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Unsuitable for unlit roads,
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These lights have very easy to use mountings, and additional belt clips for when you're not using them on the bike mountings (though how useful that is, I'm not sure). Both lights are principally the same except that one has a red plastic cover, and the other is uncoloured. When they're flashing they're very good at drawing attention to you on the road. Unfortunately, the clear one (the front light) couldn't illuminate its way out of a paper bag when it's set to its steady light mode. I could barely see the road in front of me on an unlit country lane, and I certainly couldn't see any distance in front (I could see maybe two metres, at a push). I will need something extra at the front now, and these lights will be consigned to flashing, which I think makes them a bit pricey.
On the packaging, hidden on the bottom of the box, it says "For UK Consumers - When used for cycling these lights should be used in conjunction with British Standard 6102/3 cycle lights," but of course you can't see that on the Amazon page...
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Initial post: 19 Sep 2011 21:25:35 BDT
Good advice but am I right in thinking that lights not more efficient when they are flashing?
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Sep 2011 00:42:47 BDT
Mr. A. D. Garratt says:
Not sure what you mean by "efficient". The front light's penetration in the dark is the problem, flashing or not; it's not suitable on its own, you will definitely need a steady light of greater luminosity to be safe on the road.
Even if it were more efficient when flashing I'm not sure how useful very bright, dark, very bright, dark would be... ;-)
In reply to an earlier post on 13 Mar 2012 15:22:55 GMT
P Battye says:
Sorry Mr Garratt, but anyone with half a brain cell shoudl realise that these lights are to help you be seen from a distance, not to help illuminate the road or path in front of you.
In reply to an earlier post on 15 Mar 2012 12:50:31 GMT
Mr. A. D. Garratt says:
I appreciate what you're saying, but the last time I had cause to buy a set of bike lights there was a red one for the back, so people could see you from behind, and a "white" one for the front so you could see where you were going. They came as a pair with that particular goal in mind. That was over 20 years ago and I didn't see why the magic formula would have changed; it seems it has and you need more than one front light now.
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Posted on 5 Oct 2013 15:31:37 BDT
There are two type of front lights these days. One so people can see you, and one so you can see where you're going. The ones that let you see where you're going are bigger (mostly) and cost a lot more :(
These lights are very good ant letting people know you're there, but no good at all to let you see where you're going.
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