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Thread: HID with LED

  1. #1
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    HID with LED

    I am doing a team 24 hour event this weekend.
    I had 2 NiteRider HID's (Blowtorch and Cyclone).
    Well, the Cyclone is not working and I have to send it back.
    I really want to ride with 2 lights, handlebar and helmet.

    I am thinking of renting a Princeton Tec Switchback light for the weekend.
    Cost is minimal.

    I know that halogens get washed out when used with an HID but I was wondering if the same happens with an LED.

    Does an LED light pair well with an HID light?

  2. #2
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    I rented at Switchback 3 for my bars at 24-9 and it worked great. It was paired with a BLT Ozone 21ne so I can't comment on the HID/LED combo, but I would rent the Switchback again in a heartbeat.

  3. #3
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    LED works well with HID but if you are doing the 24 hour race at Albion hills in Ontario this weekend Nite Rider will be there and can probably fix your HID on the spot. I have had them fix one of mine before.

  4. #4
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    A Princeton Tec Switchback 3 would be the way to go if you are renting.

    It shouldn’t get too washed out by your HID, and should certainly be a substantial improvement over a Halogen.

    The difference in colour temperature will be less noticeable with an LED based light then a Halogen too, although it may still appear to have a little bit of a red or green tint compared to your blue HID. Definitely nothing like the horrible yellow tint of a Halogen based light though.


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    If you run the HID on your helmet, then I agree with Dave, but if you run the HID on your bars, then use the SB2. It's a bit lighter, and the battery is smaller as well -- it fits a hydration pack better.

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