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    Lights on the street!!

    I'm going to buy my first light for my bike more then likely a magicshine, I ride my bike to work sometime and when I get off at midnight its a bit dark out. Im riding on city streets/sidewalks are these lights to bright for this? am I going to blind oncoming traffic?

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    any LED light, where you can see the LED,
    is too bright. With a Reflector, the bare LED is visible.
    for the MS, on the road, you can get a Filter, from dapedeler on the Bay.
    that one works good. do have a couple lenses lying around.
    that will diffuse and make the beam more horizontal, for less glare.

    cheers, Rob

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    Too bright?? Never heard of such a thing. sjsfiveo, you WANT the cars to see you, if you angle the light down a bit you won't have any worries about 'being too bright'.

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    that's a good one, never heard of it!?

    with a bare LED, and Reflector, you can aim all you want,
    you'd always see the LED. and that's a couple thousand times brighter, that the eye can adjust. plain simple blindingly bright, regardless of lumen or watts .

    notes:
    car bulbs have a shield, and a designed reflector, so you can't see the bare bulb.
    HID bulbs in a projector Fresnel, need to have a bulb-shield .
    you can also take a look at low-beam bulbs, or maybe your car headlights.

    oh, you suggest, we should all drive with high-beams ?!

    these lights, where designed for off-road use,....

    last not least, ... you want the cars to see you,....
    I'am sure, if I shine , even my flashlight in your eyes, that you won't see me !
    Worst, you won't see where you are going ether !?

    oh, one more, I even hate it , getting blasted on the trail !
    and even sorry for all the time , I blinded even crashed other riders,
    since I can't reach my helmet light, I do look, at that time already blinded the other riders,
    and did not have a remote switch to turn it down,the handlebar light.

    oh, one more,
    if you do have your bright off-road light ,... on the street,
    chances are, they think, it's a motorbike , with the high-beams on,
    chances are, you get high-beam flashed, all the time.
    have a nice ride

    just my 2 lumens, cheers, Rob

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    Too bright?? Never heard of such a thing. sjsfiveo, you WANT the cars to see you, if you angle the light down a bit you won't have any worries about 'being too bright'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjsfiveo View Post
    I'm going to buy my first light for my bike more then likely a magicshine, I ride my bike to work sometime and when I get off at midnight its a bit dark out. Im riding on city streets/sidewalks are these lights to bright for this? am I going to blind oncoming traffic?

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    Steve
    Some care with the angle should resolve your concerns about brightness. BTW there is a fairly lengthy discussion of the Magicshine at the Australian Cycling Forums. Might be worth a read.

    Andrew

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    I ride the street way before sunrise 5 days a week througout the year and some trails on the weekend. I have gone through various lights (MS P7 900. Gemini Titan P7, MS XML, BR IV), and many flashlight combo. All of these lights will and can blnd on comming traffic to a certain degree depending on your street.

    It affect cars much less on multiple street with well lit multiple lanes, however some pedestrian on the sidewalk have issue when I pass them while I am in the bike lane. The worst case of blinding approaching cars is in single lane in a dark residential street on a blind curve. I used to run a single MS900 and what I learn is that it does help to aim it in a downward angle, but there is a catch. When I do that, my eyes adjust to the bright flood in front of me and then it seems like I have no throw at all.

    A solution that helps is multiple lights with different reflector and beam pattern. You can still use a MS900 aimed downward to avoid glares at on comming drivers but combine that with thrower that has a more concentrated hotspot beam that will give you more distant lumination while have less flood which glares a lot. The thrower light can be a light such as a flashlight on a helmet or handlebar. I ran a Cree XPG R5 with a MS900 and it was a decent combo.

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