Exposure or Other Self Contained Lights or Not?
I am trying to decide on a light set for bar and helmet. After reading and hearing how much Francis likes the self contained lights such as the Exposure Diablo ( and Lupine Piko TL) have been leaning towards trying to find a light set that would include either a self-contained bar light or helmet light.
The decision has been complicated because of the Lupine Piko 3, the new Gemini Xera, and the Dinotte 1200L and Dinotte XML3 and the threads on these lights and beam shot photos that have been shared. Especially this thread on the Dinotte lights - http://forums.mtbr.com/lights-night-...us-735271.html. With the photos and great information Randy shared in this thread it makes me seriously consider the Dinotte 1200L for the bar and the Lupine Piko 3 on the helmet BUT I am having a hard time giving up the idea of having one self contained light either on the bar or helmet.
Of course I have looked at the light shootout beam shots. It looks like I could get something similar to the Dinotte 1200L for the bar in the Exposure MaxxD or the Exposure Diablo for helmet in lieu of the Lupine Piko 3 (although the beam pattern looks better with the Piko 3) or if I don't need as many lumens on the bar go for the Lupine Piko TL on the bar.
Hoping ya'll might be able to shed some light on the subject. ;)
Light and Motion Urban 500?
After studying the backyard shots, reading the review, considering price, and the local bike shop sells - For these reasons I am starting to take a look at the Light and Motion Urban 500 as an option for my helmet light.
For the bar light I am not sure I can justify paying double for a self contained light.
Other Considerations - Ability to Upgrade, Longevity, Etc.
How about other considerations such as the ability to upgrade, longevity, replacement of components?
Upgrades? - Reading other threads I have heard a lot about light upgrades but I am not sure I have read anything about upgrading self contained lights. Does Exposure or other self contained lights offer upgrades?
Longevity and Replacement? - How long do the batteries or other components last and is there a difference between self contained and other lights? Are there differences in the ease or cost of replacement of components if they need to be replaced?