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    The Notorious S.L.O
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    Upgrade my lights?

    I have an old set of Performance Viewpoint lights, probably 5+ years over.
    is there a easy path to upgrade the lights to LEDs?

    Thanks.
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    probably not.

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    Performance lights used to be re-branded Marwi lights...

    If you have the 'old' style before they turned into a 'bullet' shape - you can always check out all the do-it-yourself goodies over at dub dub dub hoffmanamps dot com

    Only problem is it's not really all that cost effective to convert after you factor in heatsink, reflector, driver, pill, wiring, battery + charger (3.7v instead of 6v) not to mention your time/labor.

    But some people do it anyway as a 'project' and for the fun of it...

    Realistically there are a lot of reasonably priced high output systems out right now that would be a heck of a lot easier to go with unless you really wanted to go the do-it-yourself conversion route... i.e. Dinotte, Gemini, Gloworm, Baja Designs, etc.

    And of course, for those on a budget, there's the ever popular I-need-some-led-lights-but-I'm-on-a-severe-budget option... ma... mag... maggotshine

    sorry, that's just the way it comes out when I try to speak the unspeakable cheap LED bike light manufacturer... but give them credit for (1) hitting a pricepoint that gets more people out on the trail and (2) driving some new players in lighting to hit the lower pricepoint range with some good offerings (and I think they're getting better, maybe?)

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    Easy upgrade path:

    1. Sell old lights (don't expect much coin for those, sorry)

    2. Look around this forum for ideas on what to get instead.

    3. Lay out some cash. Your dollar will go much much further today than it ever could have five years ago. Today's lights totally blow away all but the best HID's of that era, and there are some very good options at very reasonable prices. Look around.
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    Thanks for the responses....

    pretty much what I expected, I have not been on a night ride for 3 years, the lights and batteries still work and run for 2+ hrs, the newer lights are so much better.

    I guess I will squeeze what I can out of these.
    Two kids in college means the biking budget is tight, already going for a 29er fully this year.
    Thanks again.
    BT
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    Geologist by trade...bicycle mechanic (former) by the grace of God!

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    Quote Originally Posted by btadlock View Post
    pretty much what I expected, I have not been on a night ride for 3 years, the lights and batteries still work and run for 2+ hrs, the newer lights are so much better.

    I guess I will squeeze what I can out of these.
    Two kids in college means the biking budget is tight,
    already going for a 29er fully this year.
    Thanks again.
    Understood. If you can pack your lunch for a week maybe you can get one of these. About as cheap as they get but can still pack a punch.

    About the only other thing cheaper than that would be an Xm-l torch but after you buy the batteries, charger and mount the price comes out to about the same.
    Last edited by Cat-man-do; 01-28-2012 at 04:15 AM.

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    I wish I wouldn't have given away my old Vistalites!! That would have actually made those Baja's more attractive.
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