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  • #797490

    Nikola
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    I got this one, by mail, took like 20 days, put battery to charge, leave it overnight, in the morning it exploded, nothing to wild but quite loud. Don’t want to charge entirely. Send them an email, but don’t expect too much :((( $54

    Light seems to be quite decent, so i will get a battery now separately i guess

    Here is the light link:

    http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00KADZ502/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    #797648

    micah356
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    I have a Gloworm X2 – but I lost the extension cord.

    Does anyone know if I can buy one somewhere in Toronto? I’m not sure if it is the same cord used by other lights, but I would guess that it might be. Or if anyone has a spare, let me know.

    #797774

    Joe Seven
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    I use 2 geo man magic shines. They work great. Wish the battery would last a bit longer but a fully charged will last you a good long ride.

    #798704

    bishskate
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    Does having a double vs single light make a difference? Most people last night seemed to have double lights, at leas on their helmets.

    #798715

    jcitizen
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    @bishkate I’d highly recommend the double light. You can get away with a good one on your helmet, but having a second light means you can have one light that can focus more in front of the bike (bar), leaving your head lamps to focus on things up ahead (more important). Creates a more natural experience and lets you use more peripheral vision (my theory anyway), where as a solitary light creates more of a tunnel effect. Also, a second source coming from a different position helps to take down the contrast that single lights cast on bumps in the trail, making things more define. Sometimes long dark shadows mess with my head. .

    #798716

    jcitizen
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    ps. this looks interesting to me: http://www.mec.ca/product/5040-433/cygo-lite-expilion-850-usb-front-light/?f=10+50037

    I’ve got a Leyzene bar mount and love the cordless experience.

    #798717

    jcitizen
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    #798718

    bishskate
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    I just ordered two cheap lights from Amazon. I’ll see how they work out before investing a lot into night riding.

    http://www.amazon.ca/1800Lumens-Bicycle-HeadLight-headLamp-charger/dp/B00CGUL65U/ref=pd_bxgy_s_img_y

    and

    http://www.amazon.ca/Coco-LED-Bicycle-Lumens-Switch/dp/B00K5KP7OY/ref=pd_sim_s_4/192-2586652-1905344?ie=UTF8&refRID=1GK8V5K2GYGJ8VP6CRWR

    For $70 shipped it should be a decent starter set-up. As long as they’re not broken out of the box LOL

    #798768

    a-hill
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    The second light is basically a SolarStorm X2 – I have two of these and they are great. I think the 5000 lumen number is wildly overstating the power but they are very bright. Each XML-U2 emitter will provide somewhere around 1000 lumens – hence the reason many lights have two or three emitters (to address the earlier post).

    One problem with going with a light that bright is that the controller will use “Pulse Width Modulation” to get a lower power setting (i.e. it flashes the light very quickly). Your eye can’t see it but cameras can – if you try using a gopro at night and run the lights on medium or low then it doesn’t come out very well. In that case it is better to go to a less powerful light and run it on high.

    #798772

    ghettocruiser
    Participant

    Cheap bright light from the internet are what I use as well. But they *will* fail at some point.

    Ask yourself what the risks are of the light going out without warning at a random point on your ride.

    If this would probably result in a crash or very slow walk home, always have two lights (with two batteries) running as insurance.

    #798781

    bishskate
    Participant

    Cheap bright light from the internet are what I use as well. But they *will* fail at some point.

    Ask yourself what the risks are of the light going out without warning at a random point on your ride.

    If this would probably result in a crash or very slow walk home, always have two lights (with two batteries) running as insurance.

    Never thought of a sudden failure but I guess that’s what would/will happen. I’ll always have the two so hopefully will make it home, but that is a great point.

    #798784

    jcitizen
    Participant

    I had a sudden failure on a bridge on Quads (I was walking, of course !) and that was when I decided one light was not enough.

    #798795

    ghettocruiser
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    I personally find two lower-wattage lights side-by-side on the bars gives a more usable light field than one bright beam.

    But I’m also not a big fan of the helmet-mount.

    #798796

    Renegade Hardware
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    Found these when searching for magicshine and ordered a set. http://www.amazon.ca/1800Lumens-Bicycle-HeadLight-headLamp-charger/dp/B00CGUL65U/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1414593686&sr=8-6&keywords=magicshine

    I’m expecting between 500 and 800 lumes, not 1800 as listed, and a low battery life. Pair this with a more expensive (reliable?) light and I think you’re set.

    Use the narrow beam on the helmet, and wide beam on the bars, and you have a good throw for anything coming up.

    #798797

    jcitizen
    Participant

    I’ve been using one of those for years with good success aside from only one surprise out (on that bridge). No way it’s 1800 lumens, ha ha

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