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Rear facing helmet lights

Postby ga02clr » Fri Jan 04, 2013 09:29 am

I and a colleague are both looking at getting a rear helmet light. My bike has plenty of lights on but a helmet light would just finish off the Christmas tree effect.

What do people use and rate?

Price wise my colleague is at the cheaper end of the market I will consider just about anything within reason.

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Re: Rear facing helmet lights

Postby BigLights » Fri Jan 04, 2013 09:55 am

There was another thread on this in December, somewhere.

I've got an Exposure Joystick on a helmet mount, with the Redeye attachment at the back. it's blindingly bright (i've got another redeye under the seat, too). I frequently get comments from cabbies and motorbike couriers along the lines of 'cor blimey mate you can't miss you!' which is gratifying.

I do think a very bright helmet light is very effective....can be seen over cars, and over the lip of a hill, giving just that extra bit of visibility.

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Re: Rear facing helmet lights

Postby TommyEss » Fri Jan 04, 2013 10:31 am

Came across this the other day... I think it's currently out of stock, but at £15 you can't go far wrong.

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Re: Rear facing helmet lights

Postby redvee » Fri Jan 04, 2013 11:38 am

I've got a FibreFlare across the back of my helmet as the light emitted is visible in a bigger arc when viewed from behind, when you're riding you don't ride with your head flat all the time. Held in place with cableties and recently realised I can change the batteries, AAA, without removing the light from my helmet.

http://www.fibreflare.com/products/fibreflare-full-tai/

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Re: Rear facing helmet lights

Postby bromyG » Fri Jan 04, 2013 12:37 pm

I've recently purchased one of these Topeak helment lights to complete the 'Christmas tree' effect:

http://www.evanscycles.com/products/top ... t-ec033840

Though small in size it is very bright and has several settings eg: flashing, not flashing etc.
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Re: Rear facing helmet lights

Postby unixnerd » Sat Jan 05, 2013 13:49 pm

I've got a Cateye that comes with a built in cord so you can tie it to the helmet, compact and light. Ideal second light.
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Re: Rear facing helmet lights

Postby Scrappaman » Mon Jan 07, 2013 13:01 pm

I tried one of the Topeak lights above that have both front and rear lights (£15ish), but found that it didn't hold up to the commute. It has good side visibility and the flashing modes catch people's attention, but it went through batteries quite quickly and every time I got caught in the rain it would fog up or stop working.

I've now got an older Bontrager Ember or Glo (can't remember which) light on the back and that's pretty bright, if slightly more directional. On the front of the helmet I have a Moon Mask 5 and that does a good job.

I think Blackburn do some pretty good rear lights that go with the flea set and are rechargeable and helmet mountable?

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Re: Rear facing helmet lights

Postby meanredspider » Mon Jan 07, 2013 13:45 pm

I don't think the Light & Motion Vis360 I have quite fits your bill as it's both front & rear (and side) but it is excellent. Maybe the Vis 180 would do the trick.
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Re: Rear facing helmet lights

Postby shouldbeinbed » Mon Jan 07, 2013 22:31 pm

I've had a few up there, smart 1/2 watt, little topeak things, Tesco cheapies. I've got Lezyne Femto ones now, compact & unobtrusive, easy to attach with a cable tie and bright without being blinding.

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Re: Rear facing helmet lights

Postby meanredspider » Tue Jan 08, 2013 07:06 am

shouldbeinbed wrote:I've had a few up there, smart 1/2 watt, little topeak things, Tesco cheapies. I've got Lezyne Femto ones now, compact & unobtrusive, easy to attach with a cable tie and bright without being blinding.


Femto lights are nice (I have a pair) but side visibility isn't great
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Re: Rear facing helmet lights

Postby twoshots » Tue Jan 08, 2013 14:10 pm

I use a little Knog Frog red LED upside down on the back of my helmet. It's not overly bright but bright enough. I had a large collection of CR2032 batteries. The Femto lights by Lezyne are nice too (and use CR2032) so I have one these as well.

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Re: Rear facing helmet lights

Postby t4tomo » Tue Jan 08, 2013 14:21 pm

BigLights wrote:There was another thread on this in December, somewhere.

I've got an Exposure Joystick on a helmet mount, with the Redeye attachment at the back. it's blindingly bright (i've got another redeye under the seat, too). I frequently get comments from cabbies and motorbike couriers along the lines of 'cor blimey mate you can't miss you!' which is gratifying.

I do think a very bright helmet light is very effective....can be seen over cars, and over the lip of a hill, giving just that extra bit of visibility.


thats fine if you are on open unlit roads, if you are in Town then not too bright and flashing is best.

Far too many people in London blinding following cyclists (and motorists) with stupidly bright lights
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