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    Ready to buy lights--where to start?

    I used a kickass set of lights (helmet and bar mount) for a 24 hour race a few years ago and have been dying to pull the trigger on some lights since (no idea what they were).

    On a whim, I bought a L&M Stella 200 last night. I was planning on running this by itself as a helmet mount but guessing that at only 200 lumens, it will leave me a bit short of where I want to be.

    Riding will run the gamut--fire roads to techy XC to fast descents. Is the Stella a good start? If so, what to supplement it with? Or should I just return the Stella and go w/ a whole other system?

    Of course, cost is always a consideration, but I want to do it right too. Opinions? Thanks y'all.

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    Go HID that stuff is on tap. Check out night riders hid stuff. pricy, but amazing.

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    Check out Dinotte lighting.

    400L for your helmet, 800L for the bars. They have a killer sale on this combination right now.

    http://www.dinottelighting.com/

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    Check out Dinotte lighting.

    400L for your helmet, 800L for the bars. They have a killer sale on this combination right now.

    http://www.dinottelighting.com/

    J.

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    I bought a Stella 180 NiMH which is the older, heavier battery type but it works great as a helmet mount, although I definitely need another, bar-mounted light as well. The two friends I ride with each have the NightRider miniNewt 200's on helmet and bar, but my Stella is definitely brighter and shines for farther distance, and was a comparable price than one MiniNewt. The bar mount rubber band setup on the mini Newt is convenient since I have borrowed my friends', but I want a stronger light too for my bar. As a helmet mount the Stella is I think the best at that price range but is definitely the minimum you can get by with.

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    Thanks for all the info everybody. Much appreciated.

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    have a look at the ayup's great price, aren't as bulky as other lights, and have great battery life.

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    yeah, the Ayups rock. Check out my blog update here... http://jeffsbike.blogspot.com/
    theres a link at the bottom with some great pix from a Uni-cyclist dude. They are so light.
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    I'm really interested in a comparison of the Dinotte 400L and the Ayup narrow beam. Which has more light?

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    I have had no experience of the Dinotte. I actually discovered the Ayups in a Lights shoot-out on this site over a year ago, but the Ayups were using a lower spec bulb then I beleive.
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    I have the basic Dinotte 200L, it was kind pricey and battery life not too good, also my first one kinda stopped working properly after not having it too long.

    I got mine like 3 years ago though before they started to offer the longer lasting li-ion battery, if you get one I recommend you get that. The regular AA ones sound great but you dont want to change batteries in the middle of a ride and as your batteries get older the life span is shorter.

    Honestly I think for the $$$ you can do better than Dinotte, but resellers have sales on there products now and then to make things a more realistic price.

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    Stella 200L

    I just bought the L&M Stella 200L for my helmet and the CygoLIte TridenX LED Li-Ion for the handlebars. Both lights work perfectly. Keep the Stella. It's a great light for the helmet. For the handlbars, get a CygoLite.


    Quote Originally Posted by Dangerous E
    I used a kickass set of lights (helmet and bar mount) for a 24 hour race a few years ago and have been dying to pull the trigger on some lights since (no idea what they were).

    On a whim, I bought a L&M Stella 200 last night. I was planning on running this by itself as a helmet mount but guessing that at only 200 lumens, it will leave me a bit short of where I want to be.

    Riding will run the gamut--fire roads to techy XC to fast descents. Is the Stella a good start? If so, what to supplement it with? Or should I just return the Stella and go w/ a whole other system?

    Of course, cost is always a consideration, but I want to do it right too. Opinions? Thanks y'all.

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