I am from Australia and entering a 24hr race in about 12 weeks in a team of 3. I Currently have a Marwi Nightpro Pro Elite with 15watt and 20watt halogen flood bulbs. I find the light goes yellow and dimmer when I use both bulbs so I only use the 15watt one. It has done that since new so I don't think it is just my battery getting old but more like it was not big enough to start off with - I think I possibly got the wrong battery in the box as
the batteries all look the same with no numbers on them to distinguish the models.
Apart from this race I ride to work and back most days of the year commuting on 23km or bike track and fire trail and find the Marwis just no where near bright enough so would like something better just for commuting anyway.
Option 1. Buy a 30watt HID light with two 13.2V 77Ah batteries plus buy 2 12V 15watt Halogen spot lights from batteryspace. The 30watt HID with one battery is $309US and the extra battery $115US (or $126 with charger) but the Halogen bulbs are only $2.99 each. That way I can run the 30watt HID on the handlebars as it is a bit big for the helmet and the Nightpro on my helmet with the two 15watt Halogen spot lights. As the 30watt HID is supposed to be equivalent to 100watts of Halogen I should see a lot of the track with it and the halogens on my head should be ok for corners etc. (Stromlo is full of switch backs so tight I currently can not ride around the at day time). Afterwards it means I have a spare battery for the HID and even if I never use the Halogen lights again I have only wasted about $6.00.
Option 2. Buy Light and Motion Arc Lion Ultra for $549US from somewhere like Webmountainbike (plus postage). It is a 10watt HID that is very small and has lots of great reviews and comes with both helmet and handlebar mounts.
Option 3. Buy Hidtechnologies 10Watt HID light for $440 Australian. Looks ok in the review I read, review said works well but looks very home made.
Option 4. Buy Ayups. I have seen someone with just the two on the handlebars on a road bike in Canberra about 3 months ago but unfortunately we were both riding in a reasonably well lit area so it was hard to tell but I think both my 15watt Halogen and his 6 watts worth of led was pretty close in brightness. I saw a picture of one on the internet that had
riden off the cliff. The helmet was smashed and the rider seriously injured but the lights still worked, while that might be a good add for the strength of the lights I was wondering if the rider had a brighter light like HID would he have not riden off the cliff in the first place.
Option 5. Buy the Dinote 500L light out that is supposed to be available in Australia start of October. Seems like a good light but no idea of price and if it is delayed it might nt be available until after the race.
I expect the Ayups are going to be upgraded soon (probably about the same time the Donitte 500L is available) but the question is whether it is before the race or not.
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