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RUOkie

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Lighting
« on: August 06, 2012, 10:06:00 PM »
Now that the days are shortening, I need to think about lights for my commute.  What do you guys recommend?

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Re: Lighting
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2012, 10:18:28 PM »
I have two niterider lights, one for my handlebars, and one for my helmet. Each cost around $100, but at this point, I can't tell you what model they are. I like the tandem, it gives me a lot of light to see by, and if I think someone doesn't notice me, all I have to do is glance at them, and the beam from the helmet light gets raked across their eyes, and they notice me pretty quick at that point. I'm fairly sure that has saved me from getting flattened at least twice. For the back of the bike, I have a pretty bright Planet Bike blinkie. When I start commuting at night, I'll add a second one, for extra visibility, as well as a bit of depth perception, which I would leave in just the "on" position, not flashing - I read somewhere that it's hard for a driver to gauge how far away you are just off a blinkie.

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Re: Lighting
« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2012, 10:20:39 PM »
Magicshine 900 here. Love it. Bright enough for pitch black. Run a planet bike blinky 3 out back. Seems to work well enough, meaning I haven't been flattened yet.

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Re: Lighting
« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2012, 11:28:48 PM »
I love my Exposure lights.  I have 2 Joysticks for the helmet and a Toro for the bars.  All together that's about a half million lumens, enough light to land a plane.

I only use the full 3-light rig for hardcore night MTB.  Three sources of light is truly awesome for technical singletrack.  For just riding around at night I use one Joystick backwards on the helmet in blinky mode, and the Toro on low or medium setting.

Exposure lights are super pricey, for sure, but they are also super lightweight, if that's an issue for you.
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Re: Lighting
« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2012, 12:28:17 AM »
I have some Light & Motion Urban lights, but a friend who does a lot of his riding in the evening and night likes the new Lezynes. Very powerful, very small, and replaceable batteries. He has two of these (400 lumens each) mounted on his bars.

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Re: Lighting
« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2012, 09:20:49 AM »
I use a niterider minewt mounted to the bars, bought it in 09 still going strong.  USB rechargeable battery.  For the back I use a Blackburn Flea, also usb rechargeable, but after every charge I can't get it to stop flashing hours.  I called Blackburn and they told me to make sure it wasn't in "demo" mode.  It wasn't.  They sent me a new one for free, it does the same thing, but I now have 2.
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Re: Lighting
« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2012, 09:36:01 AM »
 Magicshine 1400 on the bars, a Blackburn Flea on the helmet, set to blink. On my left arm and left leg, I wear these.                   http://ecom1.planetbike.com/3030.html   and, whatever powerful blinky you can run for the tail light. I know Magicshine also make a super bright tail light, and you can get a y-cable to run the head and tail off the same battery.

 I feel almost safer at night, because there really is no way folks can't see me.

 
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Re: Lighting
« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2012, 10:09:15 AM »
My commuter bike has a Magicshine 900 on the front, the super bright Magicshine taillight that LAJ mentioned, and I have a Minewt 150 on a helmet I use only for commuting.

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Re: Lighting
« Reply #8 on: August 07, 2012, 10:14:17 AM »
Thanks everyone.  I'll be ordering soon.  :thumbsup:

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Re: Lighting
« Reply #9 on: October 21, 2012, 10:01:17 AM »
Here's a new light that is gaining some attention.  It may be a few months to full market though.


http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/barrybeams/the-future-of-bike-lighting

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Re: Lighting
« Reply #10 on: October 21, 2012, 10:18:24 AM »
Looks like he put a projector lens on an LED lamp, much like HID lamps do now.

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Re: Lighting
« Reply #11 on: October 21, 2012, 10:46:21 AM »
Here's a new light that is gaining some attention.  It may be a few months to full market though.


http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/barrybeams/the-future-of-bike-lighting


Looks slick. I'd like to see how it holds up in extended use in rain/snow/salty road spray that freezes all over the place/etc. before i'd consider buying one.


I'm also really hesitant to actually contribute to kickstarters. There are a lot of people who have great ideas but don't have any of the business/manufacturing/etc. knowledge to actually execute those ideas and don't know what they don't know. Lots of really cool ideas though.
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Re: Lighting
« Reply #12 on: November 01, 2012, 03:53:37 PM »
My bike is finally pretty well decked out for dark-time commutes...

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Re: Lighting
« Reply #13 on: November 01, 2012, 04:04:53 PM »
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Re: Lighting
« Reply #14 on: January 31, 2013, 03:44:28 AM »
On my commuters I use a dynohub hard-wired to a B & M LED light front and rear.  Both lights have a standlight function that means they stay on when you stop at the traffic lights.  Once built up I never need to worry about flat batteries.  I can hop on at night and know that I'll have working lights.

the B & M lights through plenty of light to see by and have a specially designed beam so that they don't blind oncoming traffic.  I tend to also have a basic red blinky, either attached to my helmet or my saddlebag as a backup rear light.