HeadLight

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by KDC1956, Mar 17, 2009.

  1. KDC1956

    KDC1956 Member

    How far out do most of you point your headlight in front of you.So you can see good at night.
    I now have four lights on my Bicycle/Trike
    I just want to see good at night and be seen as well.Maybe four is over doing it but I don't feel
    like ending up in the Hospt.Again I just got out of Surg for the sec. time in less than a year.My Trike will soon be ready to ride.Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.I feel:goofy:goofy today.
     

  2. sparky

    sparky Active Member

    Why not just get one of these and call it quits?

    https://www.4sevens.com/product_info.php?cPath=22_65&products_id=362
    - The've got free shipping and 8% off with the CPF8 coupon at checkout

    Can easily be mounted with these https://www.4sevens.com/product_info.php?cPath=92&products_id=274 ... or they sell just one of them for 1/2 that price.

    I'm pretty sure there's no better solution than 2 of those Fenix flashlights. If anybody thinks they have an amazing lighting solution, buy 2 of these flashlights and give us some comparisons!!
     
  3. sjackson

    sjackson Member

    The LED flashlight and two fish lockblock solution is simply the best one that I've come across myself. I love it.
     
  4. HoughMade

    HoughMade Guest

    ...and on to the aiming of the lights.

    There are 2 issues- your vision, and that of someone coming toward you.

    Here is what I would do- strat by aiming it as far out as you can and not blind an oncoming driver. In my state, regarding keeping the light out of the oncoming driver's eyes, the law states:

    "On a straight level road, under any condition of loading, none of the high-intensity part of the beam may be directed to strike the eyes of an approaching driver."

    So- how do you do this- have a friend go out about 100 feet and stand where an oncoming driver would be in relation to your bike. Start with the light in his eyes (remember he will be to the side of the main beam) and lower it until the brightest glare is gone, but he can still see the light. See how that looks to you. If it looks good, test it out. How does it work? If good, leave it. If it is aimed too far out, lower it a bit and test again for your comfort. You should be able to sense if you are over-driving your lights. However, do not raise it higher than the no-glare level.

    Finally, with multiple lights, if you go with 4, aim 2 out as far as you can (as above) and use 2 closer in. You will have it all covered then.
     
  5. Revorunner

    Revorunner Member

    Hey Sparky,

    Good to see a fellow CPF'er on this forum.:grin5::grin5:

    Maybe everybody here can be a FLASHAHOLIC like us some day.:):)
     
  6. SimpleSimon

    SimpleSimon Active Member

    I learned a lesson about aiming headlights a long time ago. It is pretty simple, really. Pull the vehicle up on a solid, level surface to about 10 feet from a wall, then use a carpenter's level to establish the plane of the middle of your lens, mark that level on the wall. Turn the light on, and adjust it so that the upper edge of the bright zone in the middle is one inch below the mark on the wall. Using that geometry, the upper edge of the high intensity zone will strike the pavement H x 10 (where H=height of the mount from the road) feet in front of you.

    It cannot, on level pavement, go higher than the mount itself.
     
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