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    Has anyone used this head mounted light?

    So I crashed my bike last week and ended up breaking a rib. Since it was at night, my wife is keen on my having a headlight. For any of y'all married up folks out there, you can well appreciate the importance of domestic tranquility.

    I already have a plenty bright [IR/green selectable] strobe on the top my helmet to indicate my position for others, particularly the ones in vehicles that weigh 20-30 times as much as me and also go much faster.

    The headlight that I am looking hard at is the Princton Tec Remix Pro MPLS.

    It seems to have decent illumination and battery life combination, as well as being compatible with the NVG mount on my helmet, and it uses CR123-type batteries that I already carry spares of on my bikes and in my packs.

    I don't tend to go particularly fast, so range is not a huge consideration.

    I am thinking white/white LEDs as I already have a QD IR available over the left ear for when using I^2, and typically have a red lens light readily accessible for night adapted vision preservation.
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    Has anyone used this head mounted light?

    No where near enough light. Keep looking in this forum and read about the more powerful lights. I use those for hiking and camping.


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    With choices like the Yinding, SolarStorm X3, SolarStorm XT40, KD 2 (current favourites) or some of the older choices, any of them would cost less than the Princton, as well as providing 10-20 times more light. They also have rechargeable batteries, as opposed to the roughly $5 a pop CR123A.

    A tactile headlamp is really only useful for close in work (like reading a map), or walking.

    A real bike light will serve you much better. You need to see far enough ahead to give you time to avoid obstacles. (I'm guessing hitting one of those caused the accident, resulting in the spousal unit decree.)

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    Thanks for the suggestions; I'll look into those.

    The night riding that I do is very benign in the form of along the canals behind our home or on the neighborhood MUP, both of which are pretty wide open. I am also fairly accustomed to activity at night without white light either without or with NV.

    Most of my having a white light for cycling is to pacify my wife, and I could use it for other things. Since I buy CR123's in bulk [typically 12 dozen at a time], good quality ones are only a little over $1 each. My thermal eats a pair of them in about 4-5 hours of continuous use, and it would get fairly expensive to feed it and some of my other devices at retail battery pricing.

    The crash occurred avoiding pedestrians on the MUP. Normally they see me coming from a long ways away, so we both have time to react, but the battery in my strobe had gone dead and I didn't realize it since it is on the top of my helmet to provide omnidirectional visibility. I am a little cautious that a 1000+ lumen lamp on my bike might blind approaching pedestrians [or those walking in the same direction as me when they turn around to look] and might be considered discourteous. A lower power device would provide redundancy to my strobe without being overbearing. It is mostly about signaling others rather than a need for me to be able to see better.
    '94 Trek 950 w/RS Judy 19.5"
    '15 Spec SJ FSR Comp 20.5"
    '15 SE OM Flyer 15"
    want to buy '79-80 Redline Proline frame & fork

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    Listen to Ian_C. The lights he described are way better they what you are looking at. They all have a low mode, which won't blind pedestrian too much.

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    If you want a good light to be seen by I really like my Cateye Volt 100. Under $30 on Amazon, USB rechargeable, small and lightweight.

    On low it's probably between 75-100 lumens which won't blind anyone but they will see you coming. On high I'd put it around 150 lumens, which isn't super bright but it does have a fairly tight beam pattern so you can get some "to see" light in a pinch.

    I personally pair mine with a brighter light when I commute, but for what you are describing it might be a good option.

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    Yeah, I have that light in my pack as a backup. It's a fine camping light, and will get you home on your bike in a pinch, but it eats those little batteries on high. Also not well waterproofed, and the battery case lid is prone to breakage.

    I build my own XML-2 lights, but got a KD clone to play with and it's fine after some mods. The Remix is what the dog wears so I can keep track of him.

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    You might want to check out something like the Jexree Owl from Kaidomain. Has glowing rings around the reflectors that will attract a lot of attention but won't blind those around you. Interior emitters have independent strobe function as well. There are other clones available all over the place such the Nitefire in the video above but I think the KD has the most up to date specs (XM-L2). They also offer it as just an unbranded light head, BYOB&C, it's at the bottom of the same page.

    Hope you are feeling better soon, mm.

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    With the KD 2 driver you can set the amount of light you want, from 10% up to full brightness. Low enough for your pedestrians, but the option for more light at times when you need it. Running it at that low a level, just about any inexpensive battery pack would work. We'd suggest a good quality one. Even with an excellent pack, it would still be less than the Princton.

    I don't know if any of our guys have tried either of these, but they are supper cheep and have that same glowing/flashing ring as the owl. I doubt they're quite a bright as the specs indicate.

    Cree XM-L2 U2 LED 4-Mode 1100 Lumens Bike Light (Battery Pack not included) - Silver Gray (Flood Beam Grey - Gold) $13.68

    Cree XM-L2 U2 LED 4-Mode 1100 Lumens Bike Light (Battery Pack not included) - Silver Gray (Spot Beam Grey - Red) $13.68
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    Great find, Ian. So glad I hadn't yet pulled the trigger on KD clone!

    Perhaps the biggest bang-for -buck on a glow-ring setup is this $37.94 2X Cree XM-L2 from GearBest, if one were willing to take a risk on the quality of the battery pack and charger (honestly I wouldn't.)

    Assuming the quality of all these light heads is the same (which might be a big mistake) I'd go with one of those single flood jobbies, a decent little battery pack and a MagicShine charger, just to be on the safe side. Doesn't say on KD what voltage they operate on but also willing to assume 8.4, from the Related Items shown at the bottom of the listing.

    I'm putting in an order for two of those Floods and another Y cable to run on a single battery pack, mount 'em on the bends either side of my bow bars. That should provide a wide range of visibility to pedestrians.

    Thanks Ian! Feel better murderman!

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    Those lights are crap! Go with the Yinding from Gearbest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ofroad'bent View Post
    Yeah, I have that light in my pack as a backup. It's a fine camping light, and will get you home on your bike in a pinch, but it eats those little batteries on high. Also not well waterproofed, and the battery case lid is prone to breakage.

    I build my own XML-2 lights, but got a KD clone to play with and it's fine after some mods. The Remix is what the dog wears so I can keep track of him.
    I ended up buying the Princeton Tech with red/white LEDs. Yeah I know that it is fairly pricey and doesn't blast a huge amount of light like some of the other suggestions, but it very conveniently integrates with my existing gear and serves the necessary purpose well even on low. I have a bunch of Surefires in white light, IR, and dual mode, so $70 didn't scare me off the PT. Maybe if I ever end up going faster a more powerful device with rechargeable battery will become appropriate for the bike.

    Have you ever considered a strobe for your canine instead of a continuous light? We use IR beacons routinely with NV and the one on my cycling helmet is also dual mode with green vis.
    '94 Trek 950 w/RS Judy 19.5"
    '15 Spec SJ FSR Comp 20.5"
    '15 SE OM Flyer 15"
    want to buy '79-80 Redline Proline frame & fork

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    Yep, I use the light on flashing mode on the pooch.
    Just watch the door on the Remix- I have 2 of them and both doors broke- held together by innertube sections now.

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