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« Reply #15 on: January 31, 2013, 06:42:33 AM »
yeah, I ended up with a Magicshine 1000, and a Planet bike blinky.  I have since updated my blinky to a Serfas which is obnoxious bright.

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Re: Lighting
« Reply #16 on: January 31, 2013, 11:18:23 AM »
yeah, I ended up with a Magicshine 1000, and a Planet bike blinky.  I have since updated my blinky to a Serfas which is obnoxious bright.


I have the rechargeable serfas taillight I got for christmas. When I turn it on the red light penetrates my entire hand. Like an x-ray. I can't look at it uncovered.




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« Reply #17 on: January 31, 2013, 11:59:01 AM »
That's the one fudgy.

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Re: Lighting
« Reply #18 on: January 31, 2013, 02:04:32 PM »
What do you guys think is better for visibility, the slow blinky setting or the fast blinky setting?

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Re: Lighting
« Reply #19 on: January 31, 2013, 02:22:17 PM »
What do you guys think is better for visibility, the slow blinky setting or the fast blinky setting?




I prefer the steady light. I read something that the blinking can be seen farther away, but steady light allows for better location perception. I want my location to be clear, so I go steady.

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« Reply #20 on: January 31, 2013, 03:10:50 PM »
There was a huge debate about this over on Google+. The solution most people came up with was to have one blinking light and one steady light, so you get the benefits of being noticeable as well as the benefits of having your trajectory visible.


Just a note, those who commute on well used bike trails found that following someone with a blinking light was very annoying.

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Re: Lighting
« Reply #21 on: January 31, 2013, 03:14:56 PM »
Hey, that's good info.  I'll go with the steady light.

I had my light on for 6 daylight hours yesterday.  It was some epic fog.

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« Reply #22 on: January 31, 2013, 03:38:04 PM »
The stated reasoning is why I went with a PDW Danger Zone.  That and I figured anyone based in Portland that makes a light has to understand waterproofing and humidity.  A lot of people have had trouble with this light but I think they abuse it.


The video should speak for itself but it has a couple modes that bridge the gap between steady and blinking.  My favorite one reminds me of a large truck with a very unique timing sequence and variances of intensity that seems to work very well for alerting traffic to move over.  It is also quite bright for a battery powered tail light.  I wish it was USB rechargeable.


   
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Re: Lighting
« Reply #23 on: January 31, 2013, 05:57:01 PM »
There was a huge debate about this over on Google+. The solution most people came up with was to have one blinking light and one steady light, so you get the benefits of being noticeable as well as the benefits of having your trajectory visible.


Just a note, those who commute on well used bike trails found that following someone with a blinking light was very annoying.


That also. Blinking lights annoy the **** out of me. But I don't blame anyone for doing whatever they think keeps the cars away. Sad thing is, we're all going to get run over regardless by some idiot looking at their phone/dash computer and not out the windshield at our awesome lights.

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Re: Lighting
« Reply #24 on: January 31, 2013, 08:56:42 PM »
What do you guys think is better for visibility, the slow blinky setting or the fast blinky setting?

If you only have one, steady. In California, you are required to have a steady light, so if you only have blinky you have not met the lighting requirements.

My light is on steady with a slight pulse to it. Best of both worlds IMO.
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Re: Lighting
« Reply #25 on: January 31, 2013, 11:58:53 PM »

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« Reply #26 on: July 15, 2013, 04:19:32 AM »
Just upgraded the lighting on my main commuters.

One bike has a Shimano dynohub and home-made LED headlight.  I'm still running a red blinky on the back of that one.

The other has the Sturmey-Archer combined drum and dynohub wired to a B&M IQ Fly and a B&M Toplight plus. 

It's good to finally have nice bright headlights for my 25km two-thirds rural commute.