Lightman Stobe very disappointing...

Discussion in 'Commuting and Road Safety' started by Easy Rider, Nov 22, 2006.

  1. Easy Rider

    Easy Rider New Member

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    Hello commuters,
    I work graveyard shift, so my bike commute is in the dark both ways and being the Pacific Northwest it's often raining as well. I ride busy urban streets so I'm always looking to increase my night visability. For the rear I've been using a combo of a red Trek Disco Inferno and a Blackburn Mars 3.0. They're both pretty good lights. A couple weeks ago though a guy on a road bike passed me who had a super bright red strobe light on his bike. It had an odd pattern too - a quick double flash and then a brief pause before the next double flash. Very attention grabbing and I could see him easily from a half mile away. I wanted to add that strobe to my light set up so I searched online and eventually found the Lightman Xenon Strobe which I thought was probably what he was using. WRONG!! I just got an amber Lightman Strobe bike commuter model a couple days ago and frankly it's pretty much worthless in my opinion. It does cover a wide angle, but it's not nearly as bright as the Disco Inferno or the Mars 3.0. In fact with those two lights going you can't even tell the Lightman is turned on, it just gets lost. Plus even by itself it's slow blink rate of about one flash per second is not very attention grabbing. It's like being followed by a construction baracade. I read so many positive things about the Lightman online I was sure I was going to be impressed with it but I'm severely underwhelmed. I will probably return it if I can.
    So has anyone else been disappointed with this thing or am I the only disgruntled one? And does anyone have ideas on what the mystery double flashing strobe might be that I saw?
    Thanks for the help!
    Gordon,
    Portland, Oregon
     
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  2. garage sale GT

    garage sale GT New Member

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    MARPAC? LED Safety Lights

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    Not sure if it's what you saw or how fast it flashes but for $17 it may be worth a shot, from laboratory safety supply.
     
  3. SEAcarlessTTLE

    SEAcarlessTTLE New Member

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    I used to use a red Lightman strobe as my only taillight but had similar concerns about the low flash frequency. On the other hand, I think it's definitely beats most LED-based lights for uniform visibility across a wide angle. Most LED-lights (not sure about the two you mention) are only bright when mounted properly and viewed from directly behind the bike. (This makes them poor for mounting on bags, jackets, etc.)

    The taillight I now have on my seatpost (with the Lightman covering side visibility on one of my panniers) is Planet Bike's new Blinky Superflash, which might be what you saw. It has an unusual blink pattern with a pair of standard LEDs and one stupid-bright LED with a lens that alternate, two blinks at a time: low low high high low low high high. (There's also an steady, all-on setting.) My guess is that it's not as bright from the side, but I got it anyway, because it's so ridiculously bright from the rear, and I like Planet Bike's support of bike advocacy.
     
  4. Easy Rider

    Easy Rider New Member

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    I've seen that Planet Bike blinky up close and it is wicked bright but I don't think that's what was on this guy's bike that passed me. I'm pretty sure what he had was a Xenon strobe of some kind. But exactly what it was is still a mystery.

    G
     
  5. Timmer

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    I've made my own light, I use a cordless drill battery I had and wired a homemade headlight and taillite. The taillite is a LED light I got at a automotive store, it's like what they use on the side of big trucks. I have it burning steady now but thought about puting a flasher on it. I will want one that has an unusual pattern. But it's bright as all getout! Can see the signs light up when I look in my mirror. Certainly the flashing mode will get the attention much better. Oh, the taillite is mounted on a rear rack with a switch for on and off. Here is a link to the type of lite I use.
    http://www.buytruckstuff.com/product.asp?selcategory=2&p_gpID=63
     
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