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Old 07-29-16, 08:55 AM
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What lights do you use?

I am wondering what lights you think are best on your recumbent for being noticed by traffic and such.
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Old 07-29-16, 10:28 AM
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Qty 2 headlights, 6W LED with narrow cone, MR-16 type, I think it was 12-15 degrees for the cone shape. But really, those are more to see than to be seen. On the back a DOT approved LED replacement brake/tailight for cars and trucks from a car parts store, and I wired it so the brake light setting was always on. It's very bright and can be seen from far away.


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Old 07-30-16, 08:23 AM
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Mine are not quite so bright but I don't ride that much in the dark...but even dusk requires something to be seen.
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Old 07-30-16, 09:16 AM
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Qty 2 headlights, 6W LED with narrow cone, MR-16 type, I think it was 12-15 degrees for the cone shape. But really, those are more to see than to be seen. On the back a DOT approved LED replacement brake/tailight for cars and trucks from a car parts store, and I wired it so the brake light setting was always on. It's very bright and can be seen from far away.


What is powering them?
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What is powering them?
Ah, sorry, 12 volt battery. I like 12V because it means I can buy whatever lights I like at the car part store, and they usually have a wide selection. Keep in mind I'm a commuter not a tourer, so I plan my battery to last 3 hours at 0 degrees F, which leads to a big battery (the battery energy ratings are usually at room temp and with a very small current draw, lower temps cut in in half as does the higher current draw in my case). I mount it permanently and then just plug into the charger upon arrival home each night. In the beginning I used sealed lead-acid battery because it's the lowest cost, but the form factor was better for NiMH so I changed to that awhile back. My current battery pack is about 10 amp-hours, built up from 10 D-cells. Pix below of battery box I made up and mounted between the tubes, it has a small wiring box on the aft end for some switches, a fuse, and the charging pigtail.


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Old 07-31-16, 07:24 AM
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I have been a huge fan of niterider lights. They have always stood up well, rugged, and have plenty of battery life for a long dark ride.

I "recently" purchased a Cygolite and have been very impressed by it's size, weight, and performance as related to cost. The only thing I don't like is the proprietary charger port instead of a USB standard.
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Dang! those Cygolites are expensive... They better be good.
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Dang! those Cygolites are expensive... They better be good.
I caught mine on a clearance sale from the LBS, so I have no idea what they "actually" cost.

EDIT- I can tell you I didn't pay that much...
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Old 08-03-16, 11:04 AM
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I'm just going to leave this here





5W Cree LEDS mounted in an old cateye stadium light head.
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I have a handlebar clamp that I place my LED every day carry pocket flashlight in. I have from 35 to 300 lumens on tap. I don't use a light much in the summer, but as the days get shorter it becomes necessary... it is in the clamp anytime that I ride.
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Old 08-15-16, 08:50 AM
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Another vote for Cygolite. I have the Metro front and the Hotshot rear. Got a deal from the Recumbent Bikes of Tennessee.
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Old 08-16-16, 08:32 AM
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+1 for Cygolites. I have two Pro models mounted on my Catrike and based on one of my neighbors, she said she saw my lights a couple of blocks away. Agreed, they are not cheap, but my life is definitely worth their cost.

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Best Strobe that I have seen, Bought them for Day Riding Safety.

CREE XM T6 1000Lm LED Headlight-17.28 and Free Shipping| GearBest.com




A much better battery pack with a very Good Connector.

https://www.fasttech.com/products/14...0-battery-pack
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Best Strobe that I have seen, Bought them for Day Riding Safety.


A much better battery pack with a very Good Connector.

https://www.fasttech.com/products/14...0-battery-pack

Absolutely! I have the same light but branded by a different company. Best headlight I've ever had. For the price, it can't be beat. Don't know about battery time - I've ridden up to three hours on the brightest light and had no issues with it. FYI, you can buy diffuser lenses (both white and red) which spreads the light's beam horizontally so you don't just get a bright circle of light, but a wider beam of light.

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Absolutely! I have the same light but branded by a different company. Best headlight I've ever had. For the price, it can't be beat. Don't know about battery time - I've ridden up to three hours on the brightest light and had no issues with it.
I have four of the T-6 and 6 Dinottes and 3 of the battery packs.

Try one of the battery packs if you have the $$

https://www.fasttech.com/products/14...0-battery-pack

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I have four of the T-6 and 6 Dinottes and 3 of the battery packs.

Try one of the battery packs if you have the $$
Didn't mean to imply I only got three hours of ride time - I rode three hours and quit, but the light was still bright as it was to start. Dinottes are way too much money - I'd spend another $17 on another light like this just for a second battery if I thought I'd need it.
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