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2015 lights shootout

  1. General Cycling Discussion
    Light is omnidirectional with just a little side visibility (click to enlarge). The Central 100 Front light from Blackburn is an interesting and compact little light. Shaped like a matchbox and weighing in at 51 grams, it features three forward facing LEDs and an internal lithium battery...
  2. General Cycling Discussion
    What's cool about it The Lupine Rotlicht gets brighter when the cyclist comes to a stop. It also gets brighter when there's more ambient light, like a car shining lights on it. What is it The Lupine Rotlicht is a 160 Lumen light with four different light modes are available: steady, flashing...
  3. General Cycling Discussion
    The Princeton Tec Swerve will not win any tail light innovation awards but it does have a couple things going for it. First, the light output is highly visible. Rear visibility and side visibility are excellent and the flashing mode has very good animation as the light seems to dance between...
  4. General Cycling Discussion
    We kind of like this Blackburn Central 20 Rear tail light for $35. First of all, it's incredibly bright as it measured 31 Lumens in an integrating sphere. It's brighter than its 20 Lumens claims and one of the brightest ones in this test. The form factor is nice and compact as it's shaped like...
  5. General Cycling Discussion
    A 22 gram total weight is the the highlight of this CatEye Rapid X tail light. And it's not a silly little LED light that's barely visible, but a long LED array that has nice rear and side visibility. For reference, an AA alkaline battery weighs 23 grams, so there's really no reason even for...
  6. General Cycling Discussion
    The Serfas Thunderbolt doesn't sound noteworthy until you get your hands on it. It's about the size of an AA battery, but when you turn it on, it's like a light fountain. The Thunderbolt headlight puts out about 90 Lumens and the tail light about 30. It is just so incredibly bright for its size...
  7. General Cycling Discussion
    The Light & Motion Vis 180 is one of the lights that started the enthusiast tail light category. This is the category of tail lights that are rechargeable, durable and full-featured. After all, most of the tail lights five years ago were throwaway $20 lights, while all the headlights got all the...
  8. General Cycling Discussion
    Lumicycle is a UK based company that produces high-end headlights and tail lights. The InSight is an $80 light that has a claimed output of 50 or 200 Lumens depending on mode. It has a trick up its sleeve, where it employs an accelerometer to detect when the bike is decelerating. It then...
  9. General Cycling Discussion
    The Lezyne Zecto Auto dazzles with an entertaining array of flash modes. It's got good rear visibility as well as side visibility and it has such a small form factor that you can just leave it mounted on your bike permanently. It's rechargeable and it delivers up to 2 hours on solid 'high'...
  10. General Cycling Discussion
    The Serfas Thunderbolt became one of our favorite lights last year with its small, rechargeable package and serious Lumen power. It's an LED array that is visible from a very wide viewing angle, making it a perfect 'to be seen' commuter light. This year, the Thunderbolt evolves with a matching...
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