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    • #20462
      Avatarezyrider
      Participant

      Any recommendations?

      I found this from 2010 >

      24 solo lights

      I have a Light and Motion Seca 700 race that is really old but still works for ~5 hours on High. I strapped a Petzl 450 lumen Headlamp to my Headtube and the Seca 700 to my helmet, and that worked well.

      I need a new system to have enough burn time for 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo though and thinking use this as a back up system?

    • #20464
      Avatarezyrider
      Participant

      ps – one option I am considering is using 4 different NiteRider Lumina Micro 850’s and running two at a time, one at full 850 lumens on helmet and one at 400 lumens on handlebars.

      I came up with a complicated charging/swapping schedule but looks like I could do it, especially if I nap an hour here and there to allow all to get back to full charge and don’t run the helmet on full the whole time.

      They are very light and simple, and swapping them out is just a click away. The cost of buying 4 looks less than other options.

    • #20468
      AvatarLynda
      Keymaster

      Lighting technology has come a LONG way since 2010 with higher power LED’s and smaller, lighter batteries available. There are hundreds of options that are race worthy from $ to $$$. 850 lumens on the helmet and 400 on the bars is a good option and will be plenty light for the trail. You will get outgunned by some of the $$$ 1500+ lumen options you will see you there. It really comes down to how much you have to invest. I don’t have an optimal specific brand/model recommendation.

      Coach Lynda

    • #20518
      Avatarezyrider
      Participant

      Just for anyone else reading who may be in a similar predicament …

      I went with two each NiteRider Lumina OLED 1200 Boost and Lumina 1200 Boost. They’re essentially the same thing, but the ‘OLED’ model has a readout with an estimated ‘remaining time’ before the lights run out.

      It seemed like a good performance/price point plus I have a spare system a riding buddy can borrow for night riding.

      I’ll run the one with the a readout on the bars and the other one on my helmet. I’ll use the same light setting on both, and use the bar readout to estimate how much time is left on my head.

      I’ll switch between med and high while riding. Med is 3 hours, high is 1.5. Planned lap time is two hours or under at night.

      One problem is charge time = 3 hours @ >500mA, so I’ll either have to take an hour break every two laps or use my backup system (I’ll most likely do this) I only plan 3-4 laps at night so should work out OK.

    • #20521
      AvatarLynda
      Keymaster

      Ezyrider,

      Sounds like a great plan for you. Thx for posting.

      Coach Lynda

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