhhhh.. don't let anyone know.
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Originally Posted by MERTON
what exactly is your job?
You see that fire extinguisher next to my litespeed? My job's to keep an eye on that to make sure it doesn't leak or explode daily.
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