Lumicycle Halide System Lights

DESCRIPTION

Ultra Bright Metal Halide Arc Lamp with a perfect 13 degree beam spread for off road riding or 6 degree beam for road riding. New outstanding aluminum lamp housing in choice of black or silver anodised. Features new Q/R camlock bracket. 4 hours bright white light mounted on your handlebars and aimed right where you need it. Combined with a 4 hour Fast two-stage charger and our 13.2v NiMH battery pack available in choice of frame or bottle cage mount. Price: £299.99 Including VAT at 17.5%

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[Dec 03, 2010]
zebrascreenplay55
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

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[Oct 25, 2003]
scott Lennie
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Made in Great Britain
Reasonable light weight
4 hor run time
Cost

Weakness:

not as bright as other HID systems.
electric leads have tendancy to ejct from lamp...
Switch is easily knocked to 'off' position

These lights are not worth the £280, I paid.
First fewrides were great but then I started getting used to it and it's shortcomings became clearer.
it's not as bright as my mates Cateye Stadium lights and not as robust. Crashed on night ride last week and lamp shut off. Took a few tries to get it working again.
will have to replace the battery because it looks like a few cells have been damaged in the crash.

Overall I'm just not happy that I spent £280 on this system and the Cateye Stadium on my mates bike is £20 cheaper and much much better.
Also the home made look does nothing for me

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Lumicycles NiMH 2000 halogen system, Cateye Stadium

[Jan 25, 2002]
Bruce
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

No nonsense, excellent night time illumination attainable without any of the high tech gadgetry found on other more expensive systems, just pure bright white light which is what most of us crave on night time rides. Lumicycle have got it right by supplying all their light systems with a quality 13.2 Volt Nimh battery which provides excellent run times, and lets face it, the battery is the main driving force behind any light set. The small neat lamp units are simple in design and function and work well. All of this should be an asset when it comes to long term reliability. Lumicycle have available a wide range of upgrades which can be ordered directly from their web page. Not all light suppliers provide this kind of support.

Weakness:

None yet.

I opted for the £149 two lamp system with bottle battery and standard charger (I couldn't stretch to the extra cash required for the smart charger - two kids and a wife to support). The 20W & 35W spot bulbs I use are best suited to my needs and choice of use is determined by the duration of my ride on the night. This system is way more impressive than the VistaLite package I used to own and if long term reliability matches my initial impression then I won't be disappointed. Nothing wrong with zip ties by the way.

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VistaLite.

[Dec 30, 2003]
ben dufeu

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

very bright
customisable
excellent service
simple construction little to go wrong
cable ties are simple and seem good

Weakness:

look like they are mad in primary school workshop but hey
get 35W gets realy hot

the lights are excellent, very bright short charge time 5 hours with fast charger and the lights actaully last as long as they say on their website and slightly longer. the "spot lights" give a very wide beam plenty for offroad. I chose 35mid and 12spot but would suggest to get all lights with spot beam.

The glow ring idea is quite good at lighting up handle bars for side visibility but blinds the bike rider so i covered the very top with black tape, the glow ring is also good if you find that you cant see your speedometer

dont get any other lites the service is very good and all spares are available

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Smart 10/10W

[Mar 10, 2004]
Bruce Cockburn
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Bright, simple design which works well. 5W, 12W, 20W, 35W, spot, mid & wide beam combine to make a very versatile system to suit all needs, on and off road. Smart charger has never been off all winter, totally reliable. Cars dip their lights as soon as I come into view. It’s broadly believed that simple designs work best and are the most reliable, and these lights prove this theory to be correct. New QR brackets are superb. They are not brittle like some others which means they won't snap.

Weakness:

Airport security very suspicious of water bottle with cable sticking out. Didn’t realise it was just a battery pack, beware!

Split pin socket on lamp, should be solid connection for better grip of battery plug.

Yet another hassle free winter training in the dark almost over, that’s three now with my trusty Lumicycle lights which performed flawlessly. Two batteries and two 35W spots light up the road nicely, enough to descend at daylight speeds. 35W lamps do get very hot very quickly when stationary, take care not to allow over heating. Ceramic lamp holders and slightly longer lamps to dissipate heat would fix this minor flaw.

Took mine to France where I was working. French airport security spent 20+ minutes trying to decide what was inside the water bottle with the protruding cable. I should have carried a lamp in my hand luggage to prove it was just a battery pack.

Please e-mail any questions as I’ll be glad to answer these

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Vistalite. Not nearly as good.

[Nov 19, 2001]
Piers Newland
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Bright, long burn times, utterly reliable, dont vibrate and cause strobe effects, great customer service, light weight, good value for money, British.

Weakness:

After 4 years of use; NONE!

My lights are still going strong (mine is the first review on this page) with the same battery and bulbs as came supplied, even the same cable ties that are on and off the bars at least once a week, every week.
Four other riders in our club (www.bad-brains.co.uk) have bought them in the past 1 1/2 years and all are delighted.
The new system runs at 13.2V which is 10% greater than my old battery so, when I sent mine back to the manufacturer for a health check (A-OK apparently), I asked if Lumicycle could add a cell and increase the out put. For £12 my wish was granted and now I have even brighter, whiter lights.
Regarding the comments about weather proofing, I've never had any problem with water ingress despite lots of wet, muddy rides.
Zip ties = pants? Not really, they are easy to tighten and remove and, if you use a bit of rubber between the bars and mounting plate, they are secure.
Still top lights.

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[Apr 12, 2001]
Peter Bunker
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Very light weight, excellent light output. I am no longer invisible to cars. Small and neat on handlebars. Easy to set up and remove. Great for commuters and trail riders.

Weakness:

Battery life much less than published. Left me stranded in the middle of nowhere a couple of times before the penny dropped. Micky Mouse straps to hold batteries to bike top bar. I've resorted to gaffer tape, which is effective, but not pretty. Poor sealing around lamps. Not quite so bright since they've been filled with water!

Worth the money, but keep a backup LED light on your bike for when the batteries run out. The best lights I've ever had by a long way, but for £179 they should be. Some room for detail design improvement.

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[Mar 03, 2001]
Steve Lyons
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Seems it's all been said... light, neat, incredible value for money.

Weakness:

None... I happen to think the cable-tie solution is superb.

Stretch the budget ever so slightly and go for an extra lamp. Get 2x20W wide angle lamps and a single 10W spot. Only switch the 20Ws on when the going gets tight, tough and scary. My mate got a 12W spot and a 20W wide angle set up, the usual setup from Lumicycle and the one that all the comics got and raved about. I believe my set up with the extra lamp is way, way more than 1 lamp better (that sounds daft), but with the standard set up, if you angle them both in different directions one side of the trail ends up looking really dark.

Can't get better for the price

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Cateye, vistalights, Smarts

[Jan 17, 2001]
Matthew
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Fantastic lights......Bright, sturdy etc.....
Have the 12Wspot & 20w Flood, the NiMH Bottle battery pack and the smart charger.....Cool combo.

Brigt, Easy to use/charge & reliable (so far!)

Weakness:

Zip-ties are not he best, I've purchased some VistaLite 500 series mounting brackets, and the fit straight on....no more messing with Zip-ties/rubber strips etc.....Have made the best lights even better....

Lumicylce lights are the best I've seen/used....but they are not perfect. The whole zip-tie idea is Pants.....I had trouble getting a secure fitting without using the rubber strips....and if you try to put them on in the dark, it can be far from easy. I had an old set of VistaLight500 lights, that have the nice little "thum-screw" fixing, which works a treat (Shame about the reliability of the VistaLights!), and fit straight onto the Lumicycle light.....

The VistaLite brackets are avaible from most shops that seel VistaLites, and are around £6 each...........they are well worth the money.

If the guys at Lumicycle read this..........get a decent lamp fixture....people will pay a little more for a much more useable product (Well, I would/have!)

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VistaLite 500 series water-bottle NiCdset up (10 & 15w)
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[Jan 08, 2001]
Martyn Parr

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Rather bright

Weakness:

Battery mounting difficult on the dale

I use them for commuting on 35W which is fun. But the bottom line is after using them on Snowdon I dont know how I got down on my old 10x10s. Maximum respect to those lights.

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Smart (not very)

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