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    Best active front and rear LED light?

    Not looking to shell out a huge amount cuz it's a commuter, but what LED lighting systems do you guys use and recommend that cagers can actually SEE you?

    don't typically ride at night myself but there are those days when i come back from the office pretty late and it's already dark

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    When I lived in Silicon Valley, the Planet Bike 1W Blaze/SuperFlash was sufficient and kept me visible to motorists. Now that I commute either through dark forests or two-lane roads between towns here in Germany I upgraded to a pair of 400 lumen Dinotte lights so I can be seen AND see through the darkness. Still have the PB SuperFlash cuz that one is one of the better rear safety blinkies out there.
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    Another vote for the SuperFlash as a good all-around rear light.

    Not looking to shell out a huge amount cuz it's a commuter
    I never understand this viewpoint. It's my safety on the line here, for starters. I do it daily, it saves me money, it helps me stay healthy and relieve stress... I can justify spending a little money on this Anyway, first tell us if you need a headlight that you can completely remove and take with you when you park (i.e. is your parking secure).

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    Lights are probably the most important component on a commuter. That being said, you do have some reasonably priced options. I recently upgraded to Planet Bike's 1/2W Blaze/Superflash combo. These are great lights and the SF can supposedly be seen up to a mile away. The 1W Blaze is really one of the best lower-mid priced headlights but I decided to go with the 1/2W because I didn't want to change batteries every week in the winter months.
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    in response to mechbgon - i'm not looking for something that'll cost more than the commuter bike itself like

    http://www.performancebike.com/bikes..._1064997_-1___

    that's what i meant by that. I don't mind shelling out some good money for safety but a lighting system like the above is way over the top for my needs imho.

    as for whether my parking is safe, it's pretty secure (under a stair case in the office).

    out of curiosity does anyone ever put out 2 rear lights?

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    Quote Originally Posted by -=phelan=-
    in response to mechbgon - i'm not looking for something that'll cost more than the commuter bike itself like

    http://www.performancebike.com/bikes..._1064997_-1___

    that's what i meant by that. I don't mind shelling out some good money for safety but a lighting system like the above is way over the top for my needs imho.
    I see. Do you have secure parking, or would you need to take the light off the bike sometimes?

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    ok i just looked at a video on the superflash and damnn man that thing is awesomely bright

    http://video.google.ca/videosearch?h...d=0CBkQqwQwAw#

    so i'm looking at this package

    http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_d...=1255731391534

    thoughts on the front light system?

    oh as for my parking situation yeah it's generally safe as posted above. There's 2 other cyclist in the blding that parkt here too and it seems pretty safe.

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    i actually have both of those lights. the rear light is great. for the front, you may need another light to supplement it. the front light is good as a "be seen light" on blinking mode. for seeing ahead of you, not as helpful. i supplement it by using a 80 lumen LED flashlight on the handlebars and a 140 lumen LED headlight on the helmet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by -=phelan=-
    ok i just looked at a video on the superflash and damnn man that thing is awesomely bright

    http://video.google.ca/videosearch?h...d=0CBkQqwQwAw#

    so i'm looking at this package

    http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_d...=1255731391534

    thoughts on the front light system?

    oh as for my parking situation yeah it's generally safe as posted above. There's 2 other cyclist in the blding that parkt here too and it seems pretty safe.
    I had a Planet Bike Blaze front light like the one in that package. I didn't like the beam pattern. It was a circle of light surrounded by darkness. If your main goal were to be visible to others, it would work best for that purpose.

    If you happen to have rechargeable AA cells already, and didn't mind removing them to charge them, then consider a 2AA aluminum flashlight/torch like this: http://www.shiningbeam.com/servlet/t...II-Cree/Detail Typically you'd put that on the handlebar using a TwoFish LockBlock. The beam pattern and overall power output would both be much better than the Planet Bike Blaze 1/2-watt headlight. Side visibility wouldn't be as good, since the Blaze can be seen from the side.

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    Well if you REALLY want to be seen, Dinotte 140L in the rear.

    You may not like the price, but it's about the brightest rear light you are going to find. I once had a driver roll down his window at an intersection and ask "what kind of light is that? I could see you from a half mile away." - and this was on a sunny day...

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    The "Magic Shine"

    900 lumars for a $84? I might just buy one for shits and giggles.

    http://www.geomangear.com/index.php?...acturers_id=22

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    magicshine

    The magicshine light has good reviews from the lights forum here. Just bought one- my first LED based light-- will replace (hopefully) the Performance Classic Select Halogen that I've been using. Thanks for the link

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    I have a Planet Bike Super Flash rear light at it works fine. However, I have a cheap $2 light (including shipping) from eBay that is brighter than my Super Flash. The funny thing is that I bought the Super Flash to replace my cheap light because I thought that the Super Flash would be brighter (because it cost more).

    eBay link to my cheap rear light:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/5-LED-6-Mode-Tai...item29fd976e3f

    The only thing I don't like about my cheap light is that you have to press the button mutiple times and cycle through each of the modes to turn it off instead of just holding the button to turn it off like on the Super Flash. But for 2 dollars, you definitely won't find a better bang for your buck.
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    Magicshine 900 Lumen Lights, awesome for singletrack

    Quote Originally Posted by jrm
    900 lumars for a $84? I might just buy one for shits and giggles.

    http://www.geomangear.com/index.php?...acturers_id=22
    These lights are the real deal, plenty of light on the lower setting for commuting and you can rip singletrack on the high setting. I bought a ton of these lights, everyone who rides with me wants one on the spot. No reliability issues for me and I've been running them for 2 months. Cheers
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