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PostPosted: Mon Jan 20, 2014 10:00 am 
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I've got all sorts of front and back lights for my bikes, including a really excellent bright LED headlight, but every time I buy a flashing headlight I am disappointed with the results, as they always end up a bit weak.

Anyway, prompted by a chance encounter with another rider yesterday, who had a nice matching pair rectangular lights front and back, I thought I ask the vast knowledge repository that is RB; What would you recommend?

I don't want anything MEGA bright, I already have that, I just want a nice visible flashing light that is not going to burn the eyeballs out of those unfortunate enough to come face to face with it, but just bright enough that even on a nice sunny day like yesterday, it alerts other road users to my presence.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 20, 2014 10:09 am 
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Before I got a super bright rechargeable I had one of these: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Smart-Lunar-3 ... 4897.l4275

Only just about bright enough on completely unlit roads to spot pot holes, but plenty bright enough in flashing mode to be noticed and has a decent bracket.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 20, 2014 10:20 am 
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I'll take a look as the price is good, but I already have something similar with three LEDs in it that I got from my LBS, and although it's OK, I was hoping for something with a bit more punch.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 20, 2014 10:51 am 
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There's a "beam shot" comparison thingy on road.cc: http://road.cc/lights2012/index-wide.php. The Smart Lunar 35 is in the list.

It doesn't compare very well to some of the high power led rechargeables.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 20, 2014 1:53 pm 
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That's cool, thanks.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 20, 2014 2:09 pm 
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NeilM wrote:
I don't want anything MEGA bright, I already have that, I just want a nice visible flashing light that is not going to burn the eyeballs out of those unfortunate enough to come face to face with it, but just bright enough that even on a nice sunny day like yesterday, it alerts other road users to my presence.


Trouble is you'll need something pretty bright to be seen on a sunny day. Daytime mode on my Lezyne rear light for example is twice the lumen output of the other night time modes.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 20, 2014 2:22 pm 
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Good point. I think I'll do an internet trawl and see if I can figure out what the guy I saw was using.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 20, 2014 2:27 pm 
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This is what I have now: http://road.cc/content/review/72875-cat ... ront-light

Plenty bright enough for completely unlit roads and the "hyperconstant" mode, which is the low setting, but flashes/pulses to high, so you get the best of both worlds, is very attention grabbing.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 20, 2014 2:31 pm 
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I use an exposure spark. it uses rechargeables so if it starts to fade then a charge returns it to full power. I'm not the biggest fan of blink/flash lights and its not as blinding as some out there. I have a luminator to supplement but never have it on flash as its flash would induce epileptic fits, I leave it on low/middle setting as a constant and dipped a little. the flashing exposure is good for dusk / low light / grey times.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 20, 2014 2:39 pm 
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In my other life, as a non cycling car driver, I cover something like 35,000 miles a year and have done for the last 35 years (lord I'm old).

In my capacity as a car driver, I feel,from my personal perspective, that flashing light are a great way of getting peoples attention. I know some people don't like them for a variety of reasons, but I think they are great.

As for epileptic fits: As far as I am aware, sufferers are not allowed to hold a driving license, so it's not a concern I share.


UPDATE: A trawl of the net has produced the Moon Comet. I am pretty sure this is what the chap I met yesterday was using, so I'm off to find the best price I can on one, and I'll give it a try.


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