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New Cateye headlights / taillights(14 posts)

New Cateye headlights / taillightsTower
Nov 11, 2003 7:51 AM
Anyone using the newer Cateye light models? In particular I'm referring to the EL-400
and the compact safety lights (red &white)Tower
Nov 11, 2003 7:53 AM
This looks convenient, but do they put out much light? The white one would be perfect for the front. (red shown)
I have a white one strapped to the head tube of my commuterPdxMark
Nov 11, 2003 9:10 AM
So I have a backup front light if (when) I forget to charge my main Niterider battery. I wouldn't use it as a primary front light, but as a backup it's nicely inconspicuous.
I've been using it for about three weeksDave Hickey
Nov 11, 2003 8:07 AM
It's great for being seen. It has both flashing and constant mode. I ride in a fairly well lit area so I'm more concered with being seen than seeing. If you ride in pitch black areas, it probably won't give you enough light.
It takes a couple of AAA batteries and I haven't changed them yet. I ride about an hour per night with the light.
I've been using it for about three weeksTower
Nov 11, 2003 9:25 AM
My hopes were to use it as my primary headlight, but if it doesn't produce sufficient light I'll look at one of their other models.

My weekday evening rides (depending on start time) have the potential to take me through long stretches of dark pavement.
re: New Cateye headlights / taillightsaliensporebomb
Nov 11, 2003 8:13 AM
Four of the new EL-400s would have 12 white LEDS and
would be compact enough to not be a hindrance to my

My commuter has two EL-300s which is 10 white LEDS.

Check out the movie of my commuter on halloween nite
with two EL300s, one Cateye rear red blinky and two
yellow tireflies at:

(it's quicktime)

Your mileage may vary.
What a world...Crankist
Nov 11, 2003 8:31 AM
My el-400 and matching blinkie were just del'd. to my desk minutes ago. Lightweight, nifty little units. I'll be trying mine out tonight through dusk. I'll post something tommorrow if my experience differs from Dave H's.
What a world...Tower
Nov 11, 2003 9:20 AM
Great! Small world indeed! Look forward to your review.

I prefer the non-cluttered look, thus my interest in the EL-400. It would serve as my primary headlight, but not if it doesn't produce sufficient light.
seem kind of gimmicky to meColnagoFE
Nov 11, 2003 8:49 AM
I mean every bike shop I go into now has that water jug with a light in it. What advantage do they really offer? I don't plan on riding my bike in the ocean anytime soon.
LOL, haven't seen that display yet....nmTower
Nov 11, 2003 9:15 AM
I use these...Asiago
Nov 11, 2003 9:30 AM
I really like them. They are quite bright for their size and the strap lets you mount them darn near anywhere. Very handy. I have two, putting one on each of my bar ends! It keeps them away from the tops of my bars which are cluttered with cyclocomputer and powertap computer. I also have a Planet Bike Dual Spot, but the smaller Opti Cubes are definitely brighter.

I use the EL-400, among othersWrigleyRoadie
Nov 11, 2003 9:38 AM
The white LED is great for being seen in low-light or mulit-use path situations, not really useful for lighting your way.
This morning...fracisco
Nov 11, 2003 9:49 AM
This morning I looked at other riders' bikes, and the four closest to me had the new micro Cateye mounted on the bars. I'm going to go pick one up at lunch to replace my 'old' Cateye that takes 4 AA's. I'm hoping that I can get a replacement bracket for my Vista tail light, too.
Agree about good for "being seen"MrCelloBoy
Nov 11, 2003 12:35 PM
These are not for seeing wherer you're going.
I run the EL-400 and a Zefal combo LED/Quartz in combo.
I want the cars to see me!

I prefer AA models (for their larger capacity and common- ness) and use NiMh rechargeables. This combo should last me about 10 years without new batteries.

I highly recommend NiMh's as an alternative to regular AA's. Very "green"!