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Cheap eBay Lights
#1
For the benefit of a couple of the guys at Kings wood tonight that were asking about my eBay special light, here's the link Smile

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I'm impressed with it so far, and will be ordering a second shortly to use as a helmet mounted light (I'm pretty sure that Rachel was using the same light mounted on her helmet, any chance of a pic how you used the head mount on there?)

Jamie
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#2
looks like a cheaper version of the magicshine lights, probably not quite as bright or smaller battery.

to helmet mount you would need one of these..

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wont be long until we need light for the whole ride, so need to make sure the battery lasts for at least a couple of hours!  Smile
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#3
Thanks Jamie, nice one! Will stick an order in for one, was pretty impressed with your one and for that price you can't really go wrong!  Smile
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#4
&quot;Ad_Fav&quot; Wrote:looks like a cheaper version of the magicshine lights, probably not quite as bright or smaller battery.

to helmet mount you would need one of these..

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wont be long until we need light for the whole ride, so need to make sure the battery lasts for at least a couple of hours!  Smile

I left the light on this afternoon, after using it for an hour and a half on Thursday evening, and only after about an hour and a half did it start to dim, but even then it was still very bright, so I think it's safe to assume that it will run for at least 3 and a hald hours on full power! Oh and the supplied "head mount" will work just fin on my helmet without any modifications other than a bit of velcro to stop it moving about.
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#5
Sounds good
I might get one as a backup / 2nd light for the bars


&quot;Jamiem&quot; Wrote:I left the light on this afternoon, after using it for an hour and a half on Thursday evening, and only after about an hour and a half did it start to dim, but even then it was still very bright, so I think it's safe to assume that it will run for at least 3 and a hald hours on full power! Oh and the supplied "head mount" will work just fin on my helmet without any modifications other than a bit of velcro to stop it moving about.
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#6
I'm going to get a second and helmet mount it...
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#7
Just wondering if anyone can compare them with the 1600 lumen Magicshine MJ-872? What do you get for paying the extra? Better build, less grams, brighter, etc?
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#8
I bought one of these yesterday

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I'm hoping it'll be good, only a week or so until it arrives Big Grin
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#9
Yeah... I ended up ordering these:
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#10
Had my first real ride with these lights tonight (CREE XM-L T6 1600Lumens) commuting home from work. Mainly B-roads, both lit and unlit, but also some bridleways, but no singletrack.

Points for:
* Value for money.
* Good enough to see far enough ahead that lumps and bumps no longer surprise.

Points against:

* I continually wished I'd bought the flood-filter.
* The o-ring setup doesn't offer great grip on the handlebars and I expect they would soon roll round when riding very rutted ground
* The battery isn't waterproof with exposed cardboard the only protection at either end.
* 1600/1800 Lumens is probably an exageration


There is a small amount of lateral adjustment which I used to bias them to direction of road.

I forgot to take the battery pouch to work with me but I did have an old inner tube in my locker which I cut up and used to 'waterproof' the battery by sliding it over the battery and using a cable tie at each end (being careful not to stress the battery-cable). I then used another cable-tie to fix the battery to the bike frame. The inner tube around the battery meant the cable-tie held it securely.

Also used a piece of inner tube to try and increase the grip on the handlebars but with limited success. I imagine some kind of soft and sticky rubbery (silicon) tape would do the trick.

I've seen other mentions on the web of the lumens being an exaggeration. The Cree website itself says the maximum light output is 1040 Lumen, and the data specifications say that at 2000mA the LED output a minimum of 692 lm. Unfortuantely I'm not an electrician or lighting expert to really understand what that means other than assuming any claim of 1600+ lumen is false.
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