What's your light ownership history?
As with ex-girlfriends, I'm sure we all have a history of ex-lights. Here's mine:
Cateye (powered by 2 "C" batteries, circa 1990)
Turbocat upgrade kit for the Cateye
Nightsun Team Issue
Niterider Classic (It wasn't called the "Classic" at that time)
Light & Motion ARC
Jet Lites X-51
How about you?
Vista Lite circa 1995. 2x10w 1x15w.
2x Magicshine 808 P7s circa 2012.
Geologist by trade...bicycle mechanic (former) by the grace of God!
2012 Specialized Stumpy EVO 29 HT
2 sets of NR halogens
2 sets NR digital halogens
5 DIY designs
flashlight duct taped to bars
Exposure (early model)
Light & Motion HID
Lupine Wilma - double
DIY - the best of all of them
Jet Halogen helmet mounted
PondScum DIY bar mounted
Various versions of my Amoeba lights (currently running 4x XM-L w/LFlex driver version on the bar and 2x XP-G w/FLex version on the helmet)
Cateye Hyper Halogen 1500 (4xAA) 1996
Petzl Halogen headlamp (zoomable)
MagicShine 808 Clone
MagicShine 880 Clone (on the way)
1993? - Unknown mining light with HUGE & HEAVY battery (about 1/4 the size of a car battery). This was for a pedicycle (10 speed with a 2-cycle engine mounted over the rear wheel).
2012 - Two Niterider Lumina 650's.
2013 - KD 880 clone, KD tri clone, Xeccon Geinea rear light.
2014 - Probably something lighter & brighter.
2015 - You don't even want to know!
Vistalite 2x 10w in 93ish
NiteSun Team in 95ish
prototype HID in 99
NiteRider Canibal in 2004ish
Magicshine in 2009ish
3x clone in 2012
Hi-Max single in 2012
SSx2 in 2013
oddly...the lights keep getting better and the prices dropped like a rock on the last 4
2x MS 808 P7's
2012 Gemini Olympia and Xera
2x 2013 Olympias and a Gloworm X2V3
What's your light ownership history?
Too many to keep track of. Been a light junky since 1985 when I started doing weekly (at least) night rides. Always combined bar and helmet lights.
Originally Posted by stu06
Lots of home-built/modified halogen systems (Union based) until the commercial lights went past 15w.
Then several different Nightrider and Jet (my favorite) halogen systems.
A couple of failed HIDs (the Jet was better light, too).
Now all LED in various forms. Some of the early "powerful" LEDs were worthless.
The trouble with common sense is it is no longer common
Past: incandescent and eventually LED lights rigged to handlebars.
I ride with one helmet mounted light, red blinky on my seat post and illuminated band around my saddle bag on weekly urban assault rides and lots of night rides on trails.
2010 Cygolite TridenX 600 (helmet mounted and the only light I brought on rides until very recently).
2013 NiteRider MiNewt cordless 500 started using it for shorter rides and keep in my gear bag as a spare.
The TridenX is awesome... works like a champ, nice wide triple beam that throws out plenty of light for me on the two lowest brightness settings. Battery can be partial charged and lasts a longggg time.
MiNewt is also stellar for a single beam light. I think they changed the tint on the 6?0/7?? models (not to my liking). I typically run this one on the lower two brightness settings and boost it when needed. My only beef is that it will not partial charge... once it runs down you have to keep it charging for ~4 hours until the indicator turns green or else it won't turn on.
old old cyclops with halogen bulb (1987) - long gone
some niterider halogen - in parts now, used for projects
niterider HID - gave away
niterider trinewt - batt dead, head sits around gathering dust
niterider minewt - good 150lumen system, don't use, might give away
shadow bl21 - current -800 lumen
yinding 2xml - current - 1000 lumen
zebralight h600w - current 700-400 lumen
zebralight h600w mark II - current 1090-550 lumen
fenix e11 backup - current
niteflux rz4 carbon tube style
some other niterider blinky
some old strobe thing (works but tube is weak)
NiteFlux Enduro 8 single, 12 single
Triden-X Extra- 600 lumen
Gemini, Titan P-7, Xera, Duo
Lupine, Piko xpg/xm-l, Wilma, Wilma TL, Betty2-7, Betty-R's
4-Sevens Quark AAA, Mini XM-L as back up.
Started in the early '90s with a pair of Specialized quick release incandescent units - one took 4 AA's, and the other took 4 C's. AA unit was useless, C unit too heavy/fragile for offroad.
Then went NiteRider incandescent. Got 2 single lamp head units, swapped 10W bulbs for one 15W spot, one 15W flood. Got a PWM voltage regulator and a bigger battery to run the flood at 20W.
Tried LED - the first version of the Cateye EL500. Not bad, but not bright enough for offroad. Didn't replace the NiteRiders, but took over from the 4C Specialized for short pavement runs (to mailbox, etc)
Cateye Doubleshot and Tripleshot. These took the place of the NiteRiders. Got a 2nd Tripleshot when a buddy went HID, retired the Doubleshot. Swapped out emitters for P4's, then added a 1A driver for the helmet light.
This isn't a "you're doing it wrong" topic.
WSS/OSS: Open Source Sealant
Niterider classic with bottle cage battery - 2005 (gave away)
Niterider Moab - 2006 (gave away)
Niterider Lumina 250 - 2011 (gave away)
Magicshine 808 - 2011 (sold - only did 2 rides with this)
Magicshine MJ-856b - 2011 (GF's now)
Niterider Lumina 650 - 2012 (use as flashlight at night in the yard or camping)
Gemini Olympia 1800 (sold immediatly after I saw the X2 beam pattern)
Gloworm X2 v2 - 2013 (current helmet light)
Taz 1200 - 2013 (just arrived today!!! - for handlebar only)
Considering upgrade to GW X2 v3 or XS v1 for the helmet or just adding it to my collection. Maybe I keept the X2 v2 as dedicated spot for road riding and the X2 v3 or XS for trail riding.
I also like the Dinotte XML-3 but it's medium setting is a bit to low for my liking (prefer 900 to 1200 lumens depending on width of trail I'm riding).
Nightrider with bottle cage battery (1990 something)
Dinotte 1200 (really 800)
Lupine Wilma 1500
Lupine Piko 750
Lupine Wilma 2400
Gemini Duo x2
Gemini Olympia x2
What's your light ownership history?
Nightsun Team (mid 90s)
Vista lite 30w & 15w (late 90s through to mid 00s)
Then I got onto LEDs
Cygolite MityCross 350
Cygolite MityCross 480 OSP
Cygolite TridenX 1100 OSP Xtra
And hoping to get for Xmas a Cygolite MityCross 800 to balance with the TridenX.
Smart 10W + 2W, then another set of those circa 1998 (played with 2 x 10W and LED drop ins), I was mr uber lights among my friends.
Generic HID circa 2005
Cateye double and triple shot circa 2006 (modded several times with various LEDS, currently the triple has Warm white xmls in it, batteries in the bin but regulator still used but on a lipo)
Various naked DIY setups that never got housed
Zebra light SC 600 and HX 600 torches used with twofish mounts plus probably a fenix thrown in.
Just recently a easy2LED 35mm setup with mtg2 inside using the cateye mounts.
and another 35mm housing polus 25mm easy2leds housing ready for me to stop procrastinating and build
Probably spent more time fiddling with lights than night riding
What exactly is a rigid hard tail?
Trek/cateye bar mount with 2 "c" cells circa 1993
Nitesun Team halogen 95-96ish
Years off the bike
Magicshine 808 and 1400
Gemini titan and olympia
Crappy MS knockoff that I run on strobe and mj 828 for crazy rear visibility
I still use all of them from time to time. Usually a titan and olympia on the bars, x2 on helmet
*Nightrider Digital Classic (Sold)
*Nightrider Digital Pro 12 (Lasted for years until it turned on inside a box while moving and melted)
*A couple of Cateye commuter lights (mostly for getting around town some light trail ridng)
*Exposure Maxx D mk1 and Joystick Mk2
*Blackburn Flea and Planet bike Superflash rear lights
*Upgraded helmet light to Exposure Diablo MK2
*Upgraded Bar Light to Exposure Reflex MK2
*Upgraded rear light to Exposure Blaze
I currently run the Reflex Mk2 on the Bar as my primary light, with my Diablo mounted to the Helmet and the Blaze out back.
I have also repurposed my Joystick as a "stealth light" mounting it to the bars angled slightly downward so that I can see where I am going but not draw the attention of Rangers
i had few one with very basic 20 dollar models
then a led torch strapped to helmet
a few cheaper model cateye models werent much brighter than torch
then spent a few more dollars got exposure maxx d it def wasnt good exp would turn off overheat and was exp for what it was. took it backt
serfas 1000 it awesome, people always going is that motor bike oh hang on know it me on pushbike going to work
the lights are bright and last at four to five hours on different modes
Vista lites 10w with add'l 15 watt incandescent
Niterider Trail Rat 15 watt incandescent
Niterider Classic 12/20 watt combo w/ bottle battery
Niterider HID w/ bottle batt
Magic shine 808
Cygolite Mity 350
Magic shine 818
Niterider Lumina 700
I have a 2011 Exposure Toro and a 2011 Exposure Diablo. Love em both.
I started typing them out here then accidentally erased what I typed so I am gonna just post a link to pics of my lights. Besides what I have in the pics, I also have an original magicshine and a second Glowworm X2.
Dug out all my bike lights
Raleigh bottle generator + light, circa 1970s, wearing out tire sidewalls and/or blowing bulbs while racing down Clarendon Street in San Francisco
A succession of battery lights
Light & Motion ARC HID, bright as hell but the scattered light washed out trail details
Light & Motion Vega rechargeable commuter light, good output but battery capacity diminished quickly meaning too much time riding with the low charge indicator blinking
Schmidt New Son 28 dyno hub + Supernova E3 Pro LED light on Eriksen titanium roadbike, it opened a new world
Schimdt New Son 28 disc hub + Supernova E3 Pro 2 on Spicer titanium mountain cruiser commuter, "the Eveready"
Supernova dyno tail lights added to both systems above
Serfas TL-HLMT light zip-tied into the rearmost vent of an XL Giro Aeon helmet (the fit is so perfect it looks factory installed)
A miscellaneous collection of rubberized blinky blinkies from Knog and Niterider
Nightrider classic w waterbottle battery
Nightrider HID x2
Magicshine 808 x2
Lupine Betty x2 (currently)
Lupine Betty R x2 (future)
I think in the current market Lupine is the way to go. With my experience over the years with these lights, you get what you pay for.
Niterider Trail Rat 10W
Niterider Enduro HID
Serfas True 750
Huge fan of the Serfas lights. Well-engineered and are true to specs. I run the 1500 on my helmet and the 750 I got this fall on the bars. May add another 750 next year for the bars since it works so well. Love the self-contained setup - no cords. The 1500 is killer bright.
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