HID Technologies Lights
I'll be returning to Sydney from the US in January after 3 years away.
I'm in the market for a new set of lights (just got a Mont 24 hr entry - yay!). I've had Niterider HIDs and Light and Motion HIDs in the past, so I think I'm ready for some LEDs.
I'd like to support an Aussie manufacturer, and have seen HID Technologies on the web.
Has anyone got a set of Quad Lumen8r lights? - what is the build quality like, and do they really pump out 1000 lumens? Is the battery life OK?
If they are good, I'm hoping to get the new 1000 lumen PygmyMax they are listing as "coming soon".
Any reviews of their LED lights would be appreciated!
I've had the Lumen8r Quad for a while now. It is extremely bright. I don't have any way of measuring the exact lumens it puts out, but it is significantly brighter than a helmet/bar set up of Ayups. The throw of light is excellent and the beam width is enough to light up a whole firetrail wide. It's brilliant in singletrack and is enough light to run mounted on the helmet without using a bar light. Battery life has been good so far. They've never run flat on a ride but i've not used them for longer than 3.5 hours at a time.
I've tried out the Pygmy as well and when used together with the Lumen8r it's just amazing.
The lights are well made. The button is easy to use and access while riding. They are great lights and i'd recommend them to anyone over Ayups, which is what a lot of people in Australia seem to rate as the best lights around.
Thanks for the reply - very useful information.
I'd seen the Ayups but had already decided against them because of the seemingly lower brightness compared to the Lumen8r.
Sounds like the HID Technologies are worth pursuing!
I have the Lumen8R (triple LED, not the quad) that I bought 20 months ago and I love it. I use it as a helmet mount. It's been very effective as a commuting light in the winter months (running high beam into roundabouts or through busy intersections and motorists stop in their tracks to give way) and as an off road riding light in both summer and winter. Typically on fire trails I'll use the light on medium beam and use high beam for single track. I've run 4 hours on high beam and the light has shown no sign of dimming. Very easy to use and I reckon it out performs the Ayups, they only have the following because of the cheaper price and some variation in the mounting kits available. The light output is fixed with the Ayups too, something which I'd find bloody annoying.
I'd buy the Lumen8R Quad in a heartbeat based on how robust the standard Lumen8R is.