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Old 11-21-04, 11:12 AM
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HID lights

Ok, so here it is, I get off work late in the day and I need a bright light, so I decided to go with HID. I have been researching lights for awhile now, and have narrowed it down to the CygoLite® Z-Force HID Headlight NiMH. It seems to be a good performer and isn't outrageously expensive either. If anyone has different recommendations or experience with this light your comments would be appreciated.

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Originally Posted by Thmaxxer
Ok, so here it is, I get off work late in the day and I need a bright light, so I decided to go with HID. I have been researching lights for awhile now, and have narrowed it down to the CygoLite® Z-Force HID Headlight NiMH. It seems to be a good performer and isn't outrageously expensive either. If anyone has different recommendations or experience with this light your comments would be appreciated.

Thanks.

Are you commuting with these lights or are you riding trails? (I'm not sure if you're commuting home after work). The HIDs are probably overkill for commuting, but a great system for off road riding. Check out www.mtbr for rider reviews of products.
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MudPie, I am not commuting, I am trail riding after I get home. The trails are a blast during the day on the weekends, but there is so much other traffic (rollerbladers, joggers etc) I have started riding them at night, and it is awesome because I am the only one on them, but I need a good light as the trails are overgrown with trees and whatnot. The other reason I wanted to go with HID is if there is someone or something on the trails at night, I can have enough time to see it and avoid the obstacle. Thanks for the link, I will check it out.
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HID are the way to go on trail. I'm using a halogen/NiMH dual beam system from Jet Lites (www.jetlites.com). They're a dual beam system with 5 different power settings (6W, 9W, 12W, 20W and 32W) and have spot and flood beam patterns. They cost about $250 and I like the switching and water bottle mounted battery. I am very satisfied with the system - just right for me. I like using the various power settings - don't need much light when climbing, and full on lights on descents. In general, Jet seems like a good company- they've responded fairly quick to my questions (via e-mail)

I'm not sure how much your HID system costs, but if you can afford it, HIDs are the way to go. HIDs are more efficient in light output and energy consumption = bright burn and long burn time

I've been on the receiving end of on-coming HID lights and they do hurt the eyes, but are ideal for those behind the light.

My next purchase might be helmet mounted HIDs.
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