Bike Forums

Bike Forums (
-   Electronics, Lighting, & Gadgets (
-   -   Lightman Xenon Strobe vs. LEDs (

cod.peace 07-25-08 09:04 PM

Lightman Xenon Strobe vs. LEDs
Most people here recommend the Planet Bike Superflash for a rear red blinkie (blinky?). I am planning on a 12V halogen headlight system (for maximum bang-for-buck and DIY fun) and the Lightman red xenon strobe is convenient since it takes 12V and that means I only need 1 main battery. I am considering the xenon along with a 12V LED steady light.

I have searched the forum(s) but haven't found many comments directly comparing the 12V red xenon strobe to the newer LEDs such as the Cateye TLD-1000 and PB Superflash. Are the LEDs worth the hassle of a 2nd battery (or a voltage converter) over the old-fashioned xenon strobe?

mechBgon 07-25-08 09:57 PM

The SuperFlash and LD1100 use internal batteries, so they're self-contained. The SuperFlash is also pretty lightweight. If you want a second taillight for extra visibility and fault-tolerance if the strobe dies or runs out of power, then the LED would be worth having. The LED lights are pretty directional, so double-check the aim so that the "hot spot" of the beam is aimed into overtaking traffic, not down or up.

KLW2 07-26-08 07:15 PM

I use a 12 volt xenon yellow strobe on the rear rack and a SuperFlash on the helmet..people say both are really bright from a distance. One comment was the strobe was great and the helmet SuperFlash made me more visible in traffic because it was up high..the combination was better than anything they had seen...

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:01 PM.