Thoughts on SSC-P7 (dealextreme)
New to the world of night riding and plan to start commuting to work and looking for a cheap set of lights to get started. Wondering if anyone has any suggestions first of all, and also looking for opinions on this setup:
P7 Water Resistant SSC-P7 3-Mode 900-Lumen White LED Bike Light with Battery Pack Set - Free Shipping - DealExtreme
I'd like to get two lights, one for the helment, and one for the bars. I have hopes of doing some night mtb riding, and i have a path to work through some nice trails and it would be fun to hit them up on the way to work in the morning.
Sorry if this is a nooby question, i did some searches and didn't see the above light mentioned.
That light is fairly new on DX so you may not see much info on that specific one, but a friend of mine just got the XM-LT6 version for the same price, and he likes it.
I just bought the same basic light (w/P7) but with a red front end on ebay for $45 and it's basically the same thing as my Magicshine. Works fine so far.
For the same price, I'd get the XM-LT6 version (I have one on order from DX, but it's taking forever to get here, that's why I bought the P7 above to hold me over).
Either way, assuming you don't have any issues with them*, it is a good bargain, and two of them will provide a LOT of light.
Put a diffuser lens on the handlebar mounted light and you'll have a nice mix of flood and throw.
(*I love buying cheap lights as I like getting a lot of lumens for little money, and being able to loan lights to friends, but the reality is, that is it a gamble. The quality control is not going to be the same as a light that is 6-8 times as much $)
Just re-read your post, and thought I should add that if you're going to commute/ride in the rain, some DIY waterproofing may be needed on the cheaper lights/batteries.
I never ride in the rain, so it's not a concern of mine.
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