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    24 Race - what lights?

    I am going to be entering a 24 hour race (no support), so I need to have lights that will be able to handle at least 9 hours of burn time. What are the best options - carry spare batteries?

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    Lupine Wilma 6!

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    Lupine's are nice, but for the price of a Wilma 6 you can get 2 Light & Motion ARCs (HID with Li-Ion battery, 3 hour burn time). This means you can have a full power spare handy. The Solo Logic (Halogen) is a cheaper option, but still provides a bright light and even saves a little weight.

    I race with either 2 ARCs or one ARC & a Solo Logic. 2 lights help eliminate shadows on technical trails. The batteries are interchangeable and even use the same chargers.

    9 hours of darkness would require 3 standard batteries at a minimum. I would suggest charging the first battery used so you it available in case your lap length does not allow you to get the full 3 hours of burn time.

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    Hi, any led light with 2 or 3 batteries are suficient to ride all the night.

    Greetings - Saludos

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    You should be able to do the entire race with one battery using the Wilma 6, if you use the different out put settings, i.e. back it down to low when you have a long fire road climb. On the middle setting, the light should put out around 400 some lumens and still get 8-9 hours of burn time. Low setting gets atleast 42 hrs of burn time. This all on the same very light weight battery.

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    Thanks - the problem is that race is not a lap race - so will have to carry all the batteries for the duration. The race starts at 10h00, and you have 24 hours to reach the end - I expect to be going for 18h. some of the LED's seem to run with standard batteries, so you do not have to incest in so many battery packs.

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    check out the dinotte 500l (it comes with 2 batterirs and has variable birightness) and their other lights are worth consideribng too.

    i would suggest using both a a bar and helmet light if you can. especially as its not laps. laps give you chance to familiarise yoursrlf with the course.

    Stu
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    You can pick up a L&M Arc Ultra Li-Ion on eBay for cheap:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/LIGHT-MOTION-BIK...QQcmdZViewItem

    and pick up an extra battery:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-IN-BOX-Light...QQcmdZViewItem

    The new LED lights haven't been out long enough to get super steals on them yet.
    Long Live Long Rides

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    Try these guys out.

    Pretty good prices too.

    http://www.nightlightning.co.nz/adve...s.htm#Endurenz

    Cheers,

    Jawry

    p.s. got mine on order - should be here in 2 weeks. Not great with a camera, but will try and get some beam shots

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    I'd have to say go with an LED based light. There are a number of good ones out there, included the already mentioned DiNotte and Lupine lights. Right now, they are the brightest. I have not used the Night Lightning light, but I hope to rememdy that this year.

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    i've paid my money and made my choice (and sure i wont regret it) - but can anyone tell me how Nightlightning is getting 720 lumens out of 3 Seouls? Don't doubt their word - just curious.

    BTW - my 12 year old daughter is to inherit the Jets - will be joining me for a regular Tuesday night ride. The future of MTB is looking good (wont be long before she is waiting she is waiting at trail junctions for her dad!! )

    cheers,

    Iain

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    give dinotte 500L a try and you wont be sorry

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    Quote Originally Posted by jawry
    i've paid my money and made my choice (and sure i wont regret it) - but can anyone tell me how Nightlightning is getting 720 lumens out of 3 Seouls? Don't doubt their word - just curious.

    BTW - my 12 year old daughter is to inherit the Jets - will be joining me for a regular Tuesday night ride. The future of MTB is looking good (wont be long before she is waiting she is waiting at trail junctions for her dad!! )

    cheers,

    Iain
    they are usimg the highest figures for the best bins and ignoring losses due to optics/ reflectors and probably junction temperature too. 3x 240lumen = 720. just checked their site...they say upto 240lumen per led hehe. even so though...they will be bright. looks like a great light.

    excellent news about your daughter.....what a cool handmedown.

    Stu
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