Fenix bike light line to include affordable 800 lumen unit
Fenix lights will come in 350- and 800-lumen versions
Flashlight manufacturer Fenix is bringing its lighting expertise to the bike market with plans to launch a pair of bike lights that combine powerful output, low pricing and an established brand name. Some bikers already mount Fenix torches to their handlebars in place of more purpose-built lighting systems but its new bike light line will just give users a more integrated package for lighting up the road or trail with Fenix power.
Fenix will hit the market with two different bike systems, which it previewed at last week's Outdoor Retailer Summer Market trade show with plans to make a more official introduction at Interbike in September. This is because the lights are still in the late prototype stages, and specifications have yet to be finalized.
That said, Fenix's systems should be highly competitive. The flagship light will offer up to 800 lumens of output and four separate lighting modes that will provide ample lighting for off-road use. It will burn for up to three hours on high and use a rechargeable battery pack that takes about two hours to charge. Fenix did not have run times for the lower settings, but like other LED lights, those will be significantly longer. The second light will offer up to 350 lumens of output.
As you can see in the picture, both the light head and battery pack are relatively compact. Fenix showed the lights mounted with handlebar hardware, although it's unclear if helmet mounts will be available at launch.
Fenix's pricing will be competitive with some of the cheapest high-power mountain bike systems on the market. A final price has yet to be set, but Fenix promised that the 800-lumen light will be less than US$100 (that could very well mean $99.99).
We'll have more information and finalized specs on these lights after the official launch.
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It's about time that bike headlights did more than just show oncoming motorists that you're coming towards them and provide some actual light on the road ahead.
Batteries have come a long way and so have ultra-bright LED's.
spot on warren, Fenix lights rock. And their pricing does too, I have several of their lights, and have given some of them to my Mom and Girlfriend as gifts.
It's hard to beat MagicShine lights though. They have the lowest prices and the highest lumens of other similar products. When I bought a diffuser lens for $5 on ebay, the light beam was even broader and filled the road. I use it in flash mode in the city, since the street lights are adequate. The high beam is 700lumens at least and is great at revealing uneven roads, holes and debris. The price and performance is right.
Didn't MagicShine have some battery problems, though?
Don't know the whole story, heard that GeoManGear, one of the better bike light dealers, went out of business covering MagicShine warranty repairs because MS wouldn't do it themselves. An advantage from buying something from a company with a reputation and solid warranty. Even at $100, I still want it to work and last.
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