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    Companion Helmet Light for ARC

    I recently bought a L & M ARC for use on the handlebar.
    It's bright enough to be my only light.
    However, I do a 24 hr race in Aug and they require a backup light.
    Wondering what you all would recommend as a good, inexpensive helmet light.
    I really want something small, with a tight long throwing beam.
    Any of the LED lights fit these requirements?
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    Why not run the HID on the helmet and use a L&M Vega light that has decent brightness and no cords (Ideal back up) on the handlebar?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lenny
    I really want something small, with a tight long throwing beam.
    Any of the LED lights fit these requirements?
    Lenny
    Double Shot/double shot Pro and Princeton Tec Switchback 2 work well with HIDs. The Joystick (Exposure Lights) would work as well. It's beam is very narrow, but projects quite a ways. Also, it doesn't weigh anything -- 105g with the helmet mount.

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    How bout the Princeton Tec Switchback 1?
    I'm also interested in light weight and cost!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lenny
    How bout the Princeton Tec Switchback 1?
    I'm also interested in light weight and cost!
    Lenny
    That's a pretty cool light as well. I got to use one for a little while, but it was a preproduction unit that had a switch problem. I did like it, though. The run time was good and the 2 hour charge is very nice as well. I don't think that it projects as far as the Joystick, but has more light spill.

    If you don't mind a little less light projection, take a look at DiNotte's 3W as well. I've used it with a HID and thought it was fine. Nite Hawk's K2 also projects really far, but is a bit larger than the others.

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    Anybody know the weight of the Switchback 1?
    Can't find it anywhere.
    You'd think it'd be on the Princeton Tec site.
    And which one puts more light down range, the Switchback 1 or the Joystick?
    Finally, where can I get the Joystick?
    Lenny

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lenny
    Anybody know the weight of the Switchback 1?
    Can't find it anywhere.
    You'd think it'd be on the Princeton Tec site.
    And which one puts more light down range, the Switchback 1 or the Joystick?
    Finally, where can I get the Joystick?
    Lenny
    The total light output will be similar, with the joystick having a tighter beam, and the SB1 being a little broader. Exposure's US importer is Ibex Sports -- not to be confused with Ibex Bikes, different company.

    I sent back my test SB1 before I had a chance to weigh it, sorry.

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    Lenny,

    If you want to see how different 3W LEDs look side by side, and compared to the dual 3W lights, my review is (finally) up and has images for each light. It doesn't have the SB1 due to the button problem I talked about earlier.

    http://www.gearreview.com/2007_led_lights.php

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    Nice review James
    I really like that Joystick.
    What an awesome idea including the battery in the light head and still keeping the
    weight minimized.
    Little expensive though.
    Do you really think it'd be useful in addition to the ARC I use on the bars?
    Or will it just get washed out completely?
    Lenny

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lenny
    Nice review James
    I really like that Joystick.
    What an awesome idea including the battery in the light head and still keeping the
    weight minimized.
    Little expensive though.
    Do you really think it'd be useful in addition to the ARC I use on the bars?
    Or will it just get washed out completely?
    Lenny
    You know, here's the deal with with HIDs... they are much brighter than any of the 3W LED lights. MUCH brighter. So, yeah, it'll get washed out. However, that being said, what you'll need a helmet light for is cornering and seeing over obstacles that the bar mounted HID won't illuminate. That's what I use the smaller helmet mounted lights for. They work well for that, don't weigh much, and the color is close enough to HID to not be a distraction.

    What are your goals? You originally asked for a light that will project further than your HID, I think, but if you are just looking for a supplimental light there are more options.

    When I ran my HID, I didn't try to outshine it, I just tried to get some light where the HID didn't shine.

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    Good call on the ARC for helmet and Vega for a kicker. Interchangeable mounts are a plus.

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