Friday, 23 September 2011

Time to switch on the lights

The shorter days have arrived and I am now back to carrying my lights. I will get fresh batteries today as my main lights don’t look as bright as I would like. These lights have done well for the year. I will throw out my cheap lights because the cost of battery replacement is more than the cost of the light but they did last for over a year. I got a spare set when I found this out.

10 comments:

Leslie said...

I've bought a red Fibre Flare. Expensive and quite big to haul around, but boy does it show up in the dark!

A Brompton in London said...

You might want to consider the Brompton light set. The front light is a very good and bright LED. The rear is a Brompton branded light that stays fixed just above the rear mudguard.

Cycling in Heels said...

As I am thinking of upgrading next year I will put off getting another Brompton light set. I am still smarting from the failure of my Brompton dynamo lights.

Those Fibre Flares look very interesting but expensive.

Will said...

Shame that you had a bad experience with the dynamo lights. I bought my bike last November and have been extremely pleased with the dynamo lights. Were yours an earlier version? If so, you might want to reconsider them when you upgrade...

Cycling in Heels said...

Yes I did have an older version and other people have since told me that they are now much better.

Patrick said...

I recomend one (or two) Smart Polaris Super Flash 1/2 Watt LED lights. Cheapish (about £10 or less), insanely bright*, and lasts for ages on a couple of AAs.

I have a couple on my M6R one underneath the saddle and one on the back of the rack.

*so bright that looking directly at them is not an option, and easily visible even in bright sunlight.

Cycling in Heels said...

I will look out a rear light. I like a bright light.

She Rides a Bike said...

If you haven't looked at Nite Rider lighting systems I highly recommend them. The Nite Rider Macho 2 watt headlight delivers both a wide beam (some 15 ft I'd guess and a bright center light). I've also got their Cherry Bomb light for the tail light.

Will said...

Coming back to this slightly old post, I wrote above saying how good the "new" Brompton dynamo lights are. Well, they died on me last week! I'm not a happy bunny about that, given how dark it is at this time of year. It's going for a full service in about a week so hopefully they'll be able to fix the lights; in the meantime I've bought some simple lights to tide me over (they're in addition to my unmissable fluoro jacket so I should be okay). But I'm just disappointed that the lights have let me down! I want them to be reliable Brompton components. Sadly, this is the fourth problem I've had with the bike in the 15 months since I bought it. Luckily, so far, everything's been covered by the warranty, but still, it's a nuisance. I do love the bike, though :-)
-Will

Cycling in Heels said...

That really is annoying to loose your lights right now when you need them most. It also just confirms that I will not be getting dynamo lights in the future. Too expensive if they are only going to last for year. Even you get them repaired for free you have to live with the worry that they may go again and so you still need spare lights.