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HID is dead, LED Rules at Interbike


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Just a few years ago, HID lights were the rage and every manufacturer was out of contention if they didn’t have at least one in their line. After four days at Interbike I haven’t seen a single HID system on display. Just a year or two ago I was all the rage with my LED lights putting out 500 lumen on the bar and 180 on my helmet. Wow have times changed, I don’t see any segment in the bicycling industry that has changed so much.

 

LED systems have really jumped to the front of the class with several manufacturers producing systems with 3000+ lumen. Niterider has joined Lupine in producing super high powered systems that can accommodate everything from mountain biking to motorsports in one powerful unit. Many other manufactures are producing 1500-1600 lumen units and many of the commuter segment systems have suddenly eclipsed many top end systems from just a couple of years ago. Everywhere you go a Interbike there are blindingly powerful systems that can burn for several hours and aren’t terribly heavy.

 

Read more http://interbike.mtbr.com/hid-is-dead-led-rules-at-interbike

 

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I still have a Topeak Moonshine which works well.

Not as good as LED but good enough for the road bike.

I will get a LED Exposure for the MTB and hang onto the HID until it finally dies.

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3000 Lumens! Can you say landing light? Those will surely be banned as they are a health hazard to other competitors riders?

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I've had Cree MCE led's on my bike light for the past 12 months or so. Pumps out around 1500 lumens.

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Can anyone say how much brighter/better the new led stuff is compared to the previously mentioned Topeak Moonshine HID? Just a rouch comparison such as 30% or 50% better etc.

 

Have been convincing myself over the past few years that led systems were improving but HID was still best. Think that is history now though.

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Can anyone say how much brighter/better the new led stuff is compared to the previously mentioned Topeak Moonshine HID? Just a rouch comparison such as 30% or 50% better etc.

 

Have been convincing myself over the past few years that led systems were improving but HID was still best. Think that is history now though.

 

I don't think the aim was to improve too much on the brightness but rather the size, weight, run time and longevity of the bulbs.

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  • 3 weeks later...

is there an LED light system that i can use as a replacement on my motorbike which has a pretty poor if not dangerously weak light?

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is there an LED light system that i can use as a replacement on my motorbike which has a pretty poor if not dangerously weak light?

 

Ryder Centauri, pumps out about 1000 lumen ... Might look weird on your bike though.

See next year they're bringing the twinlight version, at the 2000 lumen mark.

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I don't think the aim was to improve too much on the brightness but rather the size, weight, run time and longevity of the bulbs.

 

I was a sworn HID supporter but my son showed me the Exposure LED and the quality and brightness of light is so much better.Funny enough run time is about the same as my Moonshine HID

 

I would like to try these new magic shine's but I have heard about build quality problems

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I was a sworn HID supporter but my son showed me the Exposure LED and the quality and brightness of light is so much better.Funny enough run time is about the same as my Moonshine HID

 

I would like to try these new magic shine's but I have heard about build quality problems

I am using the MaxxD, nice and bright ,good battery life and no battery pack :thumbup:

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I am using the MaxxD, nice and bright ,good battery life and no battery pack :thumbup:

Thats the best part about them.

But even wholesale they are pretty pricey

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