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Old 12-04-18, 04:41 PM
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Originally Posted by radroad View Post
What is this a review for?
It's referring to post #864, a couple of posts up:

I just ordered a N N.Oranie, front 700 lumens & rear light from Amazon for $27. I figured with 28 5 star ratings it was worth a shot. I do not plan to ride at night. I ride in the deep woods with low light and lots of turns though. I wanted something to make my bike more noticeable. I was looking for something that charged via USB and was easy to remove from a solid mount for recharging. May buy a flashlight mount for one of several USB flashlights, if I actually decide to ride at night. I have a USB charging “station” for: phone, iPad, flashlights.....adding a couple more is practically no trouble.
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Originally Posted by KingOfTheHill View Post
With small lights such as the Lumina micro series and the Swift series, one would be well advised to not rely on acceptable "to see by" brightness for more than 45-60 minutes if run on the highest setting. While I like lights such as these for size, I really only use them as high-powered to be seen lights in flashing mode or as a backup to my main light (carried in a jersey pocket, pack, etc.)
Even expensive lights rarely run much longer than an hour on the highest setting, like the top of the line Luminas and this Volt 6000 ($800 please). If someone is to purchase one of the best single beam lights right now, I'd recommend Volt 800.

I agree with what you said and thought it went without saying. After all, the thread is "the best headlights under $50", not the best headlights overall, or the best magic under $50. I use the Swift only in flashing mode as a secondary light paired with Cateye Volt 700. I wouldn't expect any magic from a budget headlight; they cost less for a reason.
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Light & Motion has dropped the price on some older models after introducing some newer lights with more power and/or longer run time. So the Urban 350 is now around $30-$35. Very good value. Several friends use those.

If the Urban 500 drops to the sub-$50 mark it'll be another good value for this thread. Now that Light & Motion has basically upgraded the Urban 500 to the Rando 500 with longer running battery, they might drop the price on the original version.
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Hmm.

I'm seeing Shimano DH-2N30-E 6V 2.4W dynamo hubs on ebay for $35 (free shipping), and Foxeye StVZO 40 Lux dynamo headlamps on ebay for $13 (free shipping).

$35 + $13 = $48. Dynamo hub energized headlamp system.

You'd still need spokes and a rim - but a bike needs those anyway.

Hmm.

(Understand, this is not a recommendation. I haven't used this set up and don't know anyone who has. I was looking for other things and surprisingly stumbled across this. I had been under the impression that a hub generator & StVZO headlamp combination would begin at 2.5X our $50 limit on this thread.)

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Hmm.

I'm seeing Shimano DH-2N30-E 6V 2.4W dynamo hubs on ebay for $35 (free shipping), and Foxeye StVZO 40 Lux dynamo headlamps on ebay for $13 (free shipping).

$35 + $13 = $48. Dynamo hub energized headlamp system.

You'd still need spokes and a rim - but a bike needs those anyway.

Hmm.
That sure would suit a dedicated errand bike. Even if I decided to sell it later that would make a good selling feature.
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@tcs , wow! Thanks!
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