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Old 08-07-16, 02:41 PM
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Dinotte QUAD RED Tail Light

Just added several of these fantastic new rear strobing lights to the fleet and are they awesome..Great craftsmanship
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You bought several of these? The Dinotte site lists the price as $189 each but I saw one place that would sell them at $154 with the trade in of an older Dinotte tail light. Seems like a new arms race toward the brightest lights one can find.

I've tried a couple of the new chip-on-board LED lights available but buying them from China instead of the US. One is sold here as the Blitzu Cyborg which sells for around $25. It's really a Raypal RPL-2266 with the Blitzu brand name added but sells for under $11 postpaid from China. It's 168 lumens versus the 200 for the Dinotte. Both are USB chargeable with internal Li-Ion batteries. Also bought a Paypal Comet RPL-2261 100 lumen light for $7. Both are plenty bright. What I learned is that the effectiveness of a tail light is based upon two factors. The first is brightness. The second and more important is how large is the lit area and how directional is the light. You don't get much side lighting from most commercial tail lights. These are all "compact" tail lights with not much visible area.

I ended up making my own DIY LED lightstick which operates using an inexpensive 12V rechargeable Li-ion battery or alternatively off three 18650 Li-ion batteries. The lights (81 LED red strip) are wound around an 11" long 5/8" diameter plastic tube. It's visible in all directions and while the lumen output is probably less than the 168 lumen Raypal tail light it is far more effective. Has the same steady, blinking, and strobe functions of any the other lights. Run time is more than 8 hours on strobe for two lightsticks joined together.
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I want one of these,, made for daylight rides as well,, 2 kilometer daylight visibility and 5 km night.

Was playing with one at the bike shop, walked it across the parking lot, past four rows of cars in full bright sun, Turned it on turned to look back inside the store. It was reflecting off the all the marker lights on the bikes Inside the store. Unbelievably bright and less than $60.00

Run time up to 23 hours~ strobe I'm sure.

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Originally Posted by trekmogul View Post
Just added several of these fantastic new rear strobing lights to the fleet and are they awesome..Great craftsmanship
Perhaps the last light you'll buy. Also, if one goes bad, they'll repair it for $25.00. I have the 400R, daylight. A little brighter, I think, but it requires a separate battery.
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Dinotte is a class act. As mentioned above, they repair any light that goes bad. Actually, they'll even repair it after the user botches the repair. You know how I know, so don't ask.

We do lots of night rides and I absolutely adore my 400R Dinotte tail light. Sure, it uses an external battery, but since many of our rides are up to ten hours long, I'm good with a bit of battery weight in exchange for the piece of mind that the rear light will be very visible whether we roll into town at noon or midnight.

Anyone using Li-ion batteries really should look at the battery care page on Dinotte's web site.

https://dinottelighting.com/battery-care/
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Originally Posted by VegasTriker View Post
You bought several of these? The Dinotte site lists the price as $189 each but I saw one place that would sell them at $154 with the trade in of an older Dinotte tail light. Seems like a new arms race toward the brightest lights one can find.

I've tried a couple of the new chip-on-board LED lights available but buying them from China instead of the US. One is sold here as the Blitzu Cyborg which sells for around $25. It's really a Raypal RPL-2266 with the Blitzu brand name added but sells for under $11 postpaid from China. It's 168 lumens versus the 200 for the Dinotte. Both are USB chargeable with internal Li-Ion batteries. Also bought a Paypal Comet RPL-2261 100 lumen light for $7. Both are plenty bright. What I learned is that the effectiveness of a tail light is based upon two factors. The first is brightness. The second and more important is how large is the lit area and how directional is the light. You don't get much side lighting from most commercial tail lights. These are all "compact" tail lights with not much visible area.

I ended up making my own DIY LED lightstick which operates using an inexpensive 12V rechargeable Li-ion battery or alternatively off three 18650 Li-ion batteries. The lights (81 LED red strip) are wound around an 11" long 5/8" diameter plastic tube. It's visible in all directions and while the lumen output is probably less than the 168 lumen Raypal tail light it is far more effective. Has the same steady, blinking, and strobe functions of any the other lights. Run time is more than 8 hours on strobe for two lightsticks joined together.
Actually i purchased 3 of them and gave one to my son whom also rides...They are made extremely well and in the USA
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Originally Posted by B. Carfree View Post
Dinotte is a class act. As mentioned above, they repair any light that goes bad. Actually, they'll even repair it after the user botches the repair. You know how I know, so don't ask.

We do lots of night rides and I absolutely adore my 400R Dinotte tail light. Sure, it uses an external battery, but since many of our rides are up to ten hours long, I'm good with a bit of battery weight in exchange for the piece of mind that the rear light will be very visible whether we roll into town at noon or midnight.

Anyone using Li-ion batteries really should look at the battery care page on Dinotte's web site.

https://dinottelighting.com/battery-care/
I also own a 400R that i purchased about 4 years ago but just looking for something new so i tried a few of these on my bikes. I want to use a pair of them when i head to sri lanka in december as more light is better for those crazy busses and mini taxis..
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Originally Posted by B. Carfree View Post
Dinotte is a class act. As mentioned above, they repair any light that goes bad. Actually, they'll even repair it after the user botches the repair. You know how I know, so don't ask.

We do lots of night rides and I absolutely adore my 400R Dinotte tail light. Sure, it uses an external battery, but since many of our rides are up to ten hours long, I'm good with a bit of battery weight in exchange for the piece of mind that the rear light will be very visible whether we roll into town at noon or midnight.

Anyone using Li-ion batteries really should look at the battery care page on Dinotte's web site.

https://dinottelighting.com/battery-care/
My Dinotte lights are now 7 years old.

Have Three of these.Great Solid Connectors.

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cygolite hotshot pro 80 .... works for me but would love a Dinotte:

https://www.cygolite.com/product/hotshot-pro-80-usb/
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Well so far i am just thrilled about the way this light is working for me.. I can see me using 2 of these in the day time this winter while riding in crazy out of control Sri Lanka in SE Asia..
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I've got three Dinotte lights and two of them are more than eight years old and still going strong. I use them several times a week. You can buy the Chinese knock-offs but if you want a great light that will give you reliable service buy Dinotte.
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Great light I plan to get soon.
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cygolite hotshot pro 80 .... works for me but would love a Dinotte:

https://www.cygolite.com/product/hotshot-pro-80-usb/
Yeah, I have $20 Cygolites on my bikes. Very bright, visible in daylight. Not sure why I would want a $190 tail light.
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Yeah, I have $20 Cygolites on my bikes. Very bright, visible in daylight. Not sure why I would want a $190 tail light.
It's not on Cygolite's website, but there is s Cygolite 150 (150 lumens) for about $50.

I have the Hotshot 80 and it's quite bright and works great. The Cygolite 200 headlight makes a great daylight visible headlight, too.

I've always shied away from Dinotte's stuff because they weren't self contained, but that new one looks good.
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I went to its website and look up the front/rear light package . The total cost with shipping is almost $500. You guys must be loaded with money to be able to afford this kind of light .
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These tail lights are real quality and worth every penny of the USD180.00
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I am getting pissed by the number of incidents of right drift and rear end collisions with bicyclists, which I attribute to inattentive, distracted motorists and inadequate penalties. I have been pretty happy with my $40 Serfas light, which straps onto a seat stay and has high and low blinking and steady modes. I know a rear light will help under some conditions, and I figure it can't hurt under others.
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These tail lights are real quality and worth every penny of the USD180.00
My Cygolites are real quality and worth every penny of $20. What makes Dinotte lights $160 more valuable?
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I am getting pissed by the number of incidents of right drift and rear end collisions with bicyclists, which I attribute to inattentive, distracted motorists and inadequate penalties. I have been pretty happy with my $40 Serfas light, which straps onto a seat stay and has high and low blinking and steady modes. I know a rear light will help under some conditions, and I figure it can't hurt under others.
Yea, I heard tell of yet another last weekend in your hood. And the motorist took off, of course.

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My Cygolites are real quality and worth every penny of $20. What makes Dinotte lights $160 more valuable?
I never said anywhere that the lights i just bought for 180.00 each were any better or worth more then any other light.
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I never said anywhere that the lights i just bought for 180.00 each were any better or worth more then any other light.
I didn't say you did, but I'm asking what makes them worth so much more, to you, than a Cygolite? Where's the $160 benefit come from? Do they have some secret feature I can't discern?
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I didn't say you did, but I'm asking what makes them worth so much more, to you, than a Cygolite? Where's the $160 benefit come from? Do they have some secret feature I can't discern?
I have no idea whom or what is better, it is what i bought and am extremely happy and content with the (3) that i actually purchased plus i have the 400R one also that is more expensive..
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I had a Cygolite Tail light.
It had a very narrow beam compared to my Dinotte Tail Lights.

I gave it to a local runner that did some evening runs.
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It's not on Cygolite's website, but there is s Cygolite 150 (150 lumens) for about $50.

I have the Hotshot 80 and it's quite bright and works great. The Cygolite 200 headlight makes a great daylight visible headlight, too.

I've always shied away from Dinotte's stuff because they weren't self contained, but that new one looks good.
I think the Hotshot 150 is not listed on the Cygolite site because it's not available yet.
Seems the only place you can order is through REI; with a promised delivery date of 30 days.

This light is claiming to be even brighter(250 vs. 200 lumnes) than the Quad Red at a much lower price:
See.Sense ICON+ Rear Light
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...A1OAZQFY6X3GCB
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Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
I had a Cygolite Tail light.
It had a very narrow beam compared to my Dinotte Tail Lights.

I gave it to a local runner that did some evening runs.
FYI, some of the newer Cygolite tail lights have a wider beam than before. According to their website (with regard to the Hotshot Pro 80):

"Extra wide beam Enhanced Cycling Optics efficiently scatters the beam to maximize your visual presence."

I have the Hotshot Pro 80, and the beam really is quite a bit broader than before and much broader than the Planet Bike tail light it replaced. I dunno why they don't spec out how broad for comparison purposes with other lights ... they should.

I'd also say this ... having a broader beam in the horizontal direction is great, but having a broader beam in the vertical direction is something to avoid. That was brought home to me last weekend, as I rode behind my buddy with his Cygolite Hotshot 50. When properly aimed, the beam was reasonable when I was immediately behind him, but if I was 50 feet or so behind him, it was near blinding. A light without that narrower vertical beamwidth characteristic would be problematic for people riding in groups.
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