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    Quote Originally Posted by anomad View Post
    Here's where I am going with this idea. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Remind me not to play bikey-jousty with you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anomad View Post
    How do you go about that? Open up the light and re-position the LEDs? You can see my electrical engineering technical skills may be limited to duct tape and an old pop can
    If you are using a cheap Chinese flashlight (like, I think, in post #9), twisting the front relative to the main battery case focuses the beam either near or far away. If you focus the beam far, the light will look like a square. You can even make out the "imperfections" in the shape of the LED. For the other lights pictured in the thread, there appears to be no focus adjustment.

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    It really is too bad that the bike light manufacturers don't take a cue from Europe and make engineered beams. They're all just blazing circles of light. Of the 800 lumens or whatever, 600 of them are lighting things up that don't really matter.
    My generator-run light has an engineered beam that illuminates the trail only - no wasted light on the trees, sky and oncoming eyeballs.
    I wear my blazing circle of light on my helmet, which operates on a swivel called a "neck." It can quickly and easily be swiveled away from oncoming comrade-type people on bikes or swiveled directly into the eyeballs of non-comrade-type taxi drivers.
    This swivel works without the need to move my hands from the handlebars nor any kind of remote control device. The downside is it's very difficult to find replacement parts and repairs are wicked expensive.

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    As others have mentioned, there are a number of lights that have engineered beams, though. Besides the european ones, I know offhand (without actually researching it) that Blackburn and Specialized both make shaped-beam lights.

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    At times I like to have side light such as when rolling to work on the W&OD pre-dawn. Damn Deer are almost always full ninja, no lights, no reflective and dappled brown.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hozn View Post
    As others have mentioned, there are a number of lights that have engineered beams, though. Besides the european ones, I know offhand (without actually researching it) that Blackburn and Specialized both make shaped-beam lights.
    I really like my Spec. Flux Elite. Beam pattern is so much nicer than any flashlight style reflector/lens bike light. I am keeping tabs on the new Exposure Strada 800 and 1200. I'm more fond of the Exposure mounting system than the Specialized.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Meatmotor View Post
    I really like my Spec. Flux Elite. Beam pattern is so much nicer than any flashlight style reflector/lens bike light. I am keeping tabs on the new Exposure Strada 800 and 1200. I'm more fond of the Exposure mounting system than the Specialized.
    I have an earlier version of the Strada and like it very much (bought it about 5 years ago). The beam is cut off at the top so as to minimize blinding oncoming traffic but I still have to be sure it is pointed down slightly on the trails (I point it straight ahead in car traffic however). It's a really bright, broad light. The mounting system is fantastic (easy on/off and very secure, no rattles ever). Long battery life. My only complaint is the weight and size; it's possible the latest versions are smaller. I also use a smaller Exposure light on my helmet; don't remember the name. The company makes a very good product.

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    So where are the hoods you guys made for your lights?

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    Well I test drove Gen1 hoods this morning and evening on my el cheapo chinese handlebar mounted light and also the helmet mounted Amoeba. I think they are very effective. I didn't cut my hand off or anything on the aluminum. I took my glove off and reached up to feel the light at a couple stops and it was cool to the touch, so no issues with heat dissipation. The coolest thing is I can use high power now without blinding others. The Amoeba is very bright on full power and has excellent throw for its power.

    It was easy to see the cutoff with the helmet mounted light on road signs and reflective objects. As mentioned above, its silly to have 1200 lumens with 700 of them signaling the Space Station and blinding others. I should have done this years ago, but I have never lived in an area with the amazing density of wonderful people using alternative forms of transportation that we have here. Thank you wonderful people.

    I looked up silicon baking sheets on Amazon and thinking a long hood with that zip tied in place might be something to play with. The rounded shape of the Light and Motion lights lends itself nicely to that design.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KLizotte View Post
    I have an earlier version of the Strada and like it very much (bought it about 5 years ago). The beam is cut off at the top so as to minimize blinding oncoming traffic but I still have to be sure it is pointed down slightly on the trails (I point it straight ahead in car traffic however). It's a really bright, broad light. The mounting system is fantastic (easy on/off and very secure, no rattles ever). Long battery life. My only complaint is the weight and size; it's possible the latest versions are smaller. I also use a smaller Exposure light on my helmet; don't remember the name. The company makes a very good product.
    I've still got a Diablo as my backup light so I completely agree that they've got (probably) the best mounting system extant, and apparently they've revised the beam pattern for the new Stradas. Very much looking forward to see some pics of the beam pattern in the wild.

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