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In the beginning of winter I started looking for a bike light so I can continue riding at night. Actually, I just ride from my house to Epic Sports, hang out, and go back home. They close at 6pm so by the time I leave there it's dark out. Being a mountain biker in a city I try to stick to the side of the road, but you have to ride on the road sometimes, boring as it may seem. The point is that you need to be noticed. Riding alongside the road and being flashed by a car because your light is too bright makes me smile every time.
The cool thing is that a few years ago there weren’t any of these powerful shining lights on the market. There were lights, but compared to the ones you find on the market today, they were useless.
With the average lifestyle being just about chaos from 8am to 5pm during the day, it gets difficult to actually go out and do some training. Cyclists can now ride until late even if it’s in the summer. You’ll be noticed quickly and you’ll have at least 2 hours’ worth of riding time before the battery dies out.
I had two lights to check out for the last three weeks. I’ve actually just been so busy that I didn’t have the time to write anything. This isn’t me comparing the two lights with each other as they’re not in the same lumen category. It's two different lights from two different companies.
Pyro Lights sent me their 2 000 lumen light and A[s]g sent me their 1 200 lumen light. Both lights are small, neat and tidy. I guess they all are, but the last thing I want on a ride at night is this bulky thing on my handlebar.
The Magicshine light from PyroLights
Magicshine from Pyro Lights has got a massive battery back which they claim can last 2.3 hours on full blast. I did a couple of rides with it and it only turned to the blue light (70% battery life left) on the last ride I took with it. It switches over to red when it reaches 40%. It flashes red when you reach 10%.
The light carries two bulbs. This helps make the beam shine wider. You’ll want as much area covered as possible when riding in a very dark section, obviously. Don’t look straight into that thing. You’ll end up being blind for a minute or two.
I’m not too sure if you can buy a helmet-mountable bracket or strap for this light but I don’t think you actually need one. It’s not like you’re going to use a 2 000 lumen light to braai your meat on a Saturday night. The battery and light mount neatly on your bike using little rubber straps which you can slide into little slots just so the excess straps don’t get in the way. The cable is a bit too long seeing that the light is made to be mounted on the handlebar and the battery mounts on your frame.
It says on the box: “The benefits of a 4000k and high CRI light are:
- Reduced eyestrain
- Improved focusing response
- Accurate colour rendering and representation
- Improved contrast perception
- Superior depth perception”
I like that the light is small yet massively bright. The battery seems a bit bulky but I guess it comes down to “better safe than sorry”. The 2 000 lumen light needs to keep running somehow.
"(Hannes Z) I have replaced the photo on the site with this one because the camera was on auto when the photo was taken. Auto white balancing at night does not work very well. The photo on the site is therefor not representative of what you will experiences"
Edited by Hannes Zietsman, 11 July 2012 - 06:59 .