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Countryside lighting query

ShintoShinto Posts: 9
edited November 2014 in Commuting general
Hi guys, I'm new here to the forum, looking for a bit of information if anyone can help:

I commute for 15 miles to my fiances and to work nearly everyday and cycle as a hobby, obviously the nights are getting quite dark early on so I'm in need of some decent lights, ones capable of lighting countryside roads. I have a budget of around £40 for the set, what would you recommend I go for? I have the bog standard supermarket lights but i feel now I really need to invest in something that keeps me safer on the roads and country lanes.

Thank you.


  • InitialisedInitialised Posts: 3,047 ... 258ce6b22b

    I have one of these on the front, it is good enough for riding unlit tree covered paths in the dark and typically runs for 2.5 hours between charges.

    I can't comment on the rear light as I don't have that model so maybe spend the change on some extra rear lights and reflective tape: ... e&_sacat=0
    I used to just ride my bike to work but now I find myself going out looking for bigger and bigger hills.
  • I bought one of the cheap Chinese lights (1200lm) and fitted a diffuser from these guys (though, with hindsight, I might have just bought the whole light-set from them):


    This spreads the beam which gives better visibility and (hopefully) less dazzle to other road users. I certainly find it fine for my 20-25 miles commute of which <5 miles is urban with street lights.

    On the back a run a pair of Smart half-watt lights, one flashing and one solid.


  • Kieran_BurnsKieran_Burns Posts: 10,052
    I've similar with a magicshine 808e and the diffuser really helps with spreading the beam
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  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 8,841
    What ever lights you get make sure you have a back up, i use a Moon Xp300 as a main light after my ebay cree xml1600 light failed one night with another as back up. The old cree one is relegated to offroad only but again i have a second set as back up just in case. 2 Smart Lunar R2 lights on the rear
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  • The RookieThe Rookie Posts: 27,748
    I would go with the PlanetX moon shield 60 copy on the rear, really bright, makes the R2 look feable.
  • Brilliant thank you so much everyone, decided to go with the Solarstorm set up so will give that a whirl :)
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