Wednesday, October 3, 2007 11.52am
By Dave Atkinson
Supernova claim that this is "the brightest HID outdoor lighting system available", and it certainly outshines anything else I've ever seen.
With two 14W HID bulbs - the equivalent of 100W of halogen power - the Supernova emits the same amount of light that you'd expect from a small car. In fact, the beam is unnervingly bright - almost embarrassingly so when overtaking other riders - and cars give you plenty of room, probably assuming that you're a motorbike.
Off-road they scare sheep and walkers alike with their helicopter-searchlight-like intensity. They're incredible. But not as incredible as the price. Nearly eight hundred quid? You could probably rustle up some sort of GoldenEye space-based solar reflector to pipe daylight onto your path for that sort of money. Or, more realistically, you could buy a Lumicycle twin HID system. With a bigger battery. And a spare battery. And a spare HID head. And still have enough left over for a decent backup light... and the bus home.
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