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Bike Light - front and back

Discussion in 'Flashlights & Other Illumination Devices' started by speedy, May 12, 2016.

  1. speedy

    speedy Loaded Pockets

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    Want to have a bike light for the front and back.

    At least 1100 lumens (more if possible) (front) the back not really sure how crazy I want to go, probably just want a flashing red light to increase chances of being seen from a distance.

    Still up in the air between rechargeable or disposable batteries (AAA or AA).

    I seen some where it's removable and be used as a hand-flashlight with 2-seconds but not necessary but a plus if one fits the bill.

    I am poking Amazon but they are not good about listing Lumens. A buddy showed me some on eBay but need to sign-up for a PayPal account and then an eBay account which I will if that is the ideal place to find what I am looking for.

    I have used/owned Surefires and IMHO think they are overrated and expensive especially in the battery department (that may have gotten better with LEDs for mine pre-dated that). Two of my best lights are LED's both each I spent less than $5 for.

    I am searching but figure for the flashlight gurus you might be able to shorten my search time.

    Hope to get some good suggestions. Thanks ahead of time.
     
  2. Blerv

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    I don't know bike lights.

    That said, I would think a fairly thin body would be ideal for a handlebar mount. Most the AA lights that push a real 1k lumens are like Coke cans.

    Also remember that most XM-L or XP-L lights need about 2.5-3 amps to push 1,000 lumens. On a single 18650 that's anywhere from 20-40 minutes of runtime...unless the output tapers like crazy. For extended bike rides you would probably need a 2x18650 light or a number of AA's to maintain the output.

    That doesn't get into the subject of heat since without holding the light it's going to warm up quite a bit quicker with only moving air reducing temp.

    IMHO, I would aim for lower lumens. Go for lux...not overall output (lumens). A fairly hard pushed XP-G light is going to put out less impressive numbers but make a MUCH more focused beam. It's also going to not need as much wattage (1.5-2 amps) to generate that hotspot since the surface brightness is higher than a larger LED. It's going to generate less heat.
     
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  3. speedy

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    Huh? Can you explain that in English? Non-flashlight-guru terms please. Thanks.
     
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    I highly recommed Cygolite, as that is what I have on my bike. I have the 550 USB. Believe me, it IS plenty bright enough. But, they have others. They have front and rear lights. Do check them out. I have rear lights too. http://www.cygolite.com
     
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    I picked up a WindFire 1600 Lumen rechargeable bike light from Amazon ($24) last year. It has 3 modes: high/low/strobe and comes with a head band if you wanted to make it a headlamp. The battery pack is kinda bulky (you probably wouldn't want to make it a headlamp), but the light is very bright. Admittedly, I haven't used it a lot, mostly around the neighborhood at night, but it seems pretty good. I would feel comfortable commuting with it if I had to.

    I paired it with a Planet Bike blinky red LED for the rear, also from Amazon ($9.50). It runs on two AAA and has two modes: constant on/strobe. It's inexpensive and effective; no complaints there.
     
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    I'm an old guy, and just boulevard cruise, not high speed... I have had good luck withe the Cat Eye brand over the years, and went with a single AA Cat Eye Rapid 3 for the rear, and a box store Bell Lumina on flash mode for the front....Black Diamond Icon headlamp if the need arises
     
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  7. thekapow

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    just make sure you point it downwards, nothing is worse than getting blinded by a bike light at night in trafic by some old dude who keeps his 2000L light parallel to the ground -_-
     
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    ^this

    Where I work, there are quite a few bicycle commuters. Among them, there are a couple that have high-lumen disco strobes pointed straight out. Yeah, I definitely see them coming, but it's very distracting and ruins what night vision I have left. Similar to, if not exactly like, the strobe mode on tactical flashlights which are meant to disorient someone. Nothing like having a repeating camera flash in your face when you're trying to control a 2-ton vehicle.

    Having ranted a bit, I have seen a newer generation of bike lights that the commuters have been using recently. While the continuous beam is on, they incorporate a gentle, periodic pulse (more like a flicker) that grabs your attention without throwing off your vision. Much better!
     
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    Are you riding on the street or an off-road trail? Do you ride on dedicated bike paths?
     
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    Doesn't Fenix make a bunch of bike lights? I have no experience with them but I'd guess they aren't complete junk. A bike store might offer some suggestions too from guys (and gals) who ride a night.

    Just for point of reference the low beam bulb for my car (style H1) puts out 1550 lumens.
     
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    If you prefer Fenix bike lights, try the BCR30. There is a young man in the Pacific Northwest offering modding ("hot-rodding") services on various flashlights. The BCR30 is one of them. See skylumen dot com. A good friend and riding buddy has the upgraded BCR30Vn. That product outputs a tremendous amount of light. I'll be ordering one in the next couple of months.

    There are two aspects of lighting that needs to be considered by cyclists: a) a light so that others (namely motorists) so that they can see YOU; and b) a light that allows the cyclist to illuminate the area ahead. More on this later.