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glenandem



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 2:44 pm    Post subject: night light recommendations? Reply with quote

hi guys im looking for a decent bright light for night riding down the local trails and been looking at the cree t6 lights on ebay but not sure which are good and which are not!
any recommendations?

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Read this.

Torchy is up in scotland and has an ebay shop. great unbiased reviews.
I use the Big Fluxient 3000lumen burn your corneas at 100 yards jobie cant recommend enough. better than my old Lupine kit for sure and1/4 of the price.

http://www.torchythebatteryboy.com/p/bike-light-database.html

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks mate that’s a great read, I’m exactly after something that will light everything in front of me big time!!
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 6:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I, and most of my workmates, use these; https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/CREE-XML-XM-L-T6-LED-1800-Lumens-Cycle-Bike -Bicycle-Rechargable-Head-Lights-Lamp/281484297610 cheap as chips and subsequently disposable.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheers pal, I been looking at those cheap eBay cree t6 lights, exactly the sort of thing I’m after cheap and cheerful and I can chuck em if they die and get another!
Are they bright enough for dark paths?

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 9:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My commute takes me along canal towpaths, along the river soar and through 2 sets of parks with lakes left by gravel extraction. I use this route year round and in the winter it is as dark as my dads boots. and he is 6feet under.

The worse lamp for me, is a head worn one. especially if it's coming towards me. there just isnt the facility for the wearers to reduce power or dip or even just look away to avoid dazzling me. I sometimes think i am the only one out there who considers other cyclists and pedestrians.

I have two lamps mounted on an accessory bar one big fluxient aimed forward and one smaller less powerful unit aimed down and to the left. if i see anyone coming toward me i just hit the button on the back of the big lamp and turn it off.

Of course if you are on a trail it is different. I feel you probably need both handlebar mounted to light up the track and a head mounted so you can always see where your head is aimed. Most of us use our heads to steer whether we realise it or not.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 9:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another point to be weary of, Some of these cheap Chinese battery packs and chargers over heat and catch fire.
I have taken a cheap Chinese rechargeable AA battery (bought off fleabay) to bits and under the outer shell lay a AAA size cell and some wadding Shocked Shocked Shocked

Within reason you only get what you pay for. I have run my big Fluxient for 5 seasons now cost me £110 that's £22 per season so far, plus i use it on hols and night fishing etc and it shows no signs of giving up any time soon.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i ended up ordering this light for £11.50 its worth a try, will definately be keeping an eye on the battery and charger though and if it starts to play up i will buy a decent battery for it but the light looks decent enough, i hope!!

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/10000Lm-2-3-CREE-XML-T6-LED-Front-Headlamp- Bicycle-Bike-Light-Torch-Headlight/362096373910?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBI DX%3AIT&var=631315035732&_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's actually not too shabby for the money.
Just don't put it on strobe mode or I will find you .
And I will kill you
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

haha i dont understand why anyone would have the front light on strobe mode and especially being a light that bright too Confused
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 9:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Echo that about "dodgy Chinese chargers". Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes

I had a similiar version of the above light and was wary of it when on charge, and thankfully so, one time the actual plug in unit decided to start melting from the top, then catching fire..............luckily I was standing near to it when this happened or dread to think what might have happened.


And the "Strobe" unit is ideal for when approaching people from behind on cycle paths etc., when you don't have a bell, you don't need to shout or anything, people certainly know you are coming and are very quick to get out of the way.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gunner wrote:
Echo that about "dodgy Chinese chargers". Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes

I had a similiar version of the above light and was wary of it when on charge, and thankfully so, one time the actual plug in unit decided to start melting from the top, then catching fire..............luckily I was standing near to it when this happened or dread to think what might have happened.


And the "Strobe" unit is ideal for when approaching people from behind on cycle paths etc., when you don't have a bell, you don't need to shout or anything, people certainly know you are coming and are very quick to get out of the way.

Then again,the strobe feature is not ideal for all in front of you.
Would you agree ?

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 2:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

glenandem wrote:
i ended up ordering this light for £11.50 its worth a try, will definately be keeping an eye on the battery and charger though and if it starts to play up i will buy a decent battery for it but the light looks decent enough, i hope!!

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/10000Lm-2-3-CREE-XML-T6-LED-Front-Headlamp- Bicycle-Bike-Light-Torch-Headlight/362096373910?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBI DX%3AIT&var=631315035732&_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649

I have one of those on my Helmet.

I never charge mine unattended. Ever.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

[ I have one of those on my Helmet. quote]

Laughing Laughing you might want to rephrase that Laughing Laughing Laughing

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did wonder what sort of response that post would get... Laughing Laughing Laughing
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