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Postby bikesRfun » Mon Sep 04, 2017 1:00 am

I'm not an expert on the subject of bicycle lights, but I have several types. None of the $200 - $500 tho.
I just can't bring myself to pay that much for lights.
With the advent of Cree LED lights and eBay and Amazon, there are bright lights for a lot less. Those rechargeable 18650 batteries come with the lights in some offerings and can be had for $20 or just under and that includes the shipping cost.
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Re: Lights

Postby bikesRfun » Mon Sep 04, 2017 1:24 am

I've used the cheap dollar store led flashlights strapped to the handlebar. As Jasnooks noticed, not too reliable. Better have at least 2 on the handlebar.
Maybe okay for commuting or lit bike path. Not recommended for night mountain biking.

I've used the small headlight and tail light that run on (2) cr2032 batteries. These are more reliable and would be okay for commuting or night bike path easy rides.

I've used some Cree LEDs powered by (4) 18650 s that seem to be doing fine. These seem bright enuff and reliable enuff for night trail riding.
I always try to bring a backup light just in case, especially when I'm night trail riding.
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Re: Lights

Postby dddd » Mon Sep 04, 2017 8:55 am

The best money I have spent on lights were both NightRider Lumina headlights. One has been going almost ten years, it's a 650 lumen I think and cost $100 at the time.

I bought a second one it's a 350 lumen it cost only $45 or so on sale. I've had really good luck with both of these, neither one lost or stolen, and even the older one clamps onto 31.8mm handlebars.

Even the low setting is pretty bright and the run time is about 6-8 hours on low.

When I think back to all of the older cheap lights that I used for riding before I had these, whew, it was dangerous. At 57 years old my eyes need some real light to see and be seen.
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Re: Lights

Postby bikesRfun » Mon Sep 04, 2017 11:01 am

The best light set here may just barely be good enough for my $150 Mongoose bike. (Just kidding)
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Re: Lights

Postby to the beach » Tue Sep 05, 2017 2:00 pm

I've had this Magic Shine impostor for over 5 years, very bright, rechargeable lithium with charger, high beam mode last a few hours. And for $25 it can't be beat. I also sprung for the wide beam lens for an extra $5. Good enough for night-riding on trail but I would buy 2, 1 for on the handlebar and 1 for atop your head.

https://www.amazon.com/Saitec-Bicycle-HeadLight-headLamp-improved/dp/B00SKLAIE4/ref=sr_1_55?ie=UTF8&qid=1504644941&sr=8-55&keywords=cree+1000+lumen+bicycle
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Re: Lights

Postby rudiger » Thu Sep 28, 2017 7:38 pm

to the beach wrote:I've had this Magic Shine impostor for over 5 years, very bright, rechargeable lithium with charger, high beam mode last a few hours. And for $25 it can't be beat. I also sprung for the wide beam lens for an extra $5. Good enough for night-riding on trail but I would buy 2, 1 for on the handlebar and 1 for atop your head.

https://www.amazon.com/Saitec-Bicycle-HeadLight-headLamp-improved/dp/B00SKLAIE4/ref=sr_1_55?ie=UTF8&qid=1504644941&sr=8-55&keywords=cree+1000+lumen+bicycle

It doesn't look like that above linked light is available, anymore. However, there's another that looks identical for the same price, plus a taillight is included:

https://www.amazon.com/SXCtechTM-Resist ... B01IJJEV8K

However, there are some negative reviews that say the duration isn't that great, and you have to use a specific charger plug as opposed to a USB. Plus, it's a two-piece unit, with the light separate from the rechargeable battery pack.

I'm using the Bell Lumina USB rechargeable. It's probably not as bright as the above light, and it's a pain having to remove the entire unit with the rubber attaching strap to recharge which, I'm guessing, is eventually going to stress the strap enought to break. But it's got good duration, even on high, with both a nice wide, short pattern and a longer beam (two different LEDs). But the best part is it's available at most Target stores, with some of them on clearance for, say $15. At that price, it's a good, bright, USB rechargeable (and you get a free taillight, too):

https://www.amazon.com/Bell-Sports-Lumi ... B01B618PIA
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