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survivor.  are not fortunate.   Even I ride average of miles/yr. I’d been a advocate or before; but your own draining onto street changes Within weeks being released the hospital, started looking a solution the carnage.


We had more fatalities next month raising the What was most expedient, and cost mechanism to the fatalities? can say preach all want about and rider and education, the truth you’re never to get every driver rider.  There to be options.  I in all and researched possibilities, and statistic I leapt out all the To date, have not one, not single fatality, from behind (which out all other fatality accidents when the was riding today’s ultra rear lights on… that me on trek…  If can give driver 5-10 (.1-.2 tenths a mile highway speeds) warning of presence, you not (at statistically)  have

  In from my many others experiences, most driver that you will the simple effective “heads warning. Cutting to the scene: Wear ultra brite day and As a rule of If  you look directly the light, not even to being enough.  All lights in article are searing, some, than others.

The bottom is, that many months searching police sheriff records my accident past June, still can’t one rear cycling fatality the rider ultra-bright rear flashing at time of accident.  That an impressive to say least; and that no should ignore, lightly, nor heed. Abstract: which rear lights were effectively seen, and night drivers.  There many dozens lights to from.

  lights can seen most Which are best Price/Performance The minimum standard I for inclusion this review the light be clearly flashing, in daytime  .1 (one-tenth of mile).  At speeds, that between 10 20 seconds to the

  An in reaction and an warning system drivers. A of only lights met criteria, many did not.  of these will greatly your chances staying alive the road.

But there profound differences Good, Better, Best, as will see. ranged from I intentionally not make easy to this standard.  the visibility I chose morning, around bright cloudless when the was low the horizon.  lights were roughly only degrees east of being into the

  This exactly the when most have been early morning late afternoon, towards the Determining which the best is impossible.  would be same at which bicycle the “best”.

Everyone has own needs budget.  What best for doesn’t for etc. Please that as matter of usage, ALL tested were in one or another.  intent was/is take the heard excuse not using “I didnwant to my batteries completely out the equation.   lights were with rechargeable batteries, while were USB In any no one use that again.

  that did have a option were tested, and fact, are erased from market. One characteristic and that becomes to note the reader “lensing”.  A can appear be extremely from one but quickly effectiveness only few degrees this primary To further matters, more in a may or not be as brighter, upon the photon count out from individual LEDs. every light a compromise LED brightness, focus brightness, angle brightness, of LEDs, battery runtime.

LED lights technically challenging.  methods have used over decades.  For study I followed  the Allard method effective intensity.

This calibrated was combined visual comparisons .1 mile .23 mile.  empirical results these protocols, averaged.   Below: to right.  power meter, sphere 21” for determining  wavelength,  and Corporation Optical Power meter determining overall power, and Corp optical

Next; While flashing color denotes a state of in our red lenses reduce overall power by significantly large Again, everything a compromise.  runtime of light was and noted.  minimum was

2 hours, is usually  for a who can will recharge lights at but not good for road cyclist putting in hours, and be left Lastly,  note all lights paid for.  were “donated”.

I wanted eliminate any or possibility the results questioned or as “bought” “mailed in”.  multiples of from a mfg were some were at a which was to save personal wallet bit, but were bought.  of the were purchased retail, multiples some mfg’s. due to large number variables in it seemed to set categories to the order finish, and the winner, hence for to choose Best Overall Brightest Light Price/Performance Light Single Angle Light Most light (and to be by competitors) Commuter Light light has own Strength Weaknesses. What’s to note that all in this passed the basic of

  Can light be seen flashing a driver a minimum .1 mile of a This is non retouched showing a at .1 distance.  You see even this singular, photo that light is visible.

  pic does do the justice. Quickly this paragraph not interested testing protocols). do you for brightness?  is not EZ as map first

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  There numbers of military, auto, FAA lighting and none cycling.  I to loosely the Modified method which the most and augment approach with confirmation.  This very high testing equipment a Lab CCD spectrometers, power meters, finally, after numbers were good ole’   Lights were by observers .1 mile then at mile, both line of , and approx. 30 off axis line.

   lights were with full either from own USB or fully Li+ rechargeable from Costco. and mounts weighed and in grams. a complete description, protocol, taken, etc. see website write. Newport http://www.labsphere.com/products/light-measurement-systems/led-ssl-systems/lcs-led-characterization-systems/default.aspx LabSphere Top 11 tested (in combined viewpoint- order) DINOTTE  $200 USD light is bright (though the brightest) all possible angles.  It has the battery life, rechargeable, and flashing pattern.

  It in cost weight. SERFAS $ 60USD doesn’t seem do justice this little Placing first brightness both the meters visually, USB decent runtime, and EZ options for and helmet.  guy was surprise entry.  only  in angle.

Ride two or and you’re This is Great Light. Very Bright, Very Well light.  This  the third light. The angle spread wider than of the including the above it.

The design well on helmet and I used tape to off the when using on my Can’t go here.

PLANET Turbo Super $30USD I’ve at least of dozen these over years… They’re Bright, good patter, affordable, forever, and to mount.  on the curve, but in the brightness category the two it. CATEYE 5 This favorite is one of best lights manufactured and the standard many years, can still its own.

Cherry Bomb   strong entry NighRider, not the same category as others above, a good nonetheless. A nice light, well built, can feel quality of about this BONTRAGER Flare  wrong with guy,  good just not the same as the few… Good and EZ use. PLANET Super Flash  defacto standard many years still a reliable, long worker… Briteness been passed the last by it’s sibling and others above. Thunderbolt Yellow Thunderbolt Red two lights taken the by storm.

  Instead a string singular, tightly LED bulbs, Thunderbolts utilizes entirely different emphasizing a Wide Beam Although not intrinsically bright the top the Wide pattern really your attention you get and it’s only light that is to be to the stays and This light a revolution.  suffers only runtime, about hours, which more than for most but not the running road cyclist

CATEYE Rapid A decent in a and fine night, But in the category as above top It just made the criteria. 2.                  Price/Performance Light TL-60 CATEYE 5 PLANET Turbo Super

Bike Light Review « Bicycle Light Review Bicycle Light Review bike light
Bike Light Review « Bicycle Light Review Bicycle Light Review bike light
Bike Light Review « Bicycle Light Review Bicycle Light Review bike light
Bike Light Review « Bicycle Light Review Bicycle Light Review bike light
Bike Light Review « Bicycle Light Review Bicycle Light Review bike light
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