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    Decent, inexpensive light for backup to HID?

    Hi,

    I have a Lume Strada HID light that I will be using as my primary light for night riding but I'd like to have a decent backup light as well. I think I will be mounting the HID on my helmet so I'd like an inexpensive flood light that casts a fairly wide close beam. My riding is mostly slow and technical.

    Any suggestions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wankel
    Hi,

    I have a Lume Strada HID light that I will be using as my primary light for night riding but I'd like to have a decent backup light as well. I think I will be mounting the HID on my helmet so I'd like an inexpensive flood light that casts a fairly wide close beam. My riding is mostly slow and technical.

    Any suggestions?
    I have a JET phantom.. but that is for the helmet. They make an equivalent for the bars as far as i know.
    My JET cost me $210 from memory. Larry Mettler sells them.
    My phantom(helmet only) has 20W light and has 2hours of burn time on this setting. At 10W is gives about 4hours! Your HID light will mostly over power any non HID light though, so keep this in mind

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    Quote Originally Posted by bike_freak
    Your HID light will mostly over power any non HID light though, so keep this in mind
    Ya, that's what I figured and why I don't want to spend a lot of money. I'll probably just use it for backup in case something happens to the HID. The Lume Strada as a fairly narrow beam (even with wide beam option), so I might want something that floods the area right in front of the bike for techincal riding.

    I've been looking at some of the Planet Bike LED lights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wankel
    Hi,

    I have a Lume Strada HID light that I will be using as my primary light for night riding but I'd like to have a decent backup light as well. I think I will be mounting the HID on my helmet so I'd like an inexpensive flood light that casts a fairly wide close beam. My riding is mostly slow and technical.

    Any suggestions?
    I use a Home made as a backup .

    I have a 6 volt 5 watt Halogen Spot ( MR-11 Bulb) I mounted it in a Piece of PVC pipe , Cut t slots for a zip tie to go through . and the batter I use for it is a basic 7.2 Volt Ni-cad Pack , like is used of Toy RC cars . I just carry that in My camel back. and I have used it before. it is not too bad a light source.

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