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    One 1100 light vs two 800 lights

    Wondering if it is better to go with one 1100 lumen light vs two 800 lumen lights. I am looking at the cygolites for what it is worth. I am done with cables and want self contained. Whats your opinion? 1100=$65 and 2x800=$85....

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    2x800's, no question. One on your head, one on your handlebar.
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    What onepseed said. Also if a light fails you wont be in the dark. Always 2 lights

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    Oops. I forgot to mention, I have a helmet light, these are for my bars. Thanks. Jeff

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    Quote Originally Posted by telejefe View Post
    Wondering if it is better to go with one 1100 lumen light vs two 800 lumen lights. I am looking at the cygolites for what it is worth. I am done with cables and want self contained. Whats your opinion? 1100=$65 and 2x800=$85....
    Problem with most high output single cell self-contained lights is the battery capacity is similar to the less powerful ones and they trade higher initial output for poorer performance in the later parts of the run cycle (Bontrager Ion 1300 is one exception though). The 2 800's will have higher initial output but also maintain the outputs consistency much better than the single 1100 with the only drawback being price and double the weight. Here's a couple of output vs. runtime graphs than might be of interest to you and a link to the site where you can compare other lights they've tested.

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    One 1100 light vs two 800 lights-1100-vs-800-2.jpg

    One 1100 light vs two 800 lights-c800-vs-n800.jpg

    Cygolite and Bontrager products generally do well in output consistency but every light model is a little different so best to check the exact model your looking at (if it's tested here).

    Beam pattern is also a major consideration. I've ridden with people using Luminas and they have a nice fairly wide beam for a single emitter light although I much prefer my Ion 1300 (wider and more throw). Cygolites I've seen have been pretty narrow focused but they've been the commuter models. I wish I had more information on this for you but you should be able to at least shine whatever your considering around the parking lot of your LBS to get an idea of what to expect. Would confidently recommend the Bontrager Ion 1300 though it's a little more expensive ($100 retail) or another option you might like is the Ravemen PR1200 (Dual emitter/dual cell 1200 lumen self-contained light with a full 2 hr. runtime and a nice wide beam @ $90).
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    Good info. Thanks for the responses.

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