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Old October 29th, 2008, 08:57 AM   #1
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One is a 3w led with 240 lumens and 4 interchangable beam patterns and the other is a 12w, 900 lumen verson with an 8 degree fixed lens and 100% 30% and 10% power settings. I don't have battery packs picked out yet, but I'm using Night Rider connectors. Anyone have suggestions and/or insight into gripes about your current light source? So far I have about $50 into the big one and $20 into the small one. I'm thinking about putting a reinforced lens plate on the bigger one to put on a vehicle since they are as bright as a 35w H3 hella hallogen. Let me know if any of you want to try one of these out against your current light.

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Old October 29th, 2008, 08:58 AM   #2
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The sun?
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Old October 29th, 2008, 09:34 AM   #3
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The sun?
These are mainly used when the sun is not available.
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Old October 29th, 2008, 06:27 PM   #4
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These are mainly used when the sun is not available.



When I worked at a bicycle shop, we sold a lot of TurboCat lights. They are nice because the battery pack is separate from the light and rechargeable. You can actually see with them. The way to go is one on the bars and one on the helmet. They are a lot of money unless you plan on doing some real off-road stuff.

I was usually more worried about someone else seeing me, so I used red LEDs on the rear and white or yellow LEDs on the front. The self-contained battery powered ones. Residual light around the city is good enough to navigate a bicycle.
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Old October 29th, 2008, 06:51 PM   #5
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Yeah, the 240 lumen one is bright and the 900 lumen unit is brighter than my high beams on my XJ. I'll have external packs on both of them.
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Old October 29th, 2008, 07:02 PM   #6
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I use two HaborFright small LED flashlights that are strapped on to my fork with hair ties. Then a Cheap Blinking rear light. It works for my bitch black ride to the bus garage in the morning.
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get some beam shots dude, and weight with batteries.
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Old November 5th, 2008, 05:41 AM   #9
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get some beam shots dude, and weight with batteries.
What batteries? I don't have any yet. I'll get the weight of the light itself and then post some battery weights vs. estimated run time.

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The light is 110g and the battery I'm thinking about running is 185g and will give 2 hours run time on high, 6 on meduim, and 20 on low. The light just has a 10-24 thread inside for whatever kind of mount you want. I'll try to get some beam shots tonight too. I also put this beside a 10W Night Rider HID and it was at least as bright if not brighter. It also gives off a pure while light, while the night rider seems to have a blue tint to it. If anyone wants one of these, I'll sell them at cost right now $50 for the light and about $70 for the battery pack and charger if anyone is interested.

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Here's the best I could get with my point and shoot. I'll try to get a better one, or doctor this one, because It looks quite a bit brighter than this in person. The white garage is about 140' away and it was lit up quite well. It seems to be about as bright as my 3" x 5" KC lights on my Jeep.

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That looks awesome. What LED are you using? Cree?
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Wow, impressive.
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That looks awesome. What LED are you using? Cree?
SSC P7. I need a little more heatsinking though. I tried them at full power last night for about 20 minutes and the thermal switch cut them off. Hopefully I'll be able to remedy that tonight though.
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Need power draw figures for battery life - looks like a winner though.
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About 13w. takes inputs from 5v to 15.5v and adjusts the amperage accordingly. At five volts it will pull about 2.7A.

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were they just sitting on a table or something when you tested them? I had a homebrew LED that would get hot just sitting, but with the airflow from being attached to my bike it stayed really cool.
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can these be modified to run off a automotive electical system?
could be effective as back up lamps or mobile flood lamps if i get a flat after dark.

please pm with your ideas.

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were they just sitting on a table or something when you tested them? I had a homebrew LED that would get hot just sitting, but with the airflow from being attached to my bike it stayed really cool.
I'm going to test them tonight with some good air current to see how they work. I'll still add a heatsink though just to make sure it doesn't happen.
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Damn, nice work Clint. Looks really good.
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