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Dependable rear light for commuting?
#1
Topeak Mega RedLite died on me this evening, not even six months old, and only in regular use since the clocks went back. Rather disappointing for £24.

Any experience based recommendations for a dependable rear light for daily commuting?
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#2
I've got one of these, it's at least 4 years old and gets regular use on GF's daily commuter in all weather including Glasgow winter.

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I also use one of these, it's very cheaply made and feels a bit crappy, but it's been reliable for a year so far, it's also very bright and costs bugger all.

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And finally I have one of these, it's a better made version of the cheap one above, the light appears to be the same 0.5w LED.

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I'd get a pair of the very cheap ones, a pair as they feel like they might fail on you and so it's good to have back-up, and also so that then you have the same 1W overall power as the better version.

OMG! Double 0.5W for under a fiver!

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Keep it foolish...
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#3
I brought <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.acycles.co.uk/lezyne-zecto-drive-rear-light-9360.html?utm_source=google_produit_cpc&gclid=CM66r9fG88ECFZCWtAodSjsAtg#descp">http://www.acycles.co.uk/lezyne-zecto-d ... sAtg#descp</a><!-- m -->

Expensive but multi function and dimmable. It charges on a usb too. Really Well built. I decided to spend a bit more after buying a cheap light bar type and it lasting 2 rides.

I also use it on the dog when we go out in the dark..always know where he is!
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#4
Thanks. Really should have bought cheap backup lights sooner, definitely the way forward.

Was wondering if any of the much more expensive lights are genuinely waterproof rather than.. resistant..

Not sure why mine died today. No rain. Worked on the way home last night. Batteries fine, and it lights up for a second when installing batteries, but just won't turn on.
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#5
I use these, <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.tredz.co.uk/.Blackburn-Mars-3-0-LED-Rear-Light_11459.htm">http://www.tredz.co.uk/.Blackburn-Mars- ... _11459.htm</a><!-- m --> as they are covered by a lifetime warranty, very good illumination & have orange LEDs that point out at 90 degrees so you should be visible over at least 180 degrees..

Andy
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#6
My exposure flare has been going strong for 2 years now, I pair this up with an exposure blaze for redundancy.

Flare on flash, blaze on constant.

Expensive but if your commuting lots its worth it.
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#7
I bought a small 2 X aaa one in Halfords over 2 Years ago just to bail me out of a hole for around a fiver.
I ended up buying another one a Year later, they're still going strong. Bright, long lasting and just won't die in heavy rain. I'm impressed!
Keep meaning to upgrade them just because I feel that I should but there's really no need to.

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Personally, I always have two rear lights, just in case one does fail, usually have one flashing and one solid but just personal preference.
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#8
I decided to get two rear lights, one ordered online, and the other bought ASAP on my lunch break. I fell once more for the logic that spending a little extra means better quality, longer life, etc, and bought the Lezyne LED Femto Drive Rear Light. It's a nice design, and looks well built with an alluminium housing, but as for it's function, it's rather dim - but then it is driven by two 'coin' batteries.

Online I ordered the Moon Comet front and rear set from Tredz (front to be a secondary/backup light alongside the "1600 lumen" "Chinese" light). After waiting two weeks from the date of order without receiving anything I emailed Tredz and they promptly sent another set out first class which arrived yesterday. The Comet lights are only 35 lumen (not 1600!) but they really are impressively bright, and very noticible even in daylight. They don't have a long charge time, but are USB rechargeable so I can charge them anytime I need at work or home. They are also well built, but I supect the rubber USB cover will come off at some point in the future. The rear has a seat-rail mount, as well as a wrap-around silicon/rubber stretchy thing, with angle adjusters on both mount types.

The Femto hasn't seen any heavy rain yet, and I also now have mudguards which prevent spray from the tyres getting anywhere near it, so no problems yet, but it really is quite poor for brightness. Really impressed with the brightness of the Moon Comets, really glad to have as a rear light - I feel confident of being seen now.

PS, just noticed the Moon Comet are now £50 on Tredz. They were £40 when I bought them.
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