For some its easy to say “I can get by with a crappy cheep light” since its only used during daylight savings time. Then there are those whom night ride year long and want enough light to be able to ride as they do during daylight. A high quality wide beam pattern that is also bright is what you’re looking for. Personally. I’d rather just use one GREAT light on my handlebars that offers this quality since I hate crap on my helmet.
The serious night riders like my friend “Danger” whom is a lighting expert and consultant in our resent http://crankjoy.com/mountain-bike-light-shootout-2018/ says:
“Personally, I want a ~2,000lm handlebar light with a ridiculously wide beam and a ~1,000lm helmet light with a narrow, soft spot and NO wires (I hate having my head attached to my pack). The helmet beam allows you to use it to fill in gaps and where you want the light to be, while being narrower helps it appear brighter with fewer lumens because it is focused in one spot.
The bar light, needing to cover more area, should be nice and wide so that your periphery is filled in nicely. This will help eliminate the bouncing hot spot that happens with narrow bar lights, while keeping your eyes better adjusted to the darkness. A combination like the SECA 2500 on the bars with the Exposure Joystick on the helmet is pretty choice, with some room for improvement as all designs do, but that would be my go-to every time from the current choices.”
Light & Motion Seca 2500 Race | $430 | Runtime on high: 1.5 hr| 334 grams
- Best beam pattern in the market currently, period.
- Front face angled to prevent glare to the rider when standing.
- Lightweight light head makes silicone strap mounting actually effective.
- Decent battery life even on the smaller pack.
- Available Seca 2500 “Enduro” version boosts high run time by 1 hr.
- GoPro mount available.
- Lots of plastic pieces feel cheap.
- Proprietary charger interface is limited and forces you to go through weird useless pulsing mode if you want more than 2 light levels.
- The light head is large for helmet mounting. No wireless remote.
- Battery indicator only has three levels so is basically useless.
- Weather sealing isn’t great on front lens and can lead to condensation inside in some environments.
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This high quality bright and wide beam pattern is definitely why the Seca 2500 is so great. When we compared the best beams in – http://crankjoy.com/mountain-bike-light-shootout-2018/ the Seca beam pattern was noticeably stood above all others. Although not perfect, the Light & Motion Seca 2500 Race’s combination of beam quality, brightness and quality craftsmanship are simply the best that we have tested.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]