Front light recommendations - £60 budget

Discussion in 'Bikes and Buying Advice - What Bike?' started by Shaun, 18 May 2010.

  1. Shaun

    Shaun Founder Moderator

    I'm doing the Northern FNRttC and need a new front light.

    The one I've got is fine for riding in town - lets drivers see me and all that - but turns into a pale dot once I get out of town onto the unlit country roads.

    My budget is around £60 (left over birthday money) so what do you think would suite me best?

    Thanks,
    Shaun ;)
     
  2. theclaud

    theclaud It's teeceegawnmaaaad

    Location:
    Swansea
    Very fond of my Fenix torch. It's not the brightest light on the FNRttC, but it's more than bright enough, with several settings so that you can boost it through the dark lanes. Tiny, robust and light, waterproof, with a brilliantly simple twofish "lockblock" bracket that fits on any bar. I've got a P2D, which no longer seems to exist - runs for ages on a single Energizer lithium battery. They do AA and AAA ones too. Only downside is the lack of warning when the battery is about to go.
     
  3. Light and Motion Vega? £62.50 from Wiggle (120 lumens)
    £60 is a difficult budget - it will get you an excellent light for town use but not enough for 'real' off-road riding (500 lumens+), so may be a bit hit-and-miss for dark country lanes.
     
  4. ChrisKH

    ChrisKH Veteran

    Location:
    Essex
    You can pick up a Hope 1 Vision for just a little bit above that if you shop carefully.
     
  5. Yeah up your budget a few quid and get a Hope,you won't regret it.
     
  6. GrahamG

    GrahamG Veteran

    Location:
    Bristol
    I'd say the Hope is worth the extra money over the Fenix torch. I've go the fenix for occasional use on the bike (normally use dynamo set up), but know several people with Hope's that really put it in the shade... (sorry).
     
  7. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    Location:
    Atop a Ti
    +1 for the Hope.. well worth the money,
     
  8. ChrisKH

    ChrisKH Veteran

    Location:
    Essex
    It's my b'day coming up and that's what I'm getting, HOPEfully before the Fnrttc. Fnaar, fnaar.
     
  9. Hope springs eternal on the FNRttC...I wouldn't like being hopeless.:biggrin:
     
  10. Davidc

    Davidc Guru

    Location:
    Somerset UK
    The best I've seen is the Hope Vision 1. Don't use one myself because I have dynamo and a CYO 60, but the Hopes are even brighter than it is.

    £67 at tredz including postage.
     
  11. style over speed

    style over speed riding a f**king bike

    Busch + Müller IXON IQ LED Front Light, pretty decent light, maybe a bit fragile and doesn't have a flashing mode but I'm quite happy with mine. The lower power setting is even bright enough for unlit roads and its cheapest from http://www.bike24.com €55 without the charger... so pay the extra €14
     
  12. summerdays

    summerdays Cycling in the sun Moderator

    Location:
    Bristol
    I like my Hope 1 but then I haven't tried using it on that sort of trip... however it takes AA's so you can easily swap in a spare set of batteries. Mine was a smidge over your £60 budget but only by a couple of pounds. If you do go down the Hope route it may be worth running your existing light too as when the batteries go they literally just switch off.
     
  13. slowmotion

    slowmotion Quite dreadful

    Location:
    lost somewhere
    Yes, Hope Vision 1. It is well worth getting some re-chargeable AAs for it. Eneloops are good.
     
  14. Quick point on the Hope- you also need to cost in some decent re-chargeable batteries as they don't come with the light,I'd say maybe £10 should get you 4.Oh and you'll get about 8 hours on level 2(medium) setting which is decently bright.
     
  15. redjedi

    redjedi Über Member

    Location:
    Brentford
    + whatever we're up to for the Hope.

    I've used mine on a few FNRttC and it hasn't failed yet. I always put a fresh set (non-rechargeable) in on the night and they last through the rest of the month for commuting on flash mode.

    Setting 2 is more than adequate for dark country lanes, setting 3 if I'm having to light the way for someone with just a little flasher.

    I used to use 2 Cateye lights (EL-520 + El-530) and it out does both of those combined.
     
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