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Old 09-06-13, 07:57 PM   #1
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Dinotte XML-3 vs. Light and Motion Seca 1700 vs. Dinotte 1200L

Maybe some of you wise people here can help me.

I ride mainly road and some dirt. I want a light that I can use on both bikes to extend my riding time during the fall and winter, such as we have here in SoCal. I'm looking at three different lights, listed in the subject. Dinotte XML-3, Light and Motion Seca 1700, and Dinotte 1200L.

I'm leaning toward the Light & Motion, but open to suggestions. Road riding is suburban streets and Class I trails; dirt riding is a little asphalt on the way to/from fire roads, mostly, nothing requiring any real bike handling skilz.
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I bought the XML-3 and run it on medium with 700 lumens output for up to 7 hours.
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I've got a Dinotte 1200L with the 4 cell battery pack.

During the week I do a lot of road riding early in the morning, (most of the time I am on the road by 0500). My riding is usually around suburbia, (street lights), with some out in the county, (no street lights). I've found the the 1200L on medium to work really well for my suburban riding. It puts out plenty of light to see and be seen. When I am out in the county in the early morning I run it on high as there is less traffic and more wild life wandering across the road. On high, I've been flashed by cars as then think it's too bright.

Another thing I like about the 1200L is the flash modes. During the day, I run it as a daytime visible blinky, (I like being visible!).

I also really like Dinotte's customer service. My wife and I have talked to them several times, (needed mounts and small parts) and they always were more than helpful.

Hope this helps!

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I just bought the DiNotte XML-3, IMO it puts out a lot more light than needed for normal road riding. Seems like a good quality light, and selling for $ 229.00 it's at least $100.00 less than the other two.
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Can't go wrong with that line up.

Of the three, the L&M light has the best beam. So I'd go for that. Overall operating cost would go to Dinotte with their very cost effective batteries. I sort of figure that for road riding, 1500 lumens (real, out the front lumens) is about the minimum.

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