LED commuter light
The BBB High Focus 1.5 watt LED is a remarkable light in so many respects. A compact CNC machined aluminium body houses a clever variable focus beam while a beefy silicone strap cum mounting bracket affords a universal fit across the spectrum of handlebar diameters and most sportier lids too.
Hope's Vision 1 LED has been around for a while now. Running off four AA batteries the whole thing is contained in a beautifully machined aluminium can. It looks lovely and quite frankly, anyone who doesn't automatically pick it up and enjoy the way their fingers fit the grooves isn't worth knowing (crikey! - ed). It's a bit hefty though, despite coming with a helmet mount, so perching it on top of your magic hat isn't ideal.
RSP, Raleigh's product arm, make some very decent lights. Star among them is the excellent Asteri 3 so we were hoping the Asteri 6 would be twice as good. It's not though: the build quality lets it down a bit but the major problem is the beam pattern.
Waiter, waiter, there's an RSP micro flex light rear in my soup...Keep you voice down sir; they'll all want one. Superb weather seals, shapely, tactile design and impressive power to size ratio, the flex light ranks high in my back up lighting hall of fame and should be of particular interest to winter time trialists or road racers who don't want to find themselves cheated by the sudden onset of darkness.
The RSP Steradian gets its name from the Greek for ‘solid beam’. It uses a single-watt LED that seems a lot brighter thanks to clever collimator lens technology, which is traditionally used to guide lasers. You get a very crisp, solid beam that’s good enough in high power mode for shorter journeys in pitch darkness.
Wow! Hope’s brand spanking new Vision District 3 rear light isn’t just the brightest rear light we’ve ever seen, it’s the brightest by a distance.
You know that bit in Crocodile Dundee… “He’s got a knife.”
“That’s not a knife.” [Pulls out massive Bowie knife]. “THAT’S a knife.”
Topeak's Highlite Combo II lightset has taken me by surprise with its blend of sleek styling and sensible ninety-odd hour output (flashing)-perfect for uncluttered, dynamo equipped sportives or those early season rides that just slip past dusk.
Available in three classic colours, BBB's High Integrate LED towers over the single watt seen-by competition in aesthetic terms courtesy of graceful flowing contours that complement pretty much any genre of machine from town hack to titanium trophy. Similarly, the lens generous surface area projects a broad arc of light for maximum exposure.
Bigger in some cases is certainly better and very apt when describing RSP’s new Tourlite. Designed to bolt directly to the rack platform, it might be portly but the half- watt LED flanked by two smaller units and integral reflector pack a mighty punch. Raleigh claims it’s visible from a mile and friendly acquaintances suggest this is no idle boast.
There’s no questioning Light and Motion’s Vis180 wow factor with its thirty-five lumens producing a “Ready Break” cocoon of light around rider and companion-perfect for winter training, utility riding or commuting with trailers/tag-alongs. However, you’d expect something pretty special from an Led costing the best part of £100.