Super Bright Rear Bike Light £3.68 @ DX.com
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Super Bright Rear Bike Light £3.68 @ DX.com

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Found 24th Aug 2014
Bike Bicycle 3-Mode Red Light LED Safety Warning Signal Lamp Taillight - Black + Red (2 x AAA)

Looks like a Smart Lunar Copy Cat

It Probably is.. but at this price still a very good bargain

uses High Powered LEDS just like the Lunar ones
does not mention which type but its gonna
be way brighter than your typical 5 to 10 led
low powered lights

4 Rules in Using bike lights:

1. Use GOOD Batteries Alkaline or Rechargeable from trusted sources..

2. Always tape around the light with PVC tape to add a better seal, yes it takes time to take it off when you change batteries but if you use good batteries you will probably change every few Months and it will make protect your lights and you expensive batteries.

3. Try to use flashing or strobe Mode instead of steady.. for obvious visibility reason ( its more associated with cyclist compared to steady) and to DOUBLE the life of your battery

4. If you can, try to attach it with more permanent means e.g. cable ties or tape. Deters theft and prevents damage.
- considering that these are quite cheap compared to branded ones its a reasonable risk and basing on the design you can still change batteries easily even if the body is mounted.

62 Comments

I bought this a month ago. It (frankly) **** on my cat eye rear.

Good deal.

PayPal exchange £3.84

Darwa

I bought this a month ago. It (frankly) **** on my cat eye rear.Good deal.



You got something from dx in a month? I'm shocked.

I got one identical to this from Amazon a while back and it's the best buy I've had on many lights I've purchased. Well worth this money or three times that!

Dryosh

You got something from dx in a month? I'm shocked.



Usually around 10-14 days for me. You've not experienced the same?

nice advice radioactiveman voted hot

Darwa

Usually around 10-14 days for me. You've not experienced the same?



No never less than 8 weeks so I stopped using them.

Dryosh

No never less than 8 weeks so I stopped using them.



No wonder you don't like them.

Anyone have some recommendations on an equally bright light for the front of a bike?

Cheers

Cree T6, was one on here for £9 the other day but up to £11 now. Crazy bright light with rechargeable battery and charger included. Also makes a great headlight for diy etc.

Actually it is £15 now from same seller, but looks round, might find cheaper amazon.co.uk/gp/…ile

Looks good and cheap, but I wish they would use AA batteries in these things. AAA's really don't have the life and inevitably have self discharged when you want to use them.

Also to build on radioactivemans advice, at this price why not have two rear lights? I fit one at high as possible on my seat post and another on the rear triangle, means that is one is hidden by clothing or momentarily then drivers can still see the other. Also using one runs out before the other so you aren't stuck without a light for the ride home. Lastly go for a ride with a mate at night and get them to ensure you are as visible as you think you are, even better if the mate is in a car when viewing you. All to easy to feel very visible on the road, when really you aren't.

jasee

Looks good and cheap, but I wish they would use AA batteries in these … Looks good and cheap, but I wish they would use AA batteries in these things. AAA's really don't have the life and inevitably have self discharged when you want to use them.



Agreed, no idea why so many manufacturers go for AAA, can't make it that much cheaper to produce?

these are great I have one. Hot price

To add a number 5 to the list

5.To make my rear lights waterproof I wrap them in cling film - once dirty the cling film is removed and fresh film applied not only does this keep them waterproof but also keeps them clean.

I change cling film probably once per week.


Edited by: "h0tdeal" 24th Aug 2014

Does look like a copy of the smart lunar. It only has 3 modes that don't appear to include the random and fade in/out that the lunar has which are very attention grabbing. But at this price its a steal.

Any 1 in london want to swap a box of 6 standard patches paper chalk for 1 Pedros lever ?

Word of warning - I bought front and rear lights from DX. The have been excellent but took over 3 months to arrive!!! It would have been longer had I not contacted their customer service team frequently. Also worth knowing is that their customer service team are not all English speaking / writing so it made the investigation and contact with CS a bit tricky. So great value, great performing products..... just be prepared to wait!

Ordered, Fingers crossed they arrive before the nights draw in too much!

Looks good to me. Worth a punt to replace my light from Poundworld!

largeruk

Anyone have some recommendations on an equally bright light for the front … Anyone have some recommendations on an equally bright light for the front of a bike?Cheers



I can recommend this for the front. ebay listing. It is from a reliable seller. It is £3.99 but you can get cheaper if you don't require the mount. It's bright....very bright.

mr_deals

I can recommend this for the front. ebay listing. It is from a reliable … I can recommend this for the front. ebay listing. It is from a reliable seller. It is £3.99 but you can get cheaper if you don't require the mount. It's bright....very bright.

Hi, how long would aaa's last in this please?

radioactiveman

.3. Try to use flashing or strobe Mode instead of steady.. for obvious … .3. Try to use flashing or strobe Mode instead of steady.. for obvious visibility reason ( its more associated with cyclist compared to steady) and to DOUBLE the life of your battery



Voted Hot for the deal and the good advice.

Can I also add: Definitely use two rear lights. One on flashing and one on steady. The flashing one gets you noticed. The steady one helps the driver gauge their distance to you.

Some excellent tips on this thread, seems obvious but easily overlooked. Thanks guys and OP.

jasee

Looks good and cheap, but I wish they would use AA batteries in these … Looks good and cheap, but I wish they would use AA batteries in these things. AAA's really don't have the life and inevitably have self discharged when you want to use them.


Or much better still if everything took standard size lithium rechargable cells, eg I just saw the front light linked above will take the 18650 battery,
Has anyone seen a rear light that will take same lithium type battery as at front?

Edited by: "scorcher" 24th Aug 2014

largeruk

Anyone have some recommendations on an equally bright light for the front … Anyone have some recommendations on an equally bright light for the front of a bike?Cheers



Head over here for a very good comparison/review of quite a few bikes lights. Very good read and has helped me make up my mind what to get for a primary front light.

scorcher

Or much better still if everything took standard size lithium rechargable … Or much better still if everything took standard size lithium rechargable cells, eg I just saw the front light linked above will take the 18650 battery,Has anyone seen a rear light that will take same lithium type battery as at front?



I agree with you the 18650 batteries are handy as they have decent performance and duration yet can easily be swapped out on the move. I've not seen any rear lights (aside from torch style ones with a red filter which I don't think make for good rear lights) powered by 18650 batteries although I don't find AAA performance an issue, I have some of the slow discharge AAA batteries and they last a long, long time in a Cateye LD-610.

I use Ultrafire WF-502B's with a Cree XML-U2 emitter, they're around a tenner each and you can get a bike mount for a couple of pounds, you'll also need 18650 batteries and a charger - I recommend avoiding Trustfire/Ultrafire batteries and instead go for a decent brand (Xtar, Torchyboy etc.) The light is bright enough for off roading but the package is compact enough to easily move between bikes and positions so easy to carry on a helmet as well.

John

Edited by: "Johnmcl7" 24th Aug 2014

Trouble with these very bright cycle lights, like in those reviews, is there seems to be zero care for how much light spills upwards into the face of oncoming traffic and pedestrians. It cannot help anyones safety if other road or cycle path users are blinded so cant actually see where they are going.
What I want is a beam pattern similar in shape and brightness to a car dipped beam, plus a duller but very broad diffuse side spill similar to traditional car side lights. Any ideas?

You can be lit up as bright as a lighthouse but some car idiot will still hit you because they were texting some chavvy mate on the phone.

sshooie

Hi, how long would aaa's last in this please?



Sorry still on first set. So unsure.

scorcher

Trouble with these very bright cycle lights, like in those reviews, is … Trouble with these very bright cycle lights, like in those reviews, is there seems to be zero care for how much light spills upwards into the face of oncoming traffic and pedestrians. It cannot help anyones safety if other road or cycle path users are blinded so cant actually see where they are going.What I want is a beam pattern similar in shape and brightness to a car dipped beam, plus a duller but very broad diffuse side spill similar to traditional car side lights. Any ideas?



Just what I was thinking. I'm sick of cyclists having a complete disregard for the other road users around them when using incredibly bright front lights that have no pattern to the light. (I say this as a runner, cyclist and car driver).

They are downright dangerous. on many occasion I have been forced to pull over as I have been temporarily blinded and stopping is the only safe course of action.

Banned

I've been shouted at a couple of times when using strobes in the front.

The second time was hilarious since the guy did it in front of an unmarked police car and was promptly pulled over and given a stern talking to (hopefully not ticketed).

But in-city, I've changed the beam pattern to constant instead of strobes. They really are very very bright. And though not illegal or anything, might be a pain sometimes.

Btw... this is the light i have - Cree

I have the holder slightly loose so I can point the light down when on the road and then have it straight when cycling off road to avoid pointing the light straight into others.

John

The stated runtime on a pair of AAA batteries is only 6 hours. That's appalling. I run high intensity rear LED lights on my bike and they're rated to run for 50 hours on a pair of batteries.
I might have considered this as a cheap backup light but I'm not interested now.

Cheers ordered

Baldieman64

The stated runtime on a pair of AAA batteries is only 6 hours. That's … The stated runtime on a pair of AAA batteries is only 6 hours. That's appalling. I run high intensity rear LED lights on my bike and they're rated to run for 50 hours on a pair of batteries.I might have considered this as a cheap backup light but I'm not interested now.


Most modern LEDs aren't THAT far apart in efficiency, especially the bright ones.

So that would suggest this is considerably brighter if comparing the same modes and same batteries.

Bought some months ago about £3 on ebay, almost as bright as my pricey branded ones, though usually carry my 2 smaller Lezyne Femto (white & red lights). If carrying a bag or wearing big pocketed jackets then use big lights like these. I always use fast flash mode for visibility & battery saving. Better customer protection & faster delivery than d-x is ebay, under £3:

ebay.co.uk/itm…013

ebay.co.uk/itm…501

scorcher

Trouble with these very bright cycle lights, like in those reviews, is … Trouble with these very bright cycle lights, like in those reviews, is there seems to be zero care for how much light spills upwards into the face of oncoming traffic and pedestrians. It cannot help anyones safety if other road or cycle path users are blinded so cant actually see where they are going.What I want is a beam pattern similar in shape and brightness to a car dipped beam, plus a duller but very broad diffuse side spill similar to traditional car side lights. Any ideas?


Do you not think it's a good thing to have light spill into the faces of drivers... Because no matter how bright my light was it didn't seem to attract the attention of vehicles... e.g. when cars cut infront of you or drive in cycle lanes. Atleast people see you coming with these bright front lights.

Banned

jamgin

You can be lit up as bright as a lighthouse but some car idiot will still … You can be lit up as bright as a lighthouse but some car idiot will still hit you because they were texting some chavvy mate on the phone.


Absolutely, it's getting completely ridiculous these days - you can barely run a red light or pedestrian crossing these days without getting into some kind of danger.
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