LED only bicycle lights

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007 at 08:07pm

A week or so ago I finally got around to doing something about my bicycle lights: first I bid on another Cateye HL-EL135. Shortly after winning that auction I also bid on (and then won) a Cateye HL-EL530 that is supposed to be stupidly bright.

Yesterday the EL530 arrived and it was a simple matter of swapping out my remaining 10W incandescent light as the mount for that one is compatible. Then tonight was the first time using it.

So how was it?

Althought it is bright, most of that is focussed on a small area that doesn’t compare to the coverage of the old lights.

One interesting thing I noted was although the front of the box said “up to 90 hours run time”, the side of the box clarifies that with “up to 10 hours headlight quality”. Allowing 30 minutes for a single trip home this could equate to 20 trips. A new set of AA cells every 4 weeks is a lot less effort than recharging batteries every single day.

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