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Old 09-15-10, 12:21 PM
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Best rear lights for daytime on my recumbent

Don't intend to ride my bent at night. What have you all found to be the brightest & most easily seen rear LED light for the rear? Anybody using LED lights that wrap around the flag pole.
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Old 09-15-10, 12:53 PM
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99% of responses to this question will be one of the DiNotte taillight.
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Old 09-15-10, 01:20 PM
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Portland Design Works has a 1W rear blinky that's pretty much a PlanetBike SuperFlash on steroids.
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Old 09-15-10, 08:59 PM
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The Dinotte is definitely nice. As it should be for $100+. A friend had one on tour a few years ago, and it was plainly visible from a mile away in full sunlight. For about $25, I have a Mars 4.0 (Blackburn) that is nearly as bright - and is self-contained. Also, this taillight was reviewed on another forum that I sometimes inhabit:

https://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.42077

The reviewer took some pics vs a Serfas taillight and a DealExtreme red LED flashlight. It looked pretty good.
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It's not the best or the brightest but the Planet Bike Superflash is a good daylight visible light that has stood the test of time.

Depending on your bike, you might also want to consider a bag that enhances your visibility. The yellow version of this one makes my Volae stand out night and day.

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Old 09-16-10, 07:29 PM
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Tail light recommendation

I strongly endorse the MagicShine led tail light (https://www.geomangear.com). Another rider told me that it was clearly visible 1/4 mile behind me on a bright sunshiny day. I have no interest in the company or product other than a very pleased owner. We also use the MagicShine headlight. Plus it's not as expensive as Dinotte.
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Old 09-16-10, 07:33 PM
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My Dinnotte 140L is still going strong after 2.5 years. Use it everyday.
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Old 09-17-10, 05:23 PM
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Best light is the Dinotte, but for the cheap people like me is the Planetbike Superflash. Use two on rear of Expedition and have been told I can be seen for 1/2 mile
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Originally Posted by tiggermaxcocoa View Post
99% of responses to this question will be one of the DiNotte taillight.
And the other 99% will be for the Planet Bike Superflash. Obnoxiously bright, 1/10th the price of a DiNotte.

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Old 09-18-10, 01:57 AM
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Yup, Dinotte with the Superflash as a back up
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Old 09-18-10, 08:43 PM
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Blackburn Mars 4.0 Bicycle Taillight has made me a believer about seeing for long distance.

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Old 09-19-10, 03:13 AM
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best light under 30.00 would be the Radbot 1000, much brighter than superflash, has nice distinctive flashing pattern.. If you want to spend 100+ the dinotte it is the brightest..

bought mine here: https://cgi.ebay.com/Portland-Design-...item4cf1d18c76

another nice item for night time riding is the Nathan Acid Reflex Snap Leds.. These can be worn around your arms or I put them around the rear triangle of my bike just above the brakes.. They stay in place and give 360 degree flashing leds..

https://cgi.ebay.com/Nathan-Acid-Refl...item3a57d7205b

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Old 09-22-10, 12:42 PM
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i DiNotte didn't raise the bar, they smashed it. I got a 400R, and then when I saw how it changed drivers' behavior got two more for the family. Like my wife didn't feel road riding was safe enough. Slapped on the DN, "Okay I can do this."

But check out MagicShine.

PBSF's, tried them, not happening here. At night they are really great, but not in sunshine.
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Old 09-25-10, 07:11 AM
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There are several utube videos comparing various tail lights, including super flash and Dinotte and the
super flash comes off second to several. My own experience with superflash is that unless it is aimed
at the victim it loses brightness rapidly off axis. I suspect the good reports coincide with lites aimed
very closely at the observer. Since you want the driver of the car to see the light this should be kept
in mind in mounting the light. Secondly the superflash has the batteries and lite ckt board mounted
in the removable part.
My experience is that a stout rubber band around the middle to the superflash is mandatory-a good
bump or RR track can send them flying and finding the bits can be a challenge assuming you recognize
the event and stop. A narrow rubber band is NOT enough, tried it, lite fell off again. Suggest the
asparagus rated rubber bands. (Check out your grocery produce section).
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Old 09-25-10, 04:06 PM
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Most times, LEDs are not diffuse, they are very narrowly focused in order to get the reputed brightness (surface source instead of line source). Halogen or any kind of incandescent, while using much more power, will generally be a lot more diffuse. If you have to have LED, be sure to check the lensing and reflector setup so that it covers the field of view you want to implement. For me, I use a 12V xenon flash tube on the back with a 180 degree reflector, flashing at about 2 Hz (4Hz legal limit due to some persons being susceptible to induced seizures above that) plus an always-on 12V automotive 3rd brakelight, after some discussion with local law enforcement that you want the flashing light to draw attention but the always-on light to allow others to track on to you.
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See beamshots in"DiNotte 300R taillight pics & remarks" thread

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Most times, LEDs are not diffuse, they are very narrowly focused ...
See concurrent thread on the Electronics. Lighting and Gadgets subforum, DiNotte 300R taillight pics & remarks including links to excellent beam shots of two DiNotte lights, PlanetBike Superflash, Radbot 1000, Ultrafire 501-B etc..

Follow his instructions to directly compare brightness and beam width of these various lights. The new DiNotte 300R has an especially wide beam. Alternatively, consider how wide and bright a beam could be made by using 4 or 5 RadBot 1000's angled to beam out in a horizontal arc.
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Old 10-18-10, 11:22 PM
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Have not used the MagicShine tail light. Do have the head light and it rocks. It lights up the hillside.

I use a Planet Superflasher on the mt. bike. I found that the folks over at Pricepoint have something almost identical for half the price - that one is on the helmet. More is better.

I have been looking at how visible bikies are from the rear - and in most cases, not very. That is Not A Good Career Move. Cars hurt. When on the road (day or night) I have the headlight on strobe and the taillights on strobe and may be wearing a bright Class III safety vest. I want them to see me way off - and avoid. When on a bike trail, I just use the headlight and one tail light - like a boat's running lights.

In the predawn winter darkness (coming soon), I often encounter a bikie - and I can see him three blocks out by the strobing headlight. When he passes, I can see his strobing taillight. Strobe works. In fact, a marine personal strobe would probably do just fine.
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Another vote for the Dinotte 400R...

It's rare if cars don't move into the other lane now when they approach me since I got the Dinotte 400R. The five flash strobe is very effective for getting attention. The light is bolted onto my rear rack where the reflector used to be. Yes, it's expensive (I did wait for an online sale), but it's nowhere close to a trip to the ER. I figured if it kept me from going just once, it's paid for itself (that happened the first day, with an out-of-control teen guy who was clearly thinking about the girl who just broke up with him instead of the traffic around him. I was at a stop sign and he locked up his wheels and came within 2 ft of my rear tire -- he didn't see me or the stop sign until the flashes caught his eye, I guess.). It's kept a few street racers from drifting into me, as well. I added a 400L to the front and it's helped, too. Since most drivers don't regularly encounter recumbents, they are poor judges of the additional speed, especially on a downhill. They used to pull out in front of me -- now they stop and wait. With both running, most drivers treat me much more like a car than a bicycle -- they look to see what I'm going to do and wait for me to make a move. They have certainly made the transition to recumbent riding much easier and more relaxing.
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Old 12-02-10, 06:19 PM
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More power Scotty...

My experience is that if you want to catch a driver's eye (which you do), you want to do it from as far away as possible. The PlanetBike flasher is just in no way capable of doing this at high noon. It is just TOO focused and low power to be practically useful in the full sunshine. At dusk, it is much more usable. The Dinotte products are very good and reasonably effective in the daytime, and truly a great price for the technology and design that you are getting. I've ridden behind plenty of 400R users to know. Have seen them on the drive home in the afternoon from a half mile away and thought, "Uh, oh, there's been an accident... EMS on the scene." They're that good. Having said that, and being a total geek DIYer, I decided to make my own version of the 400R and take it up a notch. In fact, it is double the lumen output of the 400R. The end result is freakishly good in the daytime and potentially DANGEROUSLY bright at night. I'm convinced it is THE brightest single bike tail light in existence, for it's size weighing in at only 100 grams. Fortunately the controller has 5 power settings, which allow me to use it at night as well. I documented this wallet draining experiment over on youtube at

www.youtube.com/?v=dRB-6FokXw4

or if that doesn't work, just Google "DTK10W"

For not a lot of money their are some "Whelen" type products out there such as

https://www.sirennet.com/soel3sn.html

That might work really well.
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best light for the money

Serfas TL 200. These were side by side with the superflash and clearly brighter. In fact I only bought this to be brighter than my buddy who had a superflash and was really proud of it. The lights that are better than this are too expensive for my taste.
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SCH:

I like how you call the person the light is pointed at "the victim". These led lights are getting to be bright enough where that is accurate.
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Try these lights:
https://www.lightmanstrobes.com/
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I too use two rear lights. Both are Planet Bike Supers and I run one on blinking mode and the other on steady mode. This may be overkill but if a car runs up your back end the real definition of overkill would occur. My strategy is different when I'm on trails or bike paths but on the city streets I want to stand out like a sore thumb and always have front and rear lights going and a bright, larger than usual flag waving. If you worry about standing out in a crowd and looking unusual you would't be riding a recumbant anyway.
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Sometimes a PB Superflash if it is overcast.
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This is not a lighting solution, but if you are interested in being as visible as possible during the day (and it doesn't hurt at night, either) you might consider a safety triangle such as this one:

https://www.hostelshoppe.com/cgi-bin/...sory=983911118

I have one on each of my LWB recumbents. One of my bikes has a mesh seat, the other a carbon-fiber seat with spandex-like cover. The triangle mounts easily to both. It needed some extra velcro sewed or glued in strategic places, but it's pretty easy to figure out.

The material in these triangles is similar to cat's eyes...extremely reflective, day or night. Kind of dorky looking, but unbelievably attention-getting!
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