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    Best Light Around $100?

    As the title says, I'm looking for a light around $100. I'll be using it mostly for commuting, but would also like to be able to mount to my helmet for a little bit of off-road riding. I've never intentionally gone on a night ride, but I want to give it a try. I also don't know how well I will like it, so I don't want to spend a crapload of money on something I won't need. If I do enjoy it, I'd be willing to get a dedicated set up for my MTB. Any help is appreciated.
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    Hi pitmang,
    I feel the same way the your do.
    Have you received any good advise?

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    dieldrin, I've got nothing. I guess that if you're not willing to toss around money, no one wants to talk to you. Either that or there is no such thing as a light for $100.
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    pitmang1, I think at this price-point it will be a one-off light, not necessarily comparing all models available at retail but instead what someone was selling in the for-sale forums or you catch on ebay. Therefore, you might do some research about what lights look best to you in a higher price category.

    I have no recommendation there, which is why I've ordered and am awaiting delivery of parts to build my own LED based light. Since I plan to use common NiMH AA cells for the battery pack, I will not have as long a runtime as some but the total cost will be under $100 (but a few hours work to get the result) if you're looking for a DIY suggestion.

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    http://www.turbocatusa.com/trailguide.html
    I've run Turbocat lights for 14 years and they've been awesome. The price is good and the parts are easily replaceable. Give them a call, you might be able to get a handle bar mount for the helmet system.

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    I've yet to find a "great" light for $100 or less, but there are several decent ones in that price range. First of all, what are you planning on riding with the light? Singletrack, DH, fireroads, streets? This will help with how much light you need.

    Right now, I'm running a custom LED helmet light for short jaunts at night (crushed gravel trails, side streets) that cost less than $50 to put together.


    This is a River Rock Designs headlamp (uses a Luxeon 1w emitter) that I bought at Target for around $30, mounted to a generic helmet mount. Runs on 3 AA batteries, and I've used it for about 6 hrs without needing to replace the batteries so far. I took the original mount apart and glued a piece of ABS plastic to it, which serves as the connector to the helmet mount.

    For more money, you could get a single (or double) halogen lamp to mount to your bars. Batteryspace (where I got several parts for another light I'm building) has quite a few options to choose from that are somewhat decent: http://www.batteryspace.com/index.as...S&Category=853

    Most of the super bright lights are more expensive, as they use the latest LED or HID technologies.

    HTH!

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    dnlwthrn Now you could tuning the headlamp with a seoul p4 U-bin or a Cree XR-E Q5

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    Take a look at the Fenix L2D CE Cree flashlight, 2 for $113 from the Fenix store. Probably not the right light for burning up single track but works great for tooling around on an overgrown swampy logging road. I have one mounted in it's holster and attached to my helmet with velcro. I have another that can be mounted on the bars. The Fenix store sells TwoFish lockblocks which are cheap and secure. The L2D will put out up to 135 lumens in turbo mode and 80 lumens on high, runs on 2 AA batteries. It is more of a spot than a flood but throws enough light to illuminate the sides of the trail and can spot quite a distance down trail.
    https://www.fenix-store.com/product_...fa4490973219c6
    http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/...d.php?t=168578

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    Other options include the Princeton Tec Apex headlamp: uses a 3 watt luxeon with a spot beam. It mounts easily on a helmet with a couple of velcro straps and costs <$75. Runs on AAs (helmet mounted) and is a lttle heavy, but quite useful. Also look at the dinotte light engine (the "Basic 3") which dinotte sells for $119. You would be better off though going with the brighter (80 lumens vs 65 for the Basic) Dinotte Ultra 3 for the same price from Geoman: http://www.geomangear.com/index.php?...products_id=21

    You can mount the Dinottes on your helment or bars.

    Edit: The advantage of buying from Dinotte is that you get a free upgrade to the new 200 lumen model: http://www.dinottelighting.com/upgrade.html see the bottom of the page.

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    Thanks everyone,
    Those Dinottes look pretty nice. I'm pretty sure that I'll go with the Ultra 3 even though it's a little above my original price range.
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    Good job! regarding looking for a light,

    Hi,

    i hope im not to late, and my advice and recommendations, helps you in choicing

    the right light for riding needs, if you havent already purchased yourself a light,

    for little more than your $100 price range, save your $ and go for dinotte,

    the dinotte, ultra 3 or 5 upgraded to 200 lumens is problebly as good as your get
    for that kind of money,

    it might be worth takeing a look at the beam shots images showing what
    the 200L is like on the road,

    check them out on latic acid threshold, link below,

    http://acidinmylegs.blogspot.com/200...l-on-road.html

    im going for two 500Ls for 1200 lumens, 4x li-ion batterys 2x lights 2x chargers, $850.00


    hope this helps,


    dave,

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