Which Front light set?

dru
dru Posts: 1,341
edited November 2010 in Road buying advice
Hi people,

Looks like the last thing I need to be winter proof is a front light setup on the bike.

I've currently got 2 little 'flashing visability' lights on the front and 2 x rear flashing red lights.

I've got about £50 - £100 for my budget.

What is the best thing for me to go for in this price bracket. It will be for evening rides in lit and unlit roads.

Should I consider getting something for my helmet as well lightwise?

Cheers and thanks,

Dru.

Comments

  • bartimaeus
    bartimaeus Posts: 1,812
    See MTB 'What Lights' for an alternative view of lighting... clearly the focus here is on being able to see where you are going at high speed off-road in the dark, but you may find it useful.

    £50-£100 will get you a set of very bright lights with reasonable run times... e.g. a P7 bar and XPG lid combination, or a 2 x XPG bar and 1x XPG lid set up.
    Vitus Sentier VR+ (2018) GT Grade AL 105 (2016)
    Giant Anthem X4 (2010) GT Avalanche 1.0 (2010)
    Kingley Vale and QECP Trail Collective - QECP Trail Building
  • hubcap
    hubcap Posts: 163
    I've got a magicshine which I bought from the uk seller, just google magicshine uk and you'll find it.

    It has 3 different brightness settings as well as two flashing modes, on the brightest setting it is plenty bright enough to ride on unlit country roads and the battery pack lasts a long time as it has 4 cells in it. On Saturday I did 37 miles in the dark with it, no problems.

    You can get them cheaper from the far east from ebay but I believe the delivery time can be pretty long.

    Hope that helps!
  • bartimaeus
    bartimaeus Posts: 1,812
    Hubcap wrote:
    I've got a magicshine...

    Also a top MTB pick... it is a P7 emitter in a bike-specific housing with a 4x18650 cell battery. A couple of my friends have these and they seem very good indeed - nice and bright and with a better run-time than my P7 torch. The newest version apparently has better waterproofing on the battery connectors, as well as a battery guage... so if you ride in the rain it might be best to get this version.
    Vitus Sentier VR+ (2018) GT Grade AL 105 (2016)
    Giant Anthem X4 (2010) GT Avalanche 1.0 (2010)
    Kingley Vale and QECP Trail Collective - QECP Trail Building
  • danowat
    danowat Posts: 2,877
    Magicshine, best bang for buck IMO.

    More than enough light to light up unlit, pitch black country roads, even on one of the lower settings.
  • moonshine
    moonshine Posts: 1,021
    Hubcap wrote:
    I've got a magicshine which I bought from the uk seller, just google magicshine uk and you'll find it.

    You can get them cheaper from the far east from ebay but I believe the delivery time can be pretty long.

    Hope that helps!

    I note the US distributer has stopped selling magicshile lights due to faulty battery packs
    http://www.bikeforums.net/archive/index ... 93194.html and
    http://www.geomangear.com/index.php?mai ... cPath=4_41

    there appear to be a long list of happy customers and ones affected by faulty batteries.
  • bartimaeus
    bartimaeus Posts: 1,812
    Either or both of sku44676 and sku4459 appear to be the redesigned Magicshines on DX.

    It might be worth searching the forum, or looking through the NEW What Lights Discussion thread for more details. [/url]
    Vitus Sentier VR+ (2018) GT Grade AL 105 (2016)
    Giant Anthem X4 (2010) GT Avalanche 1.0 (2010)
    Kingley Vale and QECP Trail Collective - QECP Trail Building
  • danowat
    danowat Posts: 2,877
    That battery does look like an improvement, also has a charge indicator, wonder if you can buy the battery pack seperately......
  • cougie
    cougie Posts: 22,512
    I think you can you know - I think I saw something on ebay today £15 for replacement magicshine pack.
  • moonshine
    moonshine Posts: 1,021
    Dru wrote:
    Hi people,

    Should I consider getting something for my helmet as well lightwise?

    I wouldn't bother for road cycling. Yes if you were going off road.
  • The magicshine is very good, but a little floody for road use. I have stuck a little tape over the top section of the lens so as not to dazzle on coming traffic.

    I have the older version with the not so good battery pack. I waterproofed mine using self amalgamating tape and have had no problems with water getting in. I commute in all weathers.
  • antlaff
    antlaff Posts: 583
    see gaz545 test of the magicshine MJ808 on youtube - brilliant output for the money - I wish I had taken a punt on this instead of the Hope 1.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IU5ryIGXbYs&feature=recentlik
  • dru
    dru Posts: 1,341
    thanks guys. going to checkout the magicshine 808 and 816. think the 816 might be overkill for what I need :)
  • Did a little roundup of bike lights a while back. I'm personally a big fan of the B&M Ixon IQ which falls within your price range. Though as you said the Magicshine is also well recommended and good value.
    Find me on: http://www.londoncyclist.co.uk/
    I'm also the founder of the Bike Doctor iPhone/Android app
  • prb007
    prb007 Posts: 703
    bought some of these, two weeks ago from DX and they are extraordinarily bright.

    http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.36018

    a bit quirky-looking with the 'mickey-mouse ears' side LED's but a much better battery pack
    than the old MagicShines, IMHO.

    plenty to choose from, if you can wait two weeks or so...........

    http://www.dealextreme.com/search.dx/se ... ke%20light
    If Wales was flattened out, it'd be bigger than England!
    Planet X Ti Sportive for Sportives & tours
    Orange Alpine 160 for Afan,Alps & dodging trees
    Singlespeed Planet X Kaffenback for dodging potholes
    An On-One Inbred for hard-tail shenanigans...