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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2011 9:41 pm 
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having put up with a pair of cheaper led fronts for the last year or two, i've decided its about time to chuck a better front lamp on for this winter.

so, with a budget that doesn't stretch past £30, whats the best lamp out there?


would i be better buying a pair of the ebay 5watt 270 lumen jobs at £6 a pop or is there something else that out performs them and stays under my budget?


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2011 9:42 pm 
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check out Deal extreme , for £30 you get a 1200 lumen light .


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2011 10:01 pm 
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http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SSC-P7-1200Lm ... 27b373294c

I use one of these:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/UltraFire-120 ... 059wt_1037

And read this behemoth:

http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewto ... hlight=led


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2011 12:39 am 
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legrandefromage wrote:


to be honest... it kinda put me off! :lol:


I was trying to adapt my shooting lamp for bike use but its too strong & blinds drivers! besides, a 250m beam is a touch excessive for a 16mph pootle home.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2011 8:45 am 
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Whatever gets you seen - the ebay lights have 3 brightness settings. The lowest was perfect for country lanes


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2011 11:41 am 
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i just bought one of these http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/320762086750? ... 1439.l2649 for the bike and one of these for the helmet i dont wear http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/220848592688? ... 1439.l2649

they took a while to get here but the seller was really helpfull, i did need to get batteries and a charger from another seller though. the black torch lit up my local park park pritty well and scared off the local chavs getting pissed on the swings. i've yet to try the smaller one but it runs on standard batteries, its pritty bright in the day though.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2011 12:26 pm 
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The pair of 270 lumen lights is fine for commuting, the rear lights aren't bad either, the disadvantage of them is there is no side lighting as they are fully enclosed and the flash mode is really poor.

I wouldn't use the XML lights for commuting even at their lower setting - too bright for motorists to look at in my opinion.

My favourite rear light is the smart 1 watt, very noticeable from all directions.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2011 2:55 pm 
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I've got 2 of the lights that LGF mentioned in the original post of the 'behemoth' on the front (one steady beam, one flashing). For the rear I have one of these beauties

http://www.winstanleysbikes.co.uk/produ ... Rear_Light

along with one of these flashing on my rucksack

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/lifeline-mini-rear-light/


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2011 4:31 pm 
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Lyzene are bringing out lights.Not sure of the prices but their flagship is only £100 and theres 2 models below that so you could find its about 35-40 quid or so :?


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2011 6:25 pm 
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The Ken wrote:
The pair of 270 lumen lights is fine for commuting, the rear lights aren't bad either, the disadvantage of them is there is no side lighting as they are fully enclosed and the flash mode is really poor.

I wouldn't use the XML lights for commuting even at their lower setting - too bright for motorists to look at in my opinion.

My favourite rear light is the smart 1 watt, very noticeable from all directions.


These on a low setting are similar in brightness to the original 'ebay bike lights' but have a better beam spread:

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