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    Need a little "current" advice on lights and batteries

    Times have changed faster than I can keep up. Looking for the best path. Went from some
    15Watt Halogen Planet Bike lights to some homemade MR16 20Watt lights with 14.8V Li ion
    batteries from batteryspace. These were stupid bright and worked well but limited battery life
    I have a family member
    that workes for
    Sylvania Lighting and he got me some single LED MR16 relacement bulbs with the integrated
    heat sink and are dimmable. They run on 12V so I used my current batteries. They put out OK
    light but they are floods more than a spot. My batteries are getting pretty old at almost 8years
    and run time is much lower.

    Is it smarter to
    1. keep these 12V LED lights that I have now and invest in new battery packs.
    I do have a couple chargers for the 12 V batteries. If so what battery type?

    2. Invest in some new lights and batteries that use a lower voltage like MagicShines

    It seems that replacement battery packs for the 12V system cost as much or more than
    a new china system.

    Advice is welcome.

    Thanks

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    My friends have bought a whole bunch of the chinese Magicshine clones. They all bought the same one with a red anodized bezel on it. For 32 dollars, these things have crazy light.
    I spent way more on Exposure lights and honestly, I feel kinda foolish. My lights are cool, but we all have the same amount of fun ridin' at night.
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    Easiest and quickest solution
    is to invest in some new lights!
    i`m sure you can recycle and find a use for what you have already!
    ...Scun.thorpe, UK

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    Will it compare?

    Quote Originally Posted by HEY HEY ITS HENDO View Post
    Easiest and quickest solution
    is to invest in some new lights!
    i`m sure you can recycle and find a use for what you have already!
    Will the light output of these lights compare to my past 20Watt MR16 system? I realize that LED
    lights have benefits but will I get the light output? I have not experienced any of these newer
    systems. My cheapo halogen lights easily embarassed HID systems.

    I am a bit concerned with a chinese knock off having quality issues and then I have a buch of
    semi-useless parts. What is the run time that these are really getting??

    Thanks

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    We go for two- two and a half hour rides and they're fine. My stepson didn't realize his needed to be recharged after being used for two hours and started to dim into the third night ride... Yeah, he's special but we love him.
    Out of eight or ten of these lights, we had one battery pack fail. He replaced it for like 12 bucks.
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    How does the light output compare to other old school lights (if you have used them)?

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    My only experience with older lights was a set of Night Suns one of my friends has. I say the newer stuff is better. It's certainly smaller and lighter.
    I like turtles

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