What's a good e bike headlight?

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Re: What's a good e bike headlight?

Post by izeman » Feb 16, 2016 5:58 pm

wow. that's an awesome price. i paid $15+ for one ...

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Re: What's a good e bike headlight?

Post by 4LivesPerGallon » Mar 26, 2016 12:09 am

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Here's a $12 18650-battery-powered T-shaped headlamp that I've attached with rubber bands to electric scooters, one on each side, about 500+ lumens, zoomable, too:

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Re: What's a good e bike headlight?

Post by bionicdan » Mar 28, 2016 5:06 pm

One of my favorite "high beam" lights was one of these 100w leds in an aluminium body. Total cost £20 for 5000-12000 lumens depending on heat sink.

https://endless-sphere.com/forums/viewt ... =3&t=47991

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Re: What's a good e bike headlight?

Post by spinningmagnets » Nov 06, 2016 11:50 am

A guy on reddit just posted this dual-headlight for $38. Said he liked it. 12V-80V input.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0162OX4KA/re ... hybNBN4GD1

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Re: What's a good e bike headlight?

Post by Ykick » Nov 06, 2016 12:20 pm

spinningmagnets wrote:A guy on reddit just posted this dual-headlight for $38. Said he liked it. 12V-80V input.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0162OX4KA/re ... hybNBN4GD1
I bought some of those from eBay last year and my versions didn't hold up. Seller was good about return and while one was DOA the other worked a short time and it was impressive light beam. Be aware though, they were much larger than the photos might imply.
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Re: What's a good e bike headlight?

Post by motomech » Nov 06, 2016 9:35 pm

After reading this rather lengthy thread on "The New Best Headlight" at,...

http://www.pedelecs.co.uk/forum/threads ... ght.25228/

....I ordered one of these;
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/121990330633?_t ... EBIDX%3AIT

Really impressed, while not as bright as my Luna Cycles Extra Bright Cyclops, it throws plenty of light for my 20 mph assist bike.

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Re: What's a good e bike headlight?

Post by markz » Nov 06, 2016 9:47 pm

So is it really 3000 lumens?

I should buy it.

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Re: What's a good e bike headlight?

Post by prof_stack » Nov 07, 2016 12:10 am

markz wrote:So is it really 3000 lumens?

I should buy it.
I wonder how HOT the whole assembly would get at that kind of luminosity.

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Re: What's a good e bike headlight?

Post by motomech » Nov 07, 2016 12:23 am

I don't know, but people comment on how bright it is like they used to about my Cycle Iluminator and now my Cyclops;

The Cyclops (on 12S LiPoly, 46V)is on the left.
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Actually, it is as bright as the Cyclops Extra, just not as large a pattern.
Amazing for such a little feller.

It has 3 intensities switch.
This is the back;
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It has a really cool blue ring running lite that flashes.
Hard to see in pic.s;
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Re: What's a good e bike headlight?

Post by motomech » Nov 07, 2016 12:30 am

prof_stack wrote:
markz wrote:So is it really 3000 lumens?

I should buy it.
I wonder how HOT the whole assembly would get at that kind of luminosity.
You can see the heat sinks.
I haven't noticed that it gets hot, but I haven't used it much yet.
But the thread over @ Pedelecs UK is 4 or 5 months old and none have failed yet.
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Re: What's a good e bike headlight?

Post by MikeSSS » Nov 07, 2016 1:24 am

Low mounting a headlight causes shadows, that let you see road bumps before you hit them. Mounting a light on the helmet will cause no shadows to be seen, and therefore you can't see nasty road bumps before you hit them.

I use a Cygolite Metro 550 and really love it. I use it in the bright blink mode, to make others aware that I'm there.

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Re: What's a good e bike headlight?

Post by markz » Nov 07, 2016 2:27 am

I may buy 2 :)

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Re: What's a good e bike headlight?

Post by dozentrio » Nov 07, 2016 10:17 pm

I have ordered this
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Black-Motorcycl ... 0670816180
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I'll be replacing the two centre bulbs with 12v 3000 lumen (35 watt) LED bulbs. I'll report back on the results. I plan to use the outer two lights as turn signals. Sadly, I ordered mine before this deal existed and it's shipping from China, so if I have it by Christmas I'll be happy :(

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Re: What's a good e bike headlight?

Post by bionicdan » Nov 08, 2016 11:37 am

Any light with a single cree xml led will only output 300-700 lumens. If you realllyy push them (3000ma) you get 1000 lumens for 5 mins until its too hot and has to ramp down.

So ignore all boasts of anything over that lol

http://www.cree.com/~/media/files/cree/ ... mpxml2.pdf
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Re: What's a good e bike headlight?

Post by LockH » Nov 28, 2016 10:34 pm

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Re: What's a good e bike headlight?

Post by bombfactorynola » Nov 30, 2016 11:51 pm

I used the Blitzu. Laser beam bright. Comes with its own rechargeable battery pack and charger. Mounts on any tube on your bike and lasts about 15 hours on a full charge.

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Re: What's a good e bike headlight?

Post by markz » May 24, 2017 10:52 pm

Update on my Uni Bond light from Princess Auto
Its awesome!
https://www.princessauto.com/en/detail/ ... -p8546038e

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Re: What's a good e bike headlight?

Post by alpharalpha » Nov 09, 2017 2:55 am

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Here's a pic of my cree front light, extremely bright. I had it attached to a front suspension rack but it vibrated so I've removed that old rack. Haven't used it in awhile but I think it runs 3 amps.

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Re: What's a good e bike headlight?

Post by markz » Nov 09, 2017 4:21 am

I got a Unibond headlight from Princess Auto / Harbour Freight
I forgot how much I spent on it, probably got it on sale for $20.
https://www.princessauto.com/en/detail/ ... -p8546038e


I'd try these out no problemo
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Re: What's a good e bike headlight?

Post by LockH » Nov 09, 2017 11:57 am

Might folks at least agree that "adjustable" might be "better"?
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Re: What's a good e bike headlight?

Post by alpharalpha » Nov 10, 2017 1:11 am

[quote="markz"]I got a Unibond headlight from Princess Auto / Harbour Freight
I forgot how much I spent on it, probably got it on sale for $20.
https://www.princessauto.com/en/detail/ ... -p8546038e


I like that light, looks like the beam would be spread out wider while still having a strong center; mine hits the ground like a super bright square but not much outside of that. I mainly got it because I wanted something that I could wire directly into my pack.

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Re: What's a good e bike headlight?

Post by Tony01 » Nov 13, 2017 2:45 am

The LED work light from the auto parts store works great. I use the round one with 6 LEDs for $30. Very bright.

Main thing to look for in lights is you want flood lights, not spot lights. Those little retro looking ones for $6 a piece on ebay are cheap spotlights which are not so bright, and their mounts break off within 2000mi.
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Post by augidog » Nov 14, 2017 9:36 pm

dozentrio wrote:I have ordered this
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Black-Motorcycl ... 0670816180
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I'll be replacing the two centre bulbs with 12v 3000 lumen (35 watt) LED bulbs. I'll report back on the results. I plan to use the outer two lights as turn signals. Sadly, I ordered mine before this deal existed and it's shipping from China, so if I have it by Christmas I'll be happy :(
I think you will like that, I use an older model "raptor" headlight-fairing, without signal lights. Converted to LED for low draw. It's the reflector housing that makes the difference. During my long travels, I added an amber clearance marker on the left bar for added visibility, also converted with an LED 1157 bulb.
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Re: What's a good e bike headlight?

Post by markz » Dec 04, 2017 10:46 pm

I just tested it out now, in the dark, its got a nice wide spread, I think I got it on sale for $20cdn or sumtin from Princess Auto. For going fast, I need a light that will light about 25' and longer. I am seriously thinking about buying some Cree bulbs and building my own.
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markz wrote:I got a Unibond headlight from Princess Auto / Harbour Freight
I forgot how much I spent on it, probably got it on sale for $20.
https://www.princessauto.com/en/detail/ ... -p8546038e


I like that light, looks like the beam would be spread out wider while still having a strong center; mine hits the ground like a super bright square but not much outside of that. I mainly got it because I wanted something that I could wire directly into my pack.

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Re: What's a good e bike headlight?

Post by alpharalpha » Dec 05, 2017 6:35 am

alpharalpha wrote:
Nov 09, 2017 2:55 am
IMG_0093.JPGHere's a pic of my cree front light, extremely bright. I had it attached to a front suspension rack but it vibrated so I've removed that old rack. Haven't used it in awhile but I think it runs 3 amps.
I was just deleting some old eBay stuff and found the original listing for this light:


*Source: U3 lamp beads

*Power: light intensity 20W / LM

*Voltage :12-80 (V)

*Current: 2.5 (A)

*Flux: 1600

*Color temperature: 6000K White

*Applicable models: cars, motorcycles, electric cars,etc.

*Features: high brightness, low power consumption, long life, energy-saving 65% than the original car halogen bulb, 80% than the xenon lamps, effectively extending the life of the battery pack.

I got this one because I wanted to be able to wire it directly into the pack and not have a separate battery.
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