A little light advice!

Discussion in 'Components, Accessories and Clothing' started by Renmurew, 16 Dec 2018.

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  1. Renmurew

    Renmurew Über Member

    Location:
    Angus
    Hi

    I am planning to do the through the night "ride to the sun" event in June next year.

    I'd like to have some good rechargeable lights to take me through the event, but I'm a bit overwhelmed by information at the moment so would appreciate some advice.

    I will likely be cycling from about 7pm to about 5am. Will a single charge of lights take me through the night or should I have two sets of lights?

    Would rechargeable lights be better than batter powered?

    What level of lumens should I be looking at?

    Does anyone have any recommendations I can look at?

    thanks in advance!
     
  2. Supersuperleeds

    Supersuperleeds Guru

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    Leicester
    How about dynamo powered?

    If you want traditional lights then have a look at https://www.candb-seen.co.uk/category-cycling.html
     
  3. DCLane

    DCLane Found in the Yorkshire hills ...

    Why rechargeable?

    For long audaxes I run 2 x 50 watt Smart front lights plus a Hope Vision 1 on really dark bits. All AA powered, with a set of lithium AA batteries seeing me through a night.
     
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  4. YukonBoy

    YukonBoy Extra solar

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    How long will it ge dark for?
     
  5. PeteXXX

    PeteXXX Cake or ice cream? The choice is endless ...

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    On my Chase the Rising Sun, and Dunwich Dynamo, I've used one change of battery on my Fluxient U2 mini. Search for Torchy the Battery Boy for some good comparisons.
     
  6. NorthernDave

    NorthernDave Never used Über Member

    If the weather is decent, in June it won't be dark enough to need lights to see by until after 9pm, possibly later. Are there streetlights on the route?

    If it's likely to be a one off ride, a decent battery powered light and a pocket full of AA's probably makes most sense financially.
     
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    Renmurew

    Renmurew Über Member

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    Angus
    Thanks for all the really quick and helpful advice. As noted its likely to be a one off ride so happy to go with batter powered lights with some spare batteries in my pocket.
     
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  8. OP
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    Renmurew

    Renmurew Über Member

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    Thanks for this info - that sounds great. Is that light still available anywhere? I had a quick look but couldn't immediately see one?
     
  9. PeteXXX

    PeteXXX Cake or ice cream? The choice is endless ...

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    Hamtun
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fluxient-U2-Mini-bike-light/dp/B00D13VO0S

    Out of stock at the moment, but for a cheapish light, it's brilliant (in all ways)
    I'll see if I can find another link later.
     
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  10. Reiver

    Reiver Ribbit Ribbit

    June in Angus,
    end of twighlight 23:20 ->beg twighlight 03:10
    and in between those it will hardly get dark.
    a low powered light will do
     
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  11. PeteXXX

    PeteXXX Cake or ice cream? The choice is endless ...

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    Shame. It looks like it's not around anymore.. :sad:
     
  12. Spiderweb

    Spiderweb Not So Special One

    Location:
    North Yorkshire
    16E273C6-BE7C-4454-9B2E-1C0E7DB07D0F.jpeg I have one of these lezyne lights from Pro Bike Kit, reduced from £160 to £50 and if you use code XMAS10 there is an additional 10% off.
    https://www.probikekit.co.uk/cyclin...7_1545050414_b142f51e652e442ba3beea2737d40acc

    The light comes with a built in battery and an additional plug in power pack. Both light and Power pack are rechargeable with the USB lead provided. As you can see you can run the light for 9 hours at 450 lumens which is bright enough to light your way on unlit roads.
     
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  13. Pale Rider

    Pale Rider Guru

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  14. Dogtrousers

    Dogtrousers Kilometre nibbler

    If you're planning now for a ride in June it sounds like you don't do much night riding so you don't need super-duper lights. Then again, you don't necessarily want useless tat. You're also planning a ride on the solstice, which means the shortest possible night (according to this link it will be light from 04:30 to 21:50 or thereabouts)

    At the rear just go for multiple lights. I say multiple because something might go wrong so you'll have a backup. Also you won't necessarily notice if something does go wrong with one of them. Rear lights aren't that expensive. My go-to rear light is a AAA powered Cateye Omni 5. I use rechargeable AAAs.

    I use a battery powered front light. (Hope Vision 1). Easily lasts all night, and has the advantage that you can carry some spare batteries just in case. (I always have a plenty of rechargable batteries at the ready). Only use on full beam in completely dark sections. Otherwise just have it on low. It is, however a bit pricey for a one-use purchase.

    In your position I'd just nip down to Decathlon or similar and buy one rechargeable front light plus a small battery powered one as backup. Don't use it on full unless you really need to. If you are super cautious take a power bank and charge your light up when you are stopped.

    Going dynamo will cost you an arm and a leg and the lights are permanently fixed to your bike. I don't think this fits your planned use. Consider it if you are a hardcore regular night commuter or touring in the back of beyond where you have no access to mains power for days at a stretch.
     
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  15. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

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