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Light & Motion lights

February 11, 2010

While the days are slowly getting longer, most of the prime cycling hours are still enshrouded in darkness. Fortunately, we live in an age of technological marvels, such as the electric light.

Superbright bike lights for night riding have been improving in leaps and bounds over the past decade, and today’s lights are light, reliable, and painfully bright.  Lithium Ion batteries and LED bulbs have dramatically increased runtimes and decreased system weights.

Light & Motion is a California-based company that has been a pioneer in making the most effective use of these technologies.  Their lights are available in a wide range of sizes, outputs, and prices.  Their commuter and road biking line has impressive output for the price, but their trail riding lights are truly phenomenal.

Light & Motion’s Seca series has three lights whose names correspond to their maximum lumen output: 400, 700, and 900.  There are other companies that make lights as bright or brighter, but good light is more than just bright light.  The Seca lights make incredible use of their light output by shaping the beam to perfectly fill the field of vision.  It doesn’t feel like you’ve got a flashlight strapped to your head, it feels like you have night vision.

Many cyclists become interested in night riding during the dark months, but continue to night ride even in the well-lit seasons.  In the height of summer, the daytime heat can be suffocating and good lights can let you choose your own schedule.

Night riding is more than just riding at night.  It’s an entirely different experience.  Fewer people, more animals, and quiet seclusion.  It’s almost supernatural.

We’ve got demo models of the full Seca line, as well as the more road friendly Stella 200.  They’re free to try, so come by if you’re interested.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Seth Vidal permalink
    February 12, 2010 12:06 am

    Hub and sidewall dynamos are where it is at. No battery recharging necessary!

    Maybe you could get a 700c and 26″ wheel in with a cyo-Rplus for demo, too. That’d be cool!

  2. February 12, 2010 10:43 pm

    If you’re looking for lights to check out:

    http://www.peterwhitecycles.com/headlights.asp

    gives a great way of checking out all the lights and how they compare.

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