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    I want a quality light, but not a chinese crapper.

    I want to start night riding. And I need a light. But, I don't want to buy a chinese crap light. I want something that is a well made quality light.

    And I want it bright. And I also want a helmet light.

    What are my options? Budget wise, I am willing to spend some money on a good one, but I don't want to spend $300 on 1 light either.

    Thanks!

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    I also want something that will last a good while. I don't want the batteries to die after 1 hour.

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    Check out action-led-lights.com. The Gemini products are a really good value. An Olympia for the bars and Duo for your helmet will be more than most would need. This combined set up is $349. Or to save some cash a pair of these brand name lights (duo) will set you back $298. If you want really long run times their battery upgrade is only an extra $30 for high end battery packs.
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    I run a Magicshine MJ-816-L2 Triple Beam light on my bars and a Magicshine MJ-808-L2 on my helmet. Together they are perfect. The 816 acts as a flood light and the 808 as a spotlight. Reasonably priced as well.

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    go after the expensive Exposure MaXx D or Six Pack.

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    Both give good advise. Gemini and Xeccon are the 2 best options.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lovemachine View Post
    I want to start night riding. And I need a light. But, I don't want to buy a chinese crap light. I want something that is a well made quality light.

    And I want it bright. And I also want a helmet light.

    What are my options? Budget wise, I am willing to spend some money on a good one, but I don't want to spend $300 on 1 light either.

    Thanks!
    A Chinese light is only crap if it doesn't work or doesn't last over a year. Good batteries you can buy anywhere. If you buy two name brand lamp sets you will pay way more than $300. I suggest buying at least one good name brand lamp and one or two cheaper lamps with an aftermarket good battery. Here's a suggestion> Gloworm X2 or Gemini Duo on the bars and then buy a cheap Solarstorm X2 ( with XM-L2 U2 emitters ) for the helmet. Buy one of the new Panasonic 4-cells from Kaidomain ( see thread ) for the SStorm and you should be good. Kaidomain sells the Solarstorm X2 ( lamp head only ) as well.

    Note; If you want "neutral LED's " both Gloworm and Solarstorm offer both Cool white or neutral white emitters.

    Note II; Solarstorm lamps have a screw sleeve on the connector. They will still work with a good battery using standard connectors. Or...you can order a good battery from Hunk Lee with the SStorm connector. Of course if using on the helmet you might need an extension cable....not sure I've seen them with SStorm connectors but the standard work fine. I use a standard extension with a SStorm XT40 without any problems.

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    Yinding is the other good Chinese option. Im leary of solarstorm these days as the thermal designs of these latest batches have been pretty poor. If you can find a good one your gtg though.

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    How about a light built by a fellow cyclist? Been building lights for over 7 years now and stand behind every one of them. I can also upgrade any light that I have ever built to the latest and greatest LED's


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    Ignoring the Chinese cheapo lights (which I have and love) can't go wrong with niterider. self contained battery, decent runtime considering it's self contained, usb charged, handlebar mount. Not sure what helmet mount options are available, but I'm sure niterider has something.
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    I'll second what Cat says, but go Yinding with Panasonic pack for the helmet (with finned aluminum GoPro mount). AND checkout scar's lighthead for the helmet (or two scar lights). I just have no idea how much his cost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garrybunk View Post
    I'll second what Cat says, but go Yinding with Panasonic pack for the helmet (with finned aluminum GoPro mount). AND checkout scar's lighthead for the helmet (or two scar lights). I just have no idea how much his cost.

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    Garry I would have recommend the Yinding as well but I just don't trust Gearbest anymore.

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    Action-Led, look at the Gemini lights. Can get a nice dual-light set up for under $300.
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    I use a NiteRider Pro 2600 Enduro Remote on my bars, and a NiteRider MiNewt 350 on my helmet. Honestly, they're super freaking reliable, easy to use, awesomely built, and LAST.

    Super high quality construction on the Pro series lights. When my Budget allows, I'm going to replace my MiNewt 350 with a Pro-Series 750-1200 single lamp light. My 2600 Enduro is wicked bright, and lasts a really really long time on a single charge too. I have nothing but good things to say about NR Lights.
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    You could check out dinotte at the top of the page too. Not sure why they dont get mentioned more. Mine's been going strong for almost 5 years now. Excellent beam pattern and usa made. Ok price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigHit-Maniac View Post
    I use a NiteRider Pro 2600 Enduro Remote on my bars, and a NiteRider MiNewt 350 on my helmet. Honestly, they're super freaking reliable, easy to use, awesomely built, and LAST.



    Super high quality construction on the Pro series lights. When my Budget allows, I'm going to replace my MiNewt 350 with a Pro-Series 750-1200 single lamp light. My 2600 Enduro is wicked bright, and lasts a really really long time on a single charge too. I have nothing but good things to say about NR Lights.

    Op didn't want to spent near that much on lights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by d365 View Post
    You could check out dinotte at the top of the page too. Not sure why they dont get mentioned more.
    I agree. I think 3 years ago? I bought a 400L and an 800L. I think Dinotte is pretty great. Of course those lights are very dated now and don't provide the amount of light I want anymore... So now I either buy new Dinotte lights, or go some other route...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wish I Were Riding View Post
    I agree. I think 3 years ago? I bought a 400L and an 800L. I think Dinotte is pretty great. Of course those lights are very dated now and don't provide the amount of light I want anymore... So now I either buy new Dinotte lights, or go some other route...
    They offer upgrades and trade ins. I'd contact them, and see what they'll do. Worth an email or phone call anyway.

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    Xecon is another good Chinese brand. I have this one:
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    I dont consider xeccon a straight up Chinese brand. Not like magicshine, fenix, etc. Xeccon is primarily handled in Australia, designed by those guys. Just like most things anyway, made in china. I always recommend them over magicshine for that reason (and ive dealt with them, great company to deal with).

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